So, my baby has finally arrived at his first year destination, and we’re so blessed to have his little form and distinct personality expand our home. He’s his own unique spice, and he’s such a precious baby…I love him to tiny bits and pieces!
He spends his days endlessly totting around the house trying to climb the stairs before someone gets to him. Of course I was suppose to have gates up eons ago, but never got around to it. One of his other past times is opening up the spice cabinet and upsetting all the spices. On occasion he will use his little finger to swipe up homeless spices that lay on the floor of the cabinet.
As far as a menu is concerned, the little guy is pretty much eating everything he’s able to gum appropriately…and of course he still nurses a bunch. He IS nursing more frequently at night because he always seems to have one or two teeth cutting those gums!
Anyway, the night before Kiro’s birthday, I went out to pick up celebration items, as well as some onesies. If you’re a mother, you know they grow out of the early month onesies very quickly! He was definitely due a new set.
In the image below, he stumbles into his new little push scooter, and is very pleased as everyone claps and applauses at his attempts to begin pushing it around before it is even opened.
Mama and baby nursing moment! I sat there for the longest time hoping that he would fall asleep, and he finally did. I had tons of house work to do, and had just come from outside in the garden.
Kiro fast asleep.
As evening neared, family and friends arrived. I got a sense that Kiro knew whatever was going on was centered around him because he seemed to get a major burst of energy out of nowhere, and began acting very spunky!
It seemed like I must of washed three hundred dishes before we finally had the children gather around the table to sing and cut cake.
He loved his little toy phone, and had to fight Nasir to actually keep it!
At this point, it very much later in the night and the sleep was finally catching up with him. I was surprised he hadn’t fallen asleep by now.
Daddy holding Kiro, and Mr. Kiro fighting sleep with everything he had!
Right before everyone began to leave we opened the remaining gifts he’d received, and all the children were happy, happy, happy! I on the other hand, was happy with the idea of the end of a long day finally coming to an end.
A sweet a blessed first earthday to our baby!
“aho mitakuye oyasin! all my relatives i honor you in this circle of life with me today. i am grateful for this opportunity to acknowledge you in this prayer. to the Creator for the ultimate gift of life, i thank you. to the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones for all foundation of life expierence, i thank you. to the plant nation that sustains my organs and body and gives me healing herbs for sickness, i thank you. to the animal nation that feeds me from your own flesh and offers your loyal companionship in this walk of life, i thank you. to the human nation that shares my path as a soul upon the sacred wheel of earthy life, i thank you. to the spirit nation that guides me invisibly through the ups and downs of life and for carrying the torch of light through the ages, i thank you. to the four winds of change and growth, i thank you. you are my relations, my relatives, whom with out i would not live. we are the guide of life together, co-existing, co-dependent, co-creating our destiny. one, not more than the other. one nation evolving from the other and each dependent upon the one above and the one below. all of us apart of the Great Mystery. thank you for this life.
earth teach me stillness
as the grasses are stilled with light.
earth teach me suffering
as old stones suffer with memory.
earth teach me humility
as blossoms are humble with beginning.
earth teach me caring
as the mother who secures her young.
earth teach me courage
as the tree which stands alone.
earth teach me limitation
as the ant which crawls on the ground.
earth teach me freedom
as the eagle which soars in the sky.
earth teach me resignation
as the leaves which die in the fall.
earth teach me regeneration
as the seed which rises in the spring.
earth teach me to forget myself
as melted snow forgets its life.
earth teach me to remember kindness
as dry fields weep in the rain.
~john yellow lark
ute, north american
It’s been normal for me to find myself often reflecting on the simplicity of childhood. How such pleasure can be experienced in the “plainest” of things.
The mixture in the container was a potion, so I was told. And how true I believe it was…actual medicine for me, that often times the simple actions, combined with pure intent, yields the most awesome of cures. I find this can be particularly true for the season of adulthood, where the spirit is frequently restless or fatigued.
Absolutely one of the finest of potions.