When people tell you how fast it goes, they are definitely not kidding. How is it possible that one year ago today, I posted this cell phone picture on my blog from my hospital bed??
I give my mom SUCH a hard time because as long as I can remember, on each of my birthdays, all day long, she gives me an extremely cheesy play-by-play of what she was doing in that exact moment that many years ago. EVERY YEAR…. ALL DAY LONG.
So, in true Shackelford Mom tradition…. here we go.
Zachary, it was about this time a year ago that I realized I was already 10 centimeters dilated and you were ready to arrive. I remember thinking that I hoped you liked us and I didn’t want you to be disappointed when you found out you got us for parents. I also remembered thinking that I didn’t want the delivery process to hurt you. I knew I had an epidural, but you didn’t have any pain relief. I was SO scared you were in pain.
When you were born, everything happened so quickly, and we were flooded with SO many visitors. It wasn’t until 9:00 that night that I got to sit still with you and really spend some time– just the two of us. If I don’t remember anything else from the day you were born, I will never forget the moment I fell so madly and deeply in love with you. Since that moment, 364 days, and 10.5 hours ago, life has just gotten better.
I could have never predicted how incredible you would be. You are TRULY an amazing, amazing boy. You are so content, so reflective, so observant. You love to soak up the details in everything you do. I love how you are drawn to books, art, music, and all the small details in the things you play with. I love how you love to watch everything that happens around you. I love how you cling to us while you figure out if you’re ready to get involved. I love that you love your alone time, but that you also love being held. I love your little goofy side, and how ticklish you are. I love that you love to hear us laugh. I LOVE that you love to dance. I love the energy and the noise that you have brought into our home. Our family is truly a better place because of you, my dear. I know things are changing, and you are growing, and testing the waters. BUT- no matter how much you push us and how firm we have to be, I hope you always know that we will NEVER stop being proud of the person God created you to be.
We love you with every ounce of ourselves, sweet boy.
Here’s a little look at this past year.
Happy First Birthday!