Dear Baby,

How time has flown, in 10 short days you will be 1 entire YEAR old.

One whole lap around the sun while loving you and 365 days of your sweet face.

It may not seem like long to some, but I cannot remember what life was like before your existence. It is as if my world was black and white and now I see in colour.

Your infancy was fleeting and if I blinked, I would have missed it. If I close my eyes, I can still feel your newborn fuzz on my face, hear your sweet tiny cry and feel the weight of your tiny body on my chest. The reality is though that you’re growing my boy and I’m now staring down the barrel of toddlerhood. The fuzz is long gone, your sweet cry has deepened already with age and you no longer fit snuggly on my chest.

I never did truly understand the saying “the nights are long but the years are short” until this very moment. What I wouldn’t give for just 1 more night of 3am singing sessions to soothe your tiny irritable mind, those precious hours of cluster feeding, the exhausted couch snuggles or midnights co-sleeping stroking your tiny face.

Although your tiny tot days are becoming a memory as you grow more independent every day, I love you more ferociously now than I did then. Everyday I learn more about you, the person you are currently, your likes and dislikes and I get flickers of the person you will become. The older you get the more I learn about you and the more I love you. While I cherish the memories of the baby you were, the toddler you are becoming sparks excitement in my soul for the future. You are simply magnificent my boy.

Here is a few of my favourite things about you in your first year of life: your incredibly old soul, your compassion and the way you feel everything so deeply, the way your foot taps when you get excited, your determination and ferocious spirit, that cheeky grin, your ticklish chunky thighs and infectious uninhibited personality, the way that you love me as vehemently as I love you but most importantly the way you’ve made me feel so WHOLE.

Thank you Baby, for the best damn year of my entire life.



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