Thursday, September 26, 2013


Today my baby turned one. I still can't believe it, but at the same time I can. It does seem like just a couple of weeks ago that we brought him home, but then again, it seems like we have always had him and it's hard to remember what life was like before him.

It's amazing how much growing happens in the first year of life. To go from being completely dependent for everything, unable to get around, feed yourself, or make your feelings known, to being able to do all those things and so much more.

For my own poor memory's sake, I want to document a few of the things that have gone on recently and in the past year. Will has a great temperament, I don't say that just because I'm his mom and I have to, he really does. He is happy most of the time, doesn't fuss except when he's hungry or tired for the most part. He loves playing with us, knocking down towers, spinning plastic rings, wrestling on the bed. He also loves playing by himself. He goes into his room and pulls down all his books and just stays in there looking at them for 15-20 minutes at a time. Will loves to read and turn the pages of the books you are reading to him. He's chilling in his stroller at the Library of Congress in this picture.

This kid also loves to eat. We have only found a couple foods that he won't eat, which are grilled zucchini (he'll eat it sauted though), mushrooms, and swiss cheese. He loves feeding himself, and has been the one in charge of feeding himself since the beginning. Nothing is off limits for him, Chick-fil-A, avocado, green beans, all kinds of fruit. In fact, we have to watch whenever he eats an apple, plum or peach to make sure he doesn't eat the core/pit too (or watermelon rind, as you can see in the last picture, we sometimes fail).

The caterpillar pictures are from his one year photo session. Just to throw it out there, we use Moments Captured by Emily, and love her, so if you need some pictures taken you should definitely check her out. She also did the newborn pics at the beginning of this post. Now back to Will. Bath time is another favorite right now; he loves the water, and has since he was only a few months old. He's been swimming a few times this summer and seemed to take to it pretty well too. He will stay in the bath for as long as we let him, which is usually until he stands up a few times.

Swinging is another favorite past time of Will's. He can sit in a swing for an hour at a time if we let him. He also loves riding his bike with Daddy. We have an ibert that he rides in and he has a great time with it.

Birthday festivities today began with a birthday breakfast of whole wheat toast and a fried egg. Then Papa came over to wish Will a happy birthday and to do a little work on one of the windows. Will hung out with Papa for a while and then stood and watched out of the screen door as he worked. After getting bored of watching Papa and realizing that Mama was not paying close attention because of doing the dishes and she thought he was still enamored with Papa's work, Will decided it would be a fun birthday project to pull all of the kleenexes out of the box.

After a little kleenex cleanup and watching Papa work a little more it was time for the morning birthday nap. A short 45 minutes later Will decided the birthday nap was over and it was time to watch Papa do a little more work. As Papa finished and it was nearing lunchtime Grandma showed up with some Chick-fil-A for lunch. The birthday boy dined on chicken nuggets and a fruit cup, both of which he thoroughly enjoyed. After lunch Grandma left for work and Papa took a few pictures of the big birthday boy outside and then headed home. Will and I came back inside and he played while I worked on a few things. Then he once again realized his advantage of Mama not paying super close attention and decided to work on opening the kitchen cabinets, a feat he has only achieved one other time. Birthday luck was with him and he soon had a cabinet open and was exploring.

I decided to work with him rather than just telling him "no" completely, so I got out a pot and spoon for him to play with, with which he performed a drum solo for a while on afterward. 

As drum solos can be very tiring it was time for a second birthday nap. This nap lasted much longer thankfully and Will woke up just in time to go meet Daddy for some more birthday fun. We went to the park to get in some swinging.

We finished up the day by going to one of our favorite local places, the Eagle Drive-In, where we had some great burgers with Grammy and Grandad. It was a long and fun birthday, and we haven't even gotten to party day yet, that is coming on Saturday. To my little man though, Happy First Birthday, Daddy and Mommy love you so very much and we can't wait to see you continue to grow into the wonderful boy and man that God is making you to be.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the pictures! They made my night! I love you, Will, and I can hardly wait to meet your brother or sister!