People love to reflect on the events of the year around this time. Somehow, being a little introspective while trying to connect the dots of how things worked out or didn’t, in the otherwise mundane living of our dailies, seems to make the passing of a year, that much more significant.
I have had a good year. I understand that as far as adjectives go, “good” does not spark particularly inspiring interest, nor does it convey anything especially significant. It is just word that implies a nondescript, ho-hum kinda a feeling. My year was anything but. I merely use this adjective because you’ll find a range of others interspersed throughout the rest of the narrative. In this intro, I merely want to capture my contentment at a year well lived.
As I say good-bye to the year that was and look forward to welcoming the year that will be, I share with you:
My Favorite Moments of 2016:
- Without doubt, the single most eventful moment of 2016 – The moment my darling baby girl popped out. I loved how she felt in my arms, her pinkish hue, her looking up at me in instant recognition… The first word that came to my mind upon looking at her then and that still comes to mind looking at her now – PERFECT. She is perfect.
- At the hospital, seeing my little boy who was elevated to Big Brother status tentatively and then, more confidently, get introduced to his baby sister. His love and reactions to her were absolutely precious!
3. The time at the Happy Hollow Park & Zoo when he was able to cross the rope bridge by himself and with some encouragement from me.
4. Also at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo when he was able to climb the long set of stairs and slide down the ridiculously long (for a 2-year-old) tunnel slide by himself. I was so, so, so proud of him.
5. Another one at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo when all three of us, TJ, E on my lap, and me slid down the slide at the Crooked House and fell down on the wood chips below. We laughed and rolled on the chips, getting dirty and dusty and loving every second of it! Baby E had no idea what was happening but she was part of it all the same.
6. The moment, a few months ago, when TJ said his own name for the first time.
7. The moment in the kitchen when he said, “I love you Mommy” for the first time. He had, hitherto, only said it at night time when we said our good nights and upon being asked what he needed to say in reply to my telling him I loved him.
8. The moment when, for some reason I said, “Ouch” while in the kitchen, and TJ who was at the dining area, asked, “You okay, Mommy?”
9. Catching Baby E in her moment of moving into a sitting position from a rolling one…all by herself for the first time.
10. Waking Baby E up in the mornings – EVERY MORNING – She wakes up with the widest of smiles and is absolutely thrilled to see me. No matter how I am feeling previous to waking her up, upon seeing her delighted face, I am instantaneously uplifted.
11. The time in the evening when Aaron and I started singing the ABC song to Baby E and TJ joined in, singing it with us. I didn’t know that he learned to sing it at school so we were very impressed and pleasantly surprised.
12. Every time Baby E is about to fall backwards onto our thickly padded rug from a seated position (not so much anymore) or is stuck with a toy she can’t get off her hand or in the midst of any kind of harmless activity that TJ perceives as being dangerous for her and he runs to her saying, “I got you, Baby” to help her out.
13. Making Baby E laugh – Every time I snuggle on to her cheeks or belly and tickle-kiss her and she laughs. Just hearing her hearty laugh makes me so, so happy. She has always been a happy baby and watching her blossoming personality is an absolute joy. Touchwood.
14. Attending Music Together with TJ, just me and him, and having a very, very good time.
15. The time the three of us went to Emma Prusch Farms and TJ said, “Hold hand, Mommy” asking to hold my hand on our way from the parking to the entrance. He had only just started to put words together so this was a big deal.
16. Our first vacation as a family of 4. We had such a relaxing time and had so much fun with TJ! Every night was dessert night (within reason). We took walks, saw deer from inside the glass house that we rented for the week, found TJ randomly asleep on the carpet behind the couches in the living room one afternoon (we were napping on the couch too so we had no idea he had left his room to come into the living room), cooked as well as bought really delicious food…just everything was superb and a very memorable experience.
17. Visiting Seven Seas Water Park in Sunnyvale with the kids and running through the water sprinklers holding TJ’s hands, screaming and jumping through the water. What fun!
18. Every single time I hear him saying the following: “Here you go, Mommy” (usually handing me my phone even when I haven’t asked for it. If he sees it somewhere, he just picks it up and brings it to me), “Where are you, Mommy?” (not so much the words as much as the way he says “Where” – sound like “veerRu”, “Don’t be upset, Mommy” (because even mommies need to cry sometimes, either that, or I am angry at him over something), “J got it” (when he wants to do something on his own).
19. The time when I was crying and TJ climbed on top of a chair, reached for the box of Kleenex, and brought me a tissue.
20. Every time I witness tender moments between my two kids – whether it is watching Baby E trying to follow TJ’s every move or seeing TJ kiss and hug his sister tenderly even when nobody is watching or take something away from her that she is not supposed to have for her safety, holding her hand when the vacuum cleaner is running so she doesn’t get scarred, or covering her ears when I need to run the blender, or the one time I caught him feeding her and Baby E eagerly opening her mouth to take in the spoon.
I could keep going but I’ll stop here. 2016 has been a good year, indeed! You will notice that I haven’t written anything directly pertaining to Aaron and that’s because I wanted to keep this about the kids. Of course, in writing about the kids, I am writing about Aaron too because in them, I see him too.
See you in 2017. I have a lot of exciting things planned and can’t wait to have them unfold in the new year.
Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah!
(The two celebrations my family celebrates this month).
Happy New year!