It was, um, Dickensian (the best of times, the worst of times, etc.). It was a year of trials, of great joy and of complete transformation. Most importantly though, it was the year our beautiful little Kaden was born. It was the hardest and greatest year of all our lives so far.
As evidenced by this photo, Kaden spent the first moments of 2009 practicing his grip (on mommy's champagne glass). He is an active and wonderful 6 month old who can't stop rolling, giggling and growing every day.
Kaden no longer has to wear tapes across his scar. He's healing beautifully and seems to have already forgotten the NAM. His palate repair surgery is scheduled for June 23rd so we've got the next 6 months to enjoy without surgery, without orthodontic molding and without all the doctors (though we really do like all of them).
Thanks to all of our family and friends who have been so amazingly supportive throughout the past year. We sincerely wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2009.