Wednesday, August 19, 2009

One Year

My Dearest Baby Will,

On the eve of your first birthday, there is so much that I want to say to you.

Looking back over the course of the past year, it amazes me to see how much you have changed. From that tiny little baby that was first placed in my arms, to the squirming toddler that now barely sits still in them, you have grown into such a little person. And though there have definitely been challenging moments of sleepless nights, first tantrums, and occasions when I feared I was failing you, I have loved every single second of you.

Each stage of your life so far has brought us so much joy. When you were a newborn, and nestled so sweetly in my arms, I thought, "It can't get better than this."

And then it did.

When you were six weeks old and gave me your first smile, I thought, "It can't get better than this."

And then it did.

When you were three months old and started laughing your deep, baby laughs, I thought, "It can't get better than this."

And then it did.

When you were six months old and started eating solids with great zeal and taking two naps a day, I thought, "It can't get better than this."

And then it did.

When you were nine months old and saying Dada and smiling your outrageous toothy grin, I thought, "It can't get better than this."

And then it did.

Now, I cannot imagine that life with you could be any better or any sweeter. You fill each day of my life with your smiles and laughter, each moment of my life with greater meaning than I ever thought possible. I am so proud of the little boy you are becoming. You have the biggest heart, the sweetest little soul, and the kindest spirit. Yet you have determination, know what you want, and aren't afraid to let us know about it!

I know so many things will change. I am wistful to leave behind your babyhood and yet so excited to see you continue to grow into a toddler. There are so many wonderful things in store for us as a family and for you. I really don't think it can get any better than this.But I know it will.

Happy, Happy Birthday, my Little Monkey. May all your dreams come true.

Love always,
Mommy

8 comments:

Mommy Shoes said...

Happy Birthday to Will! May the next year be filled with many more blessings for all of you.

Cassandra said...

What a beautiful letter! He will treasure that someday.

Happy birthday, Will!

Joy said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Roadblocks and Roller Coasters said...

Happy birthday, Will!!! ((hugs))

Jen said...

What a lovely note! Happy birthday, Will!

Mel said...

Happy birthday to one cute little pumpkin. Hope it was marvelous. :)

Fertilized said...

Teary! Happy 1 Year!

Debby said...

ok...i'm crying now. stop it! can't wait to see pics and hear all about the big day! i know I was wiped out for like a week after Grayson's!