What a difference a year makes….

Christmas 2008

Christmas 2009

I know, it’s been awhile.

I thought about doing a “Year in Review” — but honestly, I’d really rather not revisit where we’ve been this year so much as enjoy and focus on where we are, but I couldn’t help this little comparison.  Last year Hope was floppy and unable to sit up on her own, just beginning to engage with toys on her own, and not really vocalizing at all as far as I can remember.  This year at Christmas she is a walking, talking, little girl who  loves to play with her dolls and just got her very own kitchen.  Granted, a lot of this progress has occurred just in the last six weeks of this year…but still.

I don’t know if I’d say this year was easier than the last, certainly there were more triumphs — but life is still full of challenges and some days I handle the journey better than others.  For now I’ll just say that though I still have a long way to go in pulling myself together, I am enjoying having a new voice hollering “MOM!” to cheer me on.

Happy New Year!

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