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One Year…

August 17, 2009

Kaela turned one last week and I can’t believe how fast that year went by.

So much happened since she was born…in our lives and around the world.

Just to name a few… we have a new president (finally!), Michael Jackson died, the economy went in the toilet, I got a promotion, Devon started his own business, and our best friends moved back to the states from being stationed in Okinawa for 4 long years. One of our dogs had major knee surgery and I got food poisoning for the first time. Kaela took her first airplane ride, got to play in the ocean and she started crawling.

(Well, not crawling in the traditional sense. I call it the “reach and scoot”.)

She has a pretty big vocabulary for a one year old. She says dog, hi, dada, uh-oh, mama (sometimes), ya, ny-ny, look, wight (for light), bird, ffffffffdog (for frog), and I’m sure I’m forgetting some others.

We lost many, many hours of sleep. We worried a lot and grew lots of new grey hairs. It has been a great year of watching her grow and learn and develop into a toddler. I can’t believe she is already a toddler. She has already developed a toddler attitude and toddler frustrations. I thought I would have some more time before all this started…

I already see glimpses of the person she is becoming and I love what I see. She is strong-willed, funny, empathetic, smart, loving and social.

She is also stubborn, mischievous, and frankly a little violent. (She’s a slapper, a scratcher and a biter…) Hopefully she will grow out of all that!

I can definitely say that this has been the most difficult and the most rewarding year of my life and I’m sure Devon would agree. I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring and I may look into a self-defense class!