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A year of Everett

Written by: Christopher Spicer January 01 2013 I cannot believe we have entered into 2013. It was a little over a year ago when I was trying to psyche myself up to being a new father. Now, I can’t even imagine my life without Everett. I look forward to many more years with my son,...

Written by: Christopher Spicer

I cannot believe we have entered into 2013. It was a little over a year ago when I was trying to psyche myself up to being a new father. Now, I can’t even imagine my life without Everett. I look forward to many more years with my son, but 2012 provided some pretty significant moments as a new father.

The spiritual and profound moment of holding my son for the first time ever, and instantly deciding I will protect and love Everett.

Summit adopting Everett as his new “brother” and coming over for pets and kisses.

Realizing diaper changing will not lead to extensive therapy and counselling.

The simple joy of feeding my son, and watching someone who may have a bigger appetite than me.

Everett bouncing up and down to music.

The excitement on Everett’s face when he realizes we’re going for a walk.

Finally, having an excuse to play with the barnyard toy set.

Everett peeking around the corner to see me.

Having a conversation with Everett, even if no one knows what we’re talking about.

Learning that magic really does exist when Everett laughed for the first time.

Showing off my son being able to use the toilet. Sure, he uses his diaper too, because he likes to keep his options open.

Teaching Everett to sign “more” when eating. Plus the first time he signed without any prompting.

Bath time.

Being away all day, then being greeted with the most radiant smile and intoxicating laughter.

Everett waving at someone entering the room.

The first time Everett pulled himself up on the furniture and his squeal of joy over this accomplishment.

The day he finally figured out the “climbing the stairs” puzzle.

Laughing and talking to his friend in the mirror.

Everett being better at using the computer than some adults. I’m still trying to figure out a few of his new settings.

His first tooth, because it meant the end of his first teething ordeal.

His incredible joy during swimming lessons.

Every day with Everett continues to be a special moment. I know 2013 will have plenty more.