Sunday, October 19, 2014

Baby G is 4!!!

Holy crap, time flies!

Evan - or Baby G, as we called him when he was in my belly - turns 4 years old today!

I don't even know how to summarize the last 4 years, because there has been so many thing and so many changes!

Lots of things have changed with Evan - he's getting more and more independent, he loves making new friends, and his interests are ever-expanding. Things surprise me, like the fact that he LOVES Food Factory, and his level of empathy for people and animals. He really enjoys drawing, and likes "teaching" us :). He loves school so much that he sometimes has a fit when we pick him up and have to go home!

Somethings don't change, which still surprises me! He still loves all things truck-related, and he really enjoys helping out in the kitchen. He's uncomfortable in new situations, but jumps right in after he gets more comfortable. His catch-phrase could be "I can't do it"...even if he can, or just did. He still likes to cuddle with us, which I love, of course. His interest about the world around him is contagious, even if all the questions can drive us a bit batty.

It's been amazing to witness him turn from a newborn, to a toddler, to a preschooler, and now a full-fledges full-day school kid. Even though sometimes I want time to stop so he can stay the same for a while, I cannot wait to see when and how he changes next.

Love you, Evanpotamus! Happy 4th!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

First Re-Birthday

This weekend was Thanksgiving in Canada. We had an awesome weekend with skating, apple/pumpkin picking, great outdoor time, and an amazing Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday (and a day of best-ever leftovers on Monday).

It was in stark contrast to last year's Thanksgiving, when we were struggling with a newborn and I had my stroke* (1 year ago tomorrow). In stroke-survivor circles, it's known as a re-birthday. I kind of feel like I was "reborn" that day - it certainly changed every aspect of my life, and all our lives have changed in the last years. We've been through a lot as a family, and have come through all the better on the other side.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wrote and delivered thank you cards to some of the doctors, nurses, and staff who, quite literally, saved my life. It's not everyday and opportunity like that comes around, and I wanted to share my gratitude.

I know I'm very lucky in how everything has turned out. A year ago, I'm sure we'd never thought I'd be throwing together a Thanksgiving feast like it's nothing, and thriving in my BEd program.

I am so thankful for so many things this year, and I feel like all future Thanksgiving will always have a special meaning for me.

*For those who aren't familiar with this, all my post related to it are here starting with this one.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

One Year of Carter

Well,  Mr. Carter, my Carterpillar, my angel-baby, I can't believe it's been a year since you came into our lives in a pool in our dining room! I'll never forget that moment when I reached down and brought you out of the water to my chest. You came out talking, and kept going for a whole hour! You had lots to tell us already.

We had a rough start, with me suffering from a stroke a mere 6 days after you were born, and spending the first month of your life in the hospital. I was worried that you wouldn't feel loved, but you had Daddy, Evan, and both sets of grandparents watching over you. And you took it all in stride and just spread your joy to whoever you came in contact with.

As you got older, your joyful and easy going personality started to come out more and more. You smiled and laughed easily and often. Anytime we took you out, you would make friends and make everyone smile and just light up a room wherever we went.

You're cautious about learning new things, especially when it comes to big physical milestones, but once you get it, you get going! You've been standing for long periods of time for weeks now, and we just know once you take a first step, you'll be off and running.

It's hard to believe how far you've come and how much you've learned in the last 12 months. From basically just sleeping and eating to crawling, standing, climbing stairs and into chairs, and cruising around the furniture. You love eating, you hand us books to read, and your favourite thing in the whole world are balls of any size.

You LOVE to make people laugh - you get such joy from it! You and your brother are two peas in a pod, and you could spend hours just trying to make each other laugh and giggle. It's so awesome watching your relationship grow. I think you'll have TONS of fun growing up together.

We've been through a lot in the last year, and we have both thrived. I can't wait to see what the next year brings for you and to see your personality come out more and more.

Happy 1st birthday!! We love you tons!