Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tiny Tanner is 1!

My beautiful Tiny boy,
I can't believe that tomorrow you will wake up a one year old. This time last year, I never would have imagined how many blessings you would bring with you into this world. I am so thankful for you. You have made my heart grow bigger than I could have dreamed. You have made our family more complete.

You are a momma's boy through and through. I can't tell you how that thrills my heart. I can't walk through a room without giving you attention. Even if your daddy is holding you, you want momma (Daddy doesn't like this so much). You get very upset with me if I don't stop what I'm doing to hold you. You stand between my legs anytime I stand still. That makes cooking and cleaning difficult, but deep down, I love it. I even have bruises on my hips from holding you so much. I realize that these days won't last, so I'm cherishing it. We love your kisses, open mouth, tongue sticking out. You will turn my face to give me a big, juicy slobber kiss. I just can't get enough!

You are a great eater. I haven't found much that you won't eat. You make a face every time you try something new like it is the worst thing you have ever eaten, then you open your mouth for more. It shows in your chunky thighs and double chin. You are full of yumminess that I just eat up. You are our chunky monkey.

You have finally turned into a good little sleeper. It took about 10 months before you and I consistently slept through the night, but I won't complain. No one else had the honor of hanging out with you in the middle of the night so I feel privileged (easy to say that now that I'm rested!!) Now, you sleep like a champ. This summer, you've let me sleep until at least 9, which I'm fine with. You take great naps. You love the satiny part of your blanket and sleep with a paci. That's the only time you want it. You aren't a snuggler because you are so busy. Hopefully that will change now that our bed time routine is changing.

You love to make people laugh. A true clown. Dancing is one of your favorite things to do, especially if someone is watching. You are such a happy boy. You have your fussy times, but that has improved as you have gotten older. You are so busy, constantly getting into things you don't need to, like cabinets and drawers. If I'm in the kitchen, you're there with me pulling things out of drawers. You are working on standing up on your own, but you aren't ready to walk yet, which is okay with Momma because I'm not sure I'm ready for that yet. I'll keep you little as long as possible. You have 5 teeth- 3 on the top, 2 on the bottom. You think it's funny to bite momma on the shoulder. I don't think it's so funny though. Hunter doesn't like being bitten either. He doesn't understand that you are playing.

Your brother adores you. Several times a day, I have to tell him to get off of you. You don't always love his attention, more you don't love him lying on top of you. There have been several times that we have found the two of you playing together in Hunter's room. You want to play baseball with him, but you aren't big enough yet so you hold the bat or ball and watch him play. No one can make you laugh like Hunter. The first word that I understood out of your mouth was brother (I think). I eat up the times you two spend together, just playing together. Hunter likes to crawl into your crib and play with you, make you laugh, keep you busy. You are so sweet together.

My sweet Tiny, you have blessed us more than words can express. You have brought so much joy to our family. I can't wait to see how you grow and change in the coming years. I thank God daily for choosing me to be your momma. We love you, Twizzle.

*The amazing picture is by our soon-to-be sister-in-law, Heidi (Captivated Cadence). Thanks Heidi for taking such beautiful pics of my boy.

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