Happy Birthday Bashy Bear! How can it be that you are already one year old? This past year has flown by faster than ever. You have grown from a little peanut who was not quite 8 lbs to a squirmy little monkey of 22 lbs! There are so many words I could use to describe you: sweet, happy, curious, lovable, smart, problem-solver, tolerant of your big brother, lover of outdoors, observant, and talkative, just to name a few.
The joy you bring to me every day is so precious. While I already miss how tiny you were as a little baby, I hold those memories so close to my heart. I am thankful that I had the foresight to catch a few moments of you on video every day since you were born. As I look back at those moments, my heart swells with love. I hope you appreciate these videos as you look back at yourself and your brother growing up together. You both mean the world to me.
At one years old you are such a great eater. You love to try new things and love to eat meat, especially chicken. You kind of skipped over the baby-food stage, preferring the foods that we all eat instead. You still drink a bottle but are at the very tail-end of getting breastmilk. Mama made it the entire year of supplying breastmilk to you, you lucky boy.
You love your blankie and your stuffed cow, Bessie. Elmo also puts a huge smile on your face. Whenever you see a stuffed animal, you always hold it close to your face and give it a hug. It is pretty adorable. You have also been watching your brother Bretton play with trains and cars and want in on the action! It is so cute to see you try to make the cars “go”. You and Bretton are already fighting over toys! I didn’t think I’d have to worry about that so soon but you always want to play with the toys he is playing with, and vice-versa. Bretton has been learning to share with you and soon I hope you also learn how to share.
Sebastian, I have no doubt how smart you are already. You understand so much of what we say to you and already you can follow simple directions. You are also starting to say some words. You have been saying “Dada” for months now, trying to get you to say Mama too! I have heard you say “ball” ,”ama”(grandma), and a few other words that sound close to what you’re trying to say (all done, car).
You have been mobile for several months now, crawling since 7 or 8 months and cruising the furniture ever since. You have no fear on the stairs and climb all over pretty much everything. You are truly a monkey! You are now taking steps at a fast pace and I am sure you will be walking on your own within the next week, the exact same age Bretton was when he started walking on his own.
I might be biased, but you are one CUTE little kid! We get stopped by strangers quite often who tell us how adorable you are. Your best feature these days? Your HAIR. It is fuzzy and sticks straight up and is cute as can be. You get more comments on your hair, Bashy!! So who do you look more like? Mommy or Daddy? That is a toss-up, it depends on who you ask. I think you looked more like my side of the family when you were really little but you are reminding me more of Daddy as you get bigger. I can’t help it but I have always said you remind me of my favorite animal, a baby orangutan. I mean that in the most adoring way. Your big, closely-set brown eyes, your fuzzy hair, the way you cling to me, and your monkey-like climbing skills are all the signs. You are much more adorable than an orangutan though ;)
Bash, I hope you know how much I love you. You will always be my baby and I promise to continue to look out for you. You are going to grow up to be such an amazing person!
Love you with all my heart,