Dear Ari,

I’m not going to say something cliché about the years flying by; because, honestly, as quickly as they do, the days sure are long, dude.

I have to say this though — Going from being a self-proclaimed “never-going-to-have-kids” chick, to finding out I was pregnant with you? That rocked my world. Your daddy and I were lucky enough to have had a lot of really fun times travelling the globe before you came along.

Speaking of me and your daddy, do you know just how much it makes me smile to hear you call me a princess when you look at pictures from our wedding? That doesn’t get old. Keep saying it.

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I feel like you’ve grown up so much over the last year. Heck, maybe it’s because now I’m with you 24/7 that I feel that way! I knew being a mom was going to be hard, but I didn’t know just how hard. And then I knew being a working mom would be hard, but I didn’t anticipate just how hard. And even then, I completely, totally, underestimated just how hard it would be to be at home with you (and at work with you) 24/7.

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But you never cease to amaze me.

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Your heart is huge. Bigger than anyone else, I think it’s safe to say.

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And you’re sensitive, which makes me happy and also breaks my heart (because I know that it means you will feel so much more deeply).

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You’re also totally a boy. The guns, the Legos, the superheroes… all of it. It’s utter boy nonsense and I love it.

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And who knew you would be such a great big brother?! I mean, as much of a big brother as you can be to an infant. You have been so gentle and understanding of this new little human in our lives. But, most recently, you’ve also begun to show a great deal of interest in her. You celebrate her milestones like a mini adult — right beside us!

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Look at her, Mommy! Her did it!

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Those (grammatically incorrect) words are some of which I will never tire.

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I love and adore that you sing your ABCs wrong. I, too, think the alphabet should be “A B C G E F G. H I J J L N N O P. Q R X. T U V. W X. Y AND Z.” Because, YES.

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I want to ask you to please, always stay little. But instead, I will ask you this…

Please always stay kind. Please always be polite. Please always treat people with respect. Please continue to be you. There is truly no one else in the world like you.

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You are the Peanut Butter to my Cupcake.

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Happy birthday, Ari Davis. Thank you for making me a mommy 4 years ago. ♥ ♥

 

 

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Katie October 16, 2016 at 5:41 pm

You have a beautiful family and this was such a heartwarming post. Thank you so much for sharing! Happy birthday Ari!

Xo,
Katie
RaisingMyArrows.com

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Kate October 16, 2016 at 6:47 pm

I love this so much. Happy birthday, little dude.

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Nicole Banuelos October 16, 2016 at 7:47 pm

OMG he is so handsome!! Happy birthday to your cutie!!

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Chanel October 16, 2016 at 9:27 pm

aww happy birthday to your little guy! mine turned 4 a few months ago!

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Jen Brown October 16, 2016 at 10:45 pm

This was so sweet! Happy Birthday!

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Ali Hallock October 16, 2016 at 11:10 pm

What a sweet and honest post. I loved this!! You have a darling family!!

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Rosario October 17, 2016 at 12:00 am

Loved this post! Happy birthday to your little one!

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Shari October 17, 2016 at 12:22 am

Aww such a beautiful tribute post!

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Kristeena October 17, 2016 at 7:55 am

This was so sweet! Happy birthday to your little dude!

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Maya October 17, 2016 at 8:15 am

You have such a beautiful family!

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maca October 17, 2016 at 3:23 pm

this is the sweetest post! Happy Birthday little angel 🙂
xo,
Maca

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Lindsay October 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm

how sweet is this post?! and what a little darling you have! Happy birthday to him!

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Jessica October 17, 2016 at 8:04 pm

Such a beautiful post!!! Also, I have to comment on your wedding photo… I love it! I grew up just a few minutes from Portland Headlight!

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Rachel October 17, 2016 at 8:38 pm

I L-O-V-E Portland! It’s my favorite city in the world. <3 <3

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Eryka October 17, 2016 at 8:59 pm

Omg I totally teared up! Such a sweet boy! Loved the photos

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Nicole Snyder October 17, 2016 at 9:18 pm

Oh these pictures are so stinking cute!

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Glenny October 17, 2016 at 10:25 pm

awwww hes such an adorable little monkey! I love the photos <3

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Melissa October 18, 2016 at 10:59 pm

Happiest of birthdays to your little one! Your photos are so full of joy I smiled the entire time!

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Amber Starr October 19, 2016 at 10:26 am

Awww, this is so darn sweet! Happy birthday handsome dude!

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