of course, all the new moments are worth everything. they make the ache ok. i know the world needs people like him in it, and watching him grow into that person is such a blessing.
side note: tripp hasn't walked much since those first steps. i like to think he's about to present his thesis to us entitled: "they told you not to compare me to other children. why i didn't walk until 17 months; a lesson in patience and trust."
(he has 9 days until his title is changed to 18 months.)