One. Year. Old.

Archie Stone, one year ago, 9 days before your “due date”, after a little less than 5 hours of labor, 2 hours in the hospital, no epidural, 5 pushes, daddy helping deliver you, you squalling on my chest, and a true knot in your cord, our lives changed at 4:14 a.m. on September 29, 2012 in the best way possible.

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I can’t even begin to describe in words how much love I have for you in my heart.

20130905-140708.jpgI have tried to remind myself to soak in each second because despite my protests, you continue to grow!20130905-140746.jpg

There have been so many moments where I have wanted to freeze you in time because the days are passing so quickly.20130905-140758.jpg

Each day you learn something new, need a snuggle, laugh from deep in your belly, grip me a little tighter as I hold you and you look at me with so much love in your eyes that my heart literally hurts.20130905-140808.jpg

Second to your daddy, you are the man in my life and while I mourn you growing too quickly, I can’t wait to see you continue to grow, learn and accomplish your dreams.20130905-140816.jpg

My continued prayer for you is that you will come to know The Lord, be ambitious with your dreams, respect your daddy and I as parents, find a gal who loves The Lord and respects herself and for you to always know that you are so, so loved.20130905-140826.jpg

Know that we will always support, love and encourage you.20130905-140841.jpg

Even if that means you hear the word ‘no’ when you don’t want to.20130905-140849.jpg

You are God’s good and sweet gift to us and we love you with every fiber of our beings.20130905-140858.jpg

Happy Birthday, Archie Stone Watson, Happy Birthday.20130905-140904.jpg

4 thoughts on “One. Year. Old.

  1. thepracticalmama

    Lauren, I just love this! You and Chad are such great parents. What a joy being a mama is, there is truly nothing like it!


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