A letter to Joseph at 1 year old

A letter to Joseph at 1 year old

Dear Joseph,

One whole year I’ve known you. One whole year of cuddles, bottles, nappy changes and happiness. You bring me more joy than I ever thought was possible and I’m so proud to call you my son.

My baby boy, now you are a toddler, and while I’m so excited for this next stage and watching you grow into a little boy, part of me wants you to stay tiny for just a little bit longer. You are fast becoming independent; climbing, crawling, making friends, throwing tantrums, feeding yourself. Soon you won’t need me for the basic things but you will always be my baby.

Please don’t let me forget these days. I want to remember every giggle, every smile, every squeal of delight. I want to remember feeling the weight of you sink into my shoulder as you fall asleep, your little arm round my back as I carry you, the little noises you made as a newborn.

I want to remember the days when it is just you and me, the days when we do things as a family, your happy little face when I come to pick you up from nursery. I want to remember how much you love going outside, how much you love peas, how you imitate us saying `Hey Duggee!’, how you throw ball pit balls away after saying ‘Dadada’ to each one.

I hope above all that you know that I love you with all of my heart and I will always do the best I can for you. You are my reason for everything and having you is the best thing I’ve ever done.

Happy 1st birthday my gorgeous boy xxx

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