Wednesday, June 23, 2010

And then, all at once, our life changed.

While at Pawley's Island this past week, Connor decided that he wasn't just going to sit around and watch everyone go up and down (and up and down) the stairs. No way. He wanted to climb them, too.

And, as you might guess, Dennis launched operation babygate-installation-gone-wild at our house as soon as we got home this afternoon.

Monday, June 14, 2010

One Year Ago...

Ok, so it was slightly more than a year ago (June 2nd, 2009), but we've been very busy with the little man in our household so forgive me!

To my sweet little boy,

This past year has been truly amazing. Everyone in our household has learned so much about each other and fallen more in love each day. And yes, even Echo has fallen in love with her little brother (and, by the way, she loves you the most when you don't pull her hair, her tail, or sneak up on her).

Your dad and I thought that you would never roll over (on purpose) onto your stomach, or really crawl (not just the wounded soldier crawl that you did for so long) and now you are about to walk on your own. You are pulling yourself up on your crib, the coffee table, and just about anything else that you can get your hands on. You stretch just as far as you possibly can to reach from one object to the next. It's becoming more clear each day that crawling is for sissies.

Connor, you are going to be quite the talker. That might be a trait inherited from me... not sure, though. At times, your baby babble doesn't seem like it is going to end...EVER. You keep talking (and getting louder) as you get excited. "Mama" and "Dada" have come out of your mouth numerous times but your favorite word is very obvious: "ba" (ball).

In the last 12 months, you've traveled to Missouri three times, visited Hilton Head, scoped out Destin with Nana, Papa & AK, and checked out the North Georgia mountains with the Surgalas. And, you are lucky enough to have another trip to the beach planned with BAM and Grandpa Martin in the next few weeks. You are quite the well-traveled man.

A well-traveled man, yes, and also a ladies' man. Samantha smooched you when we went to the North Georgia mountains and she had no shame. She planted a kiss on your cheek right in front of us (you were stationery in your bouncy-seat). Then, at your 1st birthday party, you were all about crawling over to Samantha and kissing her back. She didn't seem to mind, though. That was all good and well until we went to Missouri where you had a lot of fun kissing on Georgia (and she on you) on the living room couch.

I look at you now and think about how big and how old you are. And how fast it happened. But one thing that will never get old is your contagious laugh and your sweet smile. Everyone comments on how happy you are and I just love that about you.

While I won't let you forget that you were supposed to make your debut May 30th 2009 and instead made your appearance several days LATER, Please know, that I will never forget the day you did arrive and how much more sweet you've made our lives since that very moment.

Happy 1st birthday, Connor!