Thursday, January 3, 2013

Reece - ONE

August 21, 2012

Dear Reece,

This morning, as I greeted you with a "Happy Birthday, Baby Boy", it seemed surreal.  365 days ago, you joined us.  365 days doesn't even seem possible.  365 minutes, maybe.  365 blinks, more likely.  But 365 days?  Surreal.

365 days ago, I didn't know how much I would enjoy having a little boy.  365 days ago, I had never bought out toy trucks to adorn our family room.  I had never picked out a bib reading "Little Man".  365 days ago, I didn't know, couldn't have dreamed how incomplete our family was without our baby boy.

I suppose this whirlwind year is only fitting after the way you came into the world.  It seems that starting with your 3 week early entrance that you have been itching to go places, get things done.  You have gone from still little peanut to a busy, moving and shaking little boy.  Once you figured out how to crawl, it was only a matter of weeks before you began pulling up, cruising, walking, climbing, and running!

You are adding words to your vocabulary almost daily.  At 12 months, you can say Mama (swoon), bite, bye bye, baby, dada, ball, nurse (nuh), and hey.  You make truck noises, dog sounds, and horse sounds.  You love animals, balls, bugs, being outside, and anything that goes!

You are funny; you love to dance (and have quite a few moves) and are oh so mischievous!  We often find you in the trash, playing in the toilet, eating bugs or dirt, climbing on anything and everything, and squealing as you get caught.

You also love to eat.  There is nothing that we know of that you do not like to eat - and lots of it! Your favorites are biscuits and gravy, potatoes, and ice cream.  You are Daddy's buddy as soon as he walks in the door after work because he takes you to the kitchen for a snack.

You have spent 365 days learning, growing, and changing.  We have spent 365 days becoming more smitten with you.  Your sisters love you like you are their own baby.  They want to hold you, even though you don't sit as still for them as you used to, tickle you, and play with you.  And, I can practically see their hearts swell when you "give them love".

Daily, I thank God for you; thank Him for choosing me to be your mama.  You are a precious little boy who has brought so much to our family.  Just a mere 365 days ago, we were singing "Little Boy Blue" to you in my tummy.  This weekend, as we sing a different song to you, what once was a blind love for this little being we had yet to see, yet to know, is now love and adoration for our son, our little brother. What a fast, busy, hard, wonderful, blissful year this has been.  I can't wait to see what your next year has in store for us!

Happy first birthday, Baby Boy.


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