This special moment is a milestone of the best kind, one that can’t be criticized, analyzed, or compartmentalized. No matter what your baby is doing – eating, sleeping, crawling, walking, somersaulting, bungee jumping – the first birthday is a day for the whole family to celebrate.
Big Foot’s arrival was a bumpy one; but, I thank God every day that through it all, we made it through with a healthy baby. I know we are so blessed, so lucky, to have the biggest complaint lie in almost 8 months of sleepless nights.
This is a season of wonder for us. This cranky baby who took 7 months to decide that life outside the womb was okay, even good, now shrieks with laughter and joy. We are amazed at his determination to walk as early as possible and to perfect his balance in order to chase after the big boys. As the big 1 approaches, we are so thankful for this bright-eyed boy built of solid muscle and trimmed in pinchable pudge.
In his first year of life, our wee traveler-in-training has visited 8 countries and 4 US states, crossed the Atlantic four times, traveled by train/bus/car/and plane, made his mark at 8 castles, and sneezed at one of the highest mountain peaks in Europe. That’s a busy 12 months for such a little guy!
We love you, Big Foot, and we look forward to the many adventures to come over the years. Happy birthday, baby!
P.s. – In case you are wondering about the photo… For all the emotions this kid has in him, he barely blinked at the sugar high served to him on a plastic orange platter. No glee – no tears. I guess this is preparing me to expect the unexpected from this little man!