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!