“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”
― Dr. Seuss
One year ago today our lives were forever changed in a most wonderful way. Charlie was born. Norah became a big sister. Stu and I became parents again, this time to a son. A year later I can remember life before Charlie but I can’t imagine it without him. From a daily (and nightly) work standpoint life with two has been crazy hard. But from a delight standpoint Charlie has added so much to our family. He loves all three of us so thoroughly that none of us can get near him without him physically leaning in. So, I lean in all day, because THAT is just the “stuff”. Charlie is a funny boy who asserts himself, wants to be heard, understood, wants to join in. He insists. He’s curious and bright. Charlie looks just like his father. And when Charlie’s motivated and interested he has a knack for catching onto things….just like his father. It seems so effortless at times and I’m regularly amazed. Both Charlie and Norah are developing SO much everyday. They are clocking more time each day giggling together. They are learning to greet one another and share. They encourage one another through competition and through celebration. They are so much fun to raise as individuals and as siblings. Charlie has redefined each of us and our family as a whole. He has done so with flair and laughter. Happy Birthday to my Charlie! I love you so much there’s a lump in my throat. I’m so proud of who you are and look forward with great delight to discovering who you’ll be.