Hey corazon, you turn one today!
No runs to the emergency room, I haven’t lost you, and you’re still in one piece. All in all, not too shabby right?
I guess by now you’ve realized how crazy insane your mom is about you. Thank you for being patient with me while I try to figure this mom thing out. You’ve brought out a side of me I didn’t know existed, there will never be enough words to describe how in love I am with you.
Sometimes you’ll catch me staring at you and you’re probably thinking I’m such a creeper. It’s just that I can’t get over how perfect you are. Especially when you’re sleeping— I swear I can stare at you for hours. I still can’t believe we created something so beautiful.
All I asked God is that you would come out healthy with 10 fingers and 10 toes. God came out and showed out because not only are you big and healthy, he made you so, so handsome! People literally will stop to look at you and tell us how beautiful and gorgeous you are. I think you know what they’re saying too because you start smiling every time and get a little bashful.
Not only are you handsome, you’re incredibly smart too. I am in awe every time you reach a new milestone or learn something new. From eating your first solid foods, jumping, crawling, and standing up on your own, to even learning how to use an iPad at just 11 months, you don’t ever stop amazing me. You’re not walking yet but you’re close. Let’s tackle that so we can start teaching you how to speak Spanish.
I can’t say I have a favorite side of you because every minute with you is my favorite, but I do love it when you get in your cuddling mood and you don’t want anyone to snuggle you except me. My world stops every time we have our cuddle time and all I can think of is that there is nothing better than that moment with you. When you were first born, the only way you would fall asleep is if you were on my chest and I’m glad you still try it even though you’re way too big now. You can thank your dad for your height. At 1 year old, you’re a size 2T (and you’re almost out of that size since it’s fitting a little snug) and a size 6C in shoes. By the way, your dad is a size 15 in shoes, please don’t do that to me…
Speaking of your dad, I know I’ve made mistakes in my life but choosing your dad was the best decision I’ve ever made. I didn’t know how much I loved him until I saw how much he loves you. It makes sense, since you were made out of the love your dad and I have for each other.
While you think it may be me that has you eating all this organic food, it’s your dad. He’s the reason you’re eating all organic, the reason why you’re always in the freshest gear and kicks, and he’s the reason why I don’t wake up with you in the middle of the night.
Even though he has to be up at 6 AM every morning for work, he wants to make sure he rocks you back to sleep or stays up to play with you if you decide it’s party time at 2 or 3 in the morning. And for some reason, you’ve been in party mode lately.
So while I may make mistakes as a mom, know that your dad will always be there to help me. You have to know that there will never be a better man out there and I hope you grow up to be just like him. I know you’ll grow up to be a God-fearing man the way he did, because you have had hands pray over you since before you were born. And just a couple of days ago, we dedicated you to the Lord.
Now as we celebrate your birthday today and reflect on this amazing year we’ve had together, I just want to say thank you. Thank you for making me a better person, thank you for making holidays way more fun, thank you for making me smile on the most stressful days, thank you for loving me unconditionally.
Happy birthday mi amor. I love you Cayden Burks, forever and always poppa.
P.S. I can’t believe you hate cake.