My dear, sweet Jaxie boy,
A year ago, I wondered what life would be like adding a baby boy to our lives. Today, I can't imagine life without you. Before we had your sister, I wondered what it would be like to love my child. I had always heard that there was nothing like the love a mother has for her kids. I learned just how true that was when I had Emma. When I found out I was pregnant with you, there was a part of me that wondered if it was possible to love another child as much as I could love her. Well, when I had you I learned that the Author of love created us in such an incredible way. Our capacity to love only increases the more we love. You see, we weren't created to only give out a certain amount of love and then not have anymore to give. We were actually created in a way that the more we love, the more we are able to love. I discovered because I had already loved your sister so much, when you were born my love for you was already so much deeper than I even thought possible. As our family continues to grow, I will never love you or your sister any less, but in fact, I'll have even more love to give! I thank God for teaching me more about love through you this year.
You are such a sweet, fun, good-natured little boy. I've loved watching you grow this year. At first you seemed like a quiet, laid back child, but I think you were just observing life first to figure out how to best tackle it. You laugh and smile so easily and giggle if we just look at you. You're quite ticklish and silly and enjoy spinning around and dancing in my arms. You love to give hugs and sloppy, wet kisses. You adore your daddy and get so excited when he comes home from work. Emma gives you a run for your money, but you're getting to the stage where you can almost hold your own with her. You both love to laugh together and steal each other's toys. Most mornings you wake up before her and I have to work to keep you from walking down the hall to bang on her door. Oh- and yes, you walk like a drunken pro. You took off at about eleven months and love to hang with the big kids. Your favorite toys to play with are balls, toys that make noise, and stuffed animals that you can hug. I love listening to you talk. I can't wait until I can actually understand what you're saying because you obviously have a lot to say. You babble almost as much as your sister talks, but the only words we can decipher are mama, dada, and wassat (what's that). Other than that you just do a lot of pointing and grunting.
I can't wait to see how much you're going to grow and change in this coming year. You bring so much joy to our family, and we love you more than you can even imagine. We thank God for the privilege of being your parents.
Love you so much,