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Project Lyon: A Summary

My little Lyon turns 6 months old today, and I’m sad because he’s growing up way too quickly…

I’m thankful for this project of mine that I’ve diligently been dedicating his first year to. Project Lyon started off as a mother’s attempt to carefully document her first baby’s life…  Now, I’m realizing that these daily tidbits I’m capturing are the journals I’m writing to my baby.  It’s my first love letters to Lyon…

If you follow me on facebook, I’ve been periodically updating friends & family with Project Lyon.  From his birth, to his first plane ride, his first taste of carrots, to everything in between.  I’m not missing a beat.

Here are some of my favorite milestones copy/pasted from Project Lyon:

Project Lyon: 30 minutes old – Our precious boy is here! Christian “Lyon” Park arrived at 6:30 pm weighing 7lbs 8 oz at 20″ long. Kyu and I couldn’t be more thrilled! Thank you all for all of your thoughts and prayers.

Project Lyon: 3 Days Old – Coming home from the hospital with little Lyon. We are so in love….

Project Lyon: 8 Days Old – Baby Lyon’s first photo shoot!

Project Lyon: 19 Days Old – I’ve never felt so needed and so important than right now. Loving motherhood.

Project Lyon: 62 days old – getting weighed in at your 2 month appointment. 75th percentile in weight, height and head circumference. Growing up too quickly, little fella….

Project Lyon: 78 days old – Thankful for my first day off from shooting in 14 days. Instead of rushing to a shoot after Lyon’s morning feeding, I got to stare as my little monkey fell back into a deep, happy sleep. Love.

Project Lyon: 82 days old – You love bathtime and I love a clean baby. We make a great pair.

Project Lyon: 88 days old – Everyone told me that 12 weeks was a fun age, but omg. I just can’t get enough of you!

Lyon is blessed with some really amazing people in his life…  In the photo above, Lyon is with his buddy Erich who is about a month older than him.  Erich’s mother Chaffee and I have enjoyed watching our boys grow up, and each time we get together – I try to capture an image of the pair.  I informally call this project “Peas and Carrots.”

Project Lyon: 89 days old – Gurgling and babbling, we love listening to you tell us about your day, Lyon! Long gone are the days of speaking clearly or cohesively. It’s all about singing & that high-pitched baby talk now.

Project Lyon: 94 days old – Well, we packed your entire room, arrived to the airport 5 hours early and apologized in advance to everyone sitting around us. This baby is ready for his first flight!

Project Lyon: 96 days old – we took a little break from the napcp retreat this morning to show you the majestic mountains of Vail Valley. It’s absolutely breathtaking here and we’re so glad you are able to experience this with us.

Project Lyon: 99 days old – BIG explosion 39,000 feet in the air. Good times.

Project Lyon: 100 days old – Our families gathered tonight to celebrate our Asian honored 100 Day Birthday. They brought strings of gold and jade, lucky red pockets for good fortune, and we cooked up a feast as we counted the many blessings in your life… Happy 100 Day, baby Lyon.

Project Lyon: 107 days old – you woke up with a slight fever this morning, so we decided to let you stay home with dad this time. So sad to travel without you, buddy. Feel better soon.

Project Lyon: 113 days old – Saturday night. Heels in the closet, hair in ponytail, not a touch of makeup on. I would not want to be anywhere else in the world than right here.

The day my baby started smiling back at us was the day I had died and gone to Lyon heaven…

Project Lyon: 117 days old – The rolls on the baby go round and round, all through the town…

Project Lyon: 122 days old – Cousins Lucas and Gabriel came to play with you today, but you slept alllll day. “Wake up, Lyon! It’s time to play!”

Project Lyon: 123 days – Your new name is Chubbs. 4 months doctors appt weighing 18lb 3oz, 26 inches long!

Project Lyon: 137 days old – Those guns. Your hair. That face! Swoon…you must take after your dad.

Project Lyon: 149 days old – Just when I think I have you and your schedule figured out, you don’t nap or eat all day. Hmmm…. back to the drawing board.

Project Lyon: 151 days old – You are a girl’s BEST accessory. I get so many compliments when I tote you around…spit up and all 🙂 #proudmama

Project Lyon: 156 days old – It’s amazing how something so annoyingly bright and loud can make you so very, very happy.

Project Lyon: 179 days old – YUM! And when I say yum, I mean YOU!

When looking back at what I’ve documented over the last 6 months, I realize how much of my heart this little boy has.

Motherhood isn’t always so glamorous, and on the days when I just want to crawl into bed and hide, I look back at these snap shots & words, and I’m reminded how incredible this journey is.

So, cheers to Lyon.  Cheers to making it this far.  And cheers to what’s in store for us…

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