Tuesday, August 05, 2008

One

It's not every day that a guy has his first birthday. We celebrated Ezra's yesterday, and Tannis wrote up a great post about what's going on with him lately: Ezra's one year list. I threw together a video medley of Mr. Milagro, compressing the experiences of one year into about three minutes, going purely in chronological order with sub-10-second clips...and beginning with Ezra's creepy alien-like movements visible from outside of Tannis's belly:

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

One year old and I still haven't met him - that's just wrong.

A very fun list. It sounds like he's hitting that point where you can see his learning curve head in the exponential direction. With James we are at the point where his latest "achievements" require a new list everyday. He's just really fun most of the time.

Do you have a handle on his personality yet, or is he more an in-the-moment kid?

Oh yeah, and Happy Bday Ezzer.
Plett

Jeremy said...

Yes, you're right Plett -- he's just hitting that steepest part of the development curve right now. It's challenging, of course...but way more fun for me than the previous "lump" stage.

It's hard to peg his emerging personality without referencing his older sisters. I'd say he's more stubborn, more mischievous, and definitely more physically engaged in everything (climbing, throwing, hitting, bashing). I think we're just getting glimpses of the real Ezra right now.

Tannis said...

Now you've got me teary. Thanks for putting those together - that's a gift to me!

Angelo said...

Aw, happy birthday little buddy! Imogene enjoyed watching that video, grinning and chatting through the whole thing!

(And happy to see he liked the race car!)

Anonymous said...

Yes, thanks for posting the video (and Tan's entry). We loved watching his short life unfold in stages. He is such an interesting cutie. Mama Pearl & Larry

Jeremy said...

Glad it felt like a gift, Tan -- that's how it felt when I was working on it. And it's a gift to myself too, in a way -- I keep watching it over and over.

Jeremy said...

Thanks for the notes, Angelo and Friesen Folks. Ezra's lucky to have a network of people who love him, even if he doesn't know it yet.

Lon & Pat said...

Loved it.

BobbyRisigliano said...

Jer,

I can't help but think how I hope your kids love these memories you have taken of them when they are old enough that they can come to appreciate them. In this age of technology we sometimes forget how it will impact the future or memories of ones self. Or how one humanbeing has developed. Do you think our society will change in masses if we are more aware of how we came to develope into the person we are if we get to watch ourselves every step of the way?

Jeremy said...

Good questions, Richard. It's certainly my hope that the kids do appreciate it and that it helps them connect how they've developed to who they are becoming. I think our generation was likely the first to have their childhoods recorded extensively -- facilitated by ubiquitous cameras, video cameras, VCRs -- but I'm not sure how it might have affected our senses of identity. In general, I think it's positive.

At the next level, where most details of a person's life can be captured, stored, organized and viewed later...that's where things could get really interesting. But who knows what affect that might have?