I've been saying that I was going to do this for a while - so here it is. Husband and I are planning to use this space to keep everyone in the loop on our lives, specifically our adventures with sweet Baby J and bean.
Here's the short version. aby J joined our family on 2/18/2008 and we have enjoyed the most amazing 13 months with him. He's intelligent, sweet and funny - as a matter of fact, he really cracks himself up sometimes with his crazy sounds and gestures! He's met all of the major one-year milestones - sat up, crawled, eats solids, first words were mama and dada (mama was first!!! yay for me!!!), and he's now taking those first independant steps. He's able to walk across the entire living room floor and I'm not sure who is more proud - aby J or mama and dada. He concentrates so hard as he walks and then once he reaches his destination, he gives a huge smile and laughs and claps his hands. He may just be imitating us, though ;) I have some great video but am having trouble uploading it. I'll keep working on it!
This photo of Baby J was taken by photographer Ashley Hylbert. We had our second sitting with her last weekend. She did a wonderful job capturing Baby J's amazing energy. You can see the pictures from the sitting on my picasa site: http://picasaweb.google.com/Heather.Johanson/AshleyHylbertSitting32109. Ashley lives in Tennessee but makes frequent trips to Pittsburgh. You can see other samples of her work at: http://www.ashleyhylbert.com/Website/Welcome.html. Thanks, Ashley, for these fantastic pictures!
We learned in early January that we are expecting Baby J's brother or sister to arrive on September 16. We are incredibly excited, though I might admit that the thought of 2 under 2 is just a wee bit overwhelming. We had an ultrasound done at 12 weeks (I'm 15 weeks and change now) and baby looks perfect and healthy. We'll have another ultrasound in a couple of weeks once I get around to scheduling the appointment and we will most definitely find out whether it's a little boy or girl. For now, here's a picture from the first ultrasound.
Well, we're not great at keeping up with things like this but we'll do our best to post updates regularly.