Forever Family Day

Today is our Forever Family Day.  It’s amazing to me to think that one year ago today, Nathanael was no longer a theoretical, but a reality of a family.  It makes me teary eyed just to think of it.

I know that everyone thinks there kid is something else and they are right, every kid is something else.  But, Nathanael is our something else.  He’s very curious, cautious, strong willed and independent.  He’s also a big cuddler. He’s also a bit bi-polar right now – some moments as happy as happy can be and then 30 seconds later, the world is collapsing around him.  I figure, if his mood isn’t working for you, wait 30 seconds because it will change.

It’s expected for me to say, I can’t believe how fast the year has gone but it’s true.  I feel like I’m just holding on while he charges ahead.  It’s exciting and thrilling but there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think I need to remember this moment because he’ll be on to the next thing soon.    And I worry so desperately about his future and how to best prepare him for the world out there.  I don’t think loving him is enough, I think we need to teach him coping skills, social skills, and so much else.  I’m not quite sure how to do this but I imagine we’ll just to work through it.  For now, I know he is well bonded to us, trusts us, and is on track developmentally and I guess that’s what we can ask for right now.

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