So, I can't help but think about this time last year, as we celebrate Haven's 1st birthday. She is now using her hands and abbreviated words to communicate, walking, climbing, problem solving, and even learning how to follow a few directions. Her vocabulary currently consists of Dada, Mama, appies (apples), baba (banana), jussss (juice). She can sign "please," "all done/ up." Whenever she sees a picture of my brother's dog, she says "AT!!!" for Atlas. She knows that a dog says "woof woof" and a monkey says "oo oo ah ah."
She is currently eating just about anything I put in front of her. Last night she enjoyed some red bell peppers from our stir fry. She still loves bath time and I am excited to see if her love of the water continues. She's also really into sitting on things. I think it makes her feel like a big girl.
As I reminisce all these things, it's so hard to believe that one year ago she had finally decided it was time to come greet the world. A year ago today, I was walking up and down my neighborhood, hoping to get things moving, as I was 9 days overdue. A year ago tonight my water broke and we headed over to the hospital; so excited. 26 hours after that, at 6:46pm on Dec 23, little Baby Girl Barry was delivered and on Christmas Eve, named Haven Rae.
This past year has been a transformation for our family in many more ways than one. But as I look back, I feel like a year ago was like yesterday and at the same time, so far away that I can hardly remember life without Haven. (what did I do with all my time!?)
Thanks to our family and friends for all your love and support in the past year. And thanks to little Haven, who makes all of our lives brighter.
Merry Christmas all and Happy (almost) Birthday Haven!!