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  1. Juliana says:

    Yay for Valor eating spinach! Cora likes spinach (only pureed, still), but she’s the only little one I knew of who would eat leafy greens in any form, until this post.
    Just in the last month or so she’s taken, more dependably, to apples, but she still prefers them cooked when given the opportunity, and she won’t eat the raw ones when she’s really hungry (too much chewing).

  2. Shereen says:


    I’ve been re-reading the blog since we just had our first baby 6 weeks ago. Your writing is beautiful, and it’s been reassuring to read again the ups and downs of the newborn stage! Thank you, and I’m so glad to see new pics of Valor. Looks like a very intelligent and handsome boy!

    Shereen (speech therapist)

    • Abby says:

      Congratulations, Shereen! I hope you have a wonderful time as a new mom! With all your training you will be especially delighted when your baby starts babbling! We haven’t forgotten you or any of James’s docs, nurses, or therapists. Even though we have moved away and life has changed, we still frequently look back on that time and all the wonderful people we met that we would never have met otherwise. You were such gifts to us, and I’m sure you continue to bless others.

  3. Freda Hensley says:

    What a beautiful and healthy looking baby. I know you must be so proud. I’ve read your blog since James was born and it’s great seeing you so happy. Everytime you post pictures of Valor,I can see the resemblence to James. He must be smiling down on you from heaven. I know I’m smiling just seeing how great ya’ll are. Keep up the good work.

  4. Ashley M. says:

    I can’t get over how much he’s grown!!

    As for food preferences, I hear him 100% on apples. Never could stand the taste of the fruit itself or apple juice πŸ˜› In regards to Swiss, when the day arrives for him to eat grilled cheese sandwiches, fix him a Swiss/cheddar-on-wheat (and sometimes w/ tomato & spinach leaves), and I’m sure he’ll like Swiss after that πŸ˜‰ I like to call that variety of grilled cheese the Vitamin Bomb- fiber, calcium, iron, and lycopene.

  5. Cheree says:

    Hey guys! Abby, I so appreciate this post and the details you added about Valor bug! We’ve been wondering about him and how he’s doing. I’m thrilled that he loves books! Early literacy skills make my heart happy. πŸ™‚ If you’re wondering what books might be best for him later on, let me know. I’ve got a plethora of books lists to share!

  6. kcrain says:

    Valor looks SO much like John. I used to water down any juices I gave my boys because of the sugar content. To this day my boys prefer water with all meals. My boys also LOVE apples. We go through about 32 lbs of apples a week! Sometimes they eat 4 or 5 of them a day. That’s per boy. So somewhere around 8 to 10 apples a day total. They love the Gala and/or the Granny Smiths. Neither of them care for the red or golden delicious. You might try offering a different variety of apple to Valor and see if he likes it any better. Just a thought…

  7. Maria says:


    My name’s Maria. I started following your blog(s) after Jen featured James cake on cake wrecks. I saw the following on another blog I follow and immediately thought of you! This is a kids birthday party with a medieval theme- perfect for Valors next or any birthday πŸ™‚

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