OK. I imagine that a lot of you will roll your eyes at this, but this is our blog! 🙂 I picked out a good-sized handful of photos from the J-Man Collection, because I wanted to give in pictures a sense of how much he has grown and how his personality has kept shining through from the very beginning.
You’re around proud parents who like showing off their kids. So buckle in! Massive Picture Alert!
1 day old!
Just recently had started smiling – 6 weeks old
Almost 4 months – the day before his first haircut (I’m a little Hobbit!)
6 months old with his then-favorite toy, Pooh
Totally cool first Easter!
Hard to see here – but he’s showing off his first teeth at about 9 months
First birthday – the shirt says it all!
Out in the Fall leaves with Daddy – 14 months
Looking like someone cloned Mommy – 20 months
Walking with Daddy; walking on his own is still almost two months away – 21 months (still one of my favorite artsy shots ever)
Coloring with chalk at his new preschool (a huge achievement for him at the time!) – just turned 2
Generally not a big Halloween fan, but still hamming it up for us – 26 months
Pure, unfiltered enjoyment of his all-time favorite sensory activity – 2 1/2 years
Little did we know – but soon would discover – that he almost certainly was reading and had been for a while (hyperlexia, yay!) – 2 1/2 years
The picture that captured the hearts of his first IEP team and the teachers to follow; working at his desk at home – almost 3 years old
Coloring and practicing fencing simultaneously – just before his 3rd birthday
His first day in the Pre-K autism class at the big elementary school, and the day we felt like our little boy had really grown up – age 3
Going through his sidewalk chalk phase, coloring in our entire back deck one nice fall day – a little over age 3
His first real snow – 5″; loved every second of it and showed that he’s impervious to cold (side note – this was the morning of Obama’s Inauguration) – age 3 1/2
Cheesing for the camera with his weighted vest on, a safety cookie in his hand, and using his picture board – about three months ago
Daddy and the J-Man at the beach recently
My dad (“Pepaw”) and the kids in the recliner recently – a rare picture of the kids being together and looking content at the same time
Recently, expressing his opinion of his brother…
And where the story keeps going from here – he’s the big brother now!
We’re so proud of you, J-Man! Keep on shining!