My baby, you are 1 today! How you've taken 2 people's world and filled it to the edges and to the brim with light. It feels surreal to me that we have a 1 year old, that we are the parents at the birthday party, that I delivered a baby a year ago today (I know, I know, get a grip, right?) But even while it's all surreal, my love for you feels more real to me than can be.
From the moment I met you in that dim, windowless delivery room at 4:32am on a Saturday morning, you captured me, heart and soul. Your chubby face! The bags under your eyes! Your beautiful coloring and bright soul. Everyone says how much you're growing and how fast it's all going and while that is certainly true, I marvel at how it's just been you all along. Augy, it's always been you. At 1 year, at 6 months, at 4 months, at 4 weeks, at 2 minutes. It's been you.
Handsome. Social. Happy. Expressive. Fun. Curious. Smart. Confident. Tender. And hungry. Mercy, were you a hungry baby.
I've loved spending every day with you (even though you once broke my nose, my back is threatening to send me to physical therapy with all 26 pounds of you, and breastfeeding was the great villain that must not be named). Really and truly, my heart cannot hold the love and delight I have over you. Oh but hold it I will, with all my might for all my life. I am so proud to be your mama, Augy. I've never met anyone I like quite so much as you.
I love you, August Wells. Happy first birthday!