Three Hundred Sixty Five

by tinysneakers

“It’s the hardest thing you’ll ever do…but it’s worth it.”

pregnant belly

That’s the one thing I heard over and over and over again during that crazy phenomenon of pregnancy, where everyone and anyone can say whatever they want.

My biggest fear was that the second part was added just so the current deliverer of that message didn’t seem like a careless monster. What if it’s just the hardest thing you ever do…and that’s it?

I only have a year of experience under my belt and I’m sure the hardest parts are yet to come, but I’d say the “worth it” part is more than spot on.

remembering baby's birthnewborn baby

 

Today my baby turns 1. He leaves behind his babyhood and enters into the world of toddlerdom. I’ve never known a year to be so fast and so long at the same time. It was long enough for me to not be able to remember what it was like to not have this little munchkin in my life, but surely it took more than year for him to turn into this tiny walking, laughing, spunky human being.

baby swinging for the first timebaby smiles

I’ve soaked up every minute of baby hood and I still yearn for more. I have an inkling things just keep getting better and better, yet I have no idea how that’s possible.

first diaper change

I’ve already forgotten so many things from this first year of life. Things I’ve been trying to etch into my mind and store away in my heart forever. Things like the amazement of a baby’s first smile. The way watching him learn to open his hand or roll over is the equivalent of watching someone solve world peace. The absolute delight he finds in the smallest, most mundane things.

family of three

The way he kneads at my chest and fumbles at my face as he nurses. The way he turns around in his crib and waits for those last goodnight kisses blown from the door as I’m reluctant to leave. The way my heart melts all over again as I see what ridiculous position he’s gumbied himself into as I touch his back one last time before going to bed, missing him already. The sound of his breathing in the otherwise quiet night that lets me know that everything’s ok. The way he throws back his head in laughter- it gets me every time.

baby's first christmas

Today my baby turns 1. I am forever grateful for the lessons he’s taught me this year. I only hope to be able to teach him half as much in return.

1 year baby boy

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Birthday Poster How-To

 

More pictures:)

baby fingers baby feet

 

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Katie Heddleston January 8, 2013 at 10:45 am

Happy birthday Kyler!!!! He is so adorably precious – time goes by way too fast!

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Jen January 8, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Beautiful post! Happy birthday little guy!

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Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie January 8, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Happy Birthday!! Oh what a special post, I hope your sons big day is full of joy and laughter!

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Haley January 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Happy birthday to the little man!!!! His eyes are too precious!

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Hallie @ ChasingHallie January 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Happy Birthday! Great post. Its amazing what we gain from them in such a short amount of time.

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Heather January 8, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Happy Birthday to the little guy – he is so cute. I just recently became pregnant and am so excited to read your posts on Tiny Sneakers (I follow you regularly on the other blog) – you made me inspired to have a new blog on being pregnant and babies 🙂

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natalie @ will jog for food January 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Happy Birthday! Time flies!

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Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) January 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Oh, this gave me chills. Isn’t it amazing how as time flies by it gets harder to remember the little moments. I know I remind myself of all of them often because I want to be able to look back on them and not only remember how H looked at me when she as first born, but I want to be able to feel it (not the giving birth part obviously, but the how it felt to hold her ;))
Happy 1 BIG year K! You little stud, you…

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Tina @ Best Body Fitness January 8, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Oh my goodness! I’m getting all teary eyed. I cannot believe he is one and it makes me think of baby B turning TWO on Friday. I can’t wrap my mind around it. It is so worth it and those boys sure can steal a heart.

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Stephanie @ Food and Fitness 4 Real January 9, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I was putting my 6 year old daughter to bed the other night and suddenly thought back to when she was a baby and I used to sing and rock her to sleep at night. She is so big now but still wants me to sing to her each night. My son is 3 and I still think of him as my baby but he is tall for his age and will soon be too big for me to carry around. One thing I appreciate is the physcially demanding aspect of motherhood does get easier as they get older. I do miss the baby stage a little but I do agree, it is worth it. Sweet post as you look back over your baby’s first year. thanks for sharing.

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