A letter to my son on his first birthday....
Today is your very first birthday and I look down at you
as you sleep in my lap. I fall in love with you deeper and
deeper each and every day.
I remember so clearly meeting you for the first time, which was one
year ago today. The doctor pulled you out and held you up, and when
I saw you for the first time, you were the most beautiful thing I had ever
seen! You cried and it made mommy cry because I
had waited so long to meet you and hear that sound. I held you in my
arms and said, “Hi son!” and you looked right in my eyes and stopped
crying. It was the most magical moment of my entire life. In that moment
, I knew I was your mother and you were my son and you would
change my life forever…
And now a year has passed since that amazing day. In this incredible
year, I saw your very first smile, heard your first giggles, and I cheered
you on when you began to roll for the first time. I cheered and cried as
you struggled to crawl because I was so proud and amazed at how far
you’d come. You came into this world, 44 cm and 2400 kg…
a tiny little baby, so brown and soft, so innocent and dependent and
absolutely perfect in every way. And now, you are a little boy…10600 kg,
laughing, talking, waving…charming every person who is lucky enough to
meet you. You are standing on your own and learning your first steps
you are one today, but beginning a journey
A journey that will take you in many different directions and teach you
many things. As I sit here and watch you cautiously take your first of
many steps in life, I think of the man I hope you’ll become and that I will
do anything under the sun to be a good mother to you and help guide you
in your journey through childhood and into adulthood.
Your name means “Lion” who is a true “warrior,” your daddy and I
chose that name for you because we hope to raise you to be an courage
man someday, and with the integrity, strength, and spirit of a true warrior.
someone who stands up and fights for what they believe in.
You have developed into such an amazing little person already.
You are the sweetest, most loving child I’ve ever met. You are
kind and gentle-hearted. You are so smart and very calculated.
I know in my heart there are big things ahead for you. They say the
eyes are a window to a person’s soul and you’ve got the
most breath-taking eyes. You have a gentle and wise
spirit already…my little “old soul.” You have made this world a better
place for being in it and I feel so honored to have been chosen
to be your mother.
You melt my heart every time you smile, and when you lay your
head on my shoulder after a long day…it helps make the world right
again. Never in my life have I been so excited to wake up…it’s because
I get to wake up next to you, my angel. I look so forward to when
you wake up and seeing your precious, smiling face and I am excited
for what the day might hold for the two of us.
Tomorrow we both have to start a new chapter in our lives. This last year
has been an amazing journey. It has been the most rewarding, incredible,
special time in my whole life. I will cherish the experience of your first
year of life in a special way, and treasure it always in my heart.
Words cannot express how much I love you, my prince, my precious son.
You are my sunshine, my heart, my purpose for being—my everything. I’m so very
proud of you and honored to be your mommy. This last year has been filled
with priceless memories and I look forward to so many more to come.