Friday, August 17, 2007

Birthday Boy

The first year of your life was pretty tough on all of us. Your dad and I worried so much and spent many days wishing you were a little bit older. But your second year brought relief from our anxiety (and your pain) and one wonderful surprise after another.

The past 12 months have probably been pretty stunning to you as well. First you had cochlear implant surgery, then you started to recognize sounds, and in no time you knew the sounds of our voices calling your name, saying we loved you, and telling you to stop pulling the cat’s tail.

That’s not all! After a year of discomfort and insomnia, we finally managed to get your acid reflux under control to a point where you mostly felt comfortable, like a little guy your size should. I still watch (with a hawk’s eye) every food item that comes your way, but I know the days of screaming jags and apnea are behind us.

You’ve also learned to walk and use sign language. The fact that we can’t recognize half of your signs does not deter your busy hands. Nothing is as charming as you signing the word “tree!” And the walking has certainly been a high point for all who know and love you. Walking has made you so happy and proud, and your enthusiasm has been contagious.

And to top it all off, we’ve had a banner year in terms of expanding our community, both in our daily lives and via your blog. The unwavering love and support we’ve felt from family and friends has made this year (and years past) feel like such a blessed one.

We love you sweet boy. Happy Birthday.

Momma & Daddy

10 comments:

Jason said...

And a very happy birthday from us Ethan. Being two is really cool. Just you wait until you're three though cos that completely rocks!!

all the best, the very mature Tom (aged 3 and a few days) and his Mum and Dad

Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday, Ethan!! I know the first year has been rough, but I'm sure that great things are ahead!! :)

Eileen said...

Happy Birthday Ethan!!! Great big hugs from this part of cyberworld. This new year is going to be full of new and exciting things for all of you. Things are just going to get better and better, I just know it. Love to all of you. LOVE THE PICTURE OF THE BIG GUY SWIMMING!!!

Karen said...

Happy Birthday Ethan! Here's to many more exciting birthdays ahead!

Grandpa said...

Happy Birthday E-Boy. I can't believe you are two already. The wonder years about to start for you and the rest of us as you grow and your curiosity expands. We are getting closer to hiking all those mountain trails leading from the back yard. Love you and your parents.

Grandpa & Grandma

Drew's Mom said...

Happy Birthday Ethan!

slouching mom said...

Aww. Such a sweet photo of a sweet boy. Yeah, I'd say he's endured more in a year than a little guy should have to...but hopefully much of that is behind him.

Happy Birthday, Ethan!

Hetha said...

Ethan says "Thanks you guys!" He had a great time and so far, 2 has been pretty good to him!

jen said...

happy birthday to all of you. absolutely.

KC said...

He is beautiful and that surgery is amazing. Happy birthday sweet boy.