Sunday, October 23, 2011

Looking back on Our Year

Dear Kie,

I realize you're NOT quite a year old yet. But the days are flying by.  Your big birthday bash is in less than a week (6 days to be exact) and your REAL birthDAY is in 11 days.

MY how times flies.  It really breaks my heart to be honest.
It seems like you've always been a part of our lives,
as though life never really began until you arrived.

But just last year, I was BIG and pregnant and we were trying to patiently wait for you.
I was put on bed rest numerous times from the doctor. They said you were going to be due the 16th of November.  But I knew you were coming sooner.  In fact, I wrote to you a lot saying I knew you'd be here before long.

I wanted you to debut for your daddy's birthday (the 28th of October) .  But now I'm glad yall both have yall's special day.  Besides, you did come pretty soon after papa's birthday--November 3rd.  He said you were the best gift he had ever gotten!

I won't write you about your BIRTH day yet--I still have a few days to get that together.

But as you nap in the next room....and the house is a mess with finishing your TWO to THREE scrap books of your first year of life--I just can't help but think how lucky we are.

God blessed us SO much with you.
Nothing matters besides you and this family.
I'd wouldn't trade ANYTHING in this world to be just where I am now.

Oh sweet, baby...
I hope you grow up to love Jesus with EVERYTHING in you. 
I hope you grow up happy everyday.  
I hope you grow up curious, 
full of joy 
and have kindness towards others.
(Regardless if they deserve it!)

I hope you follow your dreams. I hope you are always humble. I hope you get your father's talents and skills.  I hope you get your mom's uniqueness and creativity. I already can tell your definitely unique. As for now--you're up to a lot of things!

You love to squish your nose up and sniff.  Just like mommy.  You bite everything with those SEVEN teeth of yours.  You definitely prefer nursing still but as for foods, you love mashed potatoes over most things. (Like your father.) But you eat anything!

You love to throw the ball and "practice basketball!"  You take the ball and toss it in the basket and start to immediately clap! You're so proud of yourself!

You LOVE being outside...It doesn't matter if we are swinging or sitting on the porch.  You're content watching God's creation.  If a bird happens to be near, you laugh and scream at it wondering why they don't come over closer.

You love the lake and riding on the boat.  I think the hum of the motor is soothing to you.  And you already have your sea legs.  You didn't get those from me.

You still love the bath.  You splash and kick and crawl and stand.  Getting you soaped up is an exercise all on it's own!

Your favorite book is Pat The Bunny.  You've got it memorized.  In fact, you LOVE to read.  If you go out of the room, you're usually heading to your OWN room.  You like your easy to grab bookshelf.  Sometimes you stand to read.  Other times you squat down.

You could sit there forever.
I watch you quietly from the door.
Your love for reading comes from me, definitely.

But Papa reads to you a lot.
You turn EACH page. And never miss one or rush to get to the end.

Your patient and you know what comes next!

Good Night Moon is also another favorite.
Once we are done with a book you wave at it.
Like, "Thanks for the good read!"
You also do that when we leave a room.
You wave goodbye to it!
You're very kind to do so.

You also are starting to say a few words.
Pu-pu for puppy.
Mama-for me. (I'm definitely your favorite person to come to for cuddling or when you feel bad!)
Bird- (We love watching birds.)
Dada-for daddy
Bubba-for yourself. (That's what daddy calls you.)

You have been making some new sounds.  So I'm excited to see what your next words are.
You're CONSTANTLY talking.
You use your hands a lot too.
Also got that from mommy.

You also still love showing everyone you're a BIG boy! By raising your arms over your head.
You also started doing touchdown signals (same one as big boy!) But now you do it if we say TOUCHDOWN!
Hopefully our Texas Longhorns will be scoring more of those so we can practice!

You're very social lil man!
We go on play dates weekly.
We go to our nursery class during church.  And all your teachers love how happy you are...and easy to please.

We attend baby aerobics together and now we have started venturing to the library, the Hoppin House and to the gym.  You love to watch children or people.  You observe EVERYTHING.  And you rarely, if ever, fuss.

I know I may be your mother, but so many people say how good you are.
You get this from your dad.
He is laid back.
And easy going.

You're a little sponge.
So we are always careful what you're around and what we say and do.
I never curse. 
(Only under my breath at the cars that cut in front of us!)
And neither does daddy.

We watch our music.
And we hardly watch TV in front of you.
I do admit, I have one guilty pleasure...
And you love Ellen just as much as I do.
When she comes on you clap!
And when she dances, you dance!

That's another thing...
When music comes on you stand and bounce and squat to the ground.
You are so very nimble!

Oh and you love to climb.
You climb the sofa, the bed, the bathtub, the toilet, the walls, the windows, the laundry pile...
Anything you can get a leg up on...YOU CLIMB!

You also are standing on your toes to reach for the doorknobs.
You try so hard to turn them.
Thankfully you are about an inch or two TOO short.  But you're almost there!
You're a tall boy!

I can't wait to see how big you get!

I love watching you grow and learn each day.
Every morning when I wake up...You give me joy!
A reason to ignore the lies, the meanness, the sickness, the tragedy in this world....
You remind me to love...
And to take each day as a blessing.
To be grateful for each breath.
To be humbled by my past.
And to never be selfish again.

I vow to protect you as long as I can.
To love you forever and always.
To read to you God's word.
I promise to always put you and your daddy first.

You and your dad are my world.
Nothing matters to me as much as my family.
No matter how tough the roads get.
Through thick and thin...
Momma will always put God and our family first.

This one year has surpassed any dream I could ever want or wish for myself.
The joy I get from being a mother is indescribable.

You changed me! *God willing!*
Thank you Kie!
I love you so, SO, SO much!

Happy First Year my beautiful baby! I love you forever & always!


St. David's NICU

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