I spent 9 months carrying you in my belly and I’ve spent the last 9 months caring for you out of my belly.
18 months you’ve been with us!
We love you so, so much, sweet boy.
It blows my mind that Henry is only 3 months away from celebrating his 1st birthday. It’s honestly a little sad. We’ve almost conquered (& survived) one whole year of joy, happiness, tears and an overwhelming amount of love. A new found love that cannot be explained. I thought that by now I would have his 1st birthday party planned to the “T”, and with hopes of meeting Hostess with the Mostess standards. I thought by now every detail would be planned. I thought by now an outfit for the professional, birthday smash-cake session would be purchased. I thought by now Etsy orders would be placed, a menu in the works and party favors planned based on the theme.
Excited about the traditional family pic?… you know, the ones where the parents are hunkered over the baby, in a perfectly decorated highchair, with the most precious smash cake. The smash cake that you, the mommy, has been pinning for the last 9 months of your child’s life?!
This is supposed to be a happy time. Surprisingly, I’m feeling a sense of sadness.
I’m sure every mommy goes through waves of emotions. You’re excited for their “next step”, but you’re also so sad when new phase in their life has come and gone. I should be busting at the seams, fist pumping at the victory… we did it, he’s o.n.e. (squeal)! He’s a happy, healthy, loving, smart baby who is about to celebrate a big birthday. Thankful – very much so! Sad – absolutely! Every morning I scoop him from his crib after a nights sleep, I’m amazed by his 12 hour growth spurt. He’s no longer a baby and turning 1 signifies the end… the end of this wonderful thing called babyhood. Babyhood that I’m so greatful for and a baby that we’re head over heels, madly in love with, and everyday we thank God for our perfect blessing.
I’m scared… I’m terrified. I want him to be a baby forever. Will I be good with a toddler?
So here’s to month 9… and no party planning, and to be quite frank, I don’t think we will have a big 1st birthday party blowout. I would rather have something intimate… something small enough where I can smother my “baby” boy with lots of hugs before he turns into that toddler. Deep down, I am excited for my boy to turn 1, but like any mama, I wouldn’t mind freezing time for just a bit. It goes by too fast.
To be continued… and one sad, but excited mommy signing off.
Henry’s new accomplishments during his 8th month of life…
Physical – 1.) Claps his hands. Loves the song “If you’re happy and you know it”. This is soooo cute! 2.) Takes a few steps here and there. He’s taken 4 steps at once. 3.) Drops the ball into his toy & knows how to open the shoe to look for his ball. 4.) Kicks the soccer ball when you’re holding his hands. 5.) Sips from a sippy cup all on his own. 6.) Mastered the hand to mouth coordination with finger foods. This kid can house some food.
Vocal – 1.) Finally say’s “maaaama”. 2.) Growls – lol’s, this one is too funny, he’s been doing this for awhile! 3.) Lots of babbling.
Loves – 1.) His bottle. How are we supposed to wean him? 2.) Proud to say that he loooooves his mama! 3.) Loves his Daddy too, but mommy first. 4.) Stuffed animal bunny. 5.) Puffs & rice cakes – wowza! 6.) The songs “If you’re happy and you know it” and “Itsy bits spider”. 7.) WAGON RIDES 8.) He loves the pool and his baths.