William, it’s been a year since you came into our lives. We waited 9 long months and one very long day in the hospital for you to arrive and I want you to know, you were worth the wait.
This first year has been a great year of firsts. The first ride home in the carseat that I worried for the longest time I didn’t get in right. The first walk around the neighborhood because mom was tired of laying around and needed to get out and the first trip to the grocery store strapped to my chest in the Bjorn.
The first time you met all your grandparents was special for all of us.
The first trip to Michigan was memorable because we celebrated my first Father’s day that weekend. The first time you noticed the cat and dog walking around the room was fun, the realization that they were funny to watch made me laugh at your excitement.
Meeting all your great grandmas was a special moment for me and your mom because of being able to share that moment with them.
There was the first time you rolled over, surprising all those present including yourself. The first few car rides were nothing but horrible, but you’ve finally started enjoying the rides we take around the city and back to visit your grandparents.
You questioned your first few bites of solid food, but quickly grew to love all the new flavors.
You made us get a real tree for your first Christmas even though we weren’t planning on decorating at all. That’s why it looked so bare. You were spoiled on your first Christmas and still haven’t played with everything you got.
I tried to introduce you to hockey but you didn’t seem to grasp the sport. We’ll keep trying this one.
Your first trip to the Tulip Festival was fun. Watching the parade, enjoying the warm weather with family and friends and dressing up in your Dutch boy outfit was just a few of the highlights that weekend.
Your first few steps are just starting to happen and I can only imagine the fun you’ll have once you’ve figured out how to do it all on your own.
You’re growing too fast and soon the firsts will become seconds, thirds, and old habits. We’ll still continue to make memories we’ll cherish, but this first year has been the first year I knew what true love was. You’ve made me understand what it means to be selfless and how someone can love something so much it hurts.
Son, I want you to know this first year of your life has been the best year I’ve had and I look forward to many more with you. Learning, loving, playing, singing, and dancing.