Fynnlee, Greyson

12 Months

Today, my babies turn one. {Hold me}

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The last 12 months have been the most fulfilling days of life. Watching these Beans go from helpless tiny newborns to these amazingly determined, strong little people is at the top of my life’s highlight reel. Somehow I was gifted this great honor of being their Mom. It’s a job I take very seriously and pinch myself every single day that I’m lucky enough to share my life with them.

I spend my days wanting them to stay just like they are. Don’t grow one bit more. And then I get excited so see what’s ahead for them. There is so much good stuff yet to come. I think about Fynnlee one day saying “I luv you Mummy” and my heart swells to ginormous proportions. But then I think about 2 week old, little, bitty Greyson looking into my eyes for the first time and die a little inside. I think a lot of time spent as a parent is spent toggling between the past and the future. But I’m really trying to learn to stay focused on the present. Because every day with them is pretty amazing.

And today, we celebrate the first year of life of Greyson & Fynnlee. My perfect, little miracles.

 

Greyson Paul and Fynnlee Ann, you have made our family complete. It’s not possible to express how much I love you and the happiness you bring to our lives is beyond words. My heart is so full that I’m afraid it may burst and I look forward to every single day I get to spend with you. I am so, so am blessed to call you mine.

Happy Birthday Beans!

Fynnlee, Greyson

Friday Fun

After a couple of days of sappy, sentimental posts, I think it’s time for some FUN! Just in time for Friday. We’ve got the whole Soscia family in the ‘burgh for the big party tomorrow. Grandma & Poppa arrived on Wednesday night and Aunt Stephanie and GG come tonight!

It’s about to get rowdy round here.

I didn’t want to get behind on our school pictures because I know everyone looks forward to seeing them. So here’s what the kids were up to this week.

These babes love sensory tubes.

It’s a good time flinging them around and watching all the stuff inside move around.

And you know shaking stuff in a can is always a hit!

Those cans are blurry for a good reason! Our kids are expert shakers.

It rained most of the day on Wednesday so they had some fun splashing around indoors. 

You know these water babies loved this activity! 


And of course, it’s a big day for the birthday twins.

When they return to school next week, they will officially be toddlers.

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

No.

Ugh. At least I convinced Miss Mariann and Miss Karen that “they’re not ready” to move to the next class. Wink Wink. #reallymomisnotready

Today they played with birthday puzzles. Moo, Baa, Oink, Cluck

Apparently Fynnlee didn’t want to share. Because apparently Fynnlee loves puzzles. And Fynnlee just doesn’t like to share.

Greyson loved picking out the puzzle pieces and flinging them around the room.

Fling and shake. Oh yeah!

We have a 12 Month Update and a party recap on tap for next week. These two have their 12 month checkup on Tuesday. Yikes!

Have a magical weekend!

Fynnlee

12 Months of Fynnlee

Birthday – HELLO WORLD! 11:46am, 6.7lbs, 19.5 inches long. My first born. The little ninja that kicked me all those months. One look at her and she takes my breath away.

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One Month – Figuring out our routine. Does not like to be awake and not receiving 100% of your attention. Nurses like a champ. Aunt Steph and GG visit. Hates baby wearing and tummy time. Loves cuddles and kisses.

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Two Months – Roadtrip to Florida. Rockstar traveler. Content to just chill and observe. Nurses for the last time, starts formula exclusively. Obsessed with the ABC song (Daddy sings it best)

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Three Months – Starts school. Finds her sweet side. Killing it in tummy time. Long naps and sleeping through the night.

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Four Months – develops a love of Wheels on the Bus. Total chatterbox. Will spend hours in the swing watching the mobile. Grabs at everything.

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Five Months – Big belly laughs. Adores bath time even though she doesn’t quite fit in the tub. Gets the stomach flu and spends her days naked. Loves the activity mat. Starts eating pureed food and loves all fruit and veggies.

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Six Months – stands with assistance. Sitting unassisted. Rolls over. First Halloween…meow. Loves the morning and has started giving giant hugs when you pluck her from the crib.

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Seven Months – Catches horrible virus that wipes her out for 5 days. Sleeps on her belly 100% of the time. no teeth. Reaches with her arms to be picked up. Gets her helmet.

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Eight Months – First Christmas. 1 tooth. Loooooves the jumperoo. Has developed excellent fine motor skills. Babbles dadadadaaa constantly. Can stand while holding on to things for a short period of time.

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Nine Months – 2.5 teeth. Takes shaky steps holding onto our hands. Likes to be the boss. Clicks her tongue and drives the dog crazy.

