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Monday, February 23, 2009

One!

Dear Lucas,

You are ONE year old today; unbelievable!

It's a bittersweet celebration for sure, with your daddy not being able to be here with us.

Some day when you're older you'll understand where he was and why he had to be gone. He might not have been able to be with us physically, but thanks to modern technology he was able to be there to help you celebrate. We set up the webcams and he joined in on singing "Happy Birthday" to you...


and he was able to watch you tentatively go after your cake.


I thought after your first taste of cake/frosting a couple of weeks ago you would be all over that cake, but you seemed unsure of it again. Finally you went at it and covered your face in frosting appropriate for a one year old celebration!


You enjoyed opening your gifts more so then you did a few months ago at Christmas. Then you were just content to walk around with a ripped piece of paper in your hand and paid no attention to the fact that you could rip more paper off. This time you were all about ripping that paper off and seeing what was underneath all the wrapping.




Your sister thought it was like at Christmas and she needed to help you open every single gift; good thing you didn't seem to mind.


So what was this last month of your "babyhood" like (although can we really say 'babyhood' when you started walking just before 9 months?)

This last month brought a big change for us when we said goodbye to your daddy; I know you'll miss his presence in your life, and we're prepared for you to not realize who he is when you see him again, but I'll make sure to show you his pictures frequently and hopefully you'll be more interested in the webcam in a few more months! Just know that he loves you very much.


You're finally getting a third tooth - a little nub is forming on the top right - about time!

Your favorite food group is - bread! You do love you some bread and you know when others are eating it. Forget what's on your tray, you reach out "uh uh uh" trying to get us to give you some of that bread!

You give the sweetest hugs - to our legs! You'll just walk up to us and rest your head on a leg and wrap your arms around, then do this "tap tap tap" thing with your hands.

When we ask "where's your head" you'll usually put your hand up to your head.

You refuse to learn sign language. I think you're perfectly capable of doing it, because you copy us on so many other things.

When you're in the mood you'll oblige us with open-mouth kisses...I just wish you weren't so busy to stop and give me kisses more often! You're always on the go.

Your favorite toys are the Little People school bus, the Leap Frog Learning Drum, and the wooden frog pull-toy. You're finally starting to take more of an interest in books (especially if they have different textures to touch on the pages).

You like any kind of containers that you can put things in and out of...including the trashcan! We need to have a childproof lock for everything! You amaze me all the time with the things you're able to figure out - we only show you something once and you remember it. You like to watch what everyone is doing and you have such a look of concentration when you're trying to do things.

Yesterday during lunch we were sitting there and laughing about something and then you piped up with a fake laugh and said "ha ha!" - I managed to catch some of it on video:
Happy 1st birthday my sweet boy, but don't grow up so fast!


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70 comments:

Junior said...

Happy Birthday Lucas, it looks like you had a wonderful birthday. So special that your daddy could join in on the computer.

Carol N. said...

Great to see the celebrations and watch the video. Happy birthday Lucas! Aren't you lucky to have a big sister to help you get at those presents even faster!!!

Karly said...

Happy Birthday, Lucas!

Michelle, how bittersweet on so many levels. Thank you so much for your family's sacrifice.

Lacia said...

I can't beleive he's one already!!! Happy Birthday Lucas!

He's got gorgeous baby blues just like his big sis! Lucky duck.

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUCAS!!!! I can't believe you're one!!!!

Ellen said...

Happy Birthday, Big One Year Old. Times flies too fast for some things and not fast enough for others.

Jessie said...

oh, happy birthday Lucas! i am so glad daddy got to see you on your special day. thanks for sharing him with your whole country! you are a great little guy.

Chrystal said...

Happy Birthday, Lucas!

I'm so glad to see that Daddy was able to attend the party. :-)

Sandra said...

I can't believe he's turning one...where did the time go Michelle?

It feels like just yesterday we were all enjoying watching your tummy grow on the blog.

Happy Birthday Lucas!!!

Mom24 said...

Awww, congratulations. I'm sorry daddy was so far away, but what a neat way to join in. I hope he has a great year. (both he's) :)

LeslieVeg said...

So Precious! Happy Birthday beautiful Baby! You and your family are in my prayers.
Leslie
LeslieVeg@msn.com
http://leslielovesveggies.blogspot.com/

Bethany said...

Happy birthday little man! So cool that your daddy could join you on the webcam!

chelle said...

awww Happy Birthday Lucas!

Tricia said...

happy 1stm beautiful boy!!!

Tara said...

Happy Birthday Lucas! Wow - I can't believe he's already one! Seeing his daddy on the computer brought tears to my eyes. I'm so glad we have technology.
By the way, you look gorgeous in the picture of you and Lucas together...absolutely gorgeous.

Beth said...

Happy Birthday, Lucas!! Can't believe you are already a whole year!

Izzy 'N Emmy said...

Happy Birthday Dear Lucas!! You are such a sweet, handsome little guy! I hope you had a wonderful day!

The Girls' Mommy said...

Happy 1st birthday! I love that daddy was there via web cam!

Amy said...

Happy Birthday Lucas.
Its been great watching you and your sister grow throughout the year.

amber said...

Happy birthday Lucas! Hope today has been a wonderful day!!!

Karen said...

Happy birthday, Lucas!

mommaof4wife2r said...

yeah lucas...do you think it's too early to set he and sofie up for a date??

Melissa @ Banana Migraine said...

Happy Birthday Lucas!!!

Lianna said...

Happy Birthday Lucas!

A beautiful post, Michelle!♥

PEA said...

Happy Birthday to the darling One Year Old!! Wow, doesn't seem possible does it that he's already a year old. As you say, where did the time go. Loved the pictures as well as the video:-) xoxo

Tina said...

