We have a one year old now. How is that possible?? I feel like it was just yesterday that we brought him home from the hospital. We no longer have a squishy little baby who does nothing but eat and sleep all day. We have a wild and crazy, no fear, loud, rambunctious little boy!
He walks and talks and lets us know when he’s happy or mad. He eats everything under the sun. There’s nothing he doesn’t like. He’s outgoing and happy to be held by anyone. He has his days where he’s a little clingy to Momma but I don’t actually mind it all that much. He hugs me when I get home from work making it the best 10 seconds of my day. He’s a very social baby who loves being around other little friends. He hasn’t mastered the art of sharing but we’re working on it!
He loves playing with his Nonna all day during the work week but his very favorite thing….. Seeing his garbage pick-up friends! Every Wednesday RB and Nonna swing while they wait for the big truck to come roaring down the street. RB makes the “budddnnnddnnn” sound as it comes near. (He even got a garbage truck for Christmas which he drives all over the living room floor. Ha!) He hasn’t actually spoken to his best friends yet. I get it, it’s a little intimidating to meet your idols but he loves when they say hey and wave to him. (Those men really are the sweetest. They always stop to say hey. On Christmas we gave them a little treat bag and the driver even got out to come say thank you to RB. 9 times out of 10, they roll our garbage can back up the driveway for us. Thankful for sweet friends in unexpected places!)
RB loves dancing with his daddy. They could twirl and sing for hours. And those two have so much fun being bad together. They make messes and throw balls in the house. They even have their own little language. Well…. less of a actual language, more so just growling back and forth at each other a whole lot. I’m pretty sure RB’s favorite place to sit is on his daddy’s shoulders.
My sweet, sweet boy. How can you already be ONE?! Time is flying by. I love so much to witness every new learned skill of yours but it makes me sad that you’re growing so quickly! During the first months of your life, many days were spent with you napping on my chest. Now I’m lucky if you fall asleep in my arms just one night a week. It’s becoming few and far between. You have such an independent little spirit. (No clue where you got that from!)
I cannot wait to see what this next year has in store for our family. I cannot wait to watch as your vocabulary grows. And I cannot wait to see what milestones you reach. You are such a smart little boy. You will far surpass us all.
Thank you for making me a mom and thank you for the best year of my life. Your daddy and I could have never imagined how happy we would be when you came into our lives. You make me smile every single day. Even on the hard days, even on the tired days. Even on the days when you are a total grouch because you refused to nap. Even when you throw green beans across the room for the 100th time because you think it’s funny. Even when we find the car keys hidden in your play house. Even when there’s not an inch of floor that can be seen through all your toys. There’s nothing on earth that I would trade any of that for. God blessed my life ten times over with your arrival and I thank him every day for you.
Happy Birthday baby. It’s a big one.
Your Daddy and I love you so very much.
**Special thanks to Rhett for building RB his very own plane! He worked tirelessly for a week to get it just right. How lucky is this little boy?!
***And of course, special mention to Katherine Sowers Photography for the pictures. As always, they are perfect.