Happy 1st Birthday Ben

December 30, 2017: The day our PB&J world was complete.

A letter to our Ben, on your first birthday...

Our little Benjamin,

This is mommy & daddy's way of letting you know just how much we love you and how we can't believe that you're ONE today! We hope that when you're a teen and mad at us for not letting you stay out super late or when you're annoyed at us for something I'm sure we'll do to embarrass you... that you'll look back on this and see just how much you mean to us, today, tomorrow and every single day of forever.
Today you turn ONE. As your mom, I can't believe it. You'll probably already know all about your angel brother and the bumps in the road to having you and just how special you truly are. You're our little miracle baby. You're our rainbow after all of our storms. You're our little dose of *hope & hearts*.

I can still remember the day you were born, the moments leading up to your birth. Waiting in the operating room, being so anxious and nervous. I remember the doctors telling me that you were almost out and all I wanted in the moments after was to just hear you, to hear your cry and know you were okay. I remember it felt like an eternity from the moment the doctor yelled over the curtain "he's here!" until I heard your first cry... Then it happened, you let out the strongest cries (which happened to last a full 24hrs non stop LOL) and the nurses joked that your tiny (big) cries were like a little duck quack. In that moment I joked in my head that you were my very own Donald Duck. I remember how they brought you over for us to see and how your dad and I just broke down into endless tears of joy. I remember when they finally placed you on my chest and how it was so surreal to finally meet you in person, face to face. I remember how my heart would never be the same. 💗

From the moment you were born you were literally a little bundle of everything. You definitely had a big personality then and still do to this day, lol. You made it quite an adventure the first few weeks you were with us, like the earthquake that happened during your first night home, to the projectile vomit on daddy and the few sleepless nights you gave us because you wanted to show off your vocal skills. Then I think you got used to this whole life with mom and dad thing. We fell into our routines with Mr. Star, Datsy, visits with grandma, grandpa, auntie jo and more. We went on all our car ride adventures to Target and boba tea. You then started to show off your cuteness with your little smirks and coos. When daddy went back to work and it became just you and me at home 24/7 our little mommy and me time stepped it up a notch and that's when the real fun began lol. In our days together you showed me just how beautiful life really is, that even the most mundane of days was so much brighter because you were in it.

Time passed and we experienced so much as a family, from holiday firsts, Disney trips, travel adventures (yay Hawaii!), Disney, family fun and of course.... all the Disney! It's been a year filled with happiest memories. We can't wait to see what fun the future holds for all of us together



Days turned to months, and now those months have turned to one whole year. Benjamin, there aren't enough words to describe just how much you mean to me and your dad (& Datsy). You've shown us that life seems to always have a greater plan. You're our real life miracle. You've completed our hearts in so many ways. There's not a single day that passes where we're not thankful for you completing our little family. The love we have for you grows with every moment that ticks by. Ben, we love you, to infinity and beyond!

We can't wait to see what year 2 has in store for us! All of the new milestones, love and memories that we'll make as a family. You're already starting to show us this new chapter in our adventure book with your newest mobility skills. I'm calling it now, you're going to be quite the little daredevil as you get older!

We hope that your second year is happiest than the last! Here's to the next chapter my little love! Happy 1st Birthday Benjamin!

Love,
Mama & Dada




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