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Happy First Birthday, Everett!

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{Email subscribers, click over to view the video} It is surreal to be saying that my youngest son Everett is turning one year old today.  He was born at 6:44 am in the water, at home, in my bedroom, after only 4 hours and 45 minutes of labor. {Everett’s Homebirth Story and Video}  He came out with the most beautiful round head, as if he had not just been squeezed out of a tiny canal.  At 8 pounds, 8 ounces, he was an average sized baby, but had (and still has) the most adorable squishy, chubby cheeks on Earth.  After the initial cry he was calm, content, and wide eyed on my chest while I waited to deliver the placenta.

We have been a family of 4 for one whole year.  Fletcher adjusted beautifully to being a big brother.  My heart melts every time Fletcher hugs Everett and tells him that he loves him.  Or on those days when things are just too quiet, and I walk into their room only to find that they are looking through books together.  My favorite part of having two boys has to be the laughs.  Fletcher, the clown, is always trying to make Everett laugh.  When the two boys get going it is pure happiness!

Everett is the opposite of Fletcher in almost every way.  He was born a good night sleeper, never waking except to nurse, then returning back to sleep.  He sleeps 12 hours a night now, with a few wake ups to nurse.  We do have nap time problems but he is down to one nap a day for 1-2 hours.  His highness has to be bounced on a yoga ball to sleep for naps, and before bed.  It could be worse.

From the beginning Everett has been a great breastfeeder.  We discovered (or rather, my nipples screamed at me) that he was tongue tied.  We had his tongue clipped when he was just a few days old.  Afterwards his latch was perfect.  He isn’t a comfort nurser and will only eat when he wants food.  Now, he is similar to his older brother in that he signs “milk” and cruises over to the buffet at random times for a quick nibble.

He has easily picked up the sippy cup of water.  Fletcher needed 20 varieties before we found one he could master.  Everett has always taken a bottle when offered one, and so I guess it makes sense that this was also easy.  He can do straws and regular sippy cups.  He is also a lover of food.  I wanted to wait 5 years before starting solids but he demands them.  Now that he is also signing “more” he will let me know when he wants a snack by doing that sign.  He has liked virtually everything he has tried so far.  I mean, look at him, he hasn’t missed a meal!

What I’ll remember most about Everett as a baby will be the way joy is written all over his face.  When he is happy he lights up the room with a huge grin.  As Tyra would say, he even smiles with his big, ice blue eyes.  It is contagious; even when I’m having a bad day he has a way of making me forget about my troubles with that smile.

I have written here before on this topic, but going out with Everett in public is like wearing a sign that says “look at us!”  Everett’s bright blonde hair, blue eyes, and cherubic cheeks attract comments, stares, waves, and smiles.  He thrives on the attention, which means I could be in trouble!

As I also did for Fletcher, I created a slideshow of the first year for Everett.  The family copy is 25 minutes long, but I wanted to share some of our favorite photos and videos with you all as well, which has been edited down to 11 minutes.  You have all been a huge part of his life, and mine.  Many of you were waiting for me to go into labor, and you had to wait much longer than any of us expected.

Even on the worst of days I remind myself of how lucky I am to be Fletcher and Everett’s mother.  Ev has made life crazier, harder, but more importantly, more fun and more loving.  Soon he will be 2, then 3, but for now he is still my baby.

Happy First Birthday, Everett!

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Kim Rosas began Dirty Diaper Laundry in 2009 out of a desire to help more parents understand modern cloth diapers. She lives in Florida with her husband of 5 years and her two boys. Even though none of her boys wear diapers anymore she is still just as committed to promoting them. In her spare time Kim enjoys video editing, photography, and coffee.
  • Ambria

    That is seriously the BEST video ever. I need to do this for my son. This post brought tears to my eyes. Happy birthday sweet (and uber chubby) baby Everett!!! 

  • Heather

    My son was born Oct. 7, 2010, and he very much enjoyed this video.

  • Ginathenurse01

    Happy birthday little man!  Mama is a hard-working super hero to you and Fletcher! 

  • Nikki

    Awww, that’s makes me teary-eyed! Your Everette sounds like my Claire Elyse in a lot of ways. She is 8 months old and her big sister keeps reminding me that in a short 3 1/2 months, she will be 1! I can’t believe it. I wonder if I will cry for a week before she turns 1 like I did for her big sister? Since I am older (41) she may be my last. She was also born at home, in the water, in my bedroom, but I was in labor a lot longer than 4 1/2 hours! :o) She is also blond and blue-eyed with a HUGE smile that lights up even my darkest days. She’s been such a blessing to our family. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heidi-Hall/607570309 Heidi Hall

    i just want to say thank you for sharing your video with us :) as one of those people who watched as your belly grew and waited until you went into labor, i have followed as fletcher grew and now ev… very precious!!!! 

    • Anonymous

      :) Thanks for sticking it out!

  • April G

    So sweet! Happy first birthday to your Everett! 

    My twins celebrated their first birthday earlier this month. It’s so strange to think it’s been a year already. They still seem like little babies next to their big brother. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/NaturalmentMama Naturalmente Mamá

    Happy Birthday!!

  • Dannyscotland

    No way, no way he’s one already???  You just had him!  Wow, happy birthday little guy!

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday to Everett!!  I just recently realized we had the same 10/10/10 due date last year!!! 

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday to Everett!!  I just recently realized we had the same 10/10/10 due date last year!!! 

  • Brandi Elam

    Happy Birthday Everett!

  • http://twitter.com/EFFBlog Eco-Friendly Family

    What a beautiful video!  Happy birthday to your little guy :)

  • http://www.whisperedwordsforevercaptured.blogspot.com Nicole

    Happy 1st Birthday Everett!!

  • Kerry Koekoek

    What a great video! I watched it when you first posted it, but have returned to watch it again. My little guy is 10 months old and I am looking to compile our photos and videos to create a slideshow for when he turns 1. Which program did you use? I think you did an amazing job!!! What a treasured family masterpiece you created!

  • Kerry Koekoek

    And my little guy giggled the whole time he watched it with me :)

    • Anonymous

      Thank you, I’m so glad I made it even though it took many, many hours.
      I used iMovie for most of it. A few sections, like the montage of his face through the months, I string together using Final Cut. I use a Mac and those are both Mac softwares. I also used Motion 5 and Fincal Cut for the first portion of pregnancy photos and belly videos. It is so worth the time to do it.



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