I can't believe it was a year ago today that you became a part of our lives. Oh what a year it has been! You have taught me more in this short year than I could have ever imagined. You have taught me a love that I never knew existed. You made me realize I would sacrifice anything for your well being. You've made me laugh, you've made me cry, you have filled my heart with so much joy.
Today marks the day that you are no longer a baby - though I feel like you have been more like a little boy for several weeks now. You still own a full head of hair just like the day you were born. So many people comment how old you look with all that hair. You have had 5 haircuts already in your short little life.
You are certainly showing us that you are ready for toddler hood. You aren't quite walking independently yet but you have taken a couple steps on your own. You are a proficient "cruiser" on most any piece of furniture, mommy and daddy's legs, and the dog. You have begun to stand on your own more and more.
Your vocabulary and understanding of the world seems to be expanding every day. There are no definitive words yet but you babble a lot of "ba" and "da" and let out a few screeches here and there to make sure that we are paying attention. When we ask if its time to eat you look or go to your high chair, you know to look for Charlie when we ask where the puppy is, and you love to push the garage door button when we enter the house and look back to see the door is closing with a big smile. I love to watch you discover your world.
You love to read books and turn the pages. I hope this is a trait you will carry with you for life. Your current favorites are "Bear Takes a Trip", "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", and "Jumbo's Jungle Colors". You can read them over and over again and they are showing their wear. Most other books you only make it about half way though before you return to one of the favorites.
I think your palate is quite refined for such a little man. You've eaten most everything we've put in front of you and enjoyed it all including salmon, hummus, rice, macaroni and steak. You love English muffins, string cheese and most of all blueberries. We can hardly keep enough blueberries in the house because you go through them so fast. You also love to share your meals with Charlie - so much so that we've had to keep him out of the room so you eat enough for you. Charlie comes in at the end to "vacuum".
My how you love your puppy. Charlie is your go to target during the day. You crawl, snuggle, pull, poke and grab him and he takes it because he loves you right back. I hope that your love for Charlie will turn into a love for all animals and that you will always remember that sweet dog.
Sawyer, you love to laugh. Your laugh lights up your entire face and makes everyone around you smile. Whether you are being tickled, chased or just laughing back at mommy it is the most joyous sound I know.
As you continue to gain your independence, I know I will miss these days when you relied so much on me. But I look forward to seeing all that you have to learn and discover. You've already taught me so much about being a mommy and I know there is more to learn. I look forward to our journey together. Always know that no matter how big and tall you get, you will always be my baby.
Happy First Birthday my sweet boy. I love you!
*Photos by Ali Hormann Photography