A Year of Thomas Kirby McKevitt

A year with Mr. Thomas!

It’s been a crazy year. For the most part, it was beautiful and wonderful and full of love – I had no idea how much my heart would grow in the weeks to come when I was handed that wrinkly newborn in the hospital.  Love at first sight? Sure. But that deep, bonding attachment took a few weeks – Thomas and I needed to get to know each other.  But now? This baby melts my heart on a daily basis.

We’re having a big party for Thomas tomorrow. I was anti-first birthday parties in general, but he’s survived a lot in his first year of life. And B and I have, too. I think that all three of us have come out of this first year as stronger, better people with deep faiths to carry us through some harder times, an astounding amount of risilience – Thomas especially – and the knowledge that we have family members and friends who have dropped everything to help us out.  And for that, we’re throwing a party!

He’s our serious little man. His big name fits him to a T – we call him Tommy occasionally as a nickname when we’re playing, but he’s a Thomas or a Tom through and through. I love to watch him observe the world – lately he’s fascinated by the buckle on his carseat and will study it as we haul him in and out of the car. He’s constantly watching wheels turn on things, trying to figure out how things work. I have a feeling he’s an old soul. And it’s an enchanting soul.

Thomas is favoring verbal and social development over gross motor development. Apparently Mr. B was similar. I, on the other hand, favored bossing my older siblings around with ear shattering shrieks while they did all of my verbal, social and gross motor development on my behalf. So we feel like Thomas has a leg up on me. He talks all the time: “yes”, “that”, “all done”, “Dada”, “Caco”, random strings of consonants and vowels as he points at things that we like to pretend are words – and “Mama” if he’s crying. He’s in physical therapy so that we can work on his gross motor skills. But two nights ago he decided to give that traditional crawling thing (as opposed to scooting or army crawling) a go, and he did great. And then, last night, B took his hands away from Thomas as he was cruising and he just kept going (and then fell in style). So apparently he’s going to be fine.

We love this little ball of personality and energy with all of our hearts. And we’re so looking forward to seeing all that he’ll accomplish in his second year of life.  Happy Birthday, Thomas Kirby!


  1. He is so darn cute, Emily. And I love that you say he’s serious, he always look like he’s pondering something in your photos. Deep thoughts. What a year you’ve had! You all deserve a celebration!

  2. Happy Birthday to Thomas!

  3. Happy first birthday Thomas! Have a great time at your party!

  4. Happy birthday Thomas! Hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with all your friends and family. Sounds like you’re doing GREAT!

  5. happy birthday thomas! i love that he’s so serious – makes him super cute. 🙂 hope you have a wonderful time at the party!

  6. I was just talking to a friend of mine last night whose little girl just turned one. She too is slow in the motor skills – she literally JUST learned to sit up! but says dozens of words. Funny how one side of your brain will dominate, even at such a young age. 🙂 Happy Birthday to Thomas!

  7. Happy first birthday, Thomas! I know I’ve said it before, but he is such a cute kid. I love his serious little facial expressions.

  8. Happy first Birthday, Thomas!!! What a handsome boy you are!

  9. He is beautiful and perfect! Happy Birthday to Thomas! Wish we could be there to help celebrate with you! And his gross motor sounds right on track to me! And his speech therapist cousin is very proud of his emerging language skills! 🙂 xoxo

  10. Happy Birthday Baby T ! Blessings and blissful wishes sent your way.

    P.S: let me share a lil secret with you, My Grandfather’s name was Thomas, So I’ve always dreamed of naming my baby the same, if I ever have a baby boy.

  11. oh wow, i don’t think he could be any cuter! congrats on surviving the first year and enjoy your party tomorrow!

  12. Yay Thomas! Happy birthday to him! he is a crawling, walking, developing, MORE than fine, adorable little baby. I can’t believe it’s been a year!

  13. Happy Birthday Thomas! Have a great weekend celebrating!! 🙂

  14. Happy Birthday Thomas!! You are such a handsome little man and I’m sure you’ll be terrorizing your mama with your mobility in no time. 🙂

  15. Happy Birthday Thomas!

    You are right, the party is just as much about you as him. Enjoy your celebration! 🙂


  16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, THOMAS!!! You are a very cute and very macho little man! Congratulations on a job well done this first year of your life! We’ve enjoyed seeing you grow!

  17. Happy Birthday Thomas! Have a great party!

  18. Happy Birthday Thomas!

    I can’t believe it has already been a year! He is so cute and your description of him makes my heart melt. Hope he has a great day and party!

  19. Hooray for the first year! Thomas is so cute; we have a chatterbox in our house too. It gets better every day, week, month. 🙂

    Happy birthday Thomas!

  20. he couldn’t be more precious Emily! I get angry at day care just thinking about what possibly could have happened. I’m so sorry 🙁

  21. I would most definitely agree – you all 3 deserve a party!

  22. Happy birthday Thomas! You are so adorable! Wow, that daycare situation must’ve been a doozy, but I’m glad he is doing well and thriving obviously. Hope the party is a day to remember!