Friday, July 21, 2006

Happy 1st Birthday my son

July 21, 2006

Dear Mason II,

Happy First Birthday!

Twelfth month statistics: Weight: approximately 25 lbs. Length: Not sure we go to the doc on Monday. Diaper Size: 5 Clothes: 18 months.

Wow! I truly find it hard to believe that one year has passed since you were born. What an amazing time this year has been. I read a poem once that said to have a child means to forever go about the world with your heart outside your chest. I never believed it until you came along. Just thinking of how lucky I am to be your mother and to have been blessed with a handsome, smiling, playful, healthy baby boy brings tears to my eyes.

This past year has also been difficult. In the beginning there was the lack of sleep, then thrush, the quandry about working vs, staying at home, and now the worries about if I am doing everything right to make sure you grow up to be a wonderful man. Parenthood isn’t easy, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

I know, I know, enough mushy stuff already. Let’s talk milestones! This month has been full of them. You love to cruise. You scamper around and the pull up on anything that is near you. If you have a toy in your hand you will often stand and not realize that you aren’t holding on to anything. As you notice, then plop… down on your bottom you go. I feel we are only a few weeks away from your very first steps.

Speaking of steps, you love the stairs in the new house. You haven’t mastered going down, but coming up is no problem. Your dad installed gates to keep you safe. So far, you don’t pay much attention to them, but poor Miss Bianca always seems to be on the wrong side of the gate.

This month you have started waving, clapping and pointing. It is so adorable to watch you clap when I sing to you. The waving is also fun. You don’t quite do it on command, but pretty close. The world is your telephone lately. Pretty much everything you can pick up becomes a mock telephone. It is so cute to watch you chat away. You also love to point at the ceiling fan in the family room. I remember last summer when you were just a tiny baby and you loved to just stare at the ceiling fan. My how you have grown.

Your schedule is pretty much the same as last month. In fact, you have been sleeping just a wee bit later than usual, but you have also been sick the past few days. I picked up a nasty stomach virus and passed it along to both you and your dad. This week was the first time you ever threw up and had diarrhea. Not exactly the kind of milestone you want to remember, but I figure we are pretty lucky that you were almost a year old before we had to deal with any of the yucky stuff. In general, you wake up around 6:30am and go to bed around 7 or 7:30pm. You still take two naps and nurse about five times each day. Several of my friends are going to be starting the weaning process after the first birthday, but I think we are going to wait for awhile.

In the food world you are eating all kinds of neat things. This month you tried toast, jello (cherry of course), plums, nectarines, blueberries, fresh peaches (not just the frozen kind), applesauce from a jar, cheese, cous cous and even some tandoori chicken. I haven’t been quite as diligent as I was in the past about your food and only trying one food for four days in a row. We also re-introduced egg yolks and you seem to be doing great with those. Your dad even made you a little egg yolk omelet and I took a picture.

Your first birthday party is this weekend. My mom and Carol will be here to help us celebrate. I am so excited to see my mom. She is thrilled to be seeing you again. You have changed so much just since April. I can’t wait for her to see you scampering around.

For your birthday you received the following gifts: wooden blocks, learning house, Winnie the pooh ride on toy, an animal train, bongos and some Fisher Price Little People. I think we all did a good job choosing age appropriate gifts for you. You have had lots of fun with all of your new toys. I suspect you will receive a few more at the party this weekend.

The morning of your birthday I took a cute picture of you in your crib with your birthday hat on. I would like to remember to do this every year.

Well, my sweet little boy, an entire year has come and gone. I’m sure that it will only seem like a wink before you are off to college. Good thing we are already saving. Thank you for the wonderful memories, I can’t wait to enjoy each and every day.

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