To say the last year has flown by would be a massive understatement. People always say kids grow up too fast - and they do - but this year seemed extra fast for us. I didn’t even blink, you guys! They just magically turned a year older.
This blog post is going to go against all blog post rules for blog growth. I’m not going to help you learn something new or have catchy headlines. Today is about my babies and putting down these memories while they are still fresh enough for me to remember them.
I don’t know how I lived this tired, beautiful life before these babies were mine but I know that life is infinitely better with them in the world.
Atticus William Balbontin. You are two weeks a one year old and sweeter by the day. In this last year you have brought so much joy to our lives that some times I don’t think I can contain it - it’s too much. You are love. You are my most cuddly baby and are always laying your head on my shoulder. You love your sisters and crawling really fast after them where ever they go. You haven’t walked yet, but you want to kick a soccer ball like sissy so badly that I’m sure it’s coming soon. Take your time, we don’t need to rush it.
Speaking of a ball, that was your first word and your favorite toy. You get so excited any time you see one. I can see you being obsessed with sports already, and I’ll have to learn to love them too so I can keep up. Your second word was dada, and yours lights up any time you say it. And finally, last night you said mama and it made my rough day so much better. You love pasta and apple sauce but only have 4 teeth so eating is still a challenge for you. You’ve been cutting new teeth for the last week so I see a lot of new foods coming your way soon.
There aren’t enough sentences to contain our love for you, so I’ll just leave it at that. We love you sweet boy.
Amelia June Balbontin. You are a firecracker if I’ve ever seen one. You challenge everything. You are as stubborn as your dada and as vocal about it as mama. You are also the most loving and giving little girl. You will share anything of yours and help anyone at a moments notice. You want to help your brother learn everything and sing to him when he’s sad. You want to copy what your sister does and love watching Pokemon with her any chance you get.
You would be happy if you could only eat chicken nuggets, dairy free yogurt, and z-bars for every meal, but we are working on expanding your plate. You love to help mama in the kitchen and paint beautiful pictures for your room. You have such a big imagination and are always playing make-believe. You will turn anything into a character if you don’t have toys with you. A salt and pepper shaker is as good as a shopkin when you are playing.
You have played soccer for two seasons now and you get better with every practice. You make friends anywhere you go and are so kind and respectful to everyone you meet. You let people know when you are upset though. I never have to worry about you standing up for yourself and I love that about you. You’re strong and loving, and honestly one of the funniest kids I’ve ever met in my life.
Mama and Dada were so lucky to “birth” you, as you would say. You’ve made the last five years something incredibly special, and we love you oh so much, our girl.
Happy Wednesday, friends! Today I will be celebrating my girl and taking her out for picnic. I hope you all have an amazing day and take a second to remember the things that bring you joy.