On my baby’s first birthday
I love you so very much. Every day your cheery smile lights up my world. People tell me you’re the happiest, smiliest baby they’ve ever seen.
After meeting your big brother, I never expected to have a blonde-haired, blue-eyed baby, but here you are.
You’re so inquisitive, sometimes sitting quietly engrossed in investigating the smallest details of your latest find, and sometimes flinging open cupboards and pulling everything out in search of… who knows what? You’ve developed a bit of a thing for climbing – at the moment, your legs are very small and many things are out of your reach, but I think next year will be a different story. You’re so close to walking, too. I don’t think it’ll be long at all before you’re toddling around all by yourself.
Just lately you’re learning so much: you draw with crayons (when you’re not trying to eat them or fling them on the floor), paint with a watery brush and build little towers. You eat enthusiastically; your favourites are grapes and quesadillas. One of your absolute favourite pastimes is putting things inside other things: shapes in a shape sorter, or toys in boxes, or sometimes important lipglosses and remote controls in secret, hidden places. It doesn’t take you long to get used to new places and you crawl around at speed, happy to meet new people and offer kisses to those you know and love.
You’re such a wonderful little brother: loving, playful and patiently accepting of overzealous cuddles and accidental (or deliberate) bumps and squashes. Sometimes this year has been hard work, but I see you and your brother together and I love you both so much and know that I’m so lucky and could never want for anything more.
I’m so very proud of you and so excited for your future and all the things still to come.
Thank you, my darling baby, for a wonderful year.