Baby No More

Ramona has officially made it to toddler status. I am both happy and sad. Sad that this first amazing year with her in our lives is past and happy that we made it unscathed! I can’t wait to do it again. Ramona has filled our lives with an abundance of joy. She has given me purpose and has centered my focus off of me and onto our family. Pretty awesome stuff!

We celebrated her birthday with just the three of us. We will do the party with family and friends later, but yesterday was a celebration of our family. We could not have asked for a better day either. Ramona got her first taste of the aquarium in Jenks. Kelly and I had never been there either and we left impressed. Ram really liked the jelly fish and the shark tank. She couldn’t really see anything in her stroller so we had to carry her most of the time. I imagine most kids are the same and don’t really want to be held when they are perfectly capable of getting around on their own. This was the case with her. We made it work though. The weather was in the mid 60’s so we took advantage with a trip to the park in the afternoon. This was the first time that we had been to the park since Ramona has started walking. With her new mobility, Ramona is finding it easy to make new friends. I am pretty sure she has never met a stranger. She was just walking up to other kids and saying hi, waving at the bigger kids running by, and smiling the whole time. Such a happy girl and such a happy day. 
This past week Ramona has been walking much. The last two days I am certain she is walking more than crawling. I beam with pride when she takes those steps. I know I don’t have anything to do with it but it just makes me proud to watch my girl do something she has been working towards. It is going to be blast come Christmas watching her chasing her cousins around the tree. It really is all happening so fast. 
I read an article by Cardinal Dolan yesterday about Advent and Kids. It spoke to me. He was saying how kids center their parents and how they alleviate selfish behavior in our lives. Our world revolves around children as does our faith. Happy Advent!

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