Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Dear Henry,

Happy birthday sweet boy!

This past year has been, without a doubt, the very best year of my entire life. I've learned so much, and it's gone behind just figuring out this new role. I feel like I've really come into myself, figured out my purpose, and became who I was supposed to be all along. It's been the craziest, yet most fulfilling journey I could ever be on, and I am so thankful for each step of the way, from the sleepless nights spent rocking you back to sleep, to the early mornings full of baby laughs and cuddles.

People say that a baby changes everything. And it really does. It's changed the way I see the world. Now, instead of thinking of myself, I think of you. Instead of getting caught up in inconsequential things, being your Mom has allowed me to see the bigger picture, because really, you are the truest reminder of what really matters. Every single morning I wake up with a thankful heart. I am so grateful to be able to stay home with you and spend each day exploring, growing, and learning by your side, but most of all, I am just thankful to be your mama.

I read somewhere that a certain culture believes that the baby chooses its mother before he or she is born. That the baby knows how much its parents need him, and arrives in order to teach them all the ways of the world. I like that. One year ago today our life changed for the better, and that was all because of you. Sure, our role is to teach you everything we can, but I often think that you are teaching us far more than we could have every imagined.

Today, on your first birthday, I sit here typing as you push your cars around the kitchen, stopping to laugh at Madeline and marvel at the funny sounds the wheels make. It's hard to believe that a year ago today, almost to the minute, you arrived. That moment is a distinct marker in our life- a true defining moment. Your Dad and I grew from the two of us, to a family of three on that perfect morning, and I am so thankful for that day, for you, and for every bit of joy you've brought into our lives.

We love you so much Henry. Happy first birthday!

Love,
Mama
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If you'd like, you can read Henry's birth story, his birthday one year ago in photos, or more of my Dear Henry letters too.  His one-year checkup is next week, so I'll be sharing his 12-month update then, along with a look at all of his monthly photos.

Below is the video of Henry's first year that I showed at his birthday party this past Saturday (there's an option to view it larger too). Enjoy, and thank you all so very much for being such a special part of our life and specifically this past year, through this little blog. It's so neat to have you along for the ride!




76 comments:

  1. i don't even know you but this video made me cry.

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  2. that video is so precious & perfect! Happy Birthday Henry :)

    and congrats to you for such a great year!!

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  3. i loved the video...i cant wait to do one just like it in 4 months for my babys first!

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  4. I may or may not have cried a little watching this video. Just a little. Okay... maybe I had a river falling out of my eyes. Seriously this video was so adorable! His little shark get up at the beach! Oh I want for when I have a child. It seems like such a blessing to have a child and I cannot wait to have a little cutie of my own. Good luck to you! You seem like SUCH an amazing mother

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  5. Oh Gosh that was so sweet that made me cry! And that face when he tried that food of the spoon was so funny! Happy Birthday Henry!

    Hayley
    http://www.theweekendfile.blogspot.com

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  6. That's so precious. What an amazing video you put together! I love when he's watching dad play the guitar and when he was playing with the pup. Happy Birthday Henry!

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  7. This is absolutely heart warming!

    To another wonderful happy year,
    all the best.

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  8. I'm with Chelsey-- tears all over the place now!

    So adorable!

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  9. Love! You're so right about a baby "changing your life". It's always said, but it's something so difficult to comprehend until you have one.

    Happy birthday, Henry!

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  10. What a sweet video! Totally made me tear up. Happy Birthday Henry!

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  11. Amazing video!
    Happy Birthday Henry! It's been great seeing you grow this past year!
    Teresa-

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  12. What a great video! It is amazing how much he has grown and changed, but most importantly how much he has learned and is loved. Such great moments to catch on camera. It has been great watching him grow through your blog. thank you for sharing!

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  13. aw! that video was beautiful!!! paisley loved it and we watched it a half dozen times! [she liked the parts when henry was sucking his thumb like her.] and i loved the part when henry was trying to latch onto your hand and you were laughing. you have a beautiful smile. and an even more beautiful son and family!

    happy birthday henry!!!

