S: Finley Etienne Robichaud: The First Year
BC: Finley Etienne - every day with you is an adventure and a blessing. You discover moons on the living room ceiling where all I see are shadows, you hear distinct sounds when all we hear is noise - there are so many things we wouldn't see without your eyes, so many books we wouldn't read. You illuminate our world immeasurably.
1: In the very beginning, even before your beginning, there was your Papa and me. We were very happy and in love, but there was something missing. We already had Fiona and Delilah, and knew in our hearts that another pet wasn't the answer. We thought, wow, we would make awesome parents! We hope you think so too.
3: I found out that I was pregnant with you on February 9th ... I wrote in my journal that day: "Dear Baby, I already love you so much. You are smaller than a poppy-seed but already such a force in our lives." My pregnancy with you was really wonderful. I was working my dream job at a small local publishing company. I got paid to read. We had endless weddings and showers and celebrations that year so we were very busy, but you were never far from our thoughts.
4: You were born on a beautiful fall morning, just as the sun was beginning to wake.
6: When we first met you we thought - never has there been such a beautiful baby. Your eyes were so black and velvety and you had such a head of dark hair. You were foreign and familiar all at the same time. Even as a newborn you had a wise look in your eyes. It was love at first sight for both your Papa and me.
7: We were inundated with visitors & well-wishers. Everyone wanted to see the littlest Robichaud and hold you in their arms. | Your Me'mere and Grandmomma were present in your life from the very beginning.
14: You have always loved music - you continue to love listening to your Papa play his guitar or listening to your cds from the library. You also love to read. I would say that music and literature are your favorite pursuits.
15: Pretty much nothing sweeter than watching you and your Papa sleep.
18: Visits to Spokane are always something we look forward to. Grandpapa & Gaga have a beautiful backyard with a swing and a hammock, and there is always lots to do and plenty of people to play with.
19: And the cutest baby award goes to: Finley Robichaud.
20: Admiring the fish with your friend Otis & hanging out in friends' backyards.
21: Some memories from your first year in life: Eating in your highchair, fast asleep on your auntie Elizabeth, and visiting uncle John's bakery. Bath time is a favorite hobby concluding in the "shake the baby" dance,
22: Your first 4th of July and playing contentedly in your pack-n-play while I paint the kitchen with your Gaga.
23: Your very first trip to the zoo. Your Me'mere was with us too - we had so much fun.
24: First camping adventure in Bellingham, WA.
26: Your skintight Blazer's pajamas were literally coming apart at the seams but you wore them with pride, and even got your picture on the big screen, holding a sign that your Papa constructed.
27: Your Me'mere surprised you with a blue plane and a carrot cake on your first birthday. For Halloween you dressed up as King Kong. Papa was a banana tree. | And the fun continues ...