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.
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.
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.