One year ago today, this is what we were doing:
I will always remember my first glimpse of you. The doctor performing your birth poked you over the curtain as soon as you were born, so I could see you. You looked exactly like this picture except you were screaming (rightfully so). I'll always remember that first glimpse. I had no idea what you would look like, and then suddenly there you were.
You and I spent your first days, just the two of us, in the hospital. It was instant love. You slept in the crook of my arm. You "got" breastfeeding right away. You slept easily and never cried, until they took you away from me to the nursery to weigh you. They told me it would take fifteen minutes but they kept you for over an hour and the nurse got snippy with me when I called them to say, "bring him back NOW." It was very late and I did not want to fall sleep without knowing where you were. You were crying at the top of your lungs when they brought you back. As soon as you hit my outstretched arms, you stopped crying. You knew who your mama was.
We really didn't know what to expect when we brought you home. We'd never had a second child before, only your brother. But you were nothing like your brother, you were YOU. You were your own self.
We were unprepared for the wealth of joy you would bring us. I called you "our little joy-bomb," because you were, a little joy-bomb going off and spreading your joy around, constantly. In those first weeks and months that most mothers of newborns are exhausted empty shells of their former selves, I was enjoying my new motherhood. Because you allowed me to.
Your brother, on the other hand, wasn't entirely sure we had not made a huge mistake. But he was willing to tolerate you. You were mostly just background for him and that was good enough.
And now, sweet Froggie, today, you are one year old! No more a baby, you are becoming a little boy.
Thank you so much for coming into our family. Thank you for your cheer and easy-going ways. Thank you for your joy and your affection and your sweet self. Thank you for you, little Froggie, and happy birthday.