Donovan: Month Twelve

March is a big birthday month in the DeGroot household.  Doug turned 34 and we celebrated by watching some spring training baseball!  Doug finally got his grill and, of course, we enjoyed our favorite strawberry shortcake.

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Donovan's first Chocolate chip cookie.
Donovan’s first Chocolate chip cookie.

We celebrated St. Patrick’s day with an Irish dinner with the Mitchells, Sweeney’s and Schwartzes:

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We cheered on Leah and Becky in the Sarasota Half-Marathon:

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And just like that, Donovan’s first year came to an end.  When I took his 11 month pictures I felt an impending sense that this ending had completely blindsided me.  How had time flown by so fast?  I knew that I had cherished every moment, but still, I found myself wondering where the time went.

The first year was a roller coaster of emotions. Watching Donovan grow was a gift unlike any other.  And as time passed I look forward to the new experiences to come.  But I also couldn’t help but long for those moments that had already passed.  Packing away outgrown clothes, reaching new milestones, and looking at old pictures served as reminders of how much had changed.

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Even though he is a bit too big for this seat, it still worked when I needed to take a shower.

There was something about the end of the first year that made me even more sentimental.  I was hyper-aware of the last time Donovan would take a bath as a baby, the last time I would tuck Donovan in as a baby, the last time I would read Donovan “Fox in Socks” as a baby.  It seems silly looking back now, but at the time it just felt like a momentous ending.

At least Donovan still likes to be worn 🙂

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As his birthday drew closer, we started getting lots of fun gifts in the mail:

A new chair from Grandma Kimmy!
A new chair from Grandma Kimmy!
A train from Grandma and Grandpa DeGroot.
A train from Grandma and Grandpa DeGroot.
And he started making a list for his thank-you notes!
And he started making a list for his thank-you notes!

And on March 26th, I put Donovan to sleep for the last time my little baby.

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With Love,

From Me to You

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