The day after

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Dear Blake,

You had an amazing birthday party if I do say so myself!  I spent a lot of time planning and making decorations for your party and it was a success!  We had about 60 people at your birthday party and it was crazy and fun at the same time.  You got tons of presents, I dont even know what to do with all of them.  You had cake for the first time and just as I expected you didn’t really like it that much.  You made a mess and got it all over yourself and we had to give you a bath before you opened your presents.  Yesterday was your real birthday and we went to the Shedd Aquarium.  I wanted to take you to the zoo, but the weather was not the best, so we decided on the Shedd.  You loved all the fish and especially the penguins (you giggled at them).  Grandma and Papa and Auntie Stephie and Colin went with too.  Auntie Stephie bought you a little turtle stuffed animal that you giggle at whenever you see it.  After the aquarium we went to Grandma and Grandpa VanDeNorth’s house and had dinner with them.  You are such a lucky boy and everyone loves you so much.  All of your family is so supportive and wants to be with you.  We all love you so much and I can’t believe you are 1 year old.  You have been the best thing to happen to me and everyday you make me smile.  How did I ever get so lucky?  I think about my life and I have an amazing husband and the cutest baby boy.  I really am so blessed and everyday thank God that I have what I have.

Happy 1st Birthday to my baby boy,

Love,

Mom

To my son as he turns 1

Dear Blake,

I wanted to write you a letter for your first birthday but I will just include it on this blog.  You are turning 1 year old and I wanted to tell you how much you have changed our lives.  I can’t believe that one year has gone by and how much you have changed since you were born.  We started out having you taken away from us as soon as you were born and taken into the nursery.  Then we got to take you home and experienced sleepless nights.  We watched you grow and meet many different milestones like picking your head up, rolling over, sitting, crawling, pulling up to a stand, and crusing.  Now you are walking a few steps alone and saying a few words like Mama and Dadda.  We have watched you grow from an infant to a toddler.  You are independent and know what you want.  You also love to be cuddled and picked up.  I could never imagine my life without you in it.  You have changed our lives in ways you could never understand.  This is been the best year of our lives and it only gets better from here.  I hope you understand one day how much you mean to your Daddy and I, and how much we love you.

Love,

Mom

First Mother’s Day

Dear Blake,

Sunday was Mother’s Day…my first real Mother’s Day.  Last year on Mother’s Day I was almost a Mom.  This year, I am proud to call you my son.  I am proud to be your Mommy!  Being a Mom is the single most rewarding thing I’ve ever experienced in my life.  It’s also the hardest thing I’ve ever done…harder than running a marathon, or going through labor.  Being a Mom means you might laugh, cry, and want to pull your hair out all on the same day.  Being a Mom means you hardly have 1 minute alone to go to the bathroom without someone screaming for you.  Being a Mom means you have to learn to forget about all the other unimportant things that used to be important because now you have someone who needs you all the time.  Being a Mom means playing the same game over and over again or reading the same book over and over again, because once is never enough.  Being a Mom means being silly and making someone laugh and not caring who thinks you’re crazy.  Being a Mom means comforting someone when they are hurt or crying (which happens all the time.)  Being a Mom means thinking about someone while you are at work and rushing home to be with them.  Being a Mom means being a constant entertainer.  Being a Mom means you have the best job in the whole world. 

I am proud to be your Mommy.

Love,

Mom

If he’s anything like me

Dear Blake,

Up until now I’ve told you about the wonderful, fantastic things that happen to you and the positive things that happen.  Recently we have begun to notice the temper tantrums.  If you get into something you shouldn’t or do something you know you shouldn’t we tell you “no.”  You don’t like that at all.  You will get this pouty face and start crying, and the crying turns to screams and you throw yourself to the floor for a few seconds before we distract your attention elsewhere.  We are not even in the “terrible two’s” yet.  Daddy always refers to the Brad Paisley song “If he’s anything like me.”  It’s a song about how he’s going to get his payback if you’re anything like him.  Daddy went through that stage of throwing fits (as most kids do) but for a lot longer.  I think you’re going to be like you’re Daddy a lot and Daddy is going to get his payback for how he acted as a child.  Despite your fits and temper tantrums, we still love you so much and you will always be my “Sweetie boy.” 

Love,

Mom

11 months old!

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Dear Blake,

Happy 11 month birthday!  I cannot believe how time really flies.  This time last year I had a HUGE belly and was praying for you to come out any day.  Any day turned into several weeks more but then we finally got to meet you.  I can’t believe we will be celebrating your birthday in a few weeks…

Things you can do at 11 months:

* stand holding on to furniture

* stand on your own for a few seconds

* giggle and laugh

* wave bye bye

* pick up finger foods with your fingers and eat it

* scream

* crawl super fast

* sit on your own

* give hugs

* reach for things you want

* crawl upstairs

* “read” books (turn pages of books and are interested in them)

* drink juice from a sippy cup

* cry when Mama leaves the room

I can’t wait to see what the next month brings and if you will walk or say your first word by your first birthday.  I know you will continue to bring us so much happiness and joy and that I have never been happier in my whole life. 

Love,

Mama