Saturday, June 16, 2012

Dear Henry

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Dear Henry,

My big boy. You are almost 19 months now and at times I can't even believe that to be true. To me you are still that tiny baby in my arms, being rocked and rocked to sleep every night (I think you'll always be that baby to me). In reality though, that baby is gone, and here you are, in all of your boyish silliness, your wildness, your crazy hair and happy laughter. You run and jump and play until you can't run or jump or play anymore, and your little voice rings through the house whenever you're awake.

You are a ball of energy, the biggest bear hug, and the sweetest nuzzle into my neck. You talk all of the time, and every single day you seem to pick up a new word. You love to play with Madeline (Madddddieee!), you love to yell for your Daddy first thing in the morning (Dadadadadadaaa!) and you reserve your wettest kisses for your mama, throwing your arms up and around my neck, your legs hooking on either side of my body.

At 19 months old you are a bookworm. We read all day and every night we read a minimum of 3 books before bed. If we skip one, you know. You're happiest snuggled up on one of our laps, and when we ask if you're ready for bed, you always say "no" in the softest little voice.

Henry, it's hard to even put into words how much you have brought to our lives. Your Dad and I often talk about how interesting it is to have such a marker of before and after. We thought life was great before, but you have made it even better, somehow. Now as we watch you grow more and more everyday into the little boy you will become, it's amazing to see your personality develop. You are kind and caring, funny and smart. You're stubborn and have a fiery temper like your mama but you also have the sweetest, calmest energy about you, like your papa.

As we move into the second half of your second year, it's exciting to think about you turning two in the fall, and being able to communicate even more. I anxiously await the day you'll say "I love you too, Mommy" as I shut off your light before bed, but for now my heart still happy-aches at that tiny smile across your face as you blow me a kiss and say "nigh nigh."

I love you, sweet Henry!

Love,
Mama

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18 comments:

  1. That's the most beautiful post I've ever read! Xxxxxx

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  2. what a beautiful beautiful post:) you a are such a good mom!

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    1. You are so sweet- thank you for always leaving such kind comments! I hope you have a great day!

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  3. This post is beautiful. I'm still not a mom and its a couple of years away but reading your blog makes me so excited about that moment in life. Wish you all the best, all the way from Colombia!

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    1. Hello all the way over there in Columbia! <3 Have a beautiful Saturday and thank you for the sweet comment!

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  4. I really like the photos! :D He looks so happy!

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  5. Just beautiful Danielle! What a lucky boy to be blessed with such a sweet mama.

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  6. You have such a way with words, Danielle. I got a bit choked up reading that. The love that you, Hank, + your family + friends have for Henry shows in the words you write + the pictures you share with all of us. He is one lucky little dude. I know we don't know each other personally, but I feel such a connection to you (thats what good writers do - they engage their readers), + I truly enjoy the experiences you share with us. If you are ever on Long Island, we should meet up for some frozen yogurt + go to the park!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend with that awesome family of yours!

    Michele

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  7. Such beautiful words for your little guy. He is really going to love reading them when he is older :)

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  8. What a great post! I might've cried a little! Y'all are great parents,I can tell! I hope he gets to read all of these when he is older! And,I feel like he is a part of my family (is that weird? I totally don't mean it that way,haha) because I get to see him grow up right before my eyes! Anyway,hope your weekend is going great,girl! :)

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  9. this is so great, i love it. henry will be so proud to have such a great mum once he understands... and he'll probably love reading all these nice letters you wrote!

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  10. omg.. i love your letters to henry. they make me soooo excited for our own little boy that will be joining us in september!

    henry's getting so big!! i love following along with your blog and instagram.

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  11. Oh my gosh, this was such a sweet post.
    You are such a lucky woman to have that kind of love in your life.
    I can't wait to experience motherhood. :)
    -Jessica

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  12. This brought tears to my eyes. I love my girls just like this! I have read your blog for a while now, so I finally am commenting...Keep inspiring us and sharing your world.

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  13. Danielle, "i love you too, mummy" are the best 5 words I have ever heard coming from anyone's lips! It melts my heart EVERY night.
    I cant wait for you to experience this. Please share when you do.

    Louise xo

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  14. Just lovely!
    You make me want to become a mama one day :)

    xo Sari

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  15. Teared up :) Henry is so lucky to have such a sweet mother. Truly inspiring.
    -Chelsea

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