My 1 Year Old

Monday, August 26, 2013

Yep, I have a one year old. 

I can't even believe it. 

I no longer have to refer to Vinny's age in months, but rather in years.

I've decided to do yearly birthday letters to Vinny.  I'm going to hand write them, seal them in an envelope, tied with a ribbon and keep them in a fireproof safe until his 18th birthday.  Maybe 21st.  Maybe when he gets married.  I don't know the exact time I'll actually give them to him.  But when I do, he'll have at least 18 years worth of handwritten letters from me.

Here is an insert to his first birthday letter:

"Over the last year you taught me a new kind of love. Deep, steadfast, overwhelming love. I wake up each day, look at you, and still can’t believe that you are mine, ours, to keep.  Forever.  You, Vinny, make me the happiest.  I am so blessed to be your mommy."

{All of Vinny's mothly photos can be found HERE}

I Love You

Monday, August 19, 2013

It's three tiny words.  But it's something that is not only so important to hear, but to feel. 

I grew up in a family where these words were hardly ever said.  There were no I love yous, no snuggles, no tickle fights, no kisses and no hugs.  I knew my parents loved me, they just never showed it physically.  Now some would say this is weird.  Heck, I think it's weird!  But while growing up, I never knew any different.  I thought this was the way every childhood was. 

Then I started dating Chris.  Obviously, with the last name Naselli, he comes from an Italian family.  And there's no other type of family that's more in-your-face touchy feely and loving than an Italian family.  There were an abundance of hugs, kisses and I love yous.  My personal bubble was invaded.  And I liked it.

These three tiny words pass my lips so many times a day.  I shower Vinny in kisses, hugs and I love yous daily.  I don't want him to grow up in a house where those words are never said.  I don't want him to feel that he can't cuddle, hug or tell me his feelings. Those three words will be said and he will know and feel how much we love him. 

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11 Months

Friday, August 9, 2013

Have I really not blogged since Vinny's 10 month photo?  Yep.  It's true.  Yikes.  Thank you instagram for killing my blog.

So this is what I'm working with at 11 months. 

Gah. I melt. 
I do have to say I'm so proud of myself to snap this photo without any help from the hubs this month.  These monthly photos have been a 2 person job lately due to Vinny not sitting still at all.  I basically had to stand on my head while making monkey sounds to get this photos.  So worth it.  1 more left and then I'm done with my monthly photos.  It's going to be so bittersweet. 

(view all of Vinny's monthly photos HERE)
Vinny is cruising around like crazy.  He will walk holding just one hand, but has yet to let go and give walking a whirl for himself.  I feel like it's bound to happen here shortly.  He loves his food and eats anything we put in front of him. He's obsessed with books, lights, balls and fans and proceeds to point them out to us wherever we are.  The most amazing thing is that he knows what I'm saying.  I can tell him to go put his shoes on and he goes in our mud room and sits down waiting for me to help with his shoes.  I don't know why this is so fascinating to me.  Maybe because in my mind he's still a 3 month old who doesn't know what I'm saying.  It's so amazing how much he changes and grows daily.  I wish I could pause time. 
I'm in full birthday party planning mode.  Let's first off say that I'm not a party planner.  I don't do this regularly and probably have thrown 3 parties my entire life.  None quite as significant as a first birthday party.  So the end result of this party should be interesting.
I want to make sure Vinny's party is perfectly him.  So I'm hosting a "You are my Sunshine" birthday party.  Why a You are my Sunshine party you ask?  Two reasons.  The first thing I purchased for Vinny's nursery (back when I had no idea if Vinny was a Vinny or not) was this: 

And also because it's our song.  I have sung You are My Sunshine to him every night since the day he was placed in my arms.  So, it's only appropriate to have a You are My Sunshine party.  My house is going to look like a sun threw up all over it.  So, so much yellow and orange.  I'm so thankful for my my mother in law coming up from Chicago next week to stay with us for 2 weeks prior to his bday party.  She's going to be such a huge help! 

And now I'm off to work scour pinterest for the millionth time gathering more decorating and party planning ideas.

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