Happy First Birthday, Leo Lucius!

Leo, how are you almost one year old already? I can remember the piercingly cold day you were born. We had just put our Christmas lights up and I stared at them as I slowly walked down the stairs, breathing through the contractions. The air was biting, it almost hurt when I breathed in, but I knew what I needed to do. I’ll always remind you of how I was 8cm when we got to the hospital, how your little shoulder got caught, and how you came out sunny side up which resulted in some MAJOR back labor, but through it all I felt so connected to you. I trusted you and you trusted me. I knew we would work together as a team.

Some of my favorite days with you are the ones where we snuggle for extra moments in bed together, when you rest your head on my chest at 6am on the couch. You are such an early bird, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! You are the reason why I look forward to each day. Now that you’re one, you are so, so busy! You love to chase the dog around the house, you love to dance to the music in “Moana”, and you love having dinner with Mama and Dada. Your favorite foods are Cheerios, Grilled Cheese, Pancakes, Waffles, Prunes, Apples, Pears, and Beans! But, I still think you love booby the best. 🙂

You love watching “Baby Einstein” with Grandma Gallo in the mornings. You love playing on the floor with Dada after dinner, and playing with your friends Dominic, Gia, Richard, and Rowan. You love toys, and all things musical, but you’d be happy with a tennis ball to roll back and forth. When I’m working at home, you pull on my sleeves to get my attention and it works 100% of the time.

You’re pulling up, crawling, talking, and trying so hard to stand. It won’t be long now! Weighing in at approximately 20lbs and over 30 inches long, that vegetarian diet is doing good by you (and mama, too–I’m gonna raise a little hippie as long as possible). You can clap, point, and you always smile when we say your name.

Happy first birthday, Leo Lucius! Dada and I love you more than you’ll ever know. I cannot wait to see what’s in store for you during this next year and beyond. I love you Bumble Baby

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