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Ten Months – 5 teeth. Claps at everything. Crawls everywhere. Can push up to sitting from her belly. Walks well holding on to our hands. First time in the baby pool. 

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Eleven Months – can stand unassisted for a few seconds. Eight teeth. Cruises around furniture like nobody’s business. Can pull up to standing and lower back down. Pushes the baby walker around with purpose.

Twelve Months – Finally eating solid foods (crunchies are everything). Loves blocks and books. Mickey Mouse is her boyfriend. Thinks her Dada hung the moon. Can turn the baby walker around and go wherever she wants. Nothing stands in her way!

Sugar and spice and everything nice. That’s my Squish. You are sweetness & light with the perfect amount of sass. You are exceptionally determined and you do not let anything get in your way. This world better look out, because you are going to make you mark. I adore your gusto and find your new-found sensitive side exceptionally endearing. My beautiful, smart baby girl…I love everything about you.

Greyson

12 Months of Greyson

Birthday – Burst into the world at 11:47 am on 4/30/15. 5.4lbs and 17.75 inches. Spent 48 hours in the NICU. Stole our hearts with his first breath.

One Month – Packing on the pounds. Finding our feeding/sleeping groove. Quiet and calm most of the time. Mama is obsessed with his chicken legs.

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Two Months – diagnosed with torticollis. Loves to hang out in the baby sling. Takes first airplane ride to Florida. Loses most of his baby hair & looks like George Costanza.

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Three Months – Finds his belly laugh. Sleeps 10 hours straight for the first time. Starts school and physical therapy. Sits in the bumbo like a big boy.

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Four Months – Rolls from tummy to back. Tolerating tummy time. Grabs everything within his reach. Falls in love with “wheels on the bus”. Happiest baby in the world.

Five Months – Starts solid food. Loves bananas. Babbles non-stop. Rolls front to back & back to front. Fitted for his helmet. Groans in his sleep all. night. long.

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Six Months – celebrates his first Halloween…Ribbit. Cuts 2 teeth. Starts sleeping on his belly. Eats all the fruit and veggie puree I offer. Finds his squeal. Can sit up with the Boppy pillow.

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Seven Months – Happy Thanksgiving. Gets his helmet. Sits up all by himself. Can stand with support. Decides he loves books. Blueberries are his new favorite food. Rolls everywhere.

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Eight Months – Has 4 teeth. Starts getting baths in the big tub. First Christmas! Discovers the temper tantrum. Mostly giggles at everything.

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Nine Months – 5 teeth. Army crawls all over the joint. Finds his ornery side. Starts pulling up on things. Can stand unassisted (holding on to something)

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Ten Months – 6 teeth…drools non stop. Still army crawling. Pushes up to sitting from his belly. Balance improving. Puffs are crack. Will find a cord or string within a 20 mile radius and make it his.

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Eleven Months – crawls everywhere. Pulls up to standing…can lower back to sitting. Decides he hates diaper changes or getting dressed. Clap, clap, clap.

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Twelve Months – has 8 teeth. Is wicked fast with the baby walker. still obsessed with cords. Bathtime is his favorite. Total Mama’s boy.

 

Kiddo, they broke the mold with you. You are such an amazing, smart, kind little boy. I love watching you discover new things…seeing those wheels turn in your head. You have an infectious enthusiasm for life and embrace everything thrown at you with ease. I love you with all of my heart and soul, Bug. Bring on year 2!

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Fridays with Fynnlee

It’s Friday!! Yay!

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We have nothing to do this weekend. As in, we have nothing that we HAVE to do this weekend. Which means we’ll (hopefully) get done what we NEED to do this weekend. Which is get our house ready for some special guests. Grandma and Papa are coming to town! And Aunt Stephanie and GG too!

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Because in case you didn’t know….these little maniacs turn ONE next weekend.

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I can’t deny it any longer. The Beans are about to be toddlers. Holy geez…

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I have a lot of posts planned for next week so the Tuesday and Friday updates will be on hold. Not to worry, I’ll catch you all up on their school days soon enough. Because you wouldn’t want to miss things like…Fynnlee painting her hair.


Yes, that happened.  But other fun stuff also happened!

We worked on our kitchen progression painting. With a spatula.

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And a whisk.

Mom told us Aunt Stephanie went to see Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden last week. So Fynn started practicing with the keyboard.

Sing us a song, you’re the piano man….

And we played with pop up toys. Open/close…open/close…open/close

Have a fantastic weekend!

Greyson

Tuesdays with Greyson 

I can’t even with this picture. That look on his face. And all of a sudden, he’s 15.

