View Full Version : An open letter to my son...

February 12th, 2015, 07:09 PM

As you enjoy your last day of being a zero-year-old and prepare to turn one, I can't help but reflect on the ups and downs of our first trip around the sun together. You have changed so much and grown from a helpless little baby into a beautiful little boy. I've learned a lot over the last 364 days. Most of that knowledge involves the various bodily fluids that infants produce, what they smell like, and how to clean them off every surface of our home. I've also learned some less tangible things like what absolute unconditional love feels like.

If I could go back in time I'd tell that terrified new dad standing in the NICU staring at his son in an incubator covered in wires and tubes and looking so frail and helpless two things. First, your son will be fine, give it a week and no one will ever be able to tell that he had such a rocky start; give it a year and you'll wish you could slow the boy down! Second, You'll be okay too. Parenting, taken as a whole, is an incredibly complex and nuanced occupation but it breaks down to a collection of relatively manageable tasks and you'll figure it out with no problem.

I hope the year ahead has just as many smiles and cuddles and new memories as the one we are about to leave behind did. No matter how old you get or big you grow, you'll always be my precious little Wiggles.


Sawyer in an incubator in the NICU the day he was born...
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/photobucket-4478-1392339083094_zps3b94d025.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/HandsomeRyan/media/photobucket-4478-1392339083094_zps3b94d025.jpg.html)

Almost a year later...
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/3201_1_zpsdggcqsey.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/HandsomeRyan/media/3201_1_zpsdggcqsey.jpg.html)

February 12th, 2015, 07:12 PM
Isn't it amazing how much they grow that first year!

Learner quilter
February 12th, 2015, 07:21 PM
1 year already... I hope you have enjoyed every moment.. He is so cute.. Those BIG eyes... Happy Birthday Sawyer xxxx

February 12th, 2015, 07:24 PM
I can't believe its been a year already...he just gets cuter every time you post a pic. Thanks for posting his pictures and letting us enjoy his first year.

Sylvia H
February 12th, 2015, 07:26 PM
That is a lovely tribute, to both of you! I am sure all will be well with you and Wiggles, as long as you continue to be such a great dad.

Cathy F
February 12th, 2015, 07:29 PM
And if Sawyer could talk he'd tell you what an amazing mom and dad he has!

February 12th, 2015, 07:40 PM
Reminds me of a birthday card I bought my nephew 42 years ago...he just turned 43 on the 10th!

Happy birthday one year old.....last year you were none years old!!

Happy birthday to your boy...he is a cutie!

Amy R
February 12th, 2015, 07:41 PM
Awww Happy Birthday (soon)! big guy. You're adorable!

February 12th, 2015, 07:53 PM
Oh happy Birthday wiggles :)
Ryan, thank you for sharing him with us as he grows :)

K. McEuen
February 12th, 2015, 08:08 PM
He's grown fast and this year has gone by faster. It doesn't seem like it's been a year since he was born.

February 12th, 2015, 08:12 PM
Happy Birthday Wiggles!

He's a handsome little boy.

February 12th, 2015, 08:18 PM
Happy Happy Birthday Little Man! Aw Ryan, where has the time gone?

February 12th, 2015, 08:35 PM
Happy 1st birthday Sawyer. I think Dad is ready for another year of adventures.

Grandma Nan
February 12th, 2015, 08:42 PM
I am always amazed how much these little people learn in that first year. The difference between birth and 1 year is the most remarkable transformation in their whole life. Love those little ones.
Happy Birthday tomorrow Wiggles.

February 12th, 2015, 08:50 PM
Thanks for sharing the wonderful sentiments and pictures. Happy birthday to Sawyer!

February 12th, 2015, 09:08 PM
Happy Birthday Sawyer! Ryan, you and Tabatha have done a wonderful job during your first year as Sawyer's parents. Many more good years are ahead!

February 12th, 2015, 09:09 PM
Happy 1 year Sawyer! Ryan, thank you for sharing your darling son with all of us here. He is one very lucky little boy.

February 12th, 2015, 09:23 PM
I remember when we were all waiting to hear the birth news. And, wow, a year already?! He is such a lucky, handsome little man with parents like you two. Happy Birthday Sawyer!

February 12th, 2015, 09:27 PM
Your amazing letter brought me to tears. Your awesome little boy brought me to smiles. Thanks so much for sharing such an important year in your life! Happy Birthday, Wiggles!

February 12th, 2015, 09:36 PM
Ryan, thank you for sharing Sawyers first year. It's obvious you are a great dad and that means
Sawyer will also grow up to be one! Happy Birthday to the big boy!


Sandy Navas
February 12th, 2015, 10:04 PM
I'll join in with all the best of wishes for the coming year!! And, may I share that I hope - in addition to sharing here - that you are starting a very special scrapbook to pass along to an eventual Mrs. Wiggles sometime way out in the future. You know that Sawyer has a whole bunch of would-be grandparents on the forum, right?

Kim T
February 12th, 2015, 11:14 PM
Thanks for sharing such a beautiful letter and pictures of a beautiful boy!!

February 12th, 2015, 11:23 PM
Has a year gone by already? What a lucky little boy to have such wonderful parents like you! Blessings and happy birthday to our little Cooper! Hugs.

Ginny B
February 12th, 2015, 11:23 PM
Oh my gosh, 1 year already! Amazing. What an adorable boy he is. Thanks for sharing this year with us Ryan.

Happy Birthday Wiggles. :icon_happy:

Jean Sewing Machine
February 12th, 2015, 11:35 PM
Happy Birthday, Sawyer! We've enjoyed seeing you grow through your first year! Squish your birthday cake real good tomorrow!

February 13th, 2015, 12:28 AM
Happy Birthday young Sawyer . . . you have a pretty great papa there. Enjoy many more 'adventures' together! Papa, cherish every moment . . . they have a way of speeding by :icon_bump:

February 13th, 2015, 12:36 AM
Oh what a sweet open letter from Dad to Son! May I ask you to squeeze those cheeks? He is so cute. Is he snapping his fingers?

February 13th, 2015, 04:24 AM
Wow a year already!
Happy Birthday Wiggles.

February 13th, 2015, 05:08 AM
Happy Bday Sawyer, we are so happy your Dad shared your beautiful photos during your first year.

February 13th, 2015, 05:55 AM
Ohhhh, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, thanks for letting us watch you grow.

February 13th, 2015, 06:03 AM
Ryan, what a special letter. Happy birthday to wiggles

February 13th, 2015, 06:20 AM
Love the hat! Happy Birthday, little man.

Iris Girl
February 13th, 2015, 06:46 AM
What a wonderful letter and a wonderful year you have had.
Happy Birthday Wiggles!
Such a cute little guy!

February 13th, 2015, 08:07 AM
What a sweet letter to your boy! Happy birthday Sawyer! :icon_wave:

:icon_bigsmile: Being one is awesome - lots of new "firsts" coming your way in the year ahead. :icon_bigsmile:

February 13th, 2015, 09:15 AM
How sweet it is to have a little one. And the wonders just don't stop. Enjoy every moment Mom and Dad.

February 13th, 2015, 10:27 AM
Thank you for sharing such a beautiful tribute to your son. Watching him grow has been so much fun. I can't wait to see what the next year brings.