Thursday, May 17, 2012

My Birthday Boy

My little baby boy turned 1 today! It's one of those situations where I can't believe he's already one but at the same time, I feel like he's always been a part of our lives. We are so lucky and blessed to have such a happy and healthy baby. Here's Johnny at 1 year old:
  • He is so funny. He knows what he can do to get people to laugh and we fall for it every time.
  • He is such a flirt. We dropped Marcus off at the airport tonight and while we were waiting in line to exchange money, he was flirting away with the ladies in front of us. He chats to people, bats his eyes at them, smiles, giggles- the whole shebang! And people love it. But seriously, can you blame them? He's adorable.
  • He is getting so close to walking. He will take several steps on his own at a time but only if he decides to do it. He won't take steps when I try and get him to and he still prefers to just crawl. But he is getting closer every day.

  • Johnny is a Momma's boy. It melts my heart with how much he loves me. But he definitely loves his dad, too. It took him awhile to realize that Marcus was an important figure in his life but now he really loves his Daddy. It is so awesome.
  • He LOVES music! He gets so excited when people start to sing and he'll dance to music all the time. It's adorable and one of my many favorite things about him. He loves singing Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Patty Cake, If You're Happy and You Know It, and the Itsy Bitsy Spider.
  • He inherited his mom's social personality and love of sweets. He loved that everyone was paying attention to him at his birthday party and singing Happy Birthday to him. And he LOVED the birthday cake :)!


  •  Johnny loves to eat whatever you're eating. He prefers any table food to baby food. He'll eat the baby food every now and then but if you are eating something else, he will beg for your food. He likes cows milk which is nice since we are trying to ween off breast feeding.
  • He is a water baby for sure. He loves to take a bath! And he gets super excited whenever we go to a pool. He will get right in the pool and splash around. I have never seen him more excited than when we go to a pool.
  • He has 8 teeth but he still takes forever to chew. He will shove a ton of food in his mouth (which can be easily stored in his chipmunk cheeks) and then slowly chew and swallow it. We have to control the amount of food that's on his tray at a time because he will cram everything on his tray into his mouth.
  • Johnny enjoys flipping through books but he gets impatient if I try and read them to him. He just wants to keep turning the pages.
  • He loves to put things inside of other things. He will always transfer toys to buckets. One time, Marcus went to pick up his drink cup that he had left on the floor and when he picked it up he saw that Johnny had transferred all of his Cheerios from his snack cup into Marcus' cup.
  • He is the sweetest, most loving, adorable little boy ever. Marcus and I are so lucky we get to be his parents and so blessed that we get to spend eternity with him

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

A Year of Johnny

In Pictures
(I stole this idea from my friend Kate. I hope she doesn't mind :)!)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day

It is my first official Mother's Day. I was 9 months pregnant last year so we pretty much considered me a mom already but now I have been a mom for a year. It is the best, most rewarding, frustrating, loving, difficult, exciting, spectacular job I have ever had. I am so grateful I am able to be a mom and for the opportunity I have to stay home with Johnny. I love that little boy more than I ever knew I could love another human.
Happy Mother's day to the best mother-in-law a girl could ever ask for! I am so grateful for you and can't imagine what my life would be without you!
Why do I not have a good picture of Johnny and Grandma Gilson?!
That will have to be amended this summer!
An especially big Happy Mother's Day to my AMAZING mom! Thank you for teaching me how to be the best mother I can be. I hope I can be half as good a mom as you are. I love you so much!!