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  14. I definitely teared up, such a nice video.

    Happy Birthday, Henry! We're all so lucky to be able to watch you grow up, too. <3

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  15. SO CUTE. Omg the little shark outfit. adorable.
    You two are great parents :)

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  16. That was super sweet & special, thank you for sharing these private moments with us all.

    Happy Birthday Henry!! xx

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  17. Oh, Danielle, that was beautiful. Happy Birthday, big boy. xo.

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  18. Happy birthday, Henry!

    Such a sweet video. You did a great job. Thank you for sharing all of the little moments of your lives.

    x

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  19. SOOOO sweet!!! You are wonderful parents! Happy Birthday Henry!

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  20. This post and your video made me so excited to be a mommy soon to a sweet baby boy. : )

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  21. Such a beautiful video. Isn't it funny how he's grown so much but still looks the exact same since the day he was born? I've noticed that about a lot of my much younger relatives lately too, now that they're older. Like my 15 year old cousin just looks like a bigger copy of her 5 year old self. So strange yet so neat! Happy Birthday to Henry! He's one lucky boy to be surrounded by so much love every day :)

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  22. Happy birthday, Henry. It's been so fun to watch you grow this past year.

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  23. this is so adorable I could have cried :) it's the most amazing thing to have been able to watch and share your journey, thank you for sharing it with all your followers xxx

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  24. what a beautiful video! happy birthday henry!

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  25. What a great video! The beginning made me tear up a little, but the rest just made me giggle. It's been a delight to watch him grow up this past year. Happy birthday, Henry!

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  26. Gahhh! More happy tears! Happy birthday sweet boy!!

    XOXO, Ali

    byalibee.blogspot.com

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  27. happy birthday sweet henry! you are the cutest! ;)
    love from brasil!

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  28. happy birthday sweet little henry.
    your video is a masterpiece. definitely not hard to tell your mama heart is bursting with love for him!
    -a
    http://scribblesbya.blogspot.com/

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  29. What a beautiful letter. What a special time this is for you and your fam! Happy Bday Henry!

    xo,
    Christina

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  30. that was so cute danielle! i love the car ride with the thumb in his mouth, even when his head falls back, he never misses a beat!

    great song, too. love the yeah yeah yeahs.

    <3333 happy day mama bear

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  31. I also don't know you (but I follow this blog, and LOVE it/you guys!), and this made me cry. So sweet, so tender, so loving.

    Happy Birthday, precious little Henry!

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  32. That was beautiful... What a lovely little family you have.

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  33. What a lovely video! That was amazing! Happy Birthday,Henry!

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  34. I love, love, love your video! Henry is a lucky little guy to have such amazing parents. Have a blast celebrating Henry's day today! And hugs to you today as well :)

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  35. Danielle what a beautiful video! It really made me tear up, and it's making me think of my little nephew who was just born, and all the things I'll get to experience in the next 11 months. :)

    It's crazy to see Henry grow up in the last year and see how much he looks like you both and how his personality is showing so much already.

    Your letter is the sweetest thing too, really just a giant pile of love :)

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  36. Happy Birthday Henry!
    What a sweet video :)

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  37. That baby smile is priceless!! happy birthday!! Love the lyrics


    normalsoup.blogspot.com

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  38. Thank you so much for sharing this on your blog. I feel such a connection to you guys but I don't even know you! Happy birthday Henry and congrats on being a Mama Danielle! You make it seem pretty darn great.

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  39. I'm not a mom but wow i just cried.

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  40. so adorable. henry has the sweetest face! and he's very lucky to have you guys as parents. :)

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  41. Oh Danielle,
    This is too cute for words. What a beautiful memory to have for your whole family.
    Made me tear up as I sat here watching it with my lil one. She kept calling Henry 'Elmo" so she must think he's a cutie :)

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  42. That video was so beautifully made and warmed my heart on this cold rainy day here in Australia. You're so blessed to have such a gorgeous family. Thank you for sharing so much.

    xo
    Sara

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  43. This video is so beautiful. Very sweet, very touching. You guys seem like really amazing & loving parents.



