So moment of honesty: Zeke is now 14 months old. And I am SO far behind on posting his monthly updates. But they are written! Just not posted. And while there is a part of me that has hesitated posting them, because truthfully, I don’t know how meaningful these posts are to anyone but me (which is ok), I really just want to finish what I’ve started, and know that if they’re posted here, at least they’re SOMEWHERE. My actual intention is to print books of these letters for my kids to have one day, and I know if I don’t all have them in the same place, it will be harder to do! So bear with me this week, as I post the final three letters of Zeke’s first year. And in what has DEFINITELY been the longest birth story delay in the history of birth stories, the latest update is that it is written! I’m just working on the video to go with it. *sigh* I guess these are typical second child problems right?
Zekie – you are 10 months old. (Ok, so full disclosure…you’re currently 1 year and 4 days old, which makes me a terrible mom, but I’m sure by the time you read this I’ll have done six hundred worse things than be a little bit late on writing you a letter, so thanks in advance for cutting me some slack.)
And to be honest Zeke, this month felt like a bit of a blur. AND to top it all off…I have NO IDEA where our September pictures are! I fear they have been deleted forever, and my only consolation to that, is that I’m pretty sure we didn’t take very many pictures this particular month.
This was a busy month for us kiddo, and you in your typical Zeke fashion rolled with the punches fabulously. Except the sleeping through the night punches. Those are apparently still never to be rolled with, and you continued this month to get up once or twice just to access what is clearly your all-you-can-eat snack bar. (My boobs)
Your dad was away for a week, wrapping up camp things, and then away on a canoe trip. We saw lots of family(Your cousin Adah was dedicated!) and you experienced your first ever Thanksgiving. You spent a lot of naps and nights sleeping not at home and I was reminded this month how lucky we are that you are so easy going.
It also became evident this month that you love your grandparents. This isn’t a new fact – you have always gone easily to all four of them and offer big smiles and laughs freely – but because we spent several nights sleeping over at your Grandpa and Grandma Giesbrecht’s this month, and lots of day time with the Bokma’s, I got to see just how much joy you get from being with them. Zeke, I don’t know how your relationships with the four of them will play out as you get older, but if I was a betting woman, I would wager quite highly that they will rank quite highly in your books for a long time. To watch you kick your little legs when we step in the door, just begging to get out of your carseat and into their arms does this momma heart good. We are so thankful for grandparents that love you and your sister so very much. (and sorry to the grandmas, but you just ADORE both of your grandpas. It’s actually kind of ridiculous how much you just want to be with them)
Zeke, although this month seems foggy to me, there was one night that stands out clearly. It was sometime in the middle of the night, we were at your grandparents, and your dad was away. You had just finished feeding, and I was getting ready to bring you back to your bed. You were in this absolutely adorable half-asleep haze that makes the 3 am feedings totally worth it, and you grabbed puppy and just nuzzled right into me. I decided now was as good a time as any to make you do all of your tricks (of which your repertoire is growing), and I asked in a soft-whisper voice “Zekie, can you wave?” and you lifted your head, eyes half open and obediently gave me the cutest little wave. I asked you to show me how big you were, to clap and as a grand finale to give me a kiss, and you did all of it. Then you picked up puppy again, and nuzzled back into my neck.
Oh my boy, if I haven’t said it already, let me say now, you melt my heart. You really do. I don’t know what it is about who you are, but kiddo, you need to know that you inherently bring joy to those around you. Yes, even at 3 in the morning. You are a blessing in the biggest of ways kiddo, and today I celebrate the 10 month version of you who are. You are feisty, have an incredible sense of humour and are so gentle hearted. I can’t wait for who you continue to grow into.
Happy 10 months my boy.