Monday, August 22, 2011

Getting to know you...

James has been home for two weeks and we are all doing really, really well!  He is learning what it means to be in a family, and we are learning more about him every day.  I thought I'd share some fun facts about our James. 

He is incredibly observant and has a great memory.  He watches what everyone is doing and copies everything.  He's a quick learner.  We get a lot of questions asking about his level of understanding, and I can say without a doubt that this boy understands just about everything that is going on around him.

James loves to go places.  He is the first one to the door when he sees we are getting ready to leave, and he can't get into his car seat fast enough!  He is one of the most content passengers I've ever seen.

He loves music.  He loves to dance and clap when he hears a beat.  When I play classical music, he is spellbound and sits still.  But not for long.  This boy is on the GO.  He moves from one thing to the next and it is usually something he should not be doing! 

Which will explain the following picture: 

Yes, James has a shiner.  Right as we were all ready to leave for church Sunday morning (isn't that when everything happens?), James decided to pull the wrought iron fireplace screen over on top of himself.  He cried and I couldn't figure out if it just scared him or if he really got hurt.  By noon, it was obvious that it hit him near his eye.  Poor baby!  Thankfully, it wasn't too bad and I doubt he'll try that stunt again.  Like I said, he's a quick learner. 

He didn't like stuffed animals at first...but now he loves them and carries them around the house.  One of his favorites is a musical dog.  James literally lays on top of it so it will play non-stop.  He gives it kisses too:

James loves grass.  I doubt he's ever played on grass before!  I never saw grass at the orphanage.  There were only a few patches of weeds here and there.  He LOVES to sit on the lawn and play with the grass.  When we are out and he sees grass, he heads straight for it. 

James' favorite thing to do (still) is to play ball!  Glenn is such a great daddy...he gets James laughing and hollering LOUDLY!  I have to share this mayhem I captured on video the other night:


James still loves his bath time.  He has a plastic bucket that he fills with water and then dumps it over his head...over and over and over again.  He doesn't mind water in his eyes one bit!

Many of you have asked if we are getting any sleep.  I am SO happy to report that James is sleeping through the night now that we switched him to a crib.  He actually loves bed time and goes straight to sleep without any fussing.  Yay!

  He is such a joy! 

We can't believe how much James is changing...he is blossoming almost by the hour. I love sharing what God is doing in this little boy's life and in our lives as well! 

"The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made."
Psalm 145:9


  1. Sorry, but I can't get enough of James!!! The video of Glenn playing ball with him is GREAT! I'm so glad he sleeps and rides well! It really is amazing to see the world through his unspoiled vision. Speaking of vision.... when you venture in to eye glasses world you are near one of the best... Karis and Gideon saw the Same eye specialist. (looks like he has similar problems to Gideon) I'll be praying when that time comes! He's SO busy and SO BOY! Love him and you all.

  2. Love these pictures and video. That is great that he is adjusting so well. I am sure it is a lot of fun to see life through the eyes of a child to whom so many things are new and wonderful.


  3. I love this post. I have been wondering how James is coming along. He looks so happy and so healthy. His smile is so big. He is adorable. I love seeing the video of him in action. Awesome news that he is adjusting so well.

    Sharon Brillhart

  4. I love his sweet belly laughs!

    Kelly Love

  5. I cannot believe how much alike your James and my Jackson are! It is so much fun learning about them.

    Rachel Golden

  6. We are in the process of adoption and your blog is so encouraging!! Thank you!! I have been very curious about how to handle the bed situation because I know ours will probably be use to being in a crib as well... he will be 3 by the time we get him home... good info! He is such a happy boy!!
    Thank you!!

  7. I saw your family on RR, and saw that you were bringing (or ad just brought) your child home. I am so happy to see you that you have been able to bring your child home!!!

    I am just starting a RR journey myself.


  8. Hi! Just wanted to check in and see how you're doing. I noticed you haven't updated your blog lately. Hopefully that means you're just busy with settling in! But, in case you need some support or advice please don't hesistate to email me. Also, make sure you take advantage of our After the Rainbow Yahoo Group (shoot me an email if you're not a member). There are so many great families there and they are a fountain of knowledge and encouragement!

    Rachel Whitmire
    Post-Adoption Care Coordinator
    Reece's Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Ministry