Tomorrow you will be one year old. How has it only been a year? It feels like you’ve been a part of my life forever.
I was so desperate for you to arrive. Your daddy and I had been trying to get you here safely for a long time – years, really. My pregnancy with you was not easy, and your delivery wasn’t a cakewalk, either. As hazy as those first days and weeks of your life were, I’ll never forget the first time I saw you. All the nervousness I had fell away.
You are a dream baby. You have literally never cried for no reason, ever. I’ve never been around a baby with such a sweet disposition. You’re a happy, friendly, agreeable little guy and I hope as you grow older you keep those traits.
Both of your sisters came early, but you made us wait. That seems to be your approach with most big things. You wait until you’re good and ready to try things, like crawling or climbing, but you master them immediately. You really threw yourself into walking, though. You have no fear or self-preservation instincts, and that really worked out well for you. You can take several unassisted steps in a row now, and if you’re holding someone’s hand you can go the entire length of the house! And you’re so, so proud of yourself.
You have a thousand-watt smile but you save your best grins for Annabel. You want to be where she is, do what she does, and touch her all the time. If she leaves the room without you, you scream in protest. When I was pregnant with you I’d tell your sister how much you were going to love her, but to see it in person now…it’s amazing. The best part is that she loves you just as much.
You do things that remind us of both of your sisters. Your dad and I often say things like, “Remember when Maddie did that?” or “Annie made that same face!” It was nice to see the sibling continuity, but I’ve really enjoyed watching the similarities fade away as you’ve come into your own. I can’t wait to see what you’ll be into as you grow – I’m sure your interests will be as varied as mine, your dad’s, and your sisters’.
I didn’t know what it was going to be like with a son. I’d only had girls, and I am a girl, so I felt like females were more my area of expertise. I realize now what a ridiculous worry that was. You’re my child and my love for you is gigantic – limitless. We’ve had a lot of crazy adventures and silly fun and I’m excited to see what the future holds for us. Being your mom has been a pleasure and I never take it for granted.
Tomorrow, on your birthday, I plan on getting in lots of snuggles and kisses. Your sister and I will tell you all sorts of stories about what you were like when you were a baby (you know, aaaaaaaall those months ago). You were worth it all. The shots, the glucose tests, the IV hydration and shredded esophagus and hospital stays, the migraines and pinched nerves and difficult recovery…I never want to go through any of those things again, but I don’t have to because I have your sisters, and you. The three of you are my dream come true.
Happy birthday, sweet James. I love you to the moon and back.
Sweet James! He looked perfect at one hour. Happy Birthday for tomorrow, James. May all your years ahead be as wonderful as the first.
Happy birthday, adorable boy!
Beautiful words, and beautiful pictures, too. Heather! Happy 1st Birthday, James!!! You are such a treasure!
Happy bithhday, James! I’m so glad your parents share you with us. Your sweet, smiling face always, always makes me happy, no matter what.
Happy 1st birthday to sweet baby James and his parents!
Happy Birthday to James! He is quite adorable.
Happy Happy Hatch Day little James!! Hope it rocks just like you!!!! and….Happy Big Sister Day to Annie!!!
Happy birthday sweet baby James! You are one lucky (and very handsome) little fella!
So precious and so beautifully written – the tears are still streaming down my face!
Wishing you and your family a delightfully happy pre-Birthday with James!
He’s so adorable Heather! Happy one year!
Happy birthday to you James!! I can’t believe it’s a year. He sure is a cutie, I hope you all have a great day together!
Happiest of Birthdays James!!! xoxo
All I can say is you and Mike make some gorgeous children! Happy birthday, sweet baby James!
Happy (almost) birthday, sweet Jamesie! He really is the most precious looking little boy I’ve ever seen. I’m not just saying that. What a blessing he seems to be.
Michelle H says:
The sweetest little boy ever! He’s so happy becuase of his parents and sister! Great job mama!
Happy Birthday, Sweet James!! I hope it’s a wonderful day. We are all lucky that your parents share your sister and you with us, it always makes the day better.
Happy Birthday James!
Lisa F. says:
Happy almost birthday, little man!
Marjorie Steele says:
Wow 1 year already! Happy Birthday James.
Thank you so much for sharing your sweet boy with us!
Happy birthday, sweet James! xoxo
Happy birthday, James! What a heartbreaker he is!
Happy birthday, James! And what a lovely letter to mark his first year, Heather.
Happy Birthday sweet James!!!!
You and Mike sure make them lovely.
Happy Birthday, James!!
What a joy it has been to read all these wonderful James stories for the past year! Happy almost-Birthday, James!!
Lord that made me cry – your love for your children shines through every word, Heather. Beautiful!
When our little guy turned one, we also gave our big boy a present as a sort of anniversary gift to celebrate him being a big brother for a year. I’m sure you will be including Annie in all of your celebrations, but perhaps she can get her own special Big Sister surprise too? Just a suggestion! Happy 1st Birthday to your gorgeous James!
Peggy Howard says:
Happy Birthday Mom! You made me cry…you deserve all the happiness in the world and I am glad that you have your little family to give it to you!
Peggy Howard says:
And also when my 21 year old turned one I had people give up calling him Baby John… He was John .i will always remember my baby with the red curls who people always said “does he ever cry” now he is as easy going as ever!
Happy birthday, James! It’s crazy how much they change in the first year. Sweet James — so worth the wait:))
Have a great and wonderful birthday, James!
My daughter was that way re: mastering milestones. She’s unfortunately not the most patient kid because she’s always hard on herself and others. So there’s that…
Happy Birthday, James!!! Oh my god, he is the cutest! I love the last picture!!!
That made my heart melt. Happy birthday to your sweet, sweet James.
Happy birthday, sweet James. You were beautiful from the beginning and are loved so much by everyone.
Mary Ann says:
Happy 1sr Birthday Sweet Baby James! Heather your posts to your children always bring tears to my eyes, you are such a talented writer and amazing photographer. Your pictures have inspired me to become better with my own photography. Maddie, Annie, and James are little rays of sunshine thank you for sharing them with us. I couldn’t imagine starting my morning without a Spohr’s update.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET BABY BOY!!! Thank you for making your mommy & daddy’s heart sing and SMILE SO MUCH!!! You are so Adorable!! So many people love you….even though we haven’t been lucky enough to meet you in person yet (1 day soon I hope)!! Enjoy your day sweet boy!! Much LOVE from Canada!!! xo
Happy Birthday Sweetheart!!!
Expat Mom says:
Happy birthday to your sweet James! He is seriously one of the cutest kids I’ve ever seen. You guys have the most adorable children ever, all three of them.
Paula R. (fka preTzel) says:
A year. *sigh* It just doesn’t seem like it has been a year and yet he also seems way older than a year. Happy Birthing Day to you and Happy Birthday to Jamesie!