My Dear Christian,

It’s hard to believe that a year has almost passed now since you came into this world.  Last year at this time, I was trying to coax you out by taking LONG walks and doing Tae-Bo, but you were going to come out when you were good and ready — certainly not on my time!  I’m sure your extra time made you stronger.  You are one tough little man!  Oh, how I love you!

I started working on teaching you some sign language about a week (or two) ago.  You seem to be a little more interested in watching me do the signs now.  I’m curious to see if this is something that you will pick-up on and use with us.  That would be very exciting to be able to communicate with you better.  I think that both of us would have less “meltdowns”.  We’ll have to see how it goes.  🙂

We have having a small birthday party for you on Saturday.  I got you a “Blue’s Clues” birthday cake, too, since it is one of your favorite TV shows.  It will be interesting to see what you do with the cake — you don’t seem to like it much yet.  We’ll see what Saturday has in store!  🙂

Walking is habit for you now — climbing is your new adventure.  I would love to strap a little helmet on your head to keep you from hurting yourself.  You put quite a few marks on your face this week between scratching yourself with your fingernails and running into things with your head.  I’m told this is very normal for an active boy, like you, a bit of nervousness, I guess, that I’ll be privileged to live with the the rest of my days.  The loving concern that only a mother could have for her children.  🙂

Well, my sweet boy, I love you.  Sleep long and well, but know that I’ll always be here for you when you need me (even if I can’t always be physically there for you)!  I will always love you, too!  That’s the love that truly matters!

All my love,  Mommy