My beautiful boy,
If I’m being completely honest, I was getting a little impatient… okay, maybe more than just a little. Your daddy was convinced that you were going to arrive on his birthday but you beat him to the punch and arrived just one day before. The perfect birthday present, he said.
You were a hefty 9 lbs. 13 oz., and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to push you out, but somehow I managed, and you were born in our bathtub at home.
I can remember the hours that followed were filled with complete and total bliss. Daddy, the girls and I sat in our big king-sized bed and just stared at you and your perfection. Your sisters were over the moon as they huddled next to you, touching your sweet hands and feet. They worshipped you (and still do).
You inherited your father’s gentle eyes that provide a window to your pure soul. I named you Raymond after your daddy because he is the best man I know. Your middle name, Gabriel is after the archangel Gabriel — again quite fitting. Your name suits you perfectly.
The past year has been one of the best years of our lives. I’ve watched you grow and develop your own little personality. Your belly laughs make everyone giggle and your sisters still fight over you daily.
If there was an award for the “Best Hugger,” you would win hands down. I can’t get enough of your baby bear hugs and butterfly kisses that you give me every morning and throughout the day. I hope you never lose the ability to show affection so boundlessly. Your innocence and the love that you show everyone in this family is a blessing that I will never take for granted.
Your wonder and awe of everything around you never ceases to amaze me. You see everything for what it is — as a whole — without any other thought. You are so completely present in every situation and because of that you are able to appreciate the little things so fully. You are continuously teaching me something new and wonderful. Every day when I wake up and see your beautiful face, I am inspired to become a better mom and a better person.
Today, know that your life has made such a profound difference in our lives. You make the world a better place just by being here. I can only imagine what amazing things you will do and accomplish in the future, because at just one year old, you are living life to the fullest.
Raymond, I love you to the moon and back and then to infinity and beyond!
Happy Birthday my boy! I love you more than words can say, always and forever.
Your Mama xoxoxo