Aunt Stephanie sent us some new Pop Up fun books. These Little Snappers books are, by far, Greyson’s favorite. Cheep Cheep, Snip Snap and Splish Splash. He would listen (and try to rip out the pop up insert) for hours.  Dada is often tasked with storytime as he does the best animal voices.

Bathtime is still the best time. I can’t WAIT to get our little boy to the pool this summer! He is such a water baby. We had great intentions of enrolling in the Goldfish Swim School over the winter but whomp whomp…we didn’t. I think he’d be just as content in a baby pool at our house. I saw the cutest little splash mat too that I think they would love.

He says in the water until he’s a prune.

We have (what I hope is) our final helmet appointment tomorrow. Unless I hear, “I think we would see some great improvement if we left in on for one more month”, we’re done. His noggin is so much better than it was and he’s been such a trooper. I think 6 months is long enough.

He’s going to look back at his baby pictures and yell at me for this hair style. But I make the rules now and I love it like this. My little prepster.

So onto school time!  Last week they finished their progression paintings. With a spatula…

and a whisk. I can only imagine how much paint he flung onto the floor.

They got a new piano and he made the most beautiful songs by banging on it.

He has always loved this ball.

And he’s learning to roll it back and forth to his teachers!

Have a great week!

Fynnlee

Fridays with Fynnlee

Alternatively titled: I know it’s Monday but I messed up
or: I thought I scheduled this blog post but entered the wrong date
or: I promise I didn’t forget about you, sweet daughter.

Ugh.

I was planning to start a recurring weekend recap post anyway…no time like the present!

So let’s start with Fynnlee (I promise this won’t be the norm, Squish.)

Scenes from the school week.

The start of her progression painting…excellent way to learn how to use a sponge!

Part two…scrubby brushes get the job done!

Playing with pots and pans is such a good time

Bang, bang, bang! They’re loud when you clap them together too!

Can’t wait for summer corn! (We joined a CSA farmshare this summer. Yay!)

She’s got her pick of foam blocks to play with.

I’ll take this one, thank you very much”

 

Squishy will be back to having her own day this Friday. Pinky Swear.

So the weekend…

You might have seen on instagram that we built a baby jail. Jerry doesn’t like when I call it that but it’s been awesome! Our whole main floor is one big wide open space. We love the open concept…not so great for babies on the move! They’ve become so curious and so quick! It’s really been tough to keep an eye on both of them when you’re on baby duty alone. Even with two of us, it’s hard!

We bought this extra long baby gate , along with this 2 panel extension . We had to bolt it into the walls (which we wanted to avoid but it’s the only way to ensure they couldn’t push it over) and now they have a whole (mostly) baby proofed room to play in. And Jacob is free to go up and down the stairs at his leisure.

It doesn’t stop them from climbing on the couch…(fear not, I was right next to them)

How was the weather in your neck of the woods? Pittsburgh was picture perfect! Mid 70s, no humidity, blue skies, light wind. Thank you mother nature! The family took a few nice walks around the hood.

Sunshine calls for Shades! I forgot their hats…thank goodness for Babiators! Let’s talk about this stroller for a minute? We have the Baby Jogger City Select and the most part, I like it. It is easy to navigate, is easy to steer, has great storage, etc. But it seems so uncomfortable for the kids! The seats aren’t very supportive and the bottom part seems like it’s made out of cardboard. Are we doing something wrong?

We covered a few miles on Saturday and it wiped Fynnlee out! I need to get a head support for this poor child.

Sunday we celebrated Oliver’s first birthday at the park. I had a total Mom Fail and dressed the kids in dark, long sleeve shirts and long pants. On an 80 degree day. And that’s why Greyson isn’t wearing pants in this pic.  I’m ordering one of these blow up tent things. Genius!

Then we met friends at Red Fin’s for dinner.  What an awesome day for dining on the river. Unfortunately, Fynn was tired and kind of being a grouch. She finally fell asleep and missed most of the fun!

So that was Friday and that was the weekend! Hope you all have a great week! 

Greyson

Tuesdays with Greyson

Howdy folks! How is your week treating ya?

Something about babies in overalls. Crazy cute.

I had very good intentions of recording our Springtime Day in the Life on Sunday. And I did a great job documenting our day until around noon.

We had my family over for a little bunch date. And I made a super easy spread including bacon, turkey sausage, French toast and cheesy eggs.

My brothers family brought a big bowl of berries and my Dad & Anna brought orange juice and a giant chocolate cake (early bday celebration for moi). We had so much fun getting the kids together and they had a great time playing and putting together Legos.

