I spend a lot of time reflecting on my kids birthdays. Always kind of bittersweet. I remember the first time each of them got hiccups while they were still in my belly. I remember their births and how much I loved their newborn smell, sweet newborn cries, and special breastfeeding baby moments. I remember first steps, first falls, and first words. Part of me wishes they could just stay small forever, but I love watching all of my kids grow and change. I just wish it didn't go by so fast, or that I didn't have anything else to worry about so I could truly cherish every moment. Alas, there is a long list of to-dos and schedules to maintain. Events to coordinate, jobs to work, and life keeps moving on. Its just moving too fast for my mommy heart. I spend days waiting for that calm special moment you get to breathe in the smelly little kid smell and just for that moment the world stops. It all starts back up again too quickly, every time.
We have 2 birthday girls in February. Jade turned 9 on the 14th, and Ayla turned 1 on the 18th. Where they are at is just amazing.
Jade is starting to figure out who she really is. She is coming up with her own ideas about the world and how she'd like things to be, what she might want to be when she grows up, and is devouring books like you would not believe!
Ayla has 5 teeth and is working on 3 more. She is taking up to 4 steps at a time and has an ever growing list of words she tries to say, some more successfully than others. She is also using her sign language to get things she wants.
This year went so fast. Wow! Just, WOW!