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Baby boy turns one

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. ~ Dr. Seuss

A year ago today, at 6.20 a.m., I held you in my arms for the first time.

It was love at first sight. How could I ever wonder if I could love you as much as I do your brother?

How easily this love came.

What a year it has been, little one.

You are nearly walking. You “talk”. You boss us around, and we let you, because you’re the baby, and who could refuse when you point your little finger, and say “Da!”

Not me, that’s for sure.

There are so many ways to write this, and it could be a letter telling you all the things I love about you.

It’d be a book.

Because there is nothing I don’t love about you. Nothing. I love you from head to toe, from side to side, to the moon and back, and beyond. I love you more than life itself, and more than all the cake in the world. I would lay my down my life, and stand up tall, for you.

Or I could write a letter full of advice to you, just like I did for your brother. But it would be the same letter, because I have the same hopes and dreams for you. To be kind, strong, honest, generous, humble, happy, forgiving and understanding.

I could write a humorous letter about the lessons I (re)learned from having a baby boy. Such as: don’t stand in direct line of pee when changing a diaper. Or, place a dollar shop shower curtain on the floor when you’re eating, to ease cleaning. But that would be a letter to other mamas, not a letter to you.

How about a letter full of the funny, adorable, cute things that you do? Do we have all year? Because you make me laugh daily. You surprise me with all the things a baby can do (apparently I’d forgotten). I’m saving that for Memories Captured next month though. Heh.

One year old boy

So I’ll just go with my heart.

I’ll tell you this. You have completed our family. You have filled a piece of the puzzle that we didn’t even know was missing. You have brought joy, and laughter into our lives. You have made our love bigger.

You are one today. You may not be a baby for much longer, but you’ll be MY baby forever.

Happy Birthday, my love.

Blue birthday cake

xo, Mama

I have a post at Everyday Family today, about 10 ways dads can help first-year mothers, which seems rather apt on this day. Would love for you to read it. Thank you.

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • May 8, 2013 Sandra

    Happy first birthday to your little one! I enjoyed reading this heartfelt post to the little one who completed your family. May he have a beautiful day and a wonderful year. And happy Birth Day to you, mama!
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      He did have a lovely day. I mean, he had cake. 🙂 Thanks very much for your well wishes!

  • May 8, 2013 keely

    Okie doke, that was gorgeous and now I’m weepy. Happy birthday, Scrumplet- you are so very loved!
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thanks Aunty Keely! Scrumps sends wet, sloppy kisses. xo

  • May 8, 2013 Susi

    Happy 1st Birthday to your little man. I can’t believe it’s been a year already. I still remember your virtual baby shower like it was yesterday! 🙂
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      I know, right?? Crazy.

  • May 8, 2013 Jessica

    Happy First Birthday to your baby! This made me teary, because I feel the same way about my little guy. Hope you both have a wonderful day. 🙂
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Jessica!

  • May 8, 2013 Katie

    Happy First Birthday to your little boy! I loved reading your words to him and I’m sure he will love to see them one day too.
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      I hope so too!

  • May 8, 2013 Poppy

    Your baby stays a baby for a long time. I had to just admit to myself recently that my son is NOT a baby anymore (he just turned 6!), but he will always be my baby too. I hope your have a wonderful birthday celebration.
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      SIX! My goodness.

  • May 8, 2013 Amy

    Oh my goodness, one already?! He is so sweet and handsome and adorable, and the love you have for him shines through in your beautiful words. Such a lucky boy to have the sweetest, most wonderful momma in the world! Happy birthday kisses to him from many miles away. xo
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Thank you for the birthday kisses, Amy! xoxo

  • May 8, 2013 Christine

    Oh happy birthday scrumplet! Has it really been a year? What a beautiful letter for a beautiful boy.
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      It has, it’s crazy how fast a year has gone by.

  • May 8, 2013 Maureen

    Oh my has it been a year already? So fast!
    He’s growing up so fast.
    Happy Happy Birthday, handsome boy 🙂
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Aunty Maureen. 🙂

  • May 8, 2013 Onica {MommyFactor}

    Happy 1st birthday to your son! I remember when my son turned one. Lots of similar feelings and thoughts at that time.
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Thank you so much, Ornica.

  • May 8, 2013 Ilene

    Oh, Alison! I rejoice with you today! Happy first birthday to your adorable little man! May he always make your “love bigger,” and you, his. xo
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      He does, and he has! Thank you, Ilene.

  • Happy first birthday to scrumplet!
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  • May 8, 2013 Kimberly

    Happy birthday to your sweet little one!
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  • May 8, 2013 sarah

    yay for one! cannot believe it! I remember pics you posted of your belly! so fast. happy birthday little man!
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      I know, like 100 blog posts later, he’s 1!

  • May 8, 2013 Olga

    How absolutely lovely, Alison! Your boys are very lucky to have such a loving mother.
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      I’m lucky to have them. 🙂

  • May 8, 2013 Leighann

    Happy Happy Birthday little boy who is now 1!!
    What wonderful words to celebrate!
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  • May 8, 2013 Melissa

    Happy Birthday to the wee one! What a great heartfelt post.
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Melissa.

  • May 8, 2013 Crystal

    Happy Birthday to that wonderful little person! What a beautiful tribute. 🙂
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Crystal!

  • May 8, 2013 Kim

    Happy Birthday to your little guy! A year goes by so fast, doesn’t it? I always tell my boys that they will always be my babies – even when they are taller than me. 🙂
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      I will totally do the same when they’re taller than me 🙂

  • May 8, 2013 KalleyC

    A lovely letter. Happy Birthday little one. Time has flown and you have grown; what a wonderful sight it is!
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      That’s a lovely sentiment, Kalley, thank you.

