It's truly hard to believe that a year has gone by since we welcomed Henry into our lives. We were so happy to have him, so blessed and so over-joyed that I think it took us several months to really believe that he was ours.
He was such a happy baby, so curious and alert - even at the youngest of age. I had a bond with him before he was born, but as he grew, it was as if a rope was gathering more and more twine, twisting into something stronger every day. Now I can't imagine spending a day without him.
When his blue eyes turned to brown, I knew one day he would be the 'tall, dark and handsome' type. I began to pray for his future, for his life as a husband and a father and hoped that one day I would be able to create for him the big, happy family that I always felt I was without.
But for now, I enjoy watching him grow and learn. I enjoy watching him explore and although I may not always act like it - I even enjoy finding the things that he hides from me all of the time. My heart melts when I hear him say my name and my hear hurts when I know he's in pain. He truly is an extension of my being and I think I am more attached than what he will ever be.
At one year of age, he is walking everywhere and even attempting to run. He is saying a few words here and there but sticks to 'dad' and 'mum' more than anything. He eats like a champ and drinks his milk from a straw. He can't go to sleep without his silky blanket and still prefers a pacifier at times but is so independent that it breaks my heart at times. His favorite toys are his cars (or anything with wheels really) and he just loves feeding his dogs. He loves to open and shut doors and stand up in his high chair if you don't strap him down. If you'd let him, he'd stay outdoors all day long. He's still a happy boy, so full of life and spunk. He already has quite the attitude and loves to see how far he can push his limits. He is the greatest blessing that has ever came into my life and I can't imagine loving anything more.
A letter to him from his Mommy on his first birthday:
Today you turn one! You've come quite the ways in one years time (don't worry, mum has it well documented) and I couldn't be more proud of the boy that you are becoming. You are so curious and full of life and my hope and prayer for you is that you will always remain that way. You have the most gorgeous eyes and smile and every time that I look at you, I just melt inside. We are on a wonderful journey, my son, and it is just beginning! We will have many adventures, stories to tell and memories to make. I hope you don't mind me documenting every second - I want to be able to look back and remember you just the way you were each step of the way. You may not remember this day, but I hope you will always remember that it was special because you are special and you are very loved - by me and your Daddy and by your Heavenly Father above. You are perfect to me and no matter how big you grow, you will forever be my little boy. Happy Birthday Henry! I hope next year will find you happier than you are now and just an 'older' version of the perfect little boy that I adore so very much.
I love you to the moon.