13 Months

Loving Snoopy in the rocking chair

Loving his books too!

Blanket forts are the best! 

First spaghetti supper

Playing with Grace’s big balloon

Peekaboo with Olivia

First bike ride

Thirteen months have been good to us. Lots of birthday parties to go to and fun with friends. His current likes are blackberries, hiding under blankets, looking out the window, and reading books. He’s recently learned how to flush the toilet, take his clothes out of his drawer and eat a granola bar by taking his own bites. 


To My Sweet Boy 

Happy first birthday David! 

I didn’t know that today would be your birthday. It was too early for you to come and we weren’t ready but you were strong. You are thriving and 4.5 times bigger than you were when you were born.  

I didn’t know how difficult those weeks in the NICU would be for all of us. Mommas are supposed to come home with their babies, not spend hours driving to see them. 

I didn’t know how hard it would be to breastfeed you but we tried. I spent 30 days  or approximately 700 hours over the last 365 days pumping milk to make sure you were fed. It was hard work but you worked hard to grow so big, I was happy to do my part! 

I didn’t know how much more I could love my husband but watching him be your father is an incredible gift. He is an amazing partner to me and watching you two together makes my heart soar. I hope you grow up to be just like him. 

I didn’t know how tired we would become but we learned to adapt. More often than not, we take a nap together. I can catch up on sleep later and you’ll sleep through the night eventually. 

I didn’t know how much you would learn over the last year! Your love of books is beautiful to see even if you fuss when we stop reading. You can almost clap and we can hardly keep up with your crawling. I can only imagine how fast you will be when you finally take your first steps. 

I didn’t know that I would get to spend almost every day of the last year with you. It has been an incredible, sometimes frustrating, and joyful time of learning for us both. 

I didn’t know how strong our village is and how quickly it would grow and adapt to include you. You are surrounded by people who love you: people who hold you while momma pumped, people who bring you toys to play with, and people who meet you at the park on randomly warm winter days. 

David Elliott: there are a lot of things I didn’t know about the last year until they happened. There are a lot of things that we will continue to learn together. Thank you for making me a momma. I didn’t know I could love someone so much.