Today, little Pumpkin, you are one. You are on the brink of toddlerhood and I have no idea how it happened. Everyone told me to cherish your babyness since the second time around goes so much faster. And I tried, really I did. But somehow, here you are, all bright smiles and toothy grins and I can barely remember that newborn squishyness.
Luckily, for me, you aren’t walking yet, so I can hold onto your babyhood for awhile longer. You’ve started to ask to be picked up in your own little hold onto mommy’s knees attempting to climb up her leg until she picks you up kind of way. You babble constantly and we’re all trying to latch on to any words or consistent sounds for things. You idolize your big brother. Dinner has gotten out of control with the two of you egging each other on. You spent the other night imitating every action Peanut did, much to the delight of both of you.
I can barely remember our family life without you, proving that you were the missing link to our little family. Not that it wasn’t perfect before, but you’ve brought our little clan to a whole new level of perfection. Oh sure, adding a second one to the family has brought its own kind of stress with it, managing schedules and various needs. But the new laughter? The wonder when you discover new skills like clapping or waving? The squeals when you’re crawling all over your big brother in his bed during bed time stories? Let’s just say I wouldn’t change it.
We’ve been through a lot, you and I. There was my hospitalization when I was separated from you on your 12th day for the longest 24 hours of my life. There was your trip to the children’s hospital when I had to forcefully hold down your arm to keep the IV in. There was the time I locked you in the car with the keys and had to play peek-a-boo with you until help arrived (oh wait, that was today – happy birthday).
You’re brother made me a mother. You’ve made me a better mother. And for that, I will be eternally grateful.
Here’s to another year of belly laughs, discovery and a few bumps along the way to keep it interesting.