In trying to think back on everything that has happened this past year, things tend to get a bit foggy… although that could well be the effects of the most recent, lingering head/chest cold. This time last year we were bleary and wide eyed new parents hoping for the best for our barely 6 week old son. It is hard to believe a whole year has passed
Since then, so much has happened, particularly with his development, but also with ours. It is remarkable to me to see the little Boy that he has become, walking and jabbering his way through the days. This time last year we were encouraging him to roll over consistently.
He has teeth now. He is fully developing a sense of humor and clearly has command of his own language (which we are concurrently working to understand and help shape into the one we understand). He is agile, if still clumsy, and clever at working through problems and obstacles. He loves the outdoors. He enjoys music and dances at will. He likes books. He has retained his appreciation for contrast and light playing with shadow.
We have taken him on crazy, cross country road trips. He has been to four national parks and through numerous national forests. We have gone snowshoeing and camping and hiking. I took him on many runs in his stroller while training for a half marathon. He has been swimming; in pools and hot springs and creeks.
We have also learned that he seems somewhat prone to ear infections. Although, he is generally pretty healthy. We, as parents, have not fared quite as well with the illness part. I cannot recall having quite so many colds in past years. But I guess that is all part of the game.
We are excited for what this New Year will bring, even as we contemplate starting the process of another adoption. One thing we as a couple, and now as a family, seem particularly good at, is change.
So, here is to new adventures. New opportunities for learning and loving and growing… and of course new illness, may it at least, be swift in passing.