After a feed, James tended to get pretty tired and would more or less always fall asleep. When he was really tired he'd sleep anywhere as is demonstrated here. Check out Em's reaction at the end to see how impressed she is with her husband!
James loves his bathtime and we generally end up getting soaked! Here is a quick clip showing just how that happens!
When we head to the park we usually have a quick go on the swings if there is time before tea!
James loves this game. Build a tower and crawl over to knock it down!
We're a busy lad here down at Granny and Grandads, and while we play we've got a lot of things we'd like to say!
We got back home and still remember how to make our new wonderful noise. Still lots of playing to do before bed as well!
James loves crawling from a hiding place to come and see us. He gets up to a fair pace here!
Not the most exciting video ever as James comes down the slide with Daddy while Grandma watches on!
We've got James' walker set up and we've learned how to use it. Make sure you have your speakers on for the comedy tumble at the end!
The novelty factor for James speeding around the living room will take some time to wear off so here's another clip!
We get a bit casual with the walking after a while and don't really pay too much attention to what we should be doing!
James loves the train he got for his birthday and always dances to the tunes it plays.
A very quick victory against gravity with no assistance! He's learning fast!
James has started to walk unaided and these few paces from Mummy to Daddy end with a familiar end for the poor camera!
4 more days walking progress and this time the camera gets a good and proper whacking!
With James' still learning about balance, he does look like he's had one too many. Still he's doing really well at his walking for someone who's just coming up to 13 months old!
Now we've been officially classified as walking, James gets as much practice in as possible. Walking in straight lines does pose a problem though...
I love this one! Just watch James' expression as he catches a glimpse of the shiny camera and an idea comes into his mind...
This is a long clip but worth the watch! We've got one happy little lad here showing how much his walking has improved, even if we do look a little tipsy at times and chatting away all the while. Oh, if life was always like this!
Taken down at Granny and Grandads, here's another clip of James practicing his moves with their great play centre!
Some active play here with our new joy of running and falling on to the cushions. Note the ever present spoon gripped tightly through the whole thing!
James' recognition of words is getting much better and he certainly knows many more nouns than we give him credit for! A nice big hug for Mummy at the end of this one too!
The annual family picnic and James tries his hand at Basketball. Or is it Football?!
Some early Sunday morning play here. Grandad plays a game which James gets quite excited about. Check out the standing on tip toes and then the running speed!
James just being James here. Some exploring, a big drink and some good burbles!
The only video we took on our holiday to Suffolk. James finds some spiky grass near the Sizewell beach.
Oh no it wasn't! We found some more videos of the family. Here's one from our cottage.
An innocent gentle game of football somehow manages in a tumble. A nice soft landing though - thanks nappy!
A bit of football action here as James runs round the decking at Granny & Grandads showing off his skills. Check out how he nutmegs himself!!
James loves "dancing" and he gives a great demonstration of his fancy footwork here!
No idea what James is on about here! Maybe he's asking for a cooked breakfast? You decide!
You know when you have something to do it can get addictive? Running round and round often feels like that especially when you have the clothes peg bag as company!
Careful with the noise levels on this one as James returns a lungbursting "Ack Ack" when he hears a doggie barking. We have a quick kickabout after too showing some Ronaldo style trickery!
James and Mummy sit down to read Where's that duck. We never find it though!
James entertains himself by racing back and forward to the front door!
Taken from Daddys camera phone this is a gorgeous little clip taken the day after some really heavy rain. We went to the park all decked out in our wet weather gear to find some puddles. There was a nice big one by the swings which James loved running through. Listen out for the bus in here too!
This is a typical clip of James' first play of the morning just after he's woken up. Lots of running around and then lying down again as he gets himself up to full operating speed. Lots of little grins too!
Another trip to the swings where James is quite at home watching the world go by.
James decides to show Daddy his footie skills running with the ball on the Roath park rec. We have a bit of a comedy tumble towards the end but as you can see he's just taking a little time out before acting like James usually does!
While Mummy, Grandad and GranGran natter about James' Daddy and his camera habits, James plays a bit more footie on the only muddy patch he can find. Some great burbleage in here followed by a grubby hand incident!
Another weekend, another trip to the park but this time a tired James has a good look at the digger before we head home. Some lovely bye-byes in this one from his Daddy's camera phone.
James enjoys sharing out his fruit with Mummy and Daddy while learning about Rugby on the TV!
James loves In the Night Garden and the best thing imaginable is when the dance comes on at the end of the episode!
James explores the exhibits in Sheffield's museum and finds some creepy crawlies!
Tidying things up is hard work and eventually are showing much potential, it all becomes too much for James!
We try to get a smile from James but that thumb is hard to remove!
Ahhh Christmas. Decorations up and cards on display. Not for much longer...
2 minutes long this one, count how many seconds James is still for and you'll have plenty of change from the fingers on one hand!
The best things in life are mentioned here on our New Year's trip to see Grandma & Big Rog
Daddy and James check out the birdies outside the window before Daddy gets a bit silly!