I cut up some French toast for Greyson to munch on and he had two little bites when his face started swelling up. His eyes got puffy and itchy and his whole face was red and covered in hives. I sent Jerry to Target for some children’s Benedryl and that’s when he projectile vomited all over the living room.

Looks like Lovebug is allergic to eggs. Our pediatrician said that as long as he was breathing fine, we should be ok treating him with Benedryl. But no more eggs until we can get a full blood panel to see how serious the allergy is. And if he might be allergic to anything else. I’m not gonna lie, I was pretty scared. But he took a 2 hour nap and woke up like nothing ever happened so I guess it could have been worse.

And just like that…my Day in the Life post was shot to shreds. Oh well. There is always next weekend.

So I don’t know if last week’s school theme was supposed to be kitchen stuff but it sure turned out that way!  Playing with pots and pans is so much fun!

And the kiddos are working on a fabulous progression painting where they use kitchen items to paint with.

You bet your bottom dollar it’s getting framed and hung in the kitchen.

Especially after all that hard work they put in.

And you can also bet that I’m going to show them the proper way to use these sponges and scrubbers #choreschoreschores

Greyson supposedly loved the broccoli at lunch and decided he would pick it as his favorite stuffed vegetable.

He broke from all of the kitchen foolery to put some blocks in a basket.

It was exhausting.

Happy Tuesday Friends!

Greyson

Tuesdays with Greyson

I’m trying not to yell at Mother Nature too much because we had the mildest winter in recent memory. But seriously? Snow? We had about an inch this morning and ice on the roads. And it’s supposed to snow more this weekend. Come. ON!

We like to warm up in a nice steamy bath…followed up with a heated towel.

Do they make hooded towels for grown ups? I want one.

I know I haven’t posted any school pics in a while…but rest assured. The kiddos are having a blast!

Playing with blocks.

shaking up stuff. Shake, shake, shake….

Demonstrating our excellent posture while playing with keys. Vroom Vroom…

Roll…

and shake!!

The week always contains some sort of art project. The teachers are so creative…painting with eggs!  Easy for little hands to hold.

And I don’t know if this video is going to show up…I’m such an amateur at this WordPress stuff.  But it’s pretty cute. And pretty much all Greyson wants to do these days. Motor around the house with his little walker.

Hope you have a great week!

Fynnlee, Greyson

Life with Greyson & Fynnlee – 11 months

I know. The babies are 11 months old and that’s one month away from being toddlers. I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT!!

Ahem. What I do want to talk about is how this is the very best month of all the months we’ve had. These two are so much fun! And crazy. And exhausting. But so much fun. Eleven Months has brought shenanigans on top of shenanigans. They want to be standing and walking around (holding onto our fingers) pretty much ALL the time. They chase each other around the house. They’re sick of their toys, unless they can stand up and play with them. They giggle and laugh all the time. They are starting to really love playing together. And nothing can turn a bad day around like watching them crack each other up. They are having legit temper tantrums now (which are not so fun) but it’s testament to the fact that they actually understand things now. I’m loving this age so much.

Fynnlee Ann

Unofficial Weight 24lbs
Wearing 12 month, 12-18 month, size 4 shoes
Size 4 diapers

* girlfriend is seconds away from walking. Will stands unassisted for a few seconds. Her balance gets better every day.
* cruises around furniture and will walk forever holding onto our hands
* loves to clap
* Peekaboo is her favorite game
* can pull up from standing, can lower back down to sitting
* has EIGHT teeth
* loves any and all books. Will sit so sweetly and listen to every word.
* temper, temper, temper…yowza.
* Squeals when she sees Jacob. He’s still afraid of her.

This little sweetpea is moving and shaking these days. She fully understands you when you tell her “No Fynnlee, that’s not for you”. She stops in her tracks, looks at you sweetly and smiles. And 9 times out of 10, she’ll listen and not get into what she’s not supposed to (aka Jacob’s water). But she’s also mastered the temper tantrum…it’s always short lived, but she is not happy if you take something away from her. She can scurry up the stairs like nobody’s business. Baby proofing is in full effect at our house. She fights diaper changes unless you sing to her or give her something to play with. She’s a very social little girl…she has a BFF at school and is always happy to make new friends. She’s getting better about sharing, sometimes. And she loves to dance and shake her booty (YES!)

