Carson slept through the night at 5 months, Ella at 6 months. I remember thinking that life could only get better from this point forward. Sleep seemed like the ultimate reward.
Carson walked at 12 months, Ella at 15 months. I was certain that the children walking would make my life infinitely easier, we could go to the park! We could play outside without the worry of them crawling on the concrete or into fire ant hills.
Carson said Dada around 12 months, Ella said Mama around 14 months. Oh how sweet those words sounded. An even better reward than either Tate or I had imagined.
Both kids ate cake for the very first time on their first birthdays. They both loved it and I loved watching them get icing in their hair. Having made it one year with each kid, and they were both still intact and healthy felt like I’d accomplished the impossible.
Carson got his first tooth the day after his first birthday, Ella got her first teeth at 16 months. The kids getting their teeth was sad because I was going to miss their gummy grins, but it was also great that the FINALLY got teeth and people would stop asking me why my kids didn’t have teeth.
The first time I was ever away from the children overnight was in July 2008. It had been over 2 1/2 years since I’d spent a night without one ear open, listening for middle of the night wimpers. Who knew how much I’d miss them and crave to feel their little bodies in my arms and my lips against their foreheads?!
Carson’s first movie in a theater was when he was 3 years, 11 months old, Ella was 2 years, 5 months. The movie we saw was Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. It was only the second time I’d been to a movie in over 3 years, 11 months. I had no idea I even missed going to movies, but when it’s been that long? The whole experience of going to the theater, sitting in the dark, eating buttered popcorn and gummy bears, it was even better getting to share it with my two favorite little people in the world. Their smiles widened as the lights were dimmed and sat quietly, enthralled, as they watched the whole movie.
This may very well go down as my greatest memory with them.