S: Joshua's First Year from Bubbie and Grandpa
BC: ON TO YEAR NUMBER 2 | Happy 1st Birthday to Joshua! XOX XOX with love from Bubbie and Grandpa
FC: the story of an amazing little boy and the people who love him. | Joshua's First Year: | I love him too!!! | Put together by Marian Shapiro with much help from Lanya
1: Mommy and Daddy decided to start a family. They were very excited waiting for the baby to arrive! | Daddy & Mommy on their "babymoon" to Baja California, Mexico. | Was it a girl? a boy? Only Daddy knew. | Cover: Joshua at 10 months | A baby is growing in Mommy's tummy. Lorenzo is showing his tummy too! Is a baby in there, Lorenzo? | Excited family and friends before and after getting pregnant
2: Finally the little baby was ready to be born! Mommy and Daddy drove to the hospital. | Joshua Sparrow Shapiro Di Bona was born at 1:30 am on November 11, 2010 weighing 5 lbs 9.5 oz. | Joshua-> | Daddy, Yesenia, and the doula helped Mommy and the midwives in the delivery room, while Vovo' & Ben waited nearby to welcome the new little baby.
3: The new family stayed in the hospital for a few days, resting and getting to know each other. Outside, it was beautiful fall weather in North Carolina. | Hi Joshua! | Awwwwww! | Ladybug sees a tired, beautiful Mama and a tired, beautiful Baby Joshua.
4: Vovo' glowing with love. | Daddy changing Joshua. | At first, Joshua did what all little babies do: cry, drink milk, make pee & poo, and mostly sleep. | It was cold in late November, so Joshua stayed in the house most of the time. Thanksgiving was his first real adventure outdoors -- he went to Vovo's house! | Vovo' helped Mommy and Daddy when they came home with the tiny new baby. | Vovo'
5: Here Joshua is 5 weeks old with his four grandparents and ladybug, all college teachers (except ladybug). | Mauricio, Lorenzo, Tio Canu and Titia Tereza were all happy to have a new cousin and nephew. | Tio Canu | Joel | Grandpa Pop-Pop Vovo' Bubbie | Uncle Joel was the first Shapiro to meet Joshua. | In December, Bubbie and Grandpa Marty came all the way from California to meet their new grandson. They were SOOOOO happy!
6: Uncle Joel holding baby Joshua. Is Joshua trying to grab the Ladybug? | Ladybug flies away, right past Cousins Lillia and Lorenzo. They have big smiles, because they are happy to have a new Cousin Joshua! | In the winter, it was very cold and it even snowed.
7: Bubbie is thrilled to hold her adorable little grandson at 5 weeks old. | Joshua's eyes were always drawn toward the light. His favorite place to look was out the window. | Vovo' and Daddy are filled with love for Joshua at 4 months old.
8: So many friends came to visit Joshua | Auntie Celeste and Tia Lesly enjoy holding Joshua at 4.5 months. | Gita has fun with Joshua, and Ladybug nibbles on his finger. | Uncle Bennett | Auntie Gita | Auntie Celeste | Tia Lesly | Some babies cry when new people hold them, but Joshua never did! | <-- Joshua looks fascinated with Uncle Bennett.
9: Tia Ana is happy to get a visit from Joshua. (8 mos) | Ha-ha-ha! He-he-he-he! | When Springtime came, Joshua napped in a beautiful, peaceful environment on Vovo's back deck. | Tia Ana | Titia Tereza | Titia Tereza knows how to make Joshua and Ladybug laugh! | Joshua is growing up quickly and wearing a big boy cap with his Tia Yesenia who was there when he was born! | Tia Yesenia
10: Mommy and Daddy love this little baby so much! | At 4 mos Joshua's favorite activity is sucking on his fingers.
11: When Joshua was 5 months old, he could sit up in his bumbo seat and learned to roll over. | For the first six months of his life, Joshua only drank breast milk, which gives babies all they need to grow bigger and to be healthy.
12: As Joshua got bigger, he got to go out and see the world with Mommy. They took strolls, rode the bus and got together with Mommy's prenatal yoga friends and their babies. | Blowing out the candles on Daddy's birthday cake. | After Joshua turned six months old, he started to eat real food like broccoli, pineapple, avocado, sweet potatoes and much more.
