William is One!

The happiest little baby boy in the world is now the happiest one year old!

 

 

William is smiley, mischievous, and so much fun. He has eight (8!) teeth, a ton of hair, and he started walking a few weeks ago. Nothing can stop him now – except his sister. She’s about 80% loving, 10% indifferent and 10% terrorizing. We’ve enjoyed so many adventures together as a family of four this past year. We went to Scotland, welcomed my sister to Tbilisi, returned to the States for a fun-filled summer with friends and family, took a road trip through Florida and Tennessee, celebrated Halloween and Thanksgiving, and many other fun adventures in between.

Here are some recent pictures of this happy face and his wild sister. We are going to do a small birthday party when my family arrives in a few weeks, assuming I can master baking an egg-less cake. Sidenote – I did bake my very first pies, mostly from scratch, I definitely used canned pumpkin but I made my own crust – for the first time ever at Thanksgiving and they turned out pretty well! Hopefully I’m on a roll.

  

The last several months have been busy and challenging for us. I finally started my new job as the CLO (Community Liason Office) Coordinator at our Embassy. I love it, but it definitely requires a lot of energy and focus. At home, Abby is every bit of her 3 and a half years old. She can charm you and wrap you around her little finger, and then turn around and crush your dreams of sleep, happiness, anything really. According to the internet and the dozens of friends and parents I’ve surveyed, this is all pretty standard for her age. And so, we wait patiently or in my case, not so patiently, for her to turn 4 and leave some of this crazy behind. If you are a parent who thinks age 4 was harder than age 3, please, I beg of you, do not comment or reply or inform me of this news in any way, shape or form.

Family picture last year and this year:

 

 

She’s 1!

Abigail Grace is one!   What a year we’ve had together.  Her favorite activities include trying to play with anything she isn’t supposed to, learning to walk, and eating (seriously, when we put food in front of her, her arm shoots out like something from the Hungry, Hungry Hippos game).  She’s not a fan of grass, but we’re working on that.  We love watching her grow, and she’s an excellent travel companion.  In her first year, she’s been on 3 transatlantic flights (and a total of 9 plane rides) and she’s visited 7 countries.

It’s still kind of amazing to me that I have a daughter and she is already a year old.  I wanted to be a mom for a very long time, and it’s everything I imagined it would be and more.   Abby brings so much joy (and exhaustion) to us and while I know it’s not everyone’s favorite, I really loved the newborn and infant stages.  This toddler thing has me a bit nervous, but I figure if she really starts to act up we’ll just ship her off to my mom’s house for a few weeks at a time.

A year in pictures!

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Still kind of in denial that I was THAT BIG at the end.  Also, it’s not talked about enough but not being allowed to eat all day while you are in labor is cruel.  An icee is not food.

 

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Not so much into sitting still for some birthday pictures this morning, but oh well.  Happy birthday, baby girl!

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