11 months gone in a flash..

Kristen sent me a picture of Cameron this morning when I got to work. It was a picture of him sitting by the trash can holding my drink cup from last night and trying to drink out of it through the straw. He had stood up, gone into the trash and found a cup to drink out of. Just a day before, he got mad because I put locks on the cabinets to keep him from climbing in and tossing stuff out. He pulled on the cabinet a couple times before he realized it would only open an inch. He then decided to look over the top and found the lock and started trying to push it down to open the door. This kid is SMART! In 11 months this child has gone from a tiny little log that I could hold in my hand and forearm and turned into a kid. I guess I never expected it to happen this fast. He has developed so much personality. He's a very happy, silly kid. He knows what he wants and what he doesn't and he isn't afraid to tell you. He looks at you intently trying to understand what you're saying to him and he mimics your expressions perfectly. It's incredible.

I often think about the future and who I'd want C to be like. What qualities I'd want him to inherit from both of our families. Most of all I want him to be respectful and a gentlemen. Open doors and be polite. Be honest and have integrity. I think between his grandfathers he'll have those covered. All 3 of them are very smart and I have a lot of respect for. I know that they'll spend a lot of time teaching him right from wrong. My grandfathers have been huge influences in my own life and I want nothing more than for him to have those same cherished relationships. His grandmothers will spoil him, I'm sure. Heck, they already do. Hopefully he learns to never take them for granted. Sadly, he'll never get to meet my mom. I can't wait to be able to tell him stories of her and what a loving and generous person she was. I get a lot of my traits from her and I hope to pass those on to him. His Mom. Oh boy. She'll teach him farts and burps are hilarious. I take that back. He already farts and laughs. Not my doing! She has a lot to give him and I can't wait to see how it all works out! She'll definitely be the math tutor. Yes, I do drug calculations on a daily basis for critically ill patients, but I hate math. HATE it. My father and Kristen are math people. They can have it! I digress. More than anything I want our relationship to be something he knows he can always rely on. I can't wait to start having adventures with him and making memories he'll be able to share with his kids someday. I'm excited to be able to teach him the skills I have and the things I enjoy and know, and figure out with him the ones he wants to learn that I don't know. It's just the beginning of a long journey that I'm so excited to be a part of.

In the next 3 weeks we're making our trip to Hawaii for our wedding and not long after that we have C's first birthday! Both will be exciting and a lot of fun. I can't wait to see him go crazy on his cake!


Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. -Dr. Seuss

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