To My Sweet Baby Boy–Happy First Birthday

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One year ago today, you came into my world and radically changed it for the better.

You were my plus sign surprise, and such a beautiful gift from God. I cradled you close as you wiggled, kicked, jabbed, and danced in my tummy for nine short months.

I exhaustively endured an intense labor, and I squeezed your daddy’s hand tight until you finally, and I mean finally, made your dramatic appearance. We all cried tears of joy, and as you were laid on my chest, I knew that I would forever love you unconditionally.

At first, we had no idea what we were doing. We learned everything the hard way, through candid moments.

There have been moments when you cried, I cried, and we both cried together. Figuring out diaper changes… aka how to not get peed on…boys… Blow outs, spit up moments, sleepless nights, and everything in between.  I’m thankful for these moments. I want to hold onto them forever.

This year has been challenging and difficult, but also joyful and rewarding.

You bring out my fears and my sense of worry. You make me question everything for your good; your safety, your health, and your happiness.

The wonder in your sparkly blue eyes, and the curiosity and orneriness in your dimpled smile sends me ablaze. Your silliness and craziness keep me on my toes. Your sweet, sweet belly laugh and giggles galore, will forever bring me joy.

You will always be my baby, my first baby.

I cannot believe that you are one years old.

One minute you were laying on my chest for the first time with precious sleepy eyes, and the next, you were running around, exploring the world independently.

Thank you for changing my title. Thank you for making me more selfless and loving. Thank you for changing my life for the better.

Happy first birthday, sweet baby boy!

One year of motherhood down, forever to go.

Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him (Psalm 127:3).

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