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!