I began Elliott in June, 2008.
I began the cross stitch, to the best of my recollection, in January, 2009.
I finished Elliott in March, 2009.
I finished the cross stitch in March, 2010. Before his first birthday.
It's the thing I forgot that I always wanted to make for my kids someday. I just didn't remember that I always wanted to until someday was almost here.
Now he's one year old, I'm about 5 years older, and my son has an heirloom that his mother worked uncounted hours creating just for him, finishing it just in time to be a year late. But it's finished.
And because I won't be making the same mistake again, I've already started a second for hypothetical future brother or sister... because I'm pretty sure that once there are two of them there won't be time to finish things late anymore.
And because cross stitch is strangely compelling.