AUTHOR: Marty, a.k.a. canape TITLE: Little Bird Turns One DATE: 1/26/2009 02:19:00 PM ----- BODY:
Last night, I was rocking and nursing Little Bird to sleep, thinking about where we were at that time one year ago. It was still several hours from when we would meet, and both of us were already exhausted. It was his due date, but not his birth date. That came today. Looking down at him, I couldn't believe that it only took one year for him to change so much.

Where the little baby used to be, a little boy has moved in, and I love him.

There are so many new things. I can't keep up with them all. Last week he started walking. He figured out that the telephone was to talk into, and now he can't get enough of it. He plays with his rhythm instruments in perfect time. He repeats back more of what we say to him in such perfect mimicry that it's already making me clean up my language. His nana will thank him for that one.

By far though, the most wonderful thing he has learned is how to hug. I don't know when he learned it or from whom. However, that makes it all the better. No one was intentionally teaching him how to hug, but obviously he was getting plenty of them because now he is a virtual hugging machine.

At his birthday party on Saturday, he leaned over and spontaneously hugged Little A, my friend T's seven year old. He frequently leans out of my arms to hug his big sister, Mallory, or his daddy. Today, instead of waving good bye to his Papa, he hugged him. He hugs the dogs. He hugs his stuffed animals.

He hugs his mama. And I melt into a puddle of happy mama tears.

This little baby. This little boy. This little person. He is so becoming himself, and what I see him becoming is a very sweet and loving child. Nothing could make me prouder.

Happy birthday, Little Bird. Your mama loves you more than you know.

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Beautifully Unique DATE:Monday, January 26, 2009 at 3:08:00 PM EST Isn't it amazing how much their little minds learn in the first year or two of their lives? It is so hard to believe he is one already. Happy Birthday little dude! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Amy DATE:Monday, January 26, 2009 at 5:09:00 PM EST Happy birthday, little man. It's been so fun watching you grow for the past year and nine months. Smooches! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous myrelish DATE:Monday, January 26, 2009 at 5:19:00 PM EST What a beautiful post about a wonderful little guy. Happy birthday Little Bird and congratulations to a beautiful family. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Susie DATE:Monday, January 26, 2009 at 6:47:00 PM EST Birthdays are as much for the parents to celebrate as the kids - you have made it! His second year will be so much fun:) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous No Minimom DATE:Monday, January 26, 2009 at 7:10:00 PM EST Happy Birthday, Little Bird!! You are such an adorable and sweet little guy! Have a wonderful birthday! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Anonymous DATE:Monday, January 26, 2009 at 8:59:00 PM EST The more he grows, the more you'll love him. It never stops.
Mom ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous @sweetbabboo DATE:Monday, January 26, 2009 at 9:11:00 PM EST A very happy birthday to you, Little Bird. The next year will be even more fun.

-abby ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Anonymous DATE:Monday, January 26, 2009 at 9:37:00 PM EST you are blessed! where has the year gone? he is adorable. continue to love him, he will be gone before you know it.
linda H ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Brenda DATE:Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 7:49:00 PM EST A huge Happy Birthday to Little (Big) bird. A big hug to Mommy. It has been a great year keeping up with you from Mesa AZ. may this next year be filled with great things for you all. You are a blessing to your readers, Thank you, you make me smile. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Stimey DATE:Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 12:38:00 PM EST Happy Birthday, Little Dude! It goes fast, huh? ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous TinaGirl DATE:Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 10:54:00 PM EST OMGoodness. he is so beautiful. Proof that time flies too fast. What a wonderful family you all have become. ----- --------