Sunday, August 30, 2009

Happy Birthday Itai!

Wednesday was Itai's birthday. It seems incredible that an entire year has passed since he was born. In that time Itai has moved three times (four if you count the move out of the hospital!), been to Disneyland twice, popped out six teeth (bitten me once), developed a taste for almost every solid food, started walking, learned to climb the stairs, sat in the ocean, fallen in love with Sesame Street, earned a nickname from grandma, the staff at his doctors office and his big brother, and so much more. What a busy year for the little guy!
I think back on his birth and can't believe how well he's flourished since those initial terrifying moments. After the chest compressions, the respiratory treatments and missed feedings he finally came home. Avi wasn't sure about having this new addition in his home, but since then he has grown quite accustomed to him. He loves sharing his bath and the pool with him. He even prefers Itai be his bed when Avi goes down for the night. And for his part, Itai adores Avi! He loves giving Avi hugs and kisses, watching him do everything and trying to follow him.
On his birthday he took his first steps. He's still a little unsteady on his feet but he's really determined to get on his feet and get moving.
We love our big, blue eyed boy. He's been a wonderful addition to our family and a great companion for Avi. Happy First Birthday Itai Noah! :) We love you!


Valerie said...

We love you, Itai!!

Stella Andes said...

Cute pictures! We need to get a high chair for when he's here, don't we?

Tiff :o) said...

Now why don't adults let kids eat cake that way on their 8th birthday when they would remember it. ;o) He looks stunned in the pic of his cake with a lit candle in it. The little guy seems more on the move than me.

Terry Family said...

Why in the world did I NOT know that you have a blog?! I'm so happy to see that you do! I read all of your posts, and I'm so surprised to see how big your kids are getting. Avi is turning into such a big boy, and Itai's cheeks are perfectly squeezable. I love it!

As I read through so many of your posts -- posts about preschools, therapies, and Autism -- it was just awesome and I felt as if I was right there talking to the both of you. For real, I got all teary-eyed (story of my life). Thank you for your blog, for your attitude and perspective.

p.s. I think we should definitely combine efforts for next year's Walk for Autism, don't you?

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