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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Looking back on a year...

Yesterday was Wes' 2nd birthday. Sometimes I can't believe it's been two years, and sometimes it feels like it has been much longer. Either way, I can't remember what life was like before him. Even when he goes to "Camp" for a few days (my mom and dad's house) and the house is quiet and I can pretend like I have no responsibilities, the house seems so empty without him there. I find myself wondering what to do next and being lonely without him. The truth is, the chaos and cleaning up and teaching and disciplining are part of the wonderful joy of motherhood.

This was a big year. A lot of things change from the time a baby is born until he's one, but it's all predictable growth. You know about the smiles, the rolling over, and the crawling, and you're excited when they happen. But sometime around Wes' first birthday, he really gained a personality. He started to look like a little boy - no longer a baby. He did things to see how I would react. He finally learned to walk. And eventually, now, he gives me hugs and kisses and tells me what he wants for breakfast. Between one and two, he has become not only a boy, but WES.

He finally learned how to walk at about 15 months. We thought the day would never come. The truth is, he knew how to walk all along, but the perfectionist in him (don't know where he gets that) wouldn't allow him to take the chance that he might fall. So he held on to couches and chairs and coffee tables until he could walk perfectly. And when he did, he was a walker. No toddling stage for Wes. He went from holding on to walking perfectly in literally a day.

In January, he had tubes put in his ears. After about eight ear infections and some fluid that wouldn't drain out of his ears, we had to do it. Holding Wes while they put him under was the hardest thing I've ever done. But he was brave, it was quick, and the doctors and nurses were fabulous. Mr. Cow even got to go in the operating room. The day after his surgery, he had already learned five new words. With the fluid being gone, his language started to flourish quickly.

Wes is the most gentle, most loving little boy I've ever seen (I know I'm biased, but I think it's true). He kisses his animals, walks up and hugs us for no reason, and says the sweetest little things. We laugh together all the time. We hide under a blanket (and Wes steals kisses while we're under there) from daddy when he comes upstairs, we chase each other around the room, we dance and play the piano, we go to the park, we pretend, and we're silly all the time. These have been the best two years of my life, and I can't wait to see what's next!

Wes' first birthday, August 2008

On campus with mom, August 2008

First birthday party, with Molly Harrell

Cupcake time!

Ready for the first UNC football game

Little Tar Heel

Sweet smile, September 2008

With Thomas the Tank Engine

Could still dress him in pink at this point...

Loving the balcony at TOPO with Daddy

Bath time!

Messy, messy eater

Carving our first pumpkin

Halloween 2009

Starting to pose for the camera, November 2008

Thanksgiving 2008 and Christmas card photo session

Eyeing the Christmas tree

Christmas morning - Santa came!

Pushing his little cousin Diem around

A new ride, January 2009

Favorite food = Beans!! February 2009

Running up the hill at the park, February 2009

Sweet boy, February 2009

Cuddle time with Dad, February 2009

Wes' first big snow, March 2009

Wearing dad's shoes, March 2009

Easter Egg Hunt, April 2009

Playing at the park, April 2009

Mother's Day/Graduation Brunch

Loving to be outside, playing in the dirt and water, June 2009

Franklin Street fun with mom, July 2009

The Future's So Bright...August 5, 2009

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