I can't believe it has been a year. You have brought me so much joy this past year! You are my sweet, loving, happy, beautiful, wide eyed, cuddly, hilarious, brilliant little man!
From the moment I laid eyes on you, I knew you were going to be a unique little man. One that is completely different than your brother. You have definitely kept me on my toes this year.
You love life. The way you watch the world around you and take in as much as you can. From early on, you loved watching expressions on people's faces and tried to be apart of the life you as much as possible.
You love to play. I have never seen a child laugh with his whole body, but you do. Every ounce of you giggles and shakes when you are happy! From early on (3 months) you would play "Where's Carter" with your blanket, now it is with you hands. You get a kick out of surprising us around corners, around walls, in you crib, behind books and your hands.
You love to laugh. You giggle and guffaw. You think life is worth laughing at. Maybe we can learn a lesson from you. But as much as you love to laugh, you definitely let us know when you are unhappy.
You are stubborn! You don't mix emotions that is for sure. When you are unhappy you let us know and continue to let us know until the problem is resolved. But once it is, you return to your jolly self.
You love the outdoors. I knew you were special when you became obsessed with trees at 6 months. We had to look at them, and touch them and watch them blow in the wind. You would get so excited every morning when we would go outside when seeing our trees in the front yard. You love walks and listening to the birds. You love watching the robins run across the yard and play in puddles. You enjoy the feel of grass between your fingers and toes and love crawling in it!
You love water. Oh my goodness, how you love water. You love the pool, the sprinklers, puddles and even the dog bowl. I can not stop you if there is water to be touched and played with.
You love to be loved. Although, you are getting awfully stingy with you loves as of late, you were my cuddler. You would bury your face in my chest and just lay there. Except at sleeping times, you would not have anything to do with me rocking you to sleep. You want to be left alone to ease yourself into sleep. But during the day, you enjoyed hanging out on my hip as long as I could hold you.
You are my talker. You starting cooing early and have not stopped. I love how you try to repeat any word that is spoken. You definitely have "told me off" a time or two, but also have cuddled and "told me how much you love me" also.
You are my boy! There is no doubt about who your favorite person is. Although your daddy has made a run, you still want me the most. Which I don't mind!! I know one day soon that your daddy will take my place, but right now I revel in the fact that I am needed and loved so much.
Carter, I love you and I am so very thankful that God gave you to me. Happy birthday, little man!