Lately you’ve been content for many minutes just sitting alone and flipping through a book. You study each page before turning to the next, seemingly reading and pondering the book as you go. You look so old and mature while doing this, which is somehow simultaneously amazing and depressing. But it is so endearing, and it just melts my heart.
Peek A You!
The nanny was sick today and your dad and I both had to work, so nana and papa came over to watch you. They had lots of fun with you, and even took you for a nice walk. You were wearing your bunny slippers, and one bunny hopped off your foot and into a neighbor’s yard. After walking for awhile they realised it was gone and papa had to go back and find it. We’re quickly learning that we need to take inventory of everything in the stroller and on you at the beginning of walks, and then keep taking inventory frequently throughout the walk.
Nana and papa don’t get back from Nevada until tonight, and I had to go into work today so your dad took the day off and hung out with you. He’s been looking forward to having an entire day with you and he even commented how this hasn’t happened since April! You played and went for a big walk and generally had lots of fun together.
You got your passport in the mail today. Your first passport – I was so excited! You inspected it thoroughly, took a little nibble, then threw it to the ground. Apparently you’re not as excited as I am, but I hope you’ll share my love of travel and adventure. We’re headed out of the country twice next year; we’re doing all that we can to get that book filled up.
Checking out your first passport
I think one can never have enough Chuck Taylors. I have four pairs, but would have one in every color if the closet or your father allowed. Before you were even born you were the proud owner of a navy pair bought for you by your nana. She put a cute, polka dot ribbon in one, saying we’d use those as shoelaces if you were a girl. After you were born, Aunt Nancy and Cousin Ali bought you a pink pair that you’ve been rocking all through the summer and fall. I, coincidentally, have the exact same pink pair; I’ve had them for years. Your pink pair are getting a little tight on you and soon won’t be able to fit, so I had your dad take a picture of us in our matching shoes.
Momma and baby Converse
You are so curious and observant that you notice the littlest things and investigate them thoroughly. Whenever we go to Breckenridge we use penguin sheets. Every time you’re on the bed you grab at them like you’re trying to pick them up, you try this over and over. And this weekend we were staying in your cousin Alex’s room. She has dots painted on a couple of the walls, and every night before bed you’d crawl over and inspect them, trying to pick them off the wall. I love your curiosity.
Inspecting the dots
Those silly dots make you laugh
Today we had a family picture session. You and your three cousins did pretty well, keeping your composure far longer than I would have thought possible. I think we got some great pictures and I’m excited to see the proofs. It will be nice to have these professional photos to capture us all at this point in time.
We visited the Museum of Flight today, and it’s a great museum. It’s unfortunate I’ve never been to it until today. We spent a large amount of time in the toddler area, where you looked at displays, sat in a helicopter, crawled around, and observed all of the little kids at play. This evening we ate at Red Robin and you further indulged in your love of fries; thank goodness they have unlimited fries!
So much fun at the Museum of Flight
Fun with Aunt Gretchen
Emma the astronaut
I am infinitely thankful for you, for our little family that you helped define. For your perfection, your sweetness, your smiles and giggles, your energy and curiosity, your health, and your unwavering love.
I’m thankful for your father, his constant support, his great cooking, his humor, his brown eyes that he gave to you.
I’m thankful for your two sets of grandparents who are wonderful examples of love and commitment – in love decades after their relationships began – and who love you boundlessly. I’m thankful for the abundance of uncles and aunts and cousins that you’re blessed to have, who create an extended web of love and support. And I’m thankful for the multitude of friends surrounding us, at locations near and far, friends who offer support and encouragement, laughs and love.
I’m thankful for the continued health of friends and family.
And I’m so grateful to have a job that I enjoy, a home filled with everything we could need and more in a city that is ideal.
In short, I’m thankful for this life I’ve been given.
Shortly after we arrived at your aunt and uncle’s house this evening we sat you down in the middle of their living room and you were immediately surrounded by your three cousins. They were talking excitedly and proudly tossing toy after toy your way; they’d gathered a whole bin of age-appropriate toys for you and they were anxious to show them all to you. The noise level kept escalating in proportion to their excitement, and the new toys being doled out seemed infinite. I sat and watched your reaction to all of this activity, and you were calm, composed, and curious. You just sat and watched and took in all of the chaos. Never once did you seem overwhelmed or shy, scared or unhappy. I am so proud of your ability to handle new situations so well, and to assess them with an open and curious mind. This is a part of your temperament that I hope you never loose; it will serve you well throughout life.
See, calm amid the chaos.
Taking it all in
Watching Grandpa open birthday presents with your cousins