Today is December 24th, 2018 and we are about a week away from your first birthday. It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since you were born. This time last year I remember the excitement I felt as we had reached your due date and knew it wouldn’t be long before we finally got to meet you. Your dad and I sat around during this time dreaming about what features of each of us you might get and the personality traits we wanted to pass to you. We dreamed about what our life would look like for the next year after you were born and looked forward to all the many milestones you would accomplish. We just felt like those were so far off in the future and now you have accomplished them all. We could have never imagine the beauty that being your parents would bring us in this first year of your life.
I remember the day you were born. The few days leading up to that were a roller coaster of emotions that started with the scary moment of me not being able to feel you move for several hours. Then we found out that your tiny heart was having trouble beating after contractions and we were told it was best to go ahead and bring you earth-side. I remember that moment when they handed you to me like it was yesterday. The moment I finally got to meet this person that I felt so connected to. You won’t understand this until you become a mom (if that’s what you choose), but it’s this crazy thing where you are so in love and connected to this person who you’ve never met. Then the moment you get to look into those eyes and see this beautiful soul who has changed your whole world, it’s something that words can’t do justice to. You see, your dad and I had some trouble conceiving you and were really struggling with what we were having to go through. Then when we finally got the news we were expecting, I spent the next 9 months worrying about you not making it earth-side. So to finally have you in my arms was the most amazing feeling in the world.