It's your birthday!! One year old! Twelve months! 52 weeks! 366 days! What what!
The cake has been smashed, the presents are strewn about the house, and you are sleeping off the sugar rush as I type this. It's been such a great day.
Actually, it's been a great year. I've been trying to write this letter to you for days, but just couldn't find the words. Mostly because I find myself speechless far too often when I watch you. You are incredible. This tiny specimen filled with awesome.
So what I'd like to say to you today (besides happy birthday) is thank you.
Thank you for bringing the party to our house. For making us laugh all the time. For loving Guido so hard. For your shy smile. For your sleepy cuddles. For that one time when you were 3 months old and we had that amazing night as mother and son (I still remember all that lovey eye contact.) For your cheeks. And your tiny toe. And for sucking in your bottom lip.
Thank you for giving so much happiness to our home. To our family. To our world.
Thank you for having a perfectly round head. For your scuffed feet. For your babbling nonsense. For your soft skin. For your serious scowl. For your crooked crack. For always sleeping well. For sticking your foot up whenever you eat. For your calm. And your chill. And your temperament.
Thank you for being on your own schedule. For your nose touches. For your claps. For your squeaks. For your open mouthed kisses. For your snugs. And your hugs. And your whole basket of tricks.
Thank you for being a champion eater. For the way you ate your waffles for breakfast this morning. For nursing 11 months. For the joy you find in biting into a grape. Or a blueberry. Or anything really. (You definitely love your food.)
Thank you for holding our thumbs. For stealing your dad's heart. For making us obsessed. For being tiny, and then chubby, and then big. For burrowing into my shoulder. For being so easy to love.
Thank you for the last twelve months. For being our son. For being so dern cute.
Happy happy birthday baby bear!
We love you as big as the sky and as wide as the sea (and probably even more than that too.)
Mama + Papa