Thumper Turns One

My dear sweet little Thumper,

I wish I could go back in time and live this year all over again with you.  I really mean that.  It has gone so fast and I never want to forget a second of your sweet babyhood.

Thumper at three days old

You were so sweet and so small, and my heart has never felt as full or complete as the moment I stepped though our front door with you in my arms, and was swarmed by your sister and brothers.  To have all four of you, with us at home… it was, and is, a blessing beyond measure.

The Justice League

I have taken pictures of you nearly every single day of your life (thank you, digital cameras!) because I never want to forget this first year, when you did so much changing.

August 2013, 4 and a half months old

You have grown so much, right before my eyes.

October 2013

And now, here we are.  Today, you are one year old.

Thumper, this last Monday

I love you so much.  You made our family complete.  You are becoming your own person, after being such a laid-back baby for so long.  It’s good to see you cry when I take the remote away, or fuss when I scold you for unplugging the phone again, or whine about wanting to be held.  You certainly don’t like to be pushed into anything – your refusal to try and walk is evidence enough of  that.  Just like standing on your own, you’ll walk when you’re good and ready, thank you very much.  You find your sister to be the funniest person and an okay helper when you can’t have Mommy.  You find your oldest brother to be a fascinating study, and you are always watching him, just hoping he’ll make eye contact with you.  You find Rerun alternatively to be your best friend, and the biggest threat to your continued existence.  You think Daddy is silly and a great person to sleep on.  You think Mommy is the center of your universe.

You’ve done so much changing and growing in just one year, and it’s only going to keep going.  I wish you would slow down.  At least I will always have the pictures to help me remember.

So, happy first birthday, my sweet, fuzzy, fluffy boo, my darling Thumper.  May God bless you, each day and forevermore.


2 Responses to “Thumper Turns One”

  1. Ressis
    March 21st, 2014 02:54

    Give him a birthday hug and kiss from me! I wish I was there to give them in person.

  2. Jen
    March 21st, 2014 09:35

    This post brought tears to my eyes. I am in the same boat right now with Alister, so your words are very emotional to me. It goes by so fast. It’s so hard to express in words the joy and love that a mother can feel toward a child/children…you did a great job. I hope he has a great birthday 🙂