    :)
    happy birthday to your baby boy & happy holidays!

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  44. That video is SO gorgeous! Henry is one handsome little guy...so special. <3 Happy birthday Henry!!

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  45. What an adorable video! I hope I get to make something like this someday. =]

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  46. Oh god, i never comment over here but this broght me to tears! Such a lovely lovely video... You know, i never thought seriously about being a mom, but lately i've been feeling so much that it's a great mission, to take care and be responsible for someone else and also to accept that one might need to take care of some new person on the planet to get aware of many stuff that otherwise'd never be noticed! Oh, having a kid around your home might be so so awesome. I loved all this, happy birthday henry!!!

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  47. so beautiful! I can't believe it's been a year since he was born! happy happy birthday henry!!

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  48. adored the video, danielle!!! henry is too cute!

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  49. Happy birthday Henry!!!
    What a cute video:) thanks for sharing!

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  50. That little gummy smile! Total heart stealer. You guys are so lucky, and he is so lucky to have such loving parents.

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  51. Danielle, that was absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing that with us. Your little boy is so lucky to have you for a mother.

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  52. That video was breath taking! Good job on your first year Mama!!

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  53. I sat smiling the whole way through this video, it's so lovely! You look like the coolest mamma ever.

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  54. I'm crying too! That video was sooo beautiful. Your family is truly blessed, Danielle. <3 You're an amazing momma.

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  55. Oh my goooooooood Danielle, this is the sweetest most beautiful little video. I smiled during the whole thing. I especially loved the part where Hank's holding Henry and you're tickling Henry's legs and he keeps giggling. What a beautiful, happy boy you have.

    Thanks for sharing that. It was a wonderful, sweet little peek into your lovely life.

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  56. Also, what a pretty version of that song! Loved it.

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  57. you are the cutest momma! henry must love you SO much!! :)

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  58. Totally got all teary eyed watching that video. I've loved watching Henry's first year, Danielle - he's the sweetest boy. His smile is so contagious!

    Happy birthday, sweet Henry. <3

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  59. Oh my goodness did this video ever stir up my pregnancy hormones - I shed a few tears ;) Happy Birthday to sweet little Henry, this was just lovely.
    xo

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  60. Danielle, this was beautiful to read. Happiest of Birthdays to little Henry, and congrats to mom and dad!

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  61. LOVE this. so much, in fact, that i decided to use your idea and make a "dear landon" series on my blog for my son. hope you don't mind. c:

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  62. This video brought tears to my eyes. You documented his first year in such a lovely way. Congratulations!

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  63. I LOVE this site, soooo interesting...you don't get to read much about tattooed people that are just "normal" and not super sexy and pin up like, even thought most of the people on here are beautiful they aren't trying to be braggers! I thought this video was sooo sweet! I have 3 kids and haven't done anything creative like that for them, your so sweet to be so thoughtful and caring for Henry! He's going to love all of the effort that you've put into all of this stuff for him! LOVE the end of the video with the still shot photos!

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  64. I absolutely love this. Is it wrong that I want to go scoop my little man out of his crib while he sleeps and snuggle him now? :)

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  65. I loved the video! Your son's smile is infectious! So precious... The letters to your son are so beautiful. <3

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  66. i'm almost caught up!!! lol.

    O.M.G. totally made me tear up.. sooo cute

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  67. Oh my goodness what an incredibly touching and beautiful video of such a gorgeous little man. It has actually made me cry, awww...

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  68. I just came across your blog just because my little boys name is Henry. And whats even crazier is my Henry was born on November 22, 2011! So your Henry is almost two, and mine is almost one :)

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  69. I cried the whole video! You and your family are the cutiest persons ive ever seen! (I'm sorry for my english, I came from Germany)

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