One year ago right now (11:13am) you came in to the world. You were 4 days overdue but once you decided to come, you weren't wasting any time making your grand entrance in just under 3 and a half hours. I can't tell you how much I appreciate that you didn't take your time. You arrived big and beautiful weighing in at 9 lbs, 6.5 ounces and looking very much like me. Oma and Nana both said that holding you was just like having me in their arms again which brought on joyful tears. When I look back at pictures of myself as a baby, I think they are definitely right.
This time around we decided to find out if our new baby was going to be a boy or a girl. When the ultrasound tech said BOY I was so excited. Ok, I’ll admit, there was a little part of me that was hoping for a girl but I certainly wasn’t disappointed. I’ve always said I hoped for two boys when I finally had kids and with you that dream has been fulfilled. Oliver fell in love with you the moment he saw you (....Baby!!!) and that hasn't changed. I think the feeling is mutual because you can't get enough of him either. One of your strange quirks is that even though you are a very happy baby you rarely laugh or giggle out loud. The few times I've heard you in the throws of a good belly laugh have been when when O was entertaining you. I hope for you to be best buddies as kids and best friends as you get older. To always be there to for each other and for you to hang out because you like each other, not because you are related.
Like most parents I think I wondered how another baby was going to fit into our lives. How was I going to love another tiny human as much as I love the one we already had? Once you arrived I realised that loving a second baby was so much easier. Not that I loved you more but since I already understood that special bond between mom and baby I think finding that love again was like second nature. I also feel that knowing you were a boy and having chosen your name months before you were born made it seem like we'd known you for such a long time already.
A few things I want you to know:
-As a newborn you had the cutest cry I have ever heard. We called it The Lip cause you would stick out that bottom lip in a tiny pout every time.
-You are huge flirt and love to ham it up for the camera.
-If I had to choose 3 words to describe you, the first one hands down would be LOUD. You have a screech that would shatter glass if you really tried. The second would be headstrong. You have no problem at all telling us what you want and are even more obvious about what you don’t want. The third would be smiley.
-As an infant you could blow out a diaper like no baby I’ve ever seen. That may seem like a strange thing to mention in your birthday letter but trust me, your ability borders on legendary and needed to be acknowledged.
-Your dark blue eyes are going to break hearts someday.
Where has the year gone? I can't believe you are turning one already. You are becoming a vibrant and active little man who keeps us on our toes. You have made our little family complete and I'm so happy and proud to be your mom. Your dad and I love you always and forever.
I Love You