Tomorrow, E turns 1. That's a whole year since we made a dash to the hospital (C too) and just got there in time, but he was born in a room in the hospital - ok it was an hour after he was born before he saw the delivery suite but hey...
What a year. I have heard for the first time of Williams Syndrome. I have read more about a single disability than I ever thought I would. I have totally readjusted some of my life views - and very much so the dreams and wishes for each of my family. I have applied for and failed to get a specific job which may have helped me to feel useful to a wide community I had never really been involved with before. I have started a mission to raise funds for a charity which will directly affect the ability of my E to reach the potential he has. I have sat in a Faraday cage listening to repetitive vowel sounds as part of a study on E.
Why did i do all this - because of E. Because, little man, I would do anything I could to make life a little better, a little happier. Most importantly, I would do anything for just one more smile - despite there being no shortage of them from you.
So E, here is to another year of growing and learning (you too if you want). I'm sure it will start at about 04:30 tomorrow - and for once I will be very happy to see you, and wish you a happy birthday.
Next time I've been thinking about my hopes for the future.