Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Where has this year gone?  As I sit here writing (with a sleeping baby on my lap), I can't help but be filled with emotions. I'll try to keep the melodrama to a minimum, but I'm going to sincerely miss some of my favorite baby moments that I know will disappear far too quickly as he becomes more mobile, more sassy, and more independent. At the same time, I'm looking forward to entering my favorite stage in child development.  I can see him starting to process the world at a new, deeper level.

First, his conclusion to our monthly photos. I can't say I'm going to really miss the photo sessions. Our cats might not miss it either.

We had a fun celebratory birthday party with family and friends after Nolan's dedication at church.  It was fun to open our house to a big crowd and all celebrate Nolan's first year.  Here are a few pictures that somewhat capture our fun day. In Nolan's true "I love food" fashion, he picked up the cake whole and dug in without wasting a second.

After a quick bath, he enjoyed opening gifts, getting some additional family cuddles, and tiring out for a nap to finish off the party. Mom may have joined him.

As for developmental gains, we do not have a walker by a year, but he certainly impresses us daily. He giggles easily, is ticklish everywhere, and loves to be silly. He can stand up on his own, enjoys pushing anything that he can make move (high chairs, regular chairs, strollers, walkers, etc.) and could spend all day chasing after the cats.  He gives kisses, occasionally bites, and loves to give hugs. He will share everything with you and expects any food to be shared with him.   I'm proud we made it through a year of nursing, he is transitioning to solid foods without a hitch, he has such an easy-going personality, and we've learned that sleep isn't actually necessary. Overall, he has taken over our house... and we wouldn't have it any other way.   To Nolan's new friends' parents (especially one that is due any day now and a new cousin on the way!), I know every single person with kids tells you how fast it goes, and they're right. Enjoy every moment.

From the Cressman Clan, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a great start to 2016!

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