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Friday, July 2, 2010

Dear Nearly One Year Old Baby W...

Dear nearly one year old Baby W,

In just 6 short days you will be turning ONE--and I am in complete denial.

I can hardly fathom how you went from an itty bitty little guy who literally swam {and kick boxed} around in my belly...

To a handsome little boy who makes me smile every day.


Wasn't it just yesterday that we brought you home from the hospital and you changed our world forever?


I remember when you were too tiny to put up a fight when I made you wear a hat.


I remember when your face was nothing but irresistible kissy chub.


I remember when you were just 3 weeks old and I forced you to get in your toy box for this photo.

{creepy or adorable--we haven't yet reached a verdict}

I remember your VERY FIRST holiday--and I was determined to make it special for you.  At just 3.5 months old, I dressed you in this orange get-up and we set off for your first trip to the pumpkin patch.  This would be the first of many ventures where you did your best to humor your momma. 

How excited does he look about being dressed like a pumpkin?


Later that night, I switched out the pumpkin hat for your candy corn hat {from the Target dollar section of course}.


And then on Halloween day I made you wear this ridiculously cute monkey costume.  And although you were perhaps one of the squirmiest babies on the planet--you never moved a muscle while wearing this costume. 


I remember when you went through this faze where you would open your eyes VERY wide every time the camera flash went off.  Resulting in this:


I remember the first time you really laughed--and how it was the best sound I had ever heard.


And then I remember when you decided to have an opinion about things--and you let your face show us what you were thinking.


While you have changed so much over the last year--you are still the little boy I brought into this world on July 8, 2009--with smushy cheeks, my turned up nose, your Daddy's dimples, an undetermined persons puffy lips and long eye lashes, and a contagious smile and laugh all your own.

{3 weeks old and 11 months old}

And even though you bounce off the walls...


And can be a bit "intense" at times...


And have a boogery nose...


And get caught going places you aren't allowed...


And getting into things you aren't supposed to...


And are the messiest eater...


And have single handedly redesigned my living room...


I wouldn't have it ANY other way!
Because you're MY messy eating, trouble making, crazy crawling cuddle bug--and I love everything about you!


So here's to hoping your momma learns how to cope with this whole turning one business--because so far its not looking too good.

I love you.

-your momma

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12 Comments:

At July 2, 2010 at 11:27 PM , Blogger Echo @ Barely Mommy said...

OMG! How sweet!!

The 'opening your eyes really wide when the flash goes off' thing, i thought was only mine! Haha. We used to turn the bedroom lights on and off because he'd do the same thing!

He has the longest-prettiest-girls-would-die-to-have-those lashes!

I love your kid! He's so stinkin' cute!

Good luck with the turning one thing. I still refuse to come to terms with the fact that I have a FIFTEEN MONTH old (has it REALLY been that long???).

BIG BONUS: Mine's learned to walk up, pull on the bottom of my shirt and say "ma keke" (momma kiss kiss). And stretch his little neck until I bend down and give him kisses. :))


xoxo.

 
At July 2, 2010 at 11:34 PM , Blogger Nina @ Momma Go Round said...

Yeah, 1 isn't pretty. I'm still coping with it and the fact that my Baby W isn't little anymore. Wasn't it just yesterday that LJ and W took their first picture together? I swear LJ was a giant and W thought he was strange.

Where did our little boys go? I LOVE YOU W!

 
At July 3, 2010 at 4:02 AM , Blogger Life in Rehab said...

Ashley,

Thanks for the baby pic alert! I wallowed in his chubby goodness. It made me tear up, because my post today is 10 Rules for My Sons, who are 17 and 18, and this took me back to when fatness and Cheerios in neck creases were my world. Thanks.

 
At July 3, 2010 at 7:17 AM , Blogger Natalie Catherine said...

what a sweet post!! it seriously is crazy how fast they grow up! my sophia is about to turn two and i'm like ah! what a cutie you have!

 
At July 3, 2010 at 3:23 PM , Blogger Caitlin said...

Your baby is precious and so handsome!!!! I love all the pictures of him making silly faces! Happy almost birthday to your sweet boy!

caitlin

cohensmama.blogspot.com

 
At July 3, 2010 at 5:25 PM , Blogger Kristyn said...

I can't believe Wes is going to be one! Wow that year went fast! He is such a cute kid! Good Luck dealing with your baby turning one! it was tramatic for me too. Part of you is proud that you actually raised this little guy from a tiny totally dependant baby to this thriving independent little boy. And the other part of you is crushed that you didn't enjoy the journey more. But I guess that why you have a second *wink* *wink* so you can enjoy it all over again!

 
At July 4, 2010 at 1:33 PM , Blogger Christine said...

I dream that I could have been there for my daughter's first birthday. Perspective, my dear.

 
At July 4, 2010 at 7:08 PM , Blogger luv4jack said...

Amazing how quickly time goes by when you look back on all the small, precious, moments and the monumental changes that occur throughout the months of a year. It is so bittersweet. It doesn't get easier when your "baby" turns 2...or three?! I'm almost in awe that Jack will be 3 September 1st. Is that even still a toddler? Can I hold onto that title for another year?! And btw..July 8th will be dh and my 4 year wedding anniversary! What a double special day it will be~I'll be thinking of you and "baby" W!

 
At July 4, 2010 at 8:59 PM , Blogger Casey said...

I want to steal your bubba!!

I love reading your blog - your photographs always make me giggle - what a cutie!

 
At July 5, 2010 at 5:00 PM , Blogger Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Ashley, thanks SO much for stopping by. If I have been over here before, I sure don't remember, but how cute you are & that precious baby of yours is too. Happy 1st B'day to him.

 
At July 5, 2010 at 6:49 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

You are so great at telling a story in your posts! What a great first year. It is truly amazing what these little people do in just one short year. Time goes by so fast. He is adorable. I did the same thing with my first son on Halloween. My poor second son got the hand-me-down costumes! Have a great first birthday...

 
At December 29, 2010 at 10:28 PM , Blogger Jae said...

I remember the night before my first born turned 1, I tip toed into his room at night, carefully lifted him out of the crib and caressed him and cried. I cried because I knew the time would go by way too fast. I cried because I couldn't believe how blessed I was to have such a healthy, happy, beautiful son. That baby is now 8 years old. I have a 3rd child now and he is 6 months old. I plan on doing the same thing with him the night before he turns 1. Cherish these moments. Each and every single moment, he will be 18 and off to College before you know it. God bless you!

 

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