Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Happy First Birthday, Joseph Stanley Dubin, Jr.


One year ago today, J.J. entered the world.

The past year has been quite an adventure, watching him grow and learn and experiencing life through his eyes. There is so much about him that amazes me. How he lights up when he sees his big sister. The way he sits in his car seat with his legs crossed at the ankle, bouncing and "singing along" with the radio. His fascination with music -- from joining in with the National Anthem at a Predators game to bouncing and kicking his legs to the beat of "Short'nin' Bread" to going all out crazy with his singing duck, to reaching up to bang the piano keys over his head -- he loves music. And reading. He reads with me at bedtime. He clutches each board book he gets to his chest and smiles, then opens it up and flips through the pages and chews on the corners for good measure.

He's growing into such a little boy. He's so outgoing and good-natured. He loves people -- especially other children. He's a flirt, too. We're taking him to his favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner this evening. He'll be greeted as we walk through the door with a chorus of "Hola, J.J.!"; his waitresses will come to him and tickle his feet & belly and he'll reach out to them so they can hold him and hug him. He'll eat a big plate of beans and rice (and if I'm lucky, daddy will get to change that diaper tomorrow morning) and come home to a bath tub filled with duckies and fishies and octopi. I'll rock him in his nursery and he'll fall asleep with a sigh and a smile.

And we'll begin the next year of his life. :)

Happy Birthday, little one!

11 comments:

Kathy T. said...

Awww... happy birthday! He's so handsome! I love your photos from the past year. You brought me back to the early childhood of my daughters. It'll be really neat, weird, freaky, great when he transitions from baby to toddler in this 2nd year of his life! What a sweetie!

Ivy said...

Hee! Happy birthday, little man! This is so cool to watch him grow up. :)

malia said...

Happy Birthday sweet boy!

Ginger said...

More pictures call for more happy birthdays, little man!!!

Busy Mom said...

I can't believe it's been a year!!

Happy Birthday, J.J.!

Lynnster said...

Happy Birthday, Handsome! :)

Julie said...

This blog reminds me of what a truly good person you are. You are a wonderful mother with a truly good family, including mother, sister, brother, sister-in-law and nephew.

I feel blessed to be your friend and admire your honesty and hard work, as a mom, wife, stepmom, daughter, sister, and dedicated employee.

Happy Birthday J.J!

Julie said...

I meant to include husband, especially!! I left out the obvious.

lcreekmo said...

This is great stuff. Thank you so much for sharing. Happy birthday, J.J.!!!

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

Happy first birthday to your sweet boy! :)

Smed said...

Wow!