A Love Letter To My Second Born Turning ONE: Happy Birthday Haines!

Well, I'm at again! A mixed ball of emotional mush as we celebrate my baby boy turning the big O-N-E! I thought it might be easier this time around, since Ive seen how much fun and heart warming it is witnessing our daughter grow beyond her first year of life. She's almost 4 and it's hard to believe that I wrote her One Year Old "Love Letter" three years ago.. (what?!/!) Since then it has been such a blast watching her morph into this sweet young lady, learning her way through all that toddler life throws at her. So today as Haines turns one, I know I have so many exciting times to look forward to, however it's a bitter sweet feeling knowing that his little thigh rolls will soon smooth out and his 7 tiny little teeth will soon be be accompanied by 13 more. So i'm going to spend these next few years making sure to squish his little legs and cheeks more often and not be so quick to lay him down in his crib after he falls asleep in my arms because one day I will wish he was tiny enough to fit in them.

Dear My Little Man,

When we found out that we were going to bring a second baby into our family of three, we were excited and nervous all over again.  We had to wait a bit longer to become pregnant this time around, however we knew GOD had someone special He was sending our way that would be worth the little bit of wait. Of course, my initial reaction was "finally!" and your daddy's initial reaction was "really? seriously?" holding back his panic as hard as he could. I could see all the $$ signs flying out of his head the very moment I gave him the exciting news. That soon passed and it became all about preparing for your arrival! Except this time, we were not only preparing ourselves, the house and your nursery we also had to prepare your big sister. For three years she would be the only "baby" in the house and we wanted to make sure that her big sister transition was a smooth as possible so that she would be the best big sister to you! It was so wonderful to see that she was a natural and her love for you was immediate.

The day we welcomed you to world was an early morning scheduled delivery which was new for me. I have to say, it was a nice change of pace from feeling those labor pains I felt the first time around. The moment I heard your cry, my eyes immediately welled up with tears. I thought, "my baby boy is here and healthy!" Your Daddy and I were smitten at first cry! The next day, your Mimi and Sissy came up to the hospital to meet you and just like your daddy and I, they were smitten too! Soon after we brought you home, we all couldn't keep our hands off of you. Though we definitely missed sleeping at night during those first three months, your calm and chill nature during the day made up for the sleep that was lost!

All About You:
From the moment you were born, you had a certain ease and laid-back temperament.  You only fussed when it was necessary and your patience was spread thin. With having to share your parents with big sister, you were so forgiving when your needs were not met the second you needed them to be. One of the many things that I appreciate and love most about you.

I love that we can go places as a family and not have to worry (even though we still worry) that you might get uncomfortable or spooked by someone that you are not familiar with. You give a sweet little shy smile back to anyone and everyone that stops by to say hello. You are our little charmer and we love that you are so willing to show love right back to the people around you.

I love when I greet you in the morning, you wiggle your body around in your crib with such excitement and delight like you are so ready start your day and see what the rest of the family is up to.

I love that you love to be close to us whenever we are in reach. You love crawling and climbing all over us just so you can fall into snuggle nook wherever our arms lay. You give that sweet little grin like you're saying "thanks for loving me". My heart melts at those grins every time!

I love that you L O V E your sissy! She thinks the world of you and loves teaching you about the world. Your daddy and I love to sit back and watch your amazing sibling bond and pray that it continues for the rest of your lives. 

Every night we thank God that He gifted us you and we feel so blessed that He chose us to be your mommy and daddy. You bring such an extra level of joy and happiness to our lives that our hearts are overflowing with thankfulness and gratitude!

You amaze us everyday with your kindhearted, permissive soul and sense of appreciation for everything and everyone around you. We can't wait to watch you grow and develop into the Man that God created you to be and we will be here to cheer you on, dust you off and love you every step of the way!

Happy First Birthday Sweet Boy! I love you will all my heart and all of my soul!


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