13: Joshua gets very excited when he sees the Cheerios box or sees the spoon of food coming. He opens his mouth WIDE and waves his arms. It makes Bubbie smile, it's sooo cute. | When Joshua was only 7 months old, he flew to California in an airplane with Mommy and Daddy to visit Grandpa and Bubbie. He was a great traveler. He showed Bubbie and Grandpa all the things he could eat and how he'd learned to smile. | Bubbie Grandpa | Hey! You're flying too high. I can't keep up!
14: He is getting soooo big! But he can't catch ladybugs yet. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Joshua has a very sweet personality and seems to enjoy life a lot! He is such fun for all of us to be with. | At 8 mos, Joshua looks like he has the best place in the world to rest his head: Daddy. | Uncle Joel loves playing with him.
15: In California, Joshua got to meet Ana and Shirley (Mommy's friends from college) and their families. | Oh Daddy, you are so funny!
16: Grandpa Marty | Joshua looks around when he hears sounds and he loves music. Maybe that's because his parents, grandparents and great-grandparents are musical. Grandpa Marty, the musicologist professor, can't wait until they sing together and maybe play Suzuki violin together. Here he listens to his Daddy play the guitar. | Joshua smiles as Grandpa sings "You are my sunshine."
17: In the summer, Joshua and Mommy took a special swimming class together. | Joshua likes to kick and splash in the water. | He knows how to scrunch his eyes closed when the water splashes his face.
18: Joshua gives BIG smiles for Daddy! | Joshua responds with smiles when people talk and smile at him. | Here Bubbie takes Joshua to the park | Joshua better watch out or Ladybug is going to get one of his Cheerios. | He can also be serious. He cries once in a while, but not much. Mostly he is a happy camper.
19: Ladybug wonders if he'll become a foot doctor! | Here Joshua snuggles in a towel after his bath and LOVES when Mommy does Rubildee - Bubildee. | Ladybug says "No, Bubbie. No sex education yet!" | At 8.5 mos, Joshua could sit up by himself!
20: World traveler and author, Pop-pop has a big smile as he holds his growing grandson. Ladybug can hear him coaching Joshua to "Figure it out for yourself, kid!" | Joshua gets lots of practice playing the guitar with Daddy. | In July, Joshua went to the beach (the Atlantic Ocean) to celebrate Pop-Pop's 84th birthday with lots of Di Bonas. | Pop-pop
21: Every Tuesday, Joshua and Vovo' spend the day together. Vovo' speaks to Joshua in Portuguese. | The family celebrates Mommy & Daddy getting married on August 17, 2011. (Bubbie, Grandpa and Joel joined on Skype) | Joshua went to the doctor for lots of check-ups, like other babies. Sharing wedding cake | Dr. Vines | Vovo'
22: Joshua's arms and legs are getting soooo strong!!! | At 10.5 months he started to crawl and learned how to give a kiss. Go Joshua! | The Crawler | Getting silly at Celeste and Jason's wedding!
23: Sunday night dinner is a weekly family gathering with Pop-pop (and sometimes Ladybug). | For Joshua's first Halloween, he was a Chef. | The Crawling Chef | The proud parents
24: Here's Joshua at the Museum of Life & Science with his friend Mateo and his mom, Leah. | Joshua and Mommy went to political protests. | Here, they're at a planning meeting for Occupy Durham (inspired by Occupy Wall St.). Friend Tamara is there too. | Mateo | Leah | Mommy speaking truth to power | Tamara
25: 8-9 | Happy First Birthday 11-11-11 Joshua Sparrow Shapiro Di Bona! | Vovo' made a beautiful Indian dinner and Daddy toasted to Joshua. And many friends came to his birthday party! | What is that face you're making, Joshua? Is it the loud singing? | Chaska, Natasha & August
26: On Joshua's Birthday, Daddy and Gumbo play the piano while Macho sings along. A very musical family! | For Joshua's Birthday Party, Mommy made apple-pumpkin cupcakes. And Mommy & Daddy helped blow out the candle. | Joshua likes the cupcakes!! Oh yum! He has a white frosting mustache. | The ladybugs like the cupcakes too! | And Joshua likes to grab Titia Tereza's earrings.
27: 8-9 | Joshua is ONE year old! | He is a happy baby and very much loved! THE END (of the first year)
28: My Senator Barbara Boxer
29: Taking our sweet little grandsons from Durham, NC to the Santa Barbara Zoo | Marian Shapiro, Psychology