The Final Countdown

This time a year ago, I looked like this:

A week later, I had this to show for it:

And now:

My beautiful boy will be a year old next Thursday.

CJ is ALL BOY.  He is loud, rough-and-tumble, fearless.  He shouts just for the sake of shouting.  He hurls himself over any barrier that lies in his path.  He attacks loves the cat with such ferocity that I fear for his eyes, lest they be scratched out.  He has had two black eyes, knots on his noggin, and countless scratches and scrapes.  He is such a little force of nature.  I cannot stop him, I can only hope to contain him.

And here we are, a week before his first birthday.  I am excited and sad at the same time.  I’m so happy for him to grow up and be healthy, but MY BABY IS GROWING UP.  Before I know it, he won’t need me to get him to sleep, help him eat his meals, comfort him when he wakes up at night, kiss his b00boos.  He’ll be a big boy soon.

So for now, for as long as I can, I’m going to soak up my baby, while he is still a baby.

I am so thankful for this child, this wonderful gift.  Words cannot express how much I love him.  I cannot remember my life without him.  He has brought me so much joy and happiness.  I get down on my knees every day and thank God for this undeserved blessing.

Thankful.  So grateful.

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