Monday, January 16, 2012

his very first.

The monkey turned one on a Wednesday.
The day started with presents and kisses and hugs. We ate pancakes from Maureen’s Kitchen that were bigger than his head and took a drive out to the Long Island Aquarium to pet the stingrays and celebrate with some tropical parrots.

I wanted so much for this day to be special for him….as special as he is. Obviously, that would be impossible, but I wanted to try. He was overwhelmed and spent the day, I think, in a fog of confusion and bewilderment, his blue eyes as wide as saucers, rarely cracking a smile. He loved the stingrays most of all and he fearlessly reached right into the pool to pet them gently, because that is his nature, my Gentle Ben.

It was a bittersweet day for this mama…thankfully, more sweet than bitter. Seeing my tiny baby, looking so grown up on his first birthday, trying to absorb how much has changed in his inaugural trip around the sun I realized the answer is everything. Absolutely nothing is the same as it was before he joined us on this ride, and while it has been a brutal fight at times, I am nothing less than thankful and humbled by this tiny person with the big blue eyes. I am, and will forever be honored to be the one he will call mommy.

It was a Happy Day, indeed.



Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...


I love everything about this post- your kind words, your sweet sweet baby, the special trip to the aquarium, pancakes AND presents. :)

The photos are all so beautiful. The second one is my absolute favorite...little Ben carefully unwrapping his gifts, looking so sweet and determined.

Sounds like a glorious birthday for a VERY AMAZING little boy! Love to you two! xoxox

Skye said...

Happy First Birthday to your little man! Oh my gosh - where does the time go?! I love the pictures at the aquarium... especially those sea finger thingies LOL.

noreenmarie said...

Gorgeous pictures! You know I had a Sun Conure, right? (It's really Al's...) I'm glad it was a special day for all of you!

Anonymous said...

Happy happy! Happy days are the best.

Amber said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet Ben!

A.B. said...

Adorable, Handsome little guy you have there. They grow up so fast and the older they get, it seems time speeds up. Posts like this make my heart smile!

Laurie said...

I can't ever read any of your blog posts without crying anymore :) I love this <3 It looks like it was a wonderful day full of amazing memories and photographs. So beautiful.

Mariel Torres said...

all these pictures are absolutely precious! And this post is the sweetest one I've read all day. Makes me look forward to whenever someone calls me mommy :)