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Well here it is now just about April and we are trying to get somewhat caught up on blog posts again. I honestly have no idea how people consistently keep adding posts in the midst of all the craziness of life and have gained a new respect for anyone that can keep that up. Anyways, we thought it would be a good idea to post some photos of Oliver’s first Christmas on this earth. He had a great time playing with his presents – that is before they were opened.  I think he actually liked the boxes, bows & wrapping paper a little bit more than the gifts but that was fine with us.  Oliver also really seemed to enjoy the Christmas tree and showed his excitement for the tree by trying to gnaw on the branches and pull on ornaments.

This past Christmas was a really nice time for Annie and I because we have been blessed to have family in the area so we were able to spend some time with both families on Christmas eve and Christmas day. The only downside is by the end of the holiday we are pretty pooped from going back and forth, but it’s good to see friends and family during the holidays especially.

It was very surreal watching some of the festivities and seeing my son crawling around everywhere – realizing that 9 months had come and gone so quickly. It seemed like it was just yesterday that we brought him home from the hospital.  It’s funny as a kid I always remember hearing grown ups – especially the older ones – talk about how quickly time goes. They would come up to me and squeeze my face and say something like – “Wow! You are getting so big!  Wasn’t it just a little while ago that you couldn’t even walk?” or something to that effect.  I always thought it was strange until now. Since having a child it seems like I’ve entered some type of time warp and everything has sped up. I know it’s only going to feel like time is going by faster but it’s still an odd concept to me.

Ultimately, though I am thankful for the year that has passed and for the years ahead with our family. Merry very late Christmas everyone!

Jonathan

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it is very hard for me to believe that it was one year ago today that oliver came into our lives and has been over and beyond what we ever could have asked for in a son!  i had no idea how much i would fall in love with him and how easily my heart would ache each time he is unhappy or hurts himself (which continues to be more frequent lately).  he is such a ray of sunshine in our lives, and i feel such a peace being his mom.  each day, i love watching him learn new things, figure out new games or even find something completely random to laugh over and over about.  jon is great at finding the most random things to make oliver laugh like crazy.  it has definitely been a year full of its own challenges as we learn about being parents for the first time and all the unknowns and stresses that go along with it……but it has been a really amazing year for us.  i love seeing oliver grow and develop into his own little person, and we are excited to enter each new phase with him as he continues to grow (some phases more than others, though:)).  we are also very thankful for all the love, support, and encouragement that we have from our friends and families.  we are better parents because of it, and at times, ‘sane’ parents because of it.  so, here’s to many more years with our oliver, but we are grateful for the time that the Lord has given us so far!

annie

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So I’ve learned that as a parent of a small child most people feel like they can come up to you and say just about anything about your child without really thinking. It seems to be a slight continuation of the pattern Annie experienced when she was pregnant. Total strangers sometimes would come up to her to try to rub her belly and ask her questions about the pregnancy. Some people would say things that could have been taken as offensive but Annie was pretty gracious during that time. Anyways with Oliver now like I said we’ve seen a similar thing happen and after a while certain phrases can become kind of old to hear time after time like – Wow he’s tiny! Is he a midget? Do you ever feed him? etc. Well Oliver has always been a little guy ever since he was born. We actually had to wake him up to eat sometimes and now that he’s on formula he hasn’t really gained a lot of weight. He looks especially tiny next to his cousin who is on the larger and taller side for kids of his age but Annie and I are just enjoying how small he is. One of the best things about him being so small is that he can fit into just about anything. In fact I was considering having a series of pictures where we just took him and had him sit inside of all sorts of objects for fun.  The above pictures should give you a small sample of how little he was at the time the pictures were taken. Which was a few days after thanksgiving last year when he was 8 months old if you were wondering.  The funny part about the above pictures was Oliver had been crawling around and getting into all sorts of things so I thought I would empty out his train toy bin and see how he would like sitting inside. He sat there for a long time just content to play with the few pieces left inside and we actually had to take him out to get him to bed before he actually started crying & then at that point he didn’t want to leave so that caused him to cry. He’s been such an easy child to deal with and take care of – so we have definitely been blessed. Hopefully that continues :)

Jonathan

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