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A Letter to Hudson on His Birthday

Today you turned one.  I can’t believe how fast time has flown already!  I’ve already cried my eyes out this morning looking through all of your pictures.  
A year ago, at 4:27 PM you were born into this world.  As soon as they placed you on my chest and I said hello you looked right at me.  Just picked up your head and turned it to look into my eyes like you knew who I was all along.  I was blown away by my love for you right there.  It felt like my heart exploded and in its place was a bigger, better heart capable of holding all this love and joy I felt.  Our first couple of nights at the hospital I couldn’t really hold you due to medical issues, but don’t worry.   Your dad stepped up and took care of you day and night.  I’ve never seen a sweeter sight than the two of you snuggled up on the couch together.  You were so very much loved from your first hour my son.

When we finally got home I couldn’t get enough of you.  They say to sleep when your baby sleeps, and I tried my very best, but I loved to watch you dream.  You would make the cutest little coos and snores!  And you would snuggle right up into my neck to fall asleep.  We were two peas in a pod from the very beginning.

You first smiled at 6 weeks.  Not a little smirk but a full blown grin.
At 2 months you got SVT and scared about 10 years off of your dad and I.  We spent almost a week in the hospital, and I will never forget how down-to-my-soul terrified I was to lose you.  But you pulled through and showed us what a miracle you are.  God has been loving and watching over you since the very beginning.  I don’t want you to ever forget that. 
After that scare I held you even closer, if thats possible.  At about 5 months I snuck you into our bed to sleep at night.  Your dad wasn’t thrilled with the idea at first but I would wake up in the middle of the night to you two snuggled right up to each other.  Although you like to wiggle around a lot at night (just like your mama) I wouldn’t trade those kicks to the face for anything.  I adored waking up to your sweet face and being able to cuddle right back in to sleep with you.  I’ll admit, some days we didn’t get out of bed.  We’d just lay there and I would sing or read to you and you’d sing/gurgle right back.
Every month I would tell your dad “this month is my favorite.”  Because every month more of your beautiful personality would come out.  You love to laugh and sing, play with dogs, trucks or cars, read books, snuggle up for bottle time, explore, and EAT.  Holy cow can you eat!  You get that love of food from me 😉

Although you’re crawling/walking all over the place, you love to tackle me for a quick hug or kiss before going back to exploring.  Melts my heart every time. 

I could go on and on but I’ll stop here.  Happy first birthday my love.  I will forever cherish, adore, and keep you safe to the very best of my abilities.  Know that this first year together you have rocked my world in only the best ways and I can’t wait to see what the future and God have in store for you.  And I will be by your side, every step of the way. 

I love you with every piece of me, 
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