  • May 9, 2013 Rabia

    Happy birthday to your little one! My youngest just turned three-it goes by so fast!
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Happy 3rd to yours! Time really does go by quickly.

  • May 9, 2013 Michelle

    Happy Birthday to your little one! They really do complete our lives, don’t they? And the time passes way too quickly!
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Way. Too. Fast.

  • May 9, 2013 Amanda Jillian

    Awww happy birthday little boy and I never thought of using a curtain on the floor.
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Sometimes, I get clever. 🙂

  • May 9, 2013 Elizabeth Kane

    You made me teary, Alison! Happy Birthday to the cutest baby on the Internet!!

    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thanks Elizabeth!

  • May 9, 2013 Not a Perfect Mom

    four kids and I never thought to do that with a shower curtain….genius!
    and happy birthday Scrumplet!
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Heh, thanks, Holly 🙂

  • May 9, 2013 Kathy Radigan

    Happy birthday to your beautiful son!!! You made me cry with your lovely post as well as remember when my own “babies” turned 1! It all goes so amazingly fast. I swear I look at my 14 year old and I feel like I really just blinked. It really does feel like it was just yesterday when I was celebrating his first birthday!! Enjoy your gorgeous family!!
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      14!!! Omigosh. And thanks Kathy!

  • May 9, 2013 My Inner Chick

    A Year?
    I can’t believe it.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Sweetie Pie! Xxx
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Right? Thank you, Aunty Kim!

  • May 9, 2013 Marta

    So beautiful. And true. And absolutely lovely.

    Happy Happy 1st birthday!
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Thanks much, Marta!

  • May 9, 2013 Leslie

    Happy Birthday Scrumplet! I can’t believe it’s already been a year. Congratulations to you and the Monkey for making it through this first year, and may there be many many more wonderful memories to come!
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Absolutely, thank you!

  • May 9, 2013 thedoseofreality

    WOW! A whole year? I remember when he was born, too…I was reading you even before then…time sure does fly, right?! He is adorable and this was a great post! :)-Ashley
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      I started blogging when my first was just 15 months, and my second is now 1. Crazy!

  • May 9, 2013 Laura

    This. All this. I stand by it too. It is exactly how I feel about Gavin.
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      You and I, we are like writing posts for each other 🙂

  • May 9, 2013 Natalie

    Happy birthday to your sweet baby boy! I am so glad I’ve got to watch him grow this past year…and really can’t believe it’s already been a whole year. Happy happy birthday!
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      This is the part I love about blogging, watching children grow up, literally in front of our eyes.

  • May 10, 2013 Stasha

    I always knew mothers love all their children equally. This is so beautifully written, Happy Birthday Scrumplet!
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Aunty Stasha!

  • May 10, 2013 Susanna Leonard Hill

    So sweet! Happy birthday to your Scrumplet 🙂
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  • May 10, 2013 Jennifer

    So, so sweet! What a beautiful letter to your little guy on his first birthday.
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Jennifer!

  • May 10, 2013 Ewa "Mom Photographer"

    Happy Birthday to your Little Cute One !
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  • May 11, 2013 Robin

    I can’t believe he’s 1. I remember when you announced your pregnancy and when you were getting near the end of it. And then he was born and then he was 3 months old already and I thought, no way. And now he’s 1. Amazing.

    I love your posts about him, and I know each sentiment you mention here. Happy “birth day” to both of you. xx
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      I remember your announcement, following your journey, then birth, and now Ethan is eating solids! We’ve known each other a while, eh? 🙂

  • May 12, 2013 Lady Jennie

    Those pictures! He’s so huggable! And I still want to (force myself not to though) baby my four-year old. There is a reason birth order clichés are around.
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    • May 12, 2013 Alison

      I know, right?? Fortunately, I can still baby mine for a while more.

  • May 13, 2013 Jessica

    Happy (belated) first birthday!

    That was always my favorite birthday to celebrate for the kids. So many things happen in that very first year. It’s crazy.
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    • May 13, 2013 Alison

      Thank you!
      Yes, it is. From tiny newborns to nearly toddling, it’s mimd blowing.

  • May 20, 2013 Katie

    Oh I love this.

    So he is the baby. This may be prying, but I would love to read about how you knew you were done. That can be pretty private though, so I understand if you don’t want to share.

    Regardless, Happy BIRTHday to you too, my friend. The day is all about the child, but we momma’s know that day is quietly ours too. We were the other one there that day it all happened 🙂

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    • May 20, 2013 Alison

      Oh it’s not private. It’s selfish. I am 37 this year. If we have another, I’ll be 38/39? I know it’d be physically hard, especially with TWO young kids, one who needs particular attention (the big one because of the speech thing etc). Then the idea of monthly, then more frequent doctor appointments with two in tow? Plus, I did not love being pregnant, at least half the time. I want some of my life back. I want some of my body back. I want to be over the sleep thing, the colic thing, etc. I want to move onto the next milestones. I really just want to enjoy the kids I have already, and I don’t know if I can do it if I have another.

      And thank you. We were most certainly there when it happened 🙂 xo

  • May 20, 2013 Greta

    I clearly remember when you had your little bundle of perfection, and I can’t believe it’s already been a year. What a perfect tribute to a perfect boy.
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    • May 20, 2013 Alison

      We’ve known each other a while, eh? 🙂
      Thank you. xo

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