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Posted by sharilyn On September - 10 - 2010

Dear Ben,

Happy first birthday! I am having the hardest time wrapping my mind around the fact that you’re already one year old. Everyone told me how fast time would go by, so I expected this. I tried to prepare myself for it. So why does it still surprised me how fast this year has passed?

I look at you and I can’t believe how big you are. At some point during this past year you turned from a little baby into a little boy. Your bald head now has the most gorgeous wavy red hair I’ve ever seen in my life. Your toothless grin has been traded in for seven of the sweetest little teeth ever (yes, I’m your mom so even your teeth are sweet!).

You have your own likes and dislikes, and you like to tell us about them as best you can! You have such a strong little personality already, and it has been the coolest thing getting to watch that develop.

You also happen to be such a smart little guy. I get the biggest kick out of watching you learn and discover things. Your newest things are clapping, waving, standing on your own (you’re such a champion crawler that you don’t have much motivation to walk yet, but you’re getting there!), and feeding yourself. Your dad and I don’t even think of eating something in front of you unless you have some food you can eat too (preferably what we’re eating).

You’re a total mama’s boy, but you drop everything when your dad walks through the door at the end of the day. Watching the two of you together is without a doubt one of my favorite things in the world.

It doesn’t seem possible that it was a year ago today that I held you in my arms and looked into those beautiful blue eyes for the first time. This year has flown by, but at the same time it’s hard for me to remember a time when you weren’t around.

Thank you for being such an amazing little boy. Being your mom has been the biggest thrill of my life, and you have taught me more about myself this past year than I ever thought possible. I love you more than I could ever put into words.

Your mama

Mother’s Heart

I loved you from the very start,

You stole my breath, embraced my heart.

Our life together has just begun,

You’re part of me, my little one.

As mother with child, each day I grew,

My mind was filled with thoughts of you.

I’d daydream of the things we’d share,

Like late-night bottles and Teddy bears.

Like first steps and skinned knees,

Like bedtime stories and ABC’s.

I thought of things you’d want to know,

Like how birds fly and flowers grow.

I thought of lessons I’d need to share,

Like standing tall and playing fair.

When I first saw your precious face,

I prayed your life be touched with grace.

I thanked the angels from above,

And promised you unending love.

Each night I lay you down to sleep,

I gently kiss your head and cheek.

I count your little fingers and toes;

I memorize your eyes and nose.

I linger at your nursery door,

Awed each day I love you more.

Through misty eyes, I dim the light,

I whisper, “I love you” every night.

I loved you from the very start,

You stole my breath, embraced my heart.

As mother and child our journey’s begun,

My heart’s yours forever, little one.

~author unknown

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