Saturday, January 26, 2008

One year ago today...

...at 12:59 p.m., our lives changed forever. This morning, Daddy brought you in our room, and your reached for me and cried out, "Mama!" You love your morning nurse and snuggle in Mommy's bed. After you ate, you lay curled up next to me, and you sucked your thumb lying in the crook of my arm. You don't snuggle that much anymore. It was a special gift to me for your birthday, I think. I remembered waking up with you that close to my heart a year ago, knowing that that morning would be the last day we'd share such intimate space.


How could you have ever been that tiny? But you were, and most days, I don't wish you this tiny again. What a great year it's been...

How my life has changed... We define ourselves through relationships on this earth. We are friends, sisters, brothers, husbands, wives, and finally, for me, mother. Thank you for giving me a new way to define myself... it's one of the most precious labels I gratefully stick on my chest.

What will the next year bring? None of us knows. But I'm sure it's going to be great. You'll be learning more words, learning to walk, learning about the world around you. And we'll be here, learning to experience the world again for the first time through your eyes.

You weren't a very smiley baby. For the most part, you were pretty serious looking. I think I enjoy your smiles more now because I waited and hoped for them to come. You're so ticklish now. You love to laugh. That's one of the best parts of you moving out of babyhood...

Happy 1st Birthday, Seth! We love you.

5 comments:

Bethany said...

Fantastic tribute Ellen. What a blessing Seth is from our Good God. Thank you for your comments and support as Joshua and I move ahead in our adoption. Happy Birthday Seth!

Momma B. said...

Happy Birthday, SETH!!! We have prayed for you long before you were here and we will continue to pray for you all of your days (or at least all of mine)!
We love you, sweet boy!
Uncle Dan Dan, Aunt Kelli and all your cousins FaithLyn, Elise, Olivia, and Judson

Momma B. said...

I can't wait to see pics of that great spaceship cake!!!

Wendy P. said...

Excellent.

I hope you three had a great day today, celebrating & loving up on Seth. I continue to be thankful for him myself, in your behalf. Always remember that! Love ya, Wendy

Sarah Shingler said...

Happy (late) birthday sweet Seth :)
I remember this day last year.. sitting at my desk at work, watching the clock and praying for you and your mommy. Much love to you all..