Greyson Paul

Unofficial Weight 22 lbs
Mostly 12 month clothes, size 3 shoes
Size 4 diapers

* Is legit crawling now. Still reverts to the army crawl when we wants to get somewhere quickly
* can push up to his belly from sitting
* can pull up to standing, can lower back to sitting/kneeling
* has EIGHT teeth
* learned to clap
* super, super ticklish
* HATES diaper changed or getting dressed/undressed
* loves, LOVES books (pop up ones only)
* can walk holding onto our hands or unassisted with the baby walker

There have been so many changes in my little G man this month. It’s INsane. From the crawling on hands and knees to the interactive play to holding his own against his older, bolder sister. He’s definitely more like a little person than a baby. When he grabs that little baby walker and struts around the house, all by himself, beaming with such pride…I can’t even take it. Not only is he walking around with purpose, he can make turns and guide himself exactly where he wants to go. And that ornery side I mentioned before? Hooboy…it’s in full force these days. Spend 10 minutes with him and you’ll know what I mean. He’s still as giggly and sweet as ever. And he’s still a snuggler. But he’s a little devil! He’s also found his voice and it sounds exactly like Fynnlee. If they have their backs to me and one of them is babbling…I can’t tell how it is. And he chatters non stop. He loves to befriend the new babies at school. He’ll just lay on the floor and hang out with them. It’s pretty freaking adorable.

Eat

Mid-Month, I tweaked their feeding schedule to add an actual breakfast, rather than a second bottle. I’m probably a little late to the game on this, but as things generally go with these babes, they dictate the terms. Not Google.

So right now, our feeding schedule looks a little like this:
wake up: 7 oz bottle
8:30ish: yogurt with fruit puree or oatmeal cereal with fruit
10ish: 5 oz bottle
Noonish: They are offered whatever lunch is served at school. Sometimes they eat some, sometimes they don’t.
4 oz fruit/veggie pouch
2:30ish: 5 oz bottle
5:00ish: They are offered pasta, chicken, meatballs, potatoes, etc…they eat some of it.
4 oz fruit/veggie pouch
puffs or yogurt melts.
7:00ish: 7 oz bottle.

I’m trying so hard to be relaxed about their food. But it’s hard for me. I’m trying to make sure they try new things and get a nice balance of fruit and veggies. And meat and grains. I know…”food before 1 is just for fun” and that right now, they are just learning to eat. Most of their nutrients comes from formula and they’re getting 24oz a day. They are certainly growing and very healthy. I need to remember there will be times when they will only like 3 foods…and all meals don’t have to be super balanced. That any vegetable is a good thing and it doesn’t have to be green. That if Greyson just wants puffs for dinner, who cares? (They’re freaking organic veggie puffs for petes sake!). And so what if Fynnlee just puts everything in her mouth and then spits it out. It’s still progress.

Just calm down, Jen Hurley. Calm down. They will be eating me out of house and home in no time.

Sleep

Daylight Savings Time has been fantastic. The kids are staying up a little longer (7/7:30), which is nice because we have more time with them in the evening. And they are sleeping a little later. Usually 5/5:30 but Greyson has been known to snooze until 6:30. Jerry and I are both early birds so this is great for us. And we continue to take turns waking up on the weekends with them and it’s amazing to sleep in one day.

There are still nights when one (or both) are up 1, 2, 6 times a night (oh Fynnlee). But really, they are few and far between. I have noticed that sleep has drastically improved since introducing this:


That’s right. My kids sleep with blankets in their beds. What can I say…I’m kind of a rebel. When we were visiting Jerry’s sister, I noticed that she slept with the house cooler at night. Which is actually how I prefer to sleep. Fynnlee had a rough first night and I think it was because she’s used to sleeping in a 73 degree room. So I covered her up with a blanket (in desperation) and she slept really well. Blankets were used on night 2 and they both slept great. And really, they pull the blankets off their faces during peekaboo. They’re just fine. I think sleep sacks are a pain too…so win win. So we lowered the temp at night and they both have a blanket. It’s working out well!

Fynnlee still has FOMO and refuses to nap at school. We’re lucky if she sleeps for an hour. Total. But then she conks out on the way home around 4 and will sleep until 5/5:30. Greyson usually gets 2 good naps at school.

On weekends and when we’re home, they each sleep about an hour in the morning and and hour and 1/2 in the afternoons. In their cribs and they don’t fight us about it at all. They’ll also sleep in their car seats during errands. But that’s slowly phasing itself out.

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I’m retiring this bullet.

So in less than a month they will be ONE. We’re having a party for them and they will be surrounded by the people that love them most.  A blogging friend wrote that “one of the most unexpected elements of motherhood for me has been this mix of grief and pride as my baby grows.” Yep. That sums it up perfectly. Their birthday is going to be tough. And fabulous. Just like this first year has been.