I just put you down to sleep for the last time before you are officially a one year old. But I am seriously considering just snuggling you all night and soaking the moments before tomorrow as much as possible. I know everyone always says it, but it’s so true…this year has absolutely flown by. I don’t know if I am ready for you to be one, but all at the same time, I love seeing you grow and learn. I honestly thought it would be easier with the second child…the first birthday…but it is so much harder. I think because I know first hand exactly how fast the time will go and that before we know it you will be running all over, talking up a storm, and not needing us quite as much.
You are learning something new every day! Some days it’s a new word or sound, and others it’s a skill. Today? You learned to climb into the little chair in our living room, and then proceeded to stand up on it…my little daredevil. We all know you are sweet as can be, but you are also quite the wild man!
Drew Bear, Pudge, Bruiser, Bubba, Love Bug, Bubs, Smoochie, or just simply, Brother. We have so many names for you. And it just goes to show how loved you are by so many people. You have grabbed the hearts of everyone you’ve met this first year! Max prefers to call you Drew Bear, and we hear him saying it all the day long.
You are his buddy. His best friend. He knocks you down several times a day, and sometimes he makes you cry, but most of the time he is trying his best to play with you, persuading you to be where he is with toys and cookies if he has to. The cool part is that you love him back, with or without the toys and cookies. Most of the time, you’d choose to be with Max over just about anybody else. He’s YOUR best friend too. And that? It makes my momma heart so happy. I love to hear you guys talking to each other. We went on a drive across town a few days ago, and when I turned the music down, I could hear you babbling, and Max saying, “yeah, Drew! I know! We are going to see Daddy! Are you happy, brother?” I know you two will have your moments of fussing and arguing, and I’m sure even a fist fight (or ten…or twenty), but I know that you will always be buds. I can’t wait to see how you boys will grow up together, (but let’s not do it too fast, okay?)
Pudge boy, you are always making us laugh, keeping a smile on our faces. You bounce, kick your feet, and grin when you get excited about something. It is the best thing. You also seem to have a sense of humor already. You constantly put things in your mouth that are funny there, like Mr. Potato Head’s eyes or mustache, then you come show us and giggle. And let’s not forget the dancing. Music is one of your favorite things, almost any kind, and you can’t stop dancing when a song is on that you like. You have also started to imitate us, but especially Daddy. He makes a weird sound or face, and you do it right back to him, and then you usually have a good laugh about it.
Your next favorite person besides your big brother is probably Daddy. You guys are buddies. I have never seen you more excited than you are every day when Daddy comes home from work. You love vanilla wafers, fruit, and pretty much anything that Mommy eats. I don’t think you have any plans of being done nursing yet, and I am completely okay with that. I love having quiet minutes with you while you nurse throughout the day. Lately, it seems like you really love to play ball, and when we throw a ball and catch it you will giggle and giggle! You also love your stuffed animals and anything that belongs to Max. We have spent quite a bit of time snuggled up together in the sling lately and you love it so much. I ask you if you want “ups” (our code for getting into the sling) and you will grin and nod or lay your head shyly over on my shoulder. When you aren’t in the sling you are walking around everywhere exploring and getting into everything. I kind of love that about the age you are at…you love to snuggle up with us, but you have also found this sense of adventure that I hope we can never tame.
This year was hard in a lot of ways for our family. We moved to our home town just a few days after you were born, but Daddy’s job was still in our old town, so he wasn’t home much until he got a new job. It made me so sad, and it was really hard on all of us to be apart so much. But, see, you brought so much happiness to us- to Daddy, Max and I- that it made everything seem pretty good. You have been so sweet and happy all the time, giving me joy when I was otherwise having to fight for it. You, my love bug, have been an answer to an infinite number of prayers, and you can’t even drink out of a straw yet. Funny how God works that way. There is no doubt in my mind that you and the timing of our move and every little detail of it was part of God’s plan. He gave you to us as a light in a bit of a dark time, I’m sure of it, and I’m so thankful for that.
As your Aunt Chelsea said, we didn’t know what to expect with you. You are so perfect, Bubs. God made you just the way you are supposed to be, and that is a glorious thing. Don’t ever forget that, buddy. The little person you are now is pretty incredible, and the big person you will grow to be is going to do some amazing things, too, I know it.
I’m excited to see where this next year takes us, sweet boy. But let’s just take it slow and enjoy every little minute, okay? Don’t grow up too too fast.
I love you to the moon and back!