Your first birthday has come and gone. More than two weeks have gone by… and I’m just now sitting to write your birthday letter.
I’m sure you would understand if I gave the excuse, “I’ve just been too busy or I’ve not had a moment to…”
Because that would be true. The past few weeks have been very busy.
But it wouldn’t be entirely true.
This excuse might not make sense to you. But my mommy-heart hasn’t been quite ready to write your first birthday letter. And my mommy-heart can be a tricky thing.
This past year has been such a joy for me. I just didn’t want it to end. I haven’t wanted to admit, really admit, that your first year has come and gone. But it has. And I can say it now, if not a little quietly.
A couple of years before you were born I was somewhere. I can’t remember where now, but it was away from home. I had Olivia, Deacon and Levi with me and maybe Daddy too. We were busy and there were lots of people buzzing about, so I counted.
I counted the heads. One… two… three…
I counted again. One… two… three…
Everyone was there, but for some reason, I couldn’t shake that feeling that someone was missing. I looked around, waiting to see who it was that I was missing… but you weren’t here yet.
That kept happening. Sometimes I would get a little panicky about it. And then I would feel a little silly. So I decided to pray and ask God why it was that I was feeling that way.
And then He showed me.
I’ll never forget the first time I thought that I might be pregnant with you.
I paused for a moment. Hmmm… could it be? A few days later we would know for sure.
I remember laying in bed with my hand over my tummy and my tears streaming down into my ears. My heart was so full. Yes, that mommy-heart of mine. That one that can be so tricky. It was so happy and full of joy and I wondered who you would be.
I thought of your forming body and that verse that talks about God knitting you together. I pictured His hands at work, even then, in the hidden place of my womb. My heart rejoiced.
I thought I was done having babies. That’s what we had said. We had even given all of our baby things away! My heart was content with that. But I’m so glad God decided something different. For my heart has been full of praise since the moment I knew you were on your way.
As you grow, you will learn that God is always working and preparing us and those around us for… something. Sometimes it may seem like a small thing, an unimportant thing. But looking back you will see that it wasn’t unimportant after all. That God had a plan for that something and used it in a very big way.
Adding children to a family is a special thing. It is also a very natural thing. And although every baby is a miracle of God’s creation, it is also very normal and not unusual. I know I may be sounding a little wishy-washy. I blame it on my mommy-heart. It can sound that way sometimes.
We are all born for a purpose. God plans the time and place and family He places a baby in. It’s never an accident. I want you to grow to believe that, David Judah. He numbers our days before we ever see one of them. And God has a book that He writes all these things down in. He knows us. He loves us. And He uses our lives to change the lives of others.
And God is already using you, sweet boy. To encourage this mommy-heart. To confirm God’s blessings over my life. To whisper… I still hear the cries of your heart. Cause sometimes, this mommy-heart cries.
God is holding me.
And when I didn’t sleep at night, but nursed you instead, breathing you in…
I remembered how God never sleeps, and always tends to our needs.
And when my heart would expand to yet another size and the tears would stream down at your first smile….
My heart would be refreshed at the thought of God’s favor over His children.
I have praised the Lord, my son. I have praised Him with my whole being for giving us you. I have praised Him for another chance to be a mommy.
I have praised Him for 10 more little fingers and toes…
And for the way you just wanted to be held all the time and how you don’t mind wearing your jammies to the park….
And for how you loved your first Christmas, even though you napped through the family picture and mommy forgot about you needing to be in it! And the way you are so good at eating your food all by yourself….
For your ears and your duck hair and the way you meow every time you see the kitties…
For your new teeth and the way you love to play in your Pack N’ Play… (and how you love balloons!)
For the way you love your Uncle B. and how you ROCK a faux hawk!
For how I don’t have to see your smile to know you are smiling! And the way you are mommy’s helper in the kitchen (and yes you are wearing a tie here =)).
And for the way you are trying so hard to stand even though you’d rather just sit on my lap and smile.
And for how much you love to play with your toys and your brothers and sister. And for how you knew exactly what to do with that cupcake (eat it) and that number one (throw it on the floor).
And for how simply beautiful you are. You take my breath away. I love you my son. Thank you for filling this mommy-heart to overflowing. Happy Birthday.