December 15, 2006. That was the day that Benjamin came into this world, and our lives would never be the same. He turned one today (well, yesterday- but I’m still up) and his birthday party was a smashing success! Balloons, cake, family, toys, Christmas lights. We wanted to keep it small… just family and neighbors who Ben knows and sees a lot. Since we’ve both been sick, it was a cozy affair. Ben wore a t-shirt with a big smiley face that said “Mr. Happy” which he certainly was today. We are blessed with kind neighbors who adore Ben, and it seemed that Ben could not make sense of the fact that many of his regular guests were in the same room at the same time. He passed out right after the cake. Sleepy, overstimulated little guy. He also discovered a new love… celery! Oh, he really dug that. He got to hang out with five of his cousins, which was a big treat for him.

After he went to bed, Fritz and I gathered up the half dozen balloons that remained and wrote our wishes for Ben’s 2nd year– health, fun, friends, sleeping through the night, discovering what his body can do, and learning his ABCs and 1-2-3s. We attached these wishes to balloons and let them go. Then we cracked open a beautiful leather journal from Italy and turned it into Ben’s Birthday Book. In this book we will record the best details of his birthday, and how he grew over the last year. We hope some day he’ll get a kick out of reading his Mom and Dad’s thoughts on this, now our favorite day of the year. Because while we celebrate Ben, it’s also a time to reflect on that incredible day in the hospital when they put a beautiful little boy in my arms. I have never been so in love…

Happy Birthday, Bunny. I love you…….THIS…………MUCH…………………………………………………. + infinity + 1 

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