I started writing this blog deep in the winter of 2003. I was self-hosting and basically taking this up as a geek project. I also took it up to document the pregnancy and birth of my first child. Janet documented that quite well(sorry only 2 of 3 pages got archived).
I was full of optimism at the future of my parenting. I still am, but I've got a better idea of who this child is. Here he is on his first day home:
You may notice some developmental changes in this picture. Yes, that's the same onesie he wore home.
He's ten. He's the same age as our car and he's the reason we bought a house. I'm alternatively amazingly proud of him and insanely hostile to him as well. I love him more than he can fathom and I see so much of myself in him good and bad.
I think Matthew is an orchid child. This is both blessing and curse. If I were a more serious parent, I'd make sure to tend to the ground and keep it fertilized. Unfortunately for him, I'm not much of a gardener. but he hasn't wilted yet.
I wish you a very happy birthday son. You have changed my life in ways unexpected and awe-inspiring. I love you and I always will