I'm not even sure how to say what I'm feeling. There is so much going through my mind right now. Exactly one year ago, as you were forcing your way into this world, I was laying in the hospital bed squeezing my legs together yelling "I'm not ready to have this baby yet!" (okay too graphic? yes? sorry about that!). But now? Now I can't even imagine our lives without you.
You have become quite the Mama's boy. I'd be lying if I said I didn't kinda like it. You aren't afraid to make it clear to me that you need me just as much as I need you. And I do, need you, that is. I've always envisioned my life with at least 2 boys. God sent your brother first, and our hearts immediately fell in love with him. But we knew that there was supposed to be another baby. And Easton, you are exactly the child we were meant to have. You are meant to be in our family. You're the balance that this family needs. Between your witty & sarcastic Father, your crazy-hyper big brother, and me (I'm admittedly a little high maintenance sometimes) -- you bring a calm presence to our family. You add a light and innocence to our home, and it truly cleanses my soul. Cheesy? Yes. But true. My heart melts over the way you reach for me. And the way you follow your big brother around, is so sweet. Your big brother loves you so much, Easton. He is always watching out for you, and is genuinely concerned for your well being. I can tell that you two are going to be the best of friends, and always have each others back. I can't wait to watch your relationship flourish.
And your Dad?? He is the most tender I've ever seen him, when he's holding you. His eyes soften and he squeezes you so tightly and sweetly. You have brought out a side of him that I've never seen before, and that's something special. You just make everyone around you happier and more at ease.
I tell you every single day, probably every hour, how much I love you. And every night when I come to tuck you in, I say a little prayer that you will always know how much you mean to us. We will always be here for you, to support you, cherish you, and help you to learn & grow.
You are such a blessing to us, in every way possible. And so today, we are having a small, intimate birthday party with the ones that love you the most, to celebrate your birth and your life!
Happy Birthday sweet boy!!!
( Easton's newborn photos - he was one week old here! )