...this is what I remember most about the day you were born. Studying every curve of your soft smooth beautiful skin, watching every movement of your tiny slim frail body, listening to your slow rhythmic peaceful breathing, memorizing every part of you. Oh how I treasured every moment of that glorious, amazing marvelous day - the day you were born. After listening to my self cry far to often the sound of your soft sweet newborn cry was music to my ears. I had waited so long (a lot longer than 9 months) to have a baby in my arms and you were finally here. I couldn't believe it! I was so happy to finally meet you!
...this sums up your first year well - PEACEFUL! You have always been a very peaceful, very easy baby. I could probably count the number of times that you were up in the middle of the night on one hand. Out of those times want to know how many times I fed you and you didn't go right back to sleep? Once - tonight - and you were only up for half an hour after I fed you. You were just excited because it was your birthday! You got 8 teeth in 2 months and hardly batted an eyelash. You are a wonderful baby! Number of times we've been to the doctor besides well baby - once, it was just as precaution to make mommy feel better, nothing was wrong. Most people say the transition from being just a couple to being parents is hard. For us it was a cake walk. Easy as pie. The transition was as smooth as your little booty. When it comes to your first year everything has been easy. What a blessing you have been!
...it shows your innocents and your curiosity all at once. The curves of your face that I know so well are stunning to any who gaze upon them. The wonder in your big blueberry eyes as you take in the puffy marshmallow looking clouds and vast sapphire sky for the first time are breathtaking. As I look at this picture I can tell that you at the age of 1 year old are as in awe of the Lords magnificent creation as I am. That blows my mind that you get it even in your youth but I think it is because of your youth because of your innocents. I love the innocents and I promise to protect it.
...you have been nothing but a joy to daddy and I. This picture is proof & pretty much sum your year up. Jericho, I'm so proud of the beautiful toddler you are becoming with your amazing & contagious personality shining brighter with each new day. Before we named you we sought the Lord and asked for wisdom & guidance. Daddy and I believe that naming a child is an enormous honor that the Lord gives us as parents. It is one of the only things that will be with you for the rest of your life and even after. Your name is the most meaningful gift daddy and I will probably ever give you. It is no coincidence that your middle name is Joy. Joy is what you have brought to our family! Joy is what you are!
I love you my sweet Jericho Joy
Happy 1st Birthday!
Happy 1st Birthday!