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Happy 1st Birthday Desmond!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Dear Desmond,

One year ago I was blessed to give birth to the surprise gift that is you and our family became complete. You came into the world so quietly that the doctor massaged you to make sure you were okay, but that is just your way. Even now, you only make noise when you need to. You cracked your first crooked grin a couple of hours later and you've been smiling ever since. You are the cheese in our ham sandwich.
birthday collage
We all marveled at the breakneck pace at which you developed over these last 12 months. You sat up at 4 months, crawled at 6 months and walked at 9 months. It feels to foolish to call you a baby when you are more like a mini superhuman. Your freakish strength is sometimes a challenge like when I am trying to change your diaper, but you never fight me to take a bath. We nicknamed you The Hulk because you can go from sweet, docile baby boy to mean, destructive mutant in a split second when someone or something makes you mad. It just takes a hug from mama to calm you down and you are back to your sweet self.

You love to eat, play with trucks, the basketball, blocks, and watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. But above all this you love your big sister and look up to her with those big eyes as dark and brilliant as two chocolate diamonds. I can tell you think she hung the moon and you follow her around like a puppy. Your eyes light up when we pick her up from preschool and you wiggle out of my arms to go to her. I know sometimes she acts like she can't be bothered with you, but she loves you to pieces. She proudly tells everyone that you are her her baby brother. In the last month you two have become closer and started to really play together. Sometimes you two fight over toys (or who gets to sit in my lap), but the beef usually only lasts as long as a commercial break.
birthday collage
You and me have been road dogs for the last year, a journey that has taken us to a new city, new home, and new friends. You've been my constant companion through it all. I rarely went anywhere without you strapped to my chest in your carrier. You helped me with the transition more than you'll ever know. I relish the fact that I can always decipher your baby babble or your facial expressions. It's like we have our own secret language. My heart soared when you first started calling me mom. I hope we will always have this special bond.

You were supposed to start school yesterday because I am plotting my return to the workforce. But since we all have a bad cold, everyone stayed home. I can say without feeling guilty that I am happy for the extra snuggle time. It's proving harder to let you go since you are my youngest (and last). I am sorry that you are sick on your first birthday. We are going to try and make this a happy day for you with a homemade Mickey Mouse shaped cake.

Happy birthday my son. I love you to the the farthest star and back, and I can't wait to see how much you grow in the next year!
Desmond street sign
you are so special they named a street after you!

14 comments:

fee roberts said...

So cute! Happy Birthday Desmond =D

Candace said...

Happy Birthday Desmond! Teresha, I am in LOVE with that family photo you guys are such a cute family!

Quiana said...

What a sweet post! Happy birthday Desmond and hooray for extra snuggles ;-)

luvlymskrissy said...

Happy birthday handsome boy. I can't wait to meet you!

Maureen Sklaroff said...

Errr! Google is not letting me leave a comment! Hopefully this will get through. This was such a sweet post, it made me choke up a bit. I don't know where children get these ideas that they are allowed to grow up, much less rush to grow up like Desmond is! Don't though know we need their sweetness to get us through the day?

Help! Mama Remote... said...

Awww Happy Birthday Desmond!!! That time has flown and Marlie is looking taller on that picture with all of you together.

Kalley C said...

So cute! Happy Birthday Desmond!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

oh wow...when did that happen. happy birthday desmond...

mail4rosey said...

Happy, Happy Birthday!

Execumama said...

Okay, I feel like an old person right now--LOL! I cannot believe it's been a year! Happy Birthday, Desmond!!! LOVE the photos. You're so blessed, sis!

Kim @ Whats That Smell? said...

Whoa I missed it!
Has it been a year already? That just can't be possible.

Your family is so beautiful and Marlie is growing into such a little lady! You look gorgeous as ever and your hubby is still a hunk!

Lee-Ann said...

Awww! Happy 1st Birthday Desmond! 1 already, it is so insane how time flies.

Kim said...

Honestly, what a lovely letter. What a sweet boy. And also, I wished you'd posted a picture of the cake! Boys sure love their mommies. I am constantly humbled by how much Deaglan still wants to be near me and cuddle.

The Redhead Riter said...

Time flies!

He's so cute and I can see both of you in him. Isn't that wonderful?

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