Corbin and our doula, Cheryl at the hospital.
Tiny little MAN
His first bath....not so happy and neither were we!
In the early days, if he was close to mommy, he was happy.
Sweet, smiley little booger!
Always ready for an adventure.
When I look back on his first year, I know that so much of that time was us just simply surviving. But after all those hospitalizations and procedures and illnesses and the surgery and losing his little brother, we finally made it to his first birthday. There wasn't much fanfare, I was too sucked up in every day living at the time to really look forward far enough to plan a December birthday party, but there was lots of love and relief and joy.
He got big so fast!
I don't think there has ever been a little boy more loved than Corbin. His sisters dote on him all the time.
First birthday cupcakes. BLUE because I finally COULD :)
Most of my kidlets, happy with their family and friends
Ever the little cheese...this guy has made our home so much more complete!
If the first year was difficult (though joyful and full of happy times, too) this year has been a whirlwind! It's amazing to me how much they change in the early years. This morning I thought to get some pictures of the birthday boy, and well, they say you can't get a good picture of a 2-year-old and I might have to add ESPECIALLY if said 2-year-old is a boy! But oh how is little personality shines in what I got!
He knows what the camera is for and when it comes out he said, "CHEESE, I SEE!" But doesn't actually give a moment to even snap the picture. He wants to see the preview screen. He is impatient like that in almost everything. Cooperative, but not understanding that it takes a little bit of time.
"I said I SEE!!"
Another picture? I'm pretty much over this, mom...
So I said, "let's go in the dining room and take a picture of you in front of the tree" but he didn't want to be in front of the tree...He wanted to be on "THAT CHAIR! I go on THAT CHAIR!" He is also very particular. Everything has to be *just so* I talked about that in the early mornings post a couple days ago.
Oh...are you still taking pictures? Because I want to eat what's left of my oatmeal. If you have the camera, you probably can't snatch me off the table, so here I go!
"CHEESE, I SEE!"
How do I describe Corbin? At 2, he *loves* to cook and watch me cook. If something is on the counter, it is not safe. If something is at the top of the stairs, it will be tossed down before he comes running after it. He is all at once a loving boy and a hurricane. He is attached to his daddy at the hip and if daddy is around to do something, daddy MUST do it. He loves playing with his sisters and he is in perpetual motion. He is also very smart. He knows all of his colors and some shapes and can sing so nicely.
Grumpy because I took his picture while he was throwing a fit...but his eyes match almost anything. He has those brown-green-blue eyes. I guess they call that hazel. I call it amazing ;P
And need I mention how beautiful this kid is? We went to the movies a week or so ago and on the way out one of the ushers was handing out candy and looked at him and squealed. She said, "OH MY GOSH, LOOK AT HIM!!" Corbin looked a little confused and she said to her friends, "He is the CUTEST little boy I have EVER seen!" Then she came and gave him some candy. We get told he needs to be in baby commercials all the time. But none of this suprises me (since I have the smartest, most beautiful babies EVER ;P) though it sure brings a lot of delight.
Happy Birthday to you, Corbin. You are my precious little man and our prayer is that you grow to be a Godly man who will follow hard after Christ, wherever He leads you and that you will lead your future wife and children with love, kindness and a true servant leader's heart. You love us all so well and we are grateful to be your family. You are a wonderful son, little brother and you will be a loving big brother someday. You continue to surprise us and delight us every day. Happy Birthday to our long-awaited son.