My sweet, sweet Avery bug,
Today you are ONE! One year ago, I held you in my arms for the first time. One year ago today, I stared into those beautiful big blue eyes. One year ago, your little hand grasped my finger for the first time. One year ago, you snuggled your head against my chest, and I breathed in that sweet newborn smell on your tiny head. One year ago you captured my heart and filled it with so much love. One year ago you completed our family.
This year has been the fastest year of my life. I knew it would be. I've been told that with each child you have, the time passes all the more quickly. The days are long and the years are short. That saying cannot be further from the truth. No matter how many times I tried to hit the pause button, time kept on ticking. It seems like we are always in a constant battle with time.
You're our last baby. I knew this from the very beginning. I knew that all your firsts would be all of my lasts. That's why I really, I mean really tried to soak up every single second. I just don't ever want to forget. There are so many things I have tucked into my memory. So many sweet moments with you. One of my favorites is in the middle of the night when you wake up crying. Literally the second I pick you up, you rest your head on my shoulder and curl yourself right up in the fetal position. It's like you remember where you lived those first 9 months. You close your eyes, and you smile. Every single time. I can't bring myself to put you back down. I have to hold you close and rock you. I stare at your sweet little face, and watch your eyelids flutter. I stroke your head, and your tiny lips form into a sweet smile. You grasp my shirt with your chubby little hand. I kiss the top of your head and inhale deeply, all while thinking to myself, "This is what it's all about. These little things. These are actually the big things in life. Remember this moment!" Your heavy body completely relaxes. You know you are safe. You know you are loved.
And oh how you are loved. I thank God everyday for blessing me with you. You truly are the sweetest baby ever. You are the perfect final little piece to our family. You are so incredibly happy. Your giggles and big belly laughs can always bring a smile to my face.
I adore watching you with your big brother. Lincoln is absolutely your favorite person in the whole world. You light up whenever you see him, and your biggest laughs come from him. I can only hope the bond between the two of you will continue to grow stronger everyday.
Thank you for giving me the privilege to be your Mommy. Thank you for completing our little family. Happy First Birthday my sweet little buggy.
I love you to the moon and back. To infinity and beyond. Always and forever.