26 January 2011

One Year Ago... Today

Taking a look back: January 26th, 2010.
{ me & you! }
{ just a few hours old }
{ your auntie alissa hanging out with you in the NICU }
{ you and daddy }
{ grandma chiappini & grandma cook }
{ uncle chad & aunt nichole }
Dear Baby Boy,

One year ago, today, your Father and I welcomed you into into our lives. There is almost no way to put into words, how much love came over us the instant we saw you for the first time. There you were, this perfect little angel, and you were ours. Our lives would be forever different, forever better & more complete.

And I can't believe that since that day, one year has gone by already! I can't help but be a bit sad that my little tiny baby is growing into a toddler. But, as much as I miss my newborn baby- I am so excited to see your personality blossom. Right before my eyes, you've grown into such a sweet, handsome little boy!  With every new trick, new tooth, and new discovery, I am in awe of you. Each day, you surprise me with something different you have accomplished.

I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to be at home with you every step of the way thus far. I just love spending all of my time with you, there is no where else I would rather be. And after you go to sleep at night, I miss you even then. There are times that I will sneak in two your room at night and watch you sleep. As I stand there at the side of your crib, I listen to the breaths you take and watch you as you lie there so peacefully. I can feel my heart literally swell up with love.

This past year has been the best year of my life! And in the years to come,  I have so many hopes for you. I hope to raise you to be a wonderful young man, one that can inspire others, and that appreciates the small things. Someone that will be slow to pass judgment, and love unconditionally. I hope you can grow up faithful, knowing that you are a child of God. Your Heavenly Father loves you, Bennett. He knows who you are, He watches over you, and He will always answer your prayers. Even if they are not the answers you want, never lose faith. And if you do, your Daddy and I will be here to help you find your way. We will always support you and make sure you know that you are loved!

I am so grateful for you, to have the privilege to call you my son.  You bring so much joy into my life! You are my best friend, baby boy, and you're my greatest blessing!!

I love you to the moon & back,
Mommy

My little One Year Old!



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40 comments:

Alexis said...

Happy 1st Birthday Bennett!!!

Andie Zimmerman said...

Aw, what a sweet post! *sniff* Happy 1st Birthday Bennett!!!

Tara said...

What a great post! Happy 1st birthday Bennett!!! I hope you have a wonderful 2nd year! That last photo is so adorable. He is just too cute. Isn't turning 1, bittersweet? Toddlers are fun though :)

philipchiappini said...

That was very touching. This really has been the best year of our marriage; often the hardest as well. Oh, and it has gone by the quickest too!

Lindsi said...

This is an absolutly BEAUTIFUL letter and message! I hope you print it and frame it! Little (big) B is so handsome, and so adorable! Happy Birthday to him!! :)

Jeska said...

So sweet. Happy First Birthday Bennett!

Jenn said...

Happy 1st Birthday Bennett! What a beautiful boy...

♡ all the birthday pics and videos! Too {cute}. :)

and... I've been in your shoes with the "Where's my baby!" story! Ughhhh... So scary!!! It's something about little boys and those toddler years. They love to explore and have NO fear but they sure do know how to take the breath out of a mama. It's the worst feeling ever!

Enjoy Bennett's special day as I know you will. :)

Joni said...

Happy Birthday to that sweet face. Isn't it amazing how much love you can have for one little person? Nothing compares!

Chelsey - The Paper Mama said...

Happy first birthday Mr. Bennett! Ruari wants to say welcome to the 1 year club!

Sylvia Cook Photography said...

A lovely letter to our sweet boy! Now the real fun begins...you only got a taste of what lies ahead the other day when he escaped out of the apt!
Hugs and kisses to B!!

Tiffany said...

Happy birthday. such a great post and I love all the newborn squishy photos,, awwww. He is so gorgeous and I love his big blue bright eyes!

Shawntae said...

Ahhhhh Happy Happy Birthday Bennett!
I have tears in my eyes. It's scooo crazy when they turn one. I loved this whole post.
I hope he has such a good day!!


King gives you big First Birthday Hugs and smooches

xoxo

WeeMasonMan's Mom said...

Oh my gosh, he use to be sooo small and wee!!!! Adorable from day one, of course!!

I swear that every hospital on earth uses those same receiving blankets!

Happy Happy 1st Birthday Bennett!

Angie McCulloch said...

absolutely beautiful! happy 1 year bennett! it has been a pleasure watching you grow these past 18 months (yes...i watched your mommy's belly grow too)!

Luke, Leah, Owen, and Sophia said...

So sweet! Happy birthday to Bennett!

Nikki said...

I love it. I can definitely say you are happier now than you were in 7th grade because of Bennett. Happy Birthday Bennett!

The Adventures of a Blondie Mommie said...

Happy first birthday Bennett! Hope you have an amazing day!!

Stephanie Thigpen said...

Thanks for making me cry, lady! Happy 1st birthday, Bennett!!

𝄢 Ambrosia said...

So so sweet...my oldest son Brysonn is 9 years old{almost 10 in March} and from the time he was able to say the words we have said this to each other:
MOMMY: I love you to the moon...
Brysonn: & back again!
I love that he still says it to me even at this age!
I have to more sons 6 & 4 and we say to each other : I love you up to the sky and down to the ground and round and round!

Sweet sentiments <3
Happy Birthday sweet Bennett!!

Nikki said...

Happy Birthday Bennett!!! Such a sweet post!!!

Amy said...

beautiful letter.
Happy Birthday Bennett!!

Natalie said...

You never cease to amaze me with his eyes and how you capture him perfecting in the natural light! Happy "official" birthday to him :D

Holly - Holly Days said...

Sob, sob!! I kinda hate this growing up thing....but kinda love it, too. Collin says welcome to the one year club, dude!

Summer said...

Happy birthday little man!

PamJ said...

Happy Birthday lil man!

mommatojoa said...

Happy birthday! He is so cute! Why did he have to be in the NICU?

His looks haven't changed much as he still has that cute bottom lip :)

Brooke said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BENNETT!!!

ADSchill said...

Happy Birthday to Bennett! That was a beautiful letter to him and I am sure he will love reading it when he gets older.

P.S. that new photo is ADORABLE!

Jess Craig said...

wow, you go little bennett! it's amazing how much he's changed, yet i can still see a little newborn in his face. :)

AmyLee said...

i have loved watching him grow up for as long as i've known him. he is such a special little guy :)

love you guys! & happy birthday bennett!! xoxooxx

samarah said...

sweet letter! He will love to read that in the years to come :)
Happy Birthday Bennett! You are loved by many :)

with love,
Samarah

Kari said...

Mandy, this post is so beautiful, it made me cry a little. Happy birthday Bennett...Happy Labor Day Mommy.

Kaitlyn said...

Aww happy bday little dude!!!

My life right now

Ashley said...

So sweet! He is such a beautiful boy.

Happy Birthday Bennett!

Isabelle said...

What a sweet post.. He's such a cute & handsome little man! Happy 1st birthday, Bennet! =)

The Bonjour Four said...

What a precious post! And that last picture of him.. My goodness! Soooo cute! Happy birthday Bennett!

Sarah Halstead said...

Sweet letter and photo. Happy 1st Birthday Bennett!

Melissa said...

Awww... Love the letter! Happy belated first birthday Bennett! My daughter turned one yesterday too! Hope you guys had a wonderful day.

Lauren said...

Happy birthday Bennett! I loved the letter its so sweet and everything he will need later on in life. The pictures are great too as always! I hope for many more great years together for you

xox

Rj and Jessie said...

He has such gorgeous eyes!