Cody's birthday is today. Hooray!
He celebrated his last birthday right after Evelyn's birth-day, so our celebration of the big day was pretty muted. This year is looking pretty low-key as well. We'll open some presents when I go home, and then Evelyn and I are taking him out for burgers. I'll make him banana nut bread, too!
He's had a good year. Even last year, when I asked Cody what his favorite part of the last year was, he said he liked the Evelyn parts--even though she'd only been with us for fewer than 2 weeks! She made an impression. In the past year, I've watched Cody take an immense amount of joy in taking on his role as a dad. I've watched Evelyn take an immense amount of joy in being his daughter. When I went back to work, Cody was home with Evelyn every morning. He watched Kathy Lee and Hoda with her, sang to her, fed her, dressed her, and took her to the library. She 'helped' him cook and make the bed.
Now that Cody's work schedule has changed, he's missed his mornings with Evelyn and he's pretty sure she has too. But he's home in the evenings, and she loves that. He's more fun at bathtime, he can get her to eat more food than I can (or so he says), and he can go for walks with us. The best thing we can get from Cody is his time, and he gives it freely.
He's a great caretaker. He's a great cook. He's a great spouse and parent. He's great. I'm glad he was born, and I'm always glad I get to spend my years with him. He's grown and improved and--I'm going to say it--flourished this year.
|Her first trip to the comic store!|
|4 month check-up.|
|Recovering from the 4 month check-up.|
|First book sale!|
|First state fair.|
|First time to stand up against something.|
|A toddler spent nearly 15 minutes trying to teach Cody how to use an iPhone back in December. It didn't work.|
|We gave him a stand mixer for Christmas!|
It's been so fun and amazing to watch Cody turn another year older and be a whole lot wiser and better and cuter. I love our adventures together and I can't wait to see what this next year brings.
Happy birthday, Cody Lee Roy!* You are my favorite guy and I love to celebrate with you.
*Not really his middle name. I just like to call him that and he lets me.