To my dearest, sweetest, little man, Happy 1st Birthday!
Exactly one year ago, you and your brother surprised us with your unexpectedly early entrance. While I was busy envisioning September birthday parties amidst crunchy, fall leaves, God had an entirely different birth date in store.
And His plan was perfect!
I love your July birthday. I love that I got two “extra” months of snuggles, baby kisses, smiles, and peaceful lullabies. And even though there were days I was convinced that we’d end up spending your highschool graduation in the NICU, I wouldn’t trade those early, precious moments for anything.
You are our little fighter and from day one, you have defied the odds and set your own pace. You constantly amaze me with your cleverness, ingenuity and bravery. In your own time, you’ve met and surpassed each milestone set before you. And along the way, you’ve taught mommy how to be patient and just let you grow.
It is amazing to see just how far you’ve come in this past year. From three pounds to nineteen, you are transforming before my very eyes. I love the little man that you are becoming.
You are our sunshine, Alle-Nalle, and roaring Alisaurus-Rex. You sprinkle our days with great belly laughs, squeals of delight, scrunched noses and wide, gummy grins. There is no sound quite like your tiny, bubbly voice or impossibly contagious laughter. You are the funniest, happiest baby that I have ever met.
I’m so thankful for the way that you have turned our lives upside down. I’m so grateful for the joy that you bring and the love that you give. I can’t imagine a world without you. We’re so incredibly blessed to call you ours.