Friday, September 25, 2015

A Letter to My 1st Born on His 1st Birthday

To my Marky-Mark on your first birthday,

We did it! One year down sweet boy.
This year has been one for the books and I am thankful each and every day that I am lucky enough to be your momma. It's been quite the year; the hardest and the sweetest, sleepless nights and plenty of tears, gummy grins and belly laughs. But one thing is for sure, it's been one of the best years of our lives. We've watched you strive and grow into a wild, independent, silly, boys-boy and I'm sure you've taught us far more than we've taught you.
You needed us fiercely in those first few days, weeks and months and taught us how priorities change in the best of ways when a baby enters your life.

You learned how good freedom tasted through crawling then walking then running and we learned to let you fly and always stand behind you incase you need us.

You've become feisty, always pushing your limits, but growing into such a brave soul and we've had to watch and accept how quickly the transformation from baby to boy really does happen right under our noses.

You sometimes cry for no reason, throw fits we can't control and push our buttons in ways we couldn't imagine before but you're teaching us the virtues of patience and forgiveness and grace and making us the best parents and people we can be.

You picked up eskimo kisses, flashing us your best smiles and waving with all your might and we fall even more in love with you, astonished at how much our hearts grow for you.
So today on your very first birthday I hope you feel our love for you. I hope you know how special you are. I hope today is exactly what you want it to be even though you likely won't remember the celebration. But boy oh boy is today a celebration. A celebration of you, my son, and the amazing first year we've shared together. Today you become a boy but in my heart you'll always be my baby.

I love each and every part of you, Mark, and cherish you more than you will ever know.
Happy Birthday my boy!

xoxo, Momma

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