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The things I look forward to

By Rachel Robles | Jan 03, 2017
Photo by: Rachel Robles My, how's she grown. This is my daughter, Miranda, waiting to board the plane home at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas. In the coming year, I'm looking forward to seeing her grow and explore the world around her.

Happy New Year, Haywood County!

My New Year’s Eve was exceptional. My husband and I stuffed ourselves at Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack in Arden and then spent the evening cleaning and organizing, sans toddler. It’s amazing how much you can get done when there isn’t a tiny human scampering around – particularly, a tiny human who is currently obsessed with bringing you every conceivable thing under the sun.

After organizing our movies, we watched the ball drop in Times Square, toasted the New Year, danced to a Lionel Richie song and went to bed. It was a completely uneventful evening, and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate the holiday.

As I write this, I’m watching that same tiny human play with her toys at the new toddler table we got her for Christmas. I can’t believe how much she’s grown. This time last year, I was returning to work after maternity leave and my little lady was a roly-poly almost-3-month-old. Now, she loves books, bath time and cardboard boxes.

I’m not one to wish time away, nor ask for “time to slow down,” as so many parents are apt to do as their children grow up. I thoroughly enjoy each stage with its blessings and trials. I loved it when Miranda was an infant; we were each other’s whole world. But it was a tough learning curve there in the beginning.

And I’m thoroughly enjoying this stage – the one where she’s realized the world is large and there are a multitude of things to discover. Watching her explore and figure out how everything works is fascinating, and her sense of wonder is infinite. I love running after her; I’m also exhausted running after her. And her small tantrums when you tell her “No” aren’t exactly fun.

In the coming year, I’m looking forward to the development of language skills (‘banana” is currently her favorite word) and the ability to express herself more.

There isn't much going on this weekend, as things tend to slow down here in the winter months. That'll give me a chance to (hopefully!) spend a snow-filled afternoon with our small adventurer.

May your year be filled with love, light and happiness.