my dearest ames
How on earth has one year flown by so quickly? I said this with your older sister and brother as well, but I swear time flies faster with each child.
You hold so much of my heart. I had my doubts when I carried you in my belly. I didn't think it possible to love another baby boy as much as I loved your brother, Welles. But I was very wrong. With the extra attention he needs and receives over the years, I hope you always know that you are equally loved and in your own very special way. I already call you my little rock because that is just what you are... calm and even keeled like your daddy, who is also my rock. You sit back and observe the chaos happily. You let your two older siblings love you in their rough and tumble way. You take a good (loving) beating regularly and you hardly make a peep. You just seem to know when my hands are full and choose to be less demanding in those moments. It's like you have this mature disposition and a wisdom that I know will be valued in our home. It sounds funny to call a one-year-old wise, but you didn't get the nickname "little old man" for no reason.
You look so much like your papa rock (my daddy) to whom I've always been a mini to. We are now triplets! Your namesake shows in your handsome little face. :)
Your love and attachment to me ("momma") fills my heart to the brim! You are truly the first child to favor me over dad, which sadly feels like quite an accomplishment! ;) When I enter a room you crawl as fast as you possibly can to my feet, kneel and stretch your little arms for momma. It melts me every time. Even as an infant you stared at me with what I called "love eyes" and that is still one of my favorite gazes to look into. Here's to hoping you stay momma's boy forever!
Every morning you jump up and down on your knees when Scarlett wakes up and it makes her giggle and laugh with excitement! She cannot get enough of you and loves the way you greet her. You always have a smile on your face when she enters the room and so does she when her eyes meet yours.
Welles loves making you laugh and you love laughing with him. There is no doubt in my mind that you will always be the best of friends. You follow him around like a shadow even knowing he is going to headlock hug the heck out of you at every open opportunity. You take the loving-abuse and continue to follow him around happily!
Your first word was "dada". I tried not to be jealous of that but considering who your daddy is, it did not surprise me. You adore your "dada" and he absolutely loves you. I see so much of you two in each other and that makes me so happy.
Ames, we LOVE you to pieces and are so happy you joined our family. I was terrified with how fast you came after Welles and now I see how perfect that timing was. You have been an easy and mellow baby that loves to smile with the MOST DARLING crooked smile. Your giggle makes us all giggle and your happiness is almost constant. Thank you for being the perfect third child. Momma loves you to the sun, moon and stars forever and ever!