in one year is simply amazing. Watching my child grow has been the most precious thing I've experienced so far in my life. On the eve of his one year birthday I had two contradicting emotions swirling through my head (I've come to learn this is a common phenomenon of motherhood). On one hand I was sad. I was sad that he was officially leaving his "babyhood" and entering "toddlerhood" soon to be followed by "kidhood". I actually went into his room while he was asleep and just watched him as tears streamed down my cheeks and I told him he would always be my baby. I told him how much I loved being his mommy and how thankful I was for him. Then, on the other hand I was excited! Every new step of independence he takes is so fun to watch. Watching him develop into a little person is the coolest thing. I can't wait to see all the fun things he will learn to do this next year. This will probably be the year he learns to run, starts talking and playing outside with daddy. There is certainly lots to look forward to. So it's with a sentimental, thankful and expectant heart that I remember his birth day and reflect on this past life-changing year with one special little man.
You are loved, Parks.
P.S. He started walking about a week ago! I was keeping it a surprise for Jackson's family at Thanksgiving. He's adorable, I'll post a video soon!