It seems to me that our first night spent quietly together in our hospital room, those first precious moments, could have been just a few weeks ago. Instead it was a whole year ago. Twelve whole months. Wow.
Part of me wishes I could make time stand still, just for a little while, and keep you just like this – a sweet good-tempered toddler who loves to try new things and chase his big brother down the hall. The other part of me loves watching you evolve through all of these milestones, quick as it may seem, and can’t wait to see you grow up into an even sweeter little boy.
Here are some things about you as you turn one:
- You take more abuse from your brother than you should have to (you often flinch when he comes toward you now) but you get over it quickly and still love to roll around and laugh with him. Pssst – pretty soon you’ll be able to fight back and it’ll be a whole new ball game.
- You’ve never turned down a food.
- Your top four teeth came in almost all at once. That makes six in total. You’re a trooper though… we never noticed most of them until they had broken through.
- You love music and are starting to dance a little bit.
- You like giving zerberts.
- You started climbing on the couch a few days ago but are surprisingly good at getting down. It must be brother’s example!
- You love doing everything that brother is doing but learned a while ago to gauge big brother’s mood and figure out when it is smart to walk the other way. Mostly, that is. Even mommy can’t gauge that mood sometimes!
- You love to laugh and to make us laugh.
- You can focus. You sit with your shape sorter for fifteen minutes at a time. It amazes me.
- You are really really ticklish.
So what did we do to celebrate you turning one?
After wrestling the two of you to the hospital for your vaccinations (which you didn’t even notice – not so much as a flinch), we had snacks and played at home for a while before lunch.
Big brother practiced his flying nelsons for a while. Not on you. Just so you know. Then you rolled around on the couch with big brother for a while. You’re starting to do more of the rolling instead of just being rolled on all the time, which makes mommy smile. She always was a sucker for the underdog.
After lunch we went to the train park. You actually slept through this part but Oliver and I had fun.
Then we came home and made your birthday cupcakes: Apple with cream cheese frosting. Oliver helped with the sprinkles (and with licking the beater as you can see from his dirty face!). He tried cleaning up the sprinkles by eating them one by one but he got bored quite quickly.
I know you won’t remember this birthday and the pictures won’t even trigger memories but know this: you are loved beyond words. I never took for granted this year home with you, not for a moment, and am thankful that we had days for just the two of us. You have fit into our family like a puzzle piece that we didn’t even know was missing. I am so in love with you, my bright light.