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    S2: a year old!

    Oh my sweet, little monkey!

    I am writing this as you are resting your head over my chest. We ended up here tonight after a battle of wills. As we’re visiting daddy’s family we are roomies, and I was happy to bed share with you. However, you refused to sleep w/o a boob in your mouth and no matter how many cuddles, pats, shushes and songs I gave you, none would suffice. So I put you in your Pack N’ Play, in which you cried even harder no matter how I tried to rest my hands on you or tried to comfort you. Finally I caved and brought you back into bed and you promptly conked out. I’m gonna say tonight’s battle was a draw. True, you are asleep by my side (without knowing on me) as I had initially hoped for, but you did your best to wear me down.

    I am filled with pride, amusement and aggravation all at the same time for your stubbornness and determination. You know what you want, you go after it, and most of my attempts to redirect you go nowhere. You are a master, already, at sneaking in between my legs, going around me, and even pushing me aside. My wish for you is that this determination serves you well in life, and that you don’t drive me too crazy until then 🙂

    Your cuddliness also makes my heart swell up. Since the day you were born you were happiest by my side. In the hospital you slept in my arm-pit as I cuddled around you. Just the simple proximity to another person calms you down. You showed me the sweet side of co-sleeping while my fear of it was constantly present. My wish for you is that you extend this desire for a human connection and embrace. That you continue teaching others the power of human touch despite their fears.

    You’ve been in a rush to get to something all along. You showed up positive on a pregnancy test days before you were due to. You came into this world 3 weeks ahead of schedule. You walked earlier than I thought you would. I don’t know what you’re running towards, but my wish for you is that you make it worth-while.

    I am sad already that you are no longer the teeny, sleepy, squeaky little baby of a year ago. I won’t experience those early baby days again. But I am so thankful that I am watching you grow in our presence.

    You admire your big brother so much. The way your eyes smile at him, and the way you laugh at him (being funny) makes me so happy. My wish for you is that the two of you become good friends for life, and you find a strong bond beyond just DNA. Sure there will be lots of hair pulling, yelling and fighting along the way, but I hope those experiences will only help you find a way to each other down the line.

    Here’s a video retrospective, showing just how far you’ve come

    [vimeo http://vimeo.com/30940395]

    Weight: 21lb

    Height: 29″

    Favorite activity: getting into trouble

    Favorite food: Mum Mum crackers, and bananas

    Number of teeth: 2, but by your attitude of late I hope more are on their way

    Naughtiest moment: partying out like a rockstar for an hour and a half at 3am in the morning. Mommy is too old to party this hard, my friend

    Important milestones: You walk!!!

    Happy birthday!!!

    4 responses to “S2: a year old!”

    1. Kimberly says:

      Happy birthday to your beautiful boy! Love the wonderful photos. Has this not been the fastest year of your life??? It has been for me. 😉

      • avalikelava says:

        Kim, it appears that every year accelerates in how quickly it passes. I don’t know if it’s just relative to age, since a day in a 10yr old’s life represents so much more of their duration on this earth than the same for a 30+yr old. Either way, it makes me think ahead and I don’t like it. You’ve had a very eventful year too, so it’s amazing to imagine just how much can change in 365 days 🙂

    2. Has it been a year already?? Happy Birthday, S2!! 12 months old and cuter than ever, I swear.

      I absolutely adore the last two pictures in this post. I hope you won’t mind re-creating them for Haley’s 1st birthday.

      P.S. Perhaps S2 and Haley can party together at 3am this week and let their mamas have some REST. Seriously.

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