And here we are. 🙂
Oh, my darling boy. I can’t believe how fast this year flew by. I mean, everyone tells you that it goes fast. But, like soooo many other things I’ve experienced in the past twelve months, I didn’t know what they meant until it happened to me. (Although, I got approximately 25% of the sleep I normally would have… so it’s almost like I got 3 years in one. But, still. It went fast.)
He ended his first year with a bang by taking his first steps, starting to clap and point, starting swim classes and having two more teeth force their way through his face. (Last one… not really too awesome, but a milestone nonetheless.) It seems like overnight he lost his baby-ness and started to look more like a toddler to us! He’s super interested in playing with other kids now and is super close to full out walking. It won’t be long…Since we threw his party last week, we decided we’d do something special for his actual birthday. His paternal grandparents are in town for a couple of days, so we thought a trip to the Thinkery (Austin’s children’s museum) was in order! This was our first time and it was a huge hit. We played in the Bloom area, set up for babies and toddlers. Fox loved crawling through the tunnel, sitting under the giant turnip teepee thing, ringing animal shaped bells and playing with toy carrots and beets. 🙂 Best of all, there were lots of littles his size to babble with and chase after. We took a spin around the whole museum, taking in lots of exhibits that will be a lot more fun for him in the near future. This place is an absolute gem. I see a family membership in our future.
I’ve spent a lot of time looking at that smiling mug today… just taking in his amazing energy and feeling grateful to be on this journey with him. I can say with certainty, this has been the best year of my life. Never has there been a time that I thought I could make a declaration like that until now. It’s been difficult, exhausting and challenging. But, the wonder I see in his eyes and the person I see evolving before me on a daily basis… it’s mind blowing, people. I’ve just never experienced anything close to it. Even on our toughest day, I wouldn’t choose to be anywhere else.
I also stole a few minutes during nap time to read Fox’s birth story. Holy cow. This is why I wrote it down. I am so doing this every year on his birthday. It brought back all the amazing feelings of joy and accomplishment and togetherness and family that I felt that day. It brought tears to my eyes and I ran and hugged my husband. 🙂 So, to my one year ago self, I say – thank you! Thank goodness I found the time and energy in those early sleep deprived days to sit and record that little nugget of history. I hadn’t looked at it in a long time and today I found it a powerful reminder of how this all began. (It also made me want to go find my AWESOME doula and hug the heck out of her! We are forever grateful to you, De’Andrea. You receive an infinity of hugs and kisses from all three Kams today. xoxo)
Happy birthday to my dear one, Fox Andrew. Your Mama and Dad love you to the moon and back. Thank you for all the joy you bring to us and to anyone you encounter. Your smile is infectious. Your curiosity revives ours! Your kindness surprises and humbles us. We are so grateful that you are ours and that we are yours. 🙂
Want to see a recap of our Year One photo project? I made a compilation over here. We had a lot of fun with these. Guess it’s time to switch to an annual photo! Until another baby comes around…. hee hee