Grandma enjoys a cuddle with James as he looks at the world around him
James goes to get his hat back but gets a bit of a shock!
James finds both a moisy floor tile and his best buddy Midge in this one
We went to stay at Grandma & Big Rog's for New Year and met Auntie Catherine there who had some more Christmas presents for James!
James enjoys soaking the bathroom here but also does some good bubbles and washing!
Nursery had phoned to say it was snowing badly in Cardiff, so we had to drop everything to pick up James (and also Milly). It seemed rude not to allow them a bit of play time in the snowy park!
James is happy absorbed in flicking through the pages of a drawing pad. At least until his jigsaw puzzle distracts him and he asks Daddy to help him...
We're round at Auntie Catherines and the clocks start singing. Better take a lie down in Midge's bed!
James reads one of his digger & tractor books and tries to count the headlights!
Having a late dinner, James says goodnight to his favourite characters.
A demonstration of eyes close dinner and also some eyes open dinner!
Our little baby daughter popped out rather quickly but we were just in time getting to the hospital. Here she is!!
While Mummy recovers at home with Sophie, Daddy and James have plenty of fun times together!
We all sing happy birthday to our little lad and blow double the candles from last year!
James is easy to entertain. Make up a game and repeat it!
Both our children do their own things, James much more actively than Sophie!
James plays nicely with his sister, until distracted from above!
This is a long video but it's a great insight into James' play and how he can amuse himself!
Sophie gives plenty of smiles to her Daddy whilst James is eating his pudding
Sophie manages to spin herself around with her new wiggling skills!
Sophie gives us a demonstration of excellent rasberry blowing!
Daddy and Sophie share some time together while James relaxes with the TV
Following on from Ikea, they both loved their Ice Cream promise being fulfilled!
The famous game of tummies! Touch tummies then run screaming to the other side of the room!
Quite a long run up here but James scores of Grandpa the goalkeeper
We took a bus & train journey as an adventure down at Granny & Grandads. This train whizzed through while we waited!
The trip on the bus & train rusulted in a fun trip to the soft play centre in Christchurch
We all wave to the passengers leaving on their trains and then James gives a nice running commentary as another one leaves!
The day before James starts school and Sophie sings Twinkle twinkle whilst covering herself in pudding!
With a bumper crop of apples in Grandma and Big Rogs' garden, James and Sophie began to help pick them all up
A Fuzzy trip to London and a whole pile of leaves to play in with Enzo and Louis
James and Sophie whizz round the drive (with a little help from Daddy!)
James and Daddy pay a flying visit to Abergavenny to see a steam train whizz through the station!
The Bob and Thomas CD is a favourite and James and Sophie love dancing to it
James' wonderful school Christmas concert and a rendition of Baa Baa Bananas!
Grandma brought us a wonderful reindeer advent calendar which James and Sophie really love!
Auntie Catherine's custard was a real hit, even though Sophie called it pustard or bustard!
Two very excited children open their Christmas stockings!
Dressed for the season, James and Sophie play with Midge and his new ball
Sophie is tired out after a car journey home and is dreaming away whilst snoring!
A trip to meet up with our NCT friends and wow is this slide a fast one!
We had to be part of London 2012 so we managed to get tickets to the Millennium Stadium to see 2 football matches including Team GB!
A weekend away at CentreParcs and Sophie wants to get a groove on!
A very wet Abergavenny station sees Sophie experience her first flying steam train, It may be a while 'till the next one!
With a good covering of snow it's time to play out in the garden with the sledge!
A popular game at bathtime is to stick a letter on your forehead and let the guessing commence!
A friends birthday party down at a soft play centre in Chepstow, and James and Sophie enjoy spinning round and round!
What was the old adage about having more fun with the wrapping that the presents?
Picking Sophie up from school, she was keen to show me her spinning. It's tough to hear but she says that she's going to do more spinning tomorrow as she's tired!
Sophie is in there and giving a great performance, you just can't see her that well! (In front of the tall boy)
James is much easier to see along with with the rest of Year 2!
James and Sophie are very busy on the beach - what to do next?!
Needless to say, the bath was a very sandy place after cleaning up from this!
After James wrote his name in the sand he finishes off with the other important names
James has a go at digging like a doggy but almost ends up getting wet!
James and Sophie run and skip back to our room as we get ready to pack up
James is first up for the Christmas concert as he prowls on stage with Year 2
Off they go but watch out for his big catlike HISS at the end!
Fortunately Daddy and Grandma got to see this! Sophie did so well!
Sophie plays the piano and sings although I'm not sure about the lyrics...
Father Christmas has been and they are both really happy opening their stockings!
Sophie loves her skipping. So much so that Daddy has to join in!
New Years Day and a trip up to Shropshire. Much fun has especially with the game of pass the Bottoms!
A weekend walk from the house and there was plenty of good mud to be squelched!
Some great mucky puddles too and of course there are muddy faces!
Not quite sure James and Sophie have the correct procedures for Kissing Gates!
The biggest puddle in the world is the best way to finish off a wet walk!