A Day of Change

These past 15 months have been the best of my life. Things for our family will never be the same, but will be enriched by the birth of your baby brother. To celebrate your last few hours as an only child, here are some of my favorite memories of you.

1. Daddy couldn't get enough of you in the hospital when you were born & ever since then he hasn't been able to get enough of you. One day you will probably tire of his kisses but for now...2. On Christmas morning 2006, before our family arrived to celebrate the day, you & I spent some quality time laying by the tree. Daddy took this photo of us & I love how intense you look.3. Happy New Year 2007. I put this New Year's hat on you & took some photos. I love that you look like you're letting me get away with something.4. February 26th, 2007. My sisters & I took you to Redondo Beach for the 1st time to take your 5 month photos. You had just started sitting up on your own so you kept tipping over in to the sand, but you never cried & we got some great photos.5. Bathtub fun. Those 1st few times we gave you a bath you were not happy. But after a while you started to really enjoy yourself. Now you look forward to getting a bath every night. You sit in the tub splashing around & sucking on your bath toys while you giggle constantly.6. April 26, 2007. Whenever daddy speaks, you stare up at him mesmerized. Your big eyes are always so full of wonder & they are my favorite part of your face. They tell a story every time I look in to them.7. August 26, 2007. 11 Months old. You came with me to run some errands today. We went to the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf afterwards & you were dancing & strutting around the store. Anytime you hear music, you stop what you're doing & bounce up & down. These days you are always really happy... smiling, laughing, walking & bringing such joy to our lives.
8. At your 1st birthday party we gave you cake for the 1st time. You didn't like it & when we put your hands on it you & you cried until we washed your hands.9. Happy Halloween 2007. We came to your Halloween Parade at daycare & you looked so cute running around in your octopus costume.10. I have been trying to feed you adult solid foods for months, but you just wanted to keep eating pureed food. You have slowly started eating our food & this evening we fed you spaghetti & meatballs. As you can see in this photo, you loved it & couldn't get enough of it.
One last photo before I head out. Here is a photo of us this morning right before I put him down for a nap. I'm off to have my baby boy!


Katie said...

Well, little Joey should be born now, and I'm just waiting patiently for a phone call or blog picture! (-:

I'm so excited for your family, and to see Johnnie become a big brother! Congratulations Bolanders!

Megan said...

We wish you good luck. I can't wait to see some pictures.