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learning and growning

Today is my son's first birthday. Not that he knows or cares, of course- we did nothing special, as my husband was working and I've come down with a head cold. We had a family party with my parents et al this past Sunday, and will be doing the same with Ben's family this coming Sunday. So Darius gets to stuff himself silly with cake two weekends in a row. I'm serious- we gave him a huge chunk of cake, and he ate almost all of it.

He's not really a baby any more. He's starting to mimic sounds we make and trying to talk, and he dances and learned just this morning how to go down stairs all by himself. He does things he knows he shouldn't to get attention. He sings to himself in the car, and hates taking naps. A year ago, he essentially had no personality other than hating hats, which he still does. Now he's this full-blown PERSON. Soon he'll be walking- he just has to decide to do it, all the motor skills are there.

It's exciting, but a little sad too because he's growing up and someday he'll go away. Granted, not for a long time, and there will be moments when I wish he would already, but still.

Of course, I'm getting a brand-new baby in a few months, so I get to do it all over again with an entirely new little person, who will be entirely different. A girl, for starters. I wish our circumstances were different, but I'm so excited to have a little girl I can dress up in cute little dresses.

Speaking of dresses, I bought a new sewing machine (YAY!) and today I used it to put button holes on the baby dress I've been working on. Except I really screwed up, and have to find eensy weensy buttons because the holes are too tiny and I don't know how to fix it. I misunderstood the directions ever so slightly. Go me. But hey, it's a cute dress! Now I just have to figure out how to fix it. And if I can't, well, I know what I did wrong and I can make another one.

It feels good to be able to make something useful. Of course I haven't finished any of my current projects, not quite, but I'm getting there. I'm learning.

By the way, head cold? Not fun.

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