The only thing more unbelievable than Aya turning 1 is that we survived a whole year of parenthood. Babies like routine. She didn't get any of that. It's been a pretty wild year dragging Aya on countless trips around Cambodia and to 4 other countries. She's taken it all in well and has turned into a fun little girl that we enjoy immensely.
We rarely get enough sleep these days but life is pretty darn good for our little family. Aya celebrated the day by having an Asian style birthday party with a bunch of her Cambodian friends and then later in the evening I baked a chocolate cake to celebrate our surviving one year of parenting which Aya also got her fingers into.
The last two months have been a lot of fun. Toddling is pretty cute. Not sure we want to know what is next though.
What else needs to be said? Asia is awesome!
Another 3 months and a whole lot of changes. The chase begins as Aya stops sitting around and begins crawling everywhere. As January comes to an end and Aya is climbing up on everything, the inevitable first steps and the likely end of our sanity draws ever nearer.
Really? We have a 7-month old?
It seems like just yesterday that I was enormously pregnant, eagerly anticipating her arrival. And all at the same time, it feels like Aya's been with us forever. The moments are few and far between where we really think about what life was like with just the two of us - it's almost like it never was.
These days, our lives are joyously full. Full of baby giggles. And Aya's big smiles. Full of cheers when she puts one leg in front of the other, and then again, and again, beginning to coordinate her limbs to crawl. (We will stop the cheering I'm sure as she becomes more mobile - she is already getting into everthing and it will only get worse from here). They are full of mashed banana and rice cereal and pulverized root vegetables. And piercing wails and cheery babbles as she begins to communicate with us more variedly.
We are blessed parents indeed, trying to soak up every moment, because as the past 7 months have taught us, time flies!