Today is your very first birthday and I look down at you as you sleep. 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. 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, 6 lbs and 5 oz…a tiny little baby, so warm and soft, so innocent and dependent and absolutely perfect in every way. And now, you are a little man…19 lbs, laughing, talking, waving, walking…charming every person who is lucky enough to meet you.
You are one today, and 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: “Royal Chieftain” strongly independent and with a highly creative nature, with drive and ambition to have experiences and accomplish things out of the ordinary. We chose that name for you because we hope to raise you to be an honorable man with the integrity, strength, and spirit of a true royal chief-- 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 “Shock-a-Mala.” 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 little man. 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.
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. Even when we spent 6 days with you in the hospital, will be remembered as a blessing….because you pulled through with flying colors.
Words cannot express how much I love you, my little man, 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.
Love you to the moon and back!
PS….Because you are always on the move when you are awake, this is the only way we can get close-up pictures of you now!