Today is St. Patrick's Day but more importantly to us, it's Griffin's 1st Birthday!!
leaving San Jose, we had a big fun party with friends and celebrated
our boy's upcoming birthday and our impending departure. It was so
amazingly great to spend a few moments with many of our friends and have
the chance to give last hugs for at least a little while. Griffy had a
lovely time being passed around (still not really walking!) and
squeezed, then enjoyed handfuls of chocolate cupcake after we sang him
the Birthday song (Bird obligingly blew out his candle).
are the sweetest little one...I smile every time I think of you. You
can play and find fun in just about everything that crosses your gaze.
You're cuddly and ferociously affectionate at times (full body hugs,
often in the middle of the night). You are who I expected you to be in
that you bring a lightness to our family, a sweetness, an attitude that
life is better when you're having fun. You don't get mad at your sister
when she's less than gentle with you. In fact, you call her in your own
unique way when you get up in the morning and realize she's not there.
You love our Phylo...maybe a bit much. But he doesn't seem to mind you.
You have an appetite for life, and also for food! You love all sorts of
things but especially food with real flavor. Spices, olive oil, almost
anything off our plates :o) You want big hunks of things and you want to
feed yourself. Yesterday you were putting your food on a spoon and
attempting to eat with it. You're really into mimicking us and enjoy
copying our random sneezes and coughs, then laughing about it. You were
almost able to blow out your birthday candle tonight. I know you'll get
Things that move get you really excited. You
love hide and seek. Trains are fascinating. Dogs are intriguing (and you
bark quite well). You've taken 3 or 4 steps at a time and practice at
random moments. You still try to eat little rocks at parks and
playgrounds (sigh). You love to be held and you love snuggles. Diaper
changes are a waste of your time apparently. You have the grabbiest
fingers I've ever seen on a kid (disastrous!) and you're loving our
crazy tiny table here at the apartment in Aachen as you can reach
everyone's plates :o) You love books & when we read to you. You're
starting to babble on and on and have little conversations. You still
don't sleep well at night but we're getting ready to move you in with
your big sister soon anyway (you two will work it out).
This past year with you has been amazing Griffin! What a journey
it's been. A year ago today I never would have imagined we'd be moving
to Germany and you'd have your little childhood here. What fun for you
and Bird and for all of us to have together. Can't wait for many
adventures ahead with you.
All my love, Mama
A few pics from before the move :o)