Sunday, April 29, 2012

Happy First Birthday, Mr. F

Dear Mr. F-

Mom’s a little emotional this weekend.  She can’t believe that this time last year she was in the hospital waiting for you to make your debut—a lifelong dream finally coming true.  

When we had your christening last month, we were asked to give you a blessing.   Ours was very simple.  You bring a tremendous amount of joy to the people who you come in contact with.  Your smile is infectious and makes even the grumpiest of souls melt.  All I want for you is to be as joyful tomorrow [and the many tomorrows ahead] as you are today.

It doesn’t matter if it is your grandpa, your grandma, your nana, your poppa or, even your great-grandma, when any of them are with you, the pictures show how happy you make them.  And, that is truly priceless. 

Mom and Dad would never have it made it through this first year, without them and the many aunties and friends, who were there to bring a dinner or a cup of coffee, take a morning feeding or just offer some encouraging words when we were sleep deprived and not sure how we were going to make it as parents.  
Those first four months were some of the hardest ever, but then these last eight have flown by so fast… 

You are so close to walking.  You just need that confidence to keep putting that foot out front and trying to move forward—and not be afraid of falling.  Mom promises that she’s going to be there as long as she possibly can to give you that encouragement and confidence to go forward in the world.  She’ll be in front of you, behind you or walking beside you in the coming years…  you’ve got her heart and her love forever.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Support the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia

Support the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia

It's hard to believe that in just a month my little guy will be turning one.   This time last year I was looking forward to finishing with work and enjoying the last few childfree moments.    But if you read back on my April blogs, I had a scary finish which included double vision and skyrocketing blood pressure.  

I am thankful that I was monitored closely enough to prevent any damage to myself or Mr. F, but it was the scariest time ever.   For that reason I am walking with a fellow Almaden mom in support of research to prevent preeclampsia.

Meanwhile Mr. F remains a total delight.  He has an appetite like his mom and dad as demonstrated below.   We're almost done childproofing the house, but he continues to show us that nothing is ever safe.  We had a great time in Hawaii, and time permitting I'll do a separate blog on that with some beautiful photos of his beachside baptism.

She takes me to Krispy Kreme, but only lets me have a bagel.