Samuel: 9 Months

We’ve pretty much given up on the monthly blocks, sweet boy. It’s the only way to get a picture of your face, since they go straight into your mouth.

In fact, everything goes straight into your mouth these days.

You are growing so fast, Samuel. I can’t believe in a few short months you will be ONE. You are already showing a few signs of toddler-hood. (Sigh)

You are sitting like a champ. No crawling yet. But don’t worry, you get whatever you are looking for…one way or another.

I call you the leaf thief. Because no matter where you are, you somehow find a leaf and eat it.

You are still so happy. It amazes me, really. You never cry unless you are really tired, or really hungry.

Our favorite things about you right now? Your ragged teeth. You have six to be exact, but your top two aren’t fully in. For a while there, it looked like you had been in a brawl.

We love your zest for life. Every discovery is a thrill for you. It’s so fun to live vicariously through you– to discover things for the first time, all over again.

You love to pump your arms when you are really happy. It’s hard to explain, but it makes my heart fly. And I want to remember it forever.

You had a few special firsts this month–your first baseball game and your first Easter. It was such a wonderful holiday with you. I’ll never forget it.

Dear Sammy, 

It’s not uncommon to catch me closing my eyes when I am with you…because I am trying hard to make every mental memory I can. I can feel your first year slipping away from me. And I know all too well how fast it flies from there. 

I love how you greet me in the morning. I love your coos, and your babble. I love how you grin from ear to ear, showing those ragamuffin teeth. I love your cheeks and your lack of hair. I love your spirit, and your soul. 

I pray for you every day, sweet Samuel. I pray for your future friends, who will guide much of your life. And I pray for your future spouse, that she make you just as happy as your Daddy has made me. It’s coming someday, and I know it. But until then, can we be soul mates? I love how we know each other’s hearts, without ever saying a word. 

You’re my buddy, Sammy. And you complete our family so perfectly. 

Thank you for being a part of our lives. Every day with you is truly a blessing. 

Happy Easter, baby. Here’s to many more.