Monday, November 19, 2007

My Baby is One

Dear Dylan,

One year ago your daddy and I were watching the Steelers play football and you kicked me really hard, as if to say, "Look out Mommy! Look out world, here I come!" Just three hours later, I was holding you in my arms, and I knew my life would never be the same. It was the most exciting day of my life, and my heart was overflowing with love for you.

You've been through a lot your first year of life - colic, ezcema, daily stretches, physical therapy, specialists, x-rays, doctor visits, and a helmet, and you have taken it all in stride. Those first four months that you had colic were rough, Dylan, but I knew there was a happy boy in there somewhere just waiting to get out, and you have! You are such a pleasant, happy kid, who loves to laugh, and who does so passionately! I love to make you smile, and hear your infectious laugh, and I love watching you make all your discoveries and reach each amazing milestone.

My life certainly has changed since you came along, but I love it! I love that every morning when I come in to get you out of your crib, you are smiling, and excited to see me. I love how excited you are to go anywhere, when you don't even know where we are going! I love hearing you babble in the backseat and see you smile at yourself in the mirror while I'm driving. I love watching the affect you have on the men in your life - your daddy, both your grandpas, and even your great grandpa. They all light up when you are in the room. I love taking you new places, and introducing you to new things. I love your little shoes lined up by the door. I love your little coat hanging next to ours. I love your tiny toothbrush (for your 6 teeth!), that sits amidst our giant ones. I even love the toys that have taken over the house. I love being a mom. More specifically, I love being YOUR mom. Even more specifically, I love YOU! More than I can possibly say with words.

Happy Birthday, my sweet boy.


Pam said...

Happy Birthday Dylan! Thank you for sharing this special and amazing milestone with all of us! How precious! Looks like he really enjoys that cake! I love pictures of the cake eating fun! Thank you for allowing us to be part of this joy!

Karen said...

Happy Birthday! What a wonderful mom he's been blessed with.

Mary said...

That is a really sweet letter to your babe!

I tagged you on my blog for 7 random things. Hope you don't mind :)

Julia said...

3 hours?? Post that story!

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

I hope he at least was kind enough to let you finish watching the game. Three hours! Wow--Dylan's faster than Willie Parker!

Happy Birthday, Dylan!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Dylan! And Happy Birthing Day Jen! What a beautiful letter and wonderfully expressed sentiments - a perfect way to close out his first year and look forward to the years to come.

Kellan said...

Happy Birthday to your precious Dylan - and he is adorable!!! You are very blessed. See you soon, Kellan

Jen said...

Pam, Thanks! He didn't really like the icing, and the blue coloring does NOT wash off for days!

Karen, What a nice thing to say, thank you.

Mary, I'm sorry but I just did the 7 random things tag. I'm up for any others that come around, though. Thanks for thinking of me.

Julia, I just might do that! It is a great story.

BBM, Nope, I never did see the end of that game, even though we taped it, but I'm so glad we won because that makes the story perfect!

Driving, "Happy Birthing Day" - that is the first time I've heard that. I like it. Thanks!

Thanks, Kellan. I sure am.

Shellie said...

That made me cry! Love the cake pic too!

Sparx said...

Oh! Happy Birthday Dylan! I'm so sorry I missed this one... what a great post.

Becky said...

Oh he's ADORABLE. What a cutie pie!