It's hard to fathom that this time a year ago I was still pregnant. There were still just a few short hours before I would meet you. All this week I've replayed this day in my head. I've asked myself where the time went, how did I let it go so fast? I promise it feels like I feel asleep with a newborn beside me and woke up to find you already turning one.
One year ago today my heart experienced something I wasn't sure was possible. I learned that I could love more then I already loved. I could be in awe of such a tiny little person, again. It amazes me that you are here, you are mine, and how much you've grown. The morning was cold, emotions were running wild (for me anyways), and you would be here sooner then I expected. I remember the day as vividly as I remember yesterday. It was the day I had waited nine months for. Family and friends filled the room and their company kept me calmer then they know.
12:24 p.m., just five hours and twenty-four minutes after arriving at the hospital I held you for the first time. I cried because once again God had blessed me with the greatest blessing a mother can have, a newborn child. You were as cute as I had dreamed, and just as precious as could be. Perfect in every way, ten fingers, ten toes, and healthy.
I instantly fell in love. I was proud, I was honored. I had that instant motherly connection, and couldn't wait to hold you again! I watched as our friends and family met you for the first time. They were so excited. Everyone was guessing who you looked like and it was obvious, it was your Daddy.
Big Brother, Carter, was on cloud nine. His baby Tucker was here. He immediately stepped into his role as big brother and has been doing an amazing job every since. He shares with you, he watches out for you, and he protects you.
The year has flown by me. I look at you here a year later and I wish I could turn back the hands of time. I really do feel like I just brought you home a few short weeks ago. You've changed our family for the good. We are more complete, and share more happiness with you here. You are my thinker. You take everything in and some days you give me a run for my money. You have a quiet, not so sure about this world personality.
I know the year that lies ahead of us will be full of adventure. You're already on the go, there's no stopping you.
I love to hear you babble, I love to watch you dance. When you wrap your pudgy little hand around my finger, my heart melts. You make each day exciting, and each night as I put you to bed I thank God for how perfect you are and how much joy you bring to our lives. Most importantly, you love me regardless of my bad days and always flash me that toothy smile when I need it most.
Your smile will warm many hearts, your giggle will be contagious. Those sparkling blue eyes melt me when you look my way and give me that crooked little smile, just like your Dad.
Milestones & things you love:
Current weight 24 pounds, go big guy!!
You have 11 teeth, and your 12th will be cutting through any day!
Your not a fan of juice or sweet tea, but you love strawberry soda and of course milk
Sleeps through the night
Loves to swing
Loves to dance
Loves to eat...anything!
Love, Love, LOVES bath time, or playing with the shower curtain
Climbs everything you possibly can
Not a fan of the sippy cup in any way, shape, or form
Enjoys playing in your crib
Giggles when you chase the cats, or Carter
Managed to play in the fireplace coals
Says Nana and Momma all day long
Loves your ABC Learning Bear
Your blanket is a must have to go to sleep
Riding the 4-wheeler
Tucker-Bear, I love you. I need you, and God knows that. You remind me that what I'm doing is the most important job of all. Your sunshine smile brightens my day each morning when you wake up. Your giggle makes me giggle, and the little happy dance you do is one I'll never forget. You are a blessing to our family, a joy to my soul! I am so grateful to have you in my life and I can't believe that today you are turning one! It is my prayer that God watches over you, keeps you safe and well! Always know how much I love you!!Happy Birthday my little man. Love you always... Momma.