Monday, August 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Reid

Reid, on Saturday you turned a year old! I would've posted this for you sooner but we were busy celebrating! How is it possible that you, my sweet and perfect baby boy, are already a year old?????? It seems like just yesterday I was at the hospital getting ready to have you and overcome with panic that I wouldn't love my second child as much as I did my first. The second I laid eyes on you I knew how silly that fear was because I already did! We brought you home from the hospital and you were just soooo laid back. You started smiling within the first few days--it was amazing and hardly anyone believed me until they saw it for themselves--it was not JUST gas! You have been happy since day one...and you have brought so much joy to everyone around you since day one as well!!
Since the day we found out you were going to be joining our family, we knew it was God's plan for you to be here and that you are here for something special! I can't wait to find out what it is and watch as you grow in the Lord! I suspect it has something to do with that smile of yours! Strangers comment on how contagious it is ALL the time! I know your smile is too great for God not to use it for some good! (c:
See what I mean? You have such a sweet personality. You love to cuddle. You can make the darkest day bright just by being you!
You are so determined! You like to walk outside to the car and sometimes the little bump on the threshold trips you up. You don't just stand back up and finish walking to the car though! You crawl back inside, stand up, and keep trying until you WALK over the bump. I pray that you keep that spirit of perseverance as you go through life!
You are a thinker and a people watcher--or at least a "sister watcher". Haha. You watch what she does and either laugh at her or try to do it yourself. One of the greatest joys of being a mommy of two is watching you two interact--especially when you are laughing with one another and loving on each other. Talk about the simple pleasures of life! You guys just melt my heart!
You are so full of life. Every day we are getting to see more and more of your personality. You are so funny already! You are so proud of yourself for walking...and you are officially a full-time walker! You just suck in your breath really loudly because you are so excited and then just squeal!! Also, when you walk really fast, your legs go the side and your knees come all the way up to your chest. It is hysterical! There just isn't anything about you that isn't adorable!
You can already throw a ball pretty stinking good! Mommy and Daddy are very impressed!
You are really into playing games right now. Peek-a-boo just cracks you up and you actually do the hiding yourself. You love "chase" too. And you really think it is funny to be startled (especially when you know it is coming but just don't know when).
You are starting to talk a good bit. You sign and say "all done". The saying of "all done" pretty much just started...or at least I just started realizing it! You love to say "no no" and "yea". Then you jabber all the time too.
You laugh and make us laugh all the time. Tonight at dinner you and Lilly were sitting next to each other and she was eating something you wanted and you just snatched it out of her hand and then started laughing because you got it. You are getting speedy!
The past year presented some 3 months of the same ear infection and more sleepless nights than nights with is true! But Buddy boy, I wouldn't change a single thing about it! If there is anything I have learned through you and your sister is that God's plan (AND TIMING) is so much better than any plan that we could've come up with or even imagined!! (oh, and the joys FAR OUTWEIGH any challenges)
We pray for you nightly--for guidance in raising you, for your health and safety, for a heart that desires the things of Jesus, for your future, and we always always always thank God for choosing us to be your parents! We are so honored with the blessing that is YOU!
We love you more than words could ever express and to my amazement that love continues to grow daily! We can't wait to see what you do everyday and are so lucky to get to watch you learn and develop! Can't wait to see your big toothy grin in the morning!! Hugs and Kisses to my big little ONE year old!!!!


Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday, Reid! I love all the pictures!!

Jenna said...

Aw, happy birthday sweet little Reidster! Your momma is right - your sweet smile is contagious!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Reid! I love all the pictures. My favorite was his Easter Outfit. I just love that picture of him. He is so handsome! Hope his day was very special!