Monday, November 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Niall!

So here I am, sitting in the silence of my house and my thoughts on Niall's first birthday.  He just went down for a nap and it's all really starting to hit me.  A whole year has gone by since I first held him in my arms.

I would try to stop at certain points throughout the day and say "Oh, this is when he first looked at me" and "This is when I changed his first diaper," etc.  But the truth is that it was all a complete blur.  I was so doped up on anesthesia from the c-section, I barely remember him being handed to me.  And then we were in such a whirlwind of excitement, the other details all sort of blended together.

I don't know if it would have mattered if I weren't on drugs anyway, though.  I think everything has been such a blink of an eye, regardless of any circumstances.  And now I'm realizing that it's been that way throughout this entire year- and probably will be for the rest of his life.  It's all a blur of excitement, happiness, frustration, challenges and learning.  Thank God I started this blog to be able to look back on all of it.

I can flip through "first year" calendars, blog posts, pictures and videos to find the important milestones I want to tell him about one day (or remember for my own sake).  But the truly precious moments happen in the spur of the moment, when you don't have a camera or simply can't be described in words.  These are the ones I'll have to hold in my heart and hope I can always remember.

Matt and I have learned so much about ourselves and grown in so many ways in the last year, and we have to thank Niall for all of it.  I know it will only get better and better.  Here is a look back on Niall's first year...





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10 comments:

  1. I was wondering what you would come up with as a 1 year post; this is amazing. You have really managed to capture some great moments. HAPPY BIRTHDAY NIALL!!

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  2. This made me tear up, Kerry. You capture the first year perfectly, just perfectly. Happy Birthday Niall!!! I love the video. Nate had those moose jammies too! So cute.

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  3. Hope he had an amazing birthday! I didn't know you had a c-section, I'll have to pick your mind about that some day because I was told the next time around I'll have to have a c-section and I want to be completely prepared!!

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  4. Happy Birthday Niall!

    Karry, this post made me cry. Such a great video. I can't believe how similar our boys look lol :)

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  5. wow, happy birthday niall! i am not ready for these next five months to fly by for parker's first birthday. make time slow down!!

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  6. k, i just watched the video. let me just say the first minute alone made me tear up. tears, kerry! tears!!

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  7. Happy Birthday Niall! What a sweet video.

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  8. What an awesome video!! It really does go way too quickly. I have a 4.5 year old and every day I ook at her and wonder where did the time go? It's truly something you don't understand until you have kids of your own! Happy belated birthday Niall!!!

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  9. Love the video! I think my favorite parts are when he is sucking on the empty bottle with his eyes closed and when he's trying to drag the whole diaper bag with him. Too funny! Happy birthday!

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