Happy Birthday Lucas!! I'm so, so, so happy your daddy was able to join in your celebration! That picture of all of you (including Joe) made me tear up!

Beautiful post!

Tarrah said...

He is so sweet Michelle! Happy birthday. I'm so glad we have the technology we have now so Joe could be part of the birthday.

Abraham did the same thing when it came to sign language. Abriella did great with sighning time and he just refused :)

He sounds so sweet and I can't believe how time flys.

AZ Chapman said...

happy b day Luke

Bailey's Leaf said...

Happy birthday, Little Man!

Donna -N- Andrew said...

Happy First Birthday Lucas!

Nora's human said...

Happy Birthday Lucas!

I'm so glad your Daddy was able to peek in on your party.

Kris

Nancy M. said...

Happy Birthday Lucas! Great pictures. It is so awesome that y'all are able to stay in contact via webcam.

annie said...

Happy Birthday to sweet little Lucas!!!
It's amazing that it's been a whole year since he was born huh?
I am praying for your family!

A Life Full of Love said...

Happy Birthday! Love the HAHA laugh!!

much more than a mom said...

What a cutie pie! Happy Birthday!

Christina said...

You have SUCH a beautiful family! I can't believe Lucas is ONE already! Happy Birthday handsome!!

Overwhelmed! said...

Wow, Lucas is one already! Amazing! He's so flippin' adorable! :) Give him a birthday hug for me!

I'm glad Joe got to be there via webcam. We use webcams a lot when I travel for business. It's helps ease the loneliness a bit.

At My Own Pace said...

One already?? Wow!!! Happy Birthday Lucas!! Sweet, sweet pictures too! :)

Trace

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday my son!

One of these years we will be able to sit back and talk about the where's and why's i was not able to be there on your first birthday. I will be home before you even know it. I know for your little mind you probably won't remember me but i know your mommy will be doing her best to express my love to you and your sister and hopefully we will be able to have more interaction on the computer in the future. I love you my son. Be good, and give mommy a break every once in a while huh :-)

Love
daddy

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Happy Birthday sweet baby! I can't believe he's one year old already.
I hope he had a wonderful day and I'm glad that Joe was able to sing happy bithday via the computer.

Noel said...

Happy Birthday Lucas! I'm sure that if you could say it your wish would be for your Daddy to come home safely. I know that is my wish for your family!

Julie said...

Happy birthday buddy!!

Bonita said...

Happy Birthday little handsome man!

Sari said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Lucas! What a pleasure it has been to be a part of your 1st year..

Poppy and Peony said...

Happy Happy Birthday Lucas!

Michelle, when I got back from Asia I was thrilled to receive the thank you card & Christmas card from you, thank you for the smile!

my--four--sons said...

Happy Birthday Lucas!

The video was too cute.

Melissa said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUCAS! Looks like you had a great celebration & SOO sweet that today's technology could bring daddy a little closer to your heart;)
{{HUGS!}}

Kim said...

I can't believe he is one already! I have been reading your blog since you announced you were pregnant with him! Crazy! Happy birthday little man! :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Lucas!! I love the pictures and the video! He looks like he really enjoyed his cake. I love those messy face pics! He looks so much like you !
love ya,
mimi

Killlashandra said...

The advent of technology certaily does help with those far away moments. Yeah for the webcam! :) I thought that first picture of the clean face couldn't possibly last for too long. Looks like he had a wonderful first birthday.

Siobhan Marie Tully said...

Happy Birthday lovely Lucas. You are getting so big. Hope you had a wonderful birthday. Lots of Love xxx

raising joey said...

Happy (belated) 1st birthday little man!

Corey~living and loving said...

woo hoo! looks like a successful turning of age. :) what a doll he is....and a delight to all that know him. :)

happy belated birthday to you and your baby boy!

amy said...

has it really been a year???

We are leaving for CHina to get our little girl in 2 weeks!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Happy Birthday Lucas!

There are so many, many people who are very thankful for your daddy and what he is doing for us. Thank you to for sharing him on your special day.

XOXO

Ellen said...

What a funny, wonderful, heartfelt tribute. Just think, years from now Lucas can look all this up online!

He is a lucky kid to have you as a mom.

Happy birthday to Lucas!

Michelle said...

I love the photos. Hope he had a great birthday!

Kerry said...

Happy Birthday Lucas!!! I can't believe you're one already!! Seems like you've been around for AGES! :)

Glo said...

Where has the time gone...miss everyone.

Chris said...

Happy Birthday Lucas! So glad your dad was "there" to join in the celebration a little. You sure are a cutie!

Sue said...

Happy birthday Lucas! I'm so glad you were able to use the webcam so Joe could sing happy birthday to his little guy.

:)

The Munck Family said...

Happy Birthday late Lucas!!!!!

WOW! Hard to believe a whole year has passed. What a precious Big boy you are getting to be Lucas!

Tiff said...

Happy Birthday Little Man! You are so adorable.

Tracey said...

Happy Birthday Lucas! Looks like your birthday was great time! Glad your daddy could join via web cam.

Shelley said...

Happy Birthday - wow - it doesn't seem that long ago that I was eatching to hear news of his birth. Glad to hear he had a good day. It must be very hard for Joe not to be there - thank goodness for webcam.

Nancy said...

He's so precious. I'm sorry I'm so late to wish him a Happy Birthday. Daddy watching on the webcam brought a tear to my eyes. Big HUGS to you and your family.

Jann said...

Oh how I cried when I saw Joe on the computer...so sweet that he could partake when so far away! Lucas's "ha ha" made me laugh so hard! That is adorable!!

Kim said...

Happy Late Birthday!! You are getting so big!

Shannon @ Gabi's World said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Lucas!!!

Joy said...

This is way late