For the record this boy at the following this morning….
2 scrambled eggs
I piece of toast
…not to mention my cheese and toast bites he snagged from me!
Being that this is my last “monthly” update post on Londyn’s first year, I thought I’d write another letter following the one that I wrote to him, when he was fondly called Baby V, about a month before he rocked my world.
My Dearest L,
Can a mamma even pinpoint all of the special things that have made this year oh so special? I’ve accomplished much easier tasks in my 29 years. However to put it simply, I think I love the way you make me stop and live more simply. You remind me that every moment is a game, a laugh or that there is always enough time for “chase me” especially if your bed time is a few short minutes away.
I think one my favorite times with you lately are our weekday evenings together. I love the way we’ve fallen into a routine. Shortly after we get home and play a bit it’s time for dinner. Mama whips up something quick and “talk” about the day or listen to music that makes your left arm dance. I know it’s time to get back to playing when you start throwing your dinner down at Stew! Dad arrives home around 6, which by then you are more than ready for some boy time. I tell you dada is home and you run to the garage door with a large grin and arms wide open. Oh how these moments make a mama’s heart grow ten sizes.
You’re always in such a happy mood- that’s never changed. Lately you think it’s pretty hilarious to make more new noises with your tongue. I don’t think I’ve laughed more as you’ve come even more into yourself playing with “words” and having whole conversations. “Mama”, “dada”, “wow” and “dog” are words you’ve mastered so far. Dada and dog are your latest favs, using mama when you need a big cozy hug.
You still have a love of water and music. One look anything with water makes you squeal and run towards its source. Even puddles on the street strike your fancy! And music! Boy knows how to let his body move to the beat. A jingle on a commercial even makes your body stop and move! Thank you for reminding me to “dance like no one is watching”. You’re pretty awesome at that.
You’re pretty much the busiest little man I’ve ever met probably logging many a mile each and everyday. I think you’ve sat down to “read” with me a handful of times. You’re always curious about the world around you favoring opening and closing of cupboards/doors, dumping out all of your toys over the living room floor, undoing all of the safety plugs, or chasing Stewart around the house. Getting you to sit for your monthly photos his month was pretty much impossible. I finally gave up trying to make you sit and let you be the silly-busy boy that you are.
It’s been a busy year. Full of many sleepless nights and days planned around your schedule. Lots of learning and mistakes made. Letting go and loving more.
Happy Birthday Londyn Wayne! You are one awesome little boy.
That my friends is the face of a boy who wondered why his mom and dad have been holding out on him in the sugar department.
Thankfully this man managed to stay away for his entire bday party, however, a busy mom and dad barely caught a picture to show for it!
We were extremely surprised and grateful for the large turn out on Sunday. Grandpa’s house was bursting at the seams with a pile of gifts (overwhelmed at the generosity of everyone!), lots of family and friends, and a photo booth that proved it was a fun day. I believe my favorite moment was the crowded room singing happy birthday to my man. It literally made me misty eyed to hear everyone wish our boy a happy first birthday!
I love looking back at photos from the past year to see how things have changed and how many great things have happened over the past year.
Being the first year as a mama has been the most amazing thing that has happened to me, my marriage and my family. This little monster of mine makes me smile every day! My iPhone is full, which means I’ve taken a bajillion and one photos. Perhaps a bit too many for some, but just enough for this lovesick mama.
And without further adeu….
January: my little glow worm entered the world in late December 2011 and knocked our socks off all month while we became accustomed to parenthood.
February: we feel into a groove with L, enjoying maternity leave time off by grabbing lunches during the day with dada.
March: our first “official” family photo at the Kite Festival in Zilker Park
April: mom heads back to work and we hire a nanny to come watch L during the day with her son, Zane.
May: I got to celebrate me first Mother’s Day on the Capitol Lawn. Dad and L let me sleep in (first time since Londyn was born) and gifted me a gold pendent with an “L” engraved.
June: L learns to sit on his own just in time for our family photos with a new, local photographer.
July: L takes his first plane ride to California to meet a bunch of family and friends!
August:We take L to his first birthday party to celebrate his friend, Quinn’s, birthday party. Just look at that little tub!!
: September Londyn meets black beans…love at first bite.
October : the holidays kick off and mom couldn’t be more excited for Halloween!
November: family comes to visit and I host my first Thanksgiving.
December: we visit home for the holidays and celebrate our little man’s first birthday, get spoiled with too many toys and enjoy a California Xmas.
Favorites from the Year: