I realize I haven’t posted anything since Odin’s 1st birthday post. Here we are in February now, and I’m terribly behind on sharing things from the past two months.
In late November I took Odin to a 1st birthday party for James, the son of my coworker. There were probably five or six other small children there, and Odin was clearly overwhelmed at times. But he had fun, got along with everyone just fine, and even had his first experience in a ball pit, which he found interesting and seemed to like.
Christmas was a fun time, though busy. We spent Christmas Eve with my family at my parents’ house in Laurel, and then Christmas Day at Matt’s parents’ house with his family, including aunts, uncles, and cousins. One of my favorite things about Christmas with Odin this year was having him sit by our Christmas tree at home and open a gift with Matt and me. He was actually more interested in the dog crate a few feet away than in unwrapping his gift, but we made it work and it was a nice memory to make.
Here are photos from Christmas Eve; we spent most of the day at my parents’ house, which was nice. We could eat, lounge, open gifts, and not be rushed.
At Matt’s parents’ house on Christmas Day, there were more people since Matt’s family is bigger than mine. We had another fun day and Odin got more experience with opening gifts and generally dealing with controlled chaos.
We had a great Christmas with our families; we’re grateful they are close by.
On December 30, we took a trip out to Oakland, MD, to visit Matt’s Aunt Barb and Uncle Patrick, as well as Matt’s cousin, Rachel, and two of her kids, Josh and Marissa. They actually live in Kentucky, so we don’t get to see them very often, but Barb and Pat have a house in Oakland they plan to retire to in a couple of years, so we went to see them while they were visiting there. The kids had a good time playing and I think Odin charmed everyone. His favorite activity was opening the kitchen cabinets and pulling out cookbooks and plastic storage containers. It’s amazing how efficient a one-year-old is at making a mess. It snowed the whole day there, so by the time we left at 8:00 p.m. (it was still snowing when we left), it was a dicey drive home through the mountains. But we made it home safe and sound and it only took an hour longer than usual due to the snow and road conditions.
Odin’s day care provider sent us these photos in January – apparently Odin is enjoying all kinds of ball pits these days. This one, however, due to its taller design, caused a fantastic and funny static-charged hair situation.
Another recent event is that Odin has been walking up a storm! He seems to love having the ability to motor around on his feet, and he has gained confidence with it in leaps and bounds (though I’m thankful he’s not leaping or bounding yet!). Also, he’s a climber. He has tried several times to climb up onto the back of the couch and stand up there. We have to pay attention – he’s quick!
Odin still loves books. He often will bring us a book he wants us to read to him, and sometimes he just sits on the floor and flips through books on his own (which is funny and cute to watch because it’s like he’s actually reading the way he flips the pages and pauses on each page). While at day care recently, he decided he wanted a book, so when he saw some on a table, he didn’t let anything stop him from getting to them! That’s my boy.
Well, that’s what Odin has been up to the past two months or so. I’ll try to post a bit more regularly so that I can better capture the details of events. We’re looking forward to spring!