One year ago, I was in the “nesting” phase. I had just left work for maternity leave; I was huge, I was swollen, and I was incredibly uncomfortable. But despite that, I cleaned, packed, and prepared for the arrival of baby boy, Greyson.
I met my son the day after my due date, via an unplanned, emergency c-section. In that moment, God placed a purpose and a passion in my heart…a dream planted…although I didn’t know it at the time.
I spent the next few months adjusting to a new baby while struggling through postpartum stress and anxiety. This was both a beautiful season and a difficult one. Looking back at it, I am thankful for it and treasure the life lessons that came from it.
A year ago… it happened so quickly…
This weekend we celebrate my baby boy’s very first birthday! ONE! Time, you are a thief, and it’s so hard to believe that the baby days are behind me and now we enter the toddler season…yikes!
Looking back through pictures, I am reminded of just how special, my Greyson’s, first year, really was. Full of firsts and new experiences – first Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patty’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, all celebrated with love, laughter, and coordinated outfits – because I’m cheesy like that!
A year full of growth and learning – he struggled with acid re-flux, and excessive spitting up, for what felt like forever…but he outgrew that. He learned to sit up, crawl, sleep through the night, and walk. Currently, he’s learning how to climb on EVERYTHING. He says Momma, Dada, Addie, duck, dog, all done, ewwwww, and ball.
A year full of adventures – he went on his first week long camping trip, awed at his first fireworks show, dealt with his first trip to the petting zoo, and enjoyed his first time at a pumpkin patch. He navigated a corn maze, made friends with a goat, and rode a stuffed tiger.
A year full of special moments and personality development – he’s already made a lifelong best friend and he adores his family. He’s a momma’s boy, most days, but every so often, he just needs to wrestle with his daddy <3 He’s a dancer, he’s goofy, he’s loud, and he’s curious. He absolutely loves adventure and his laugh is contagious.
I love taking pictures and I wish I was better at them; they are always such of sweet reminder of special moments, little lessons, and of how blessed we truly are. It’s so hard to believe a year has passed already but it’s amazing to see, not only, how my son has grown, but how I have, as well.
Greyson Reid, you are my heart beat, you are such a big piece of my puzzle, and my reason why. You are so special to me; God knew exactly what I needed when he chose me to mother you, and I am so blessed to be your mommy!! God is using you to make me better, and through you, I am learning to dream again. You are still tiny, still so innocent, but God’s already using you for BIG things! I am so excited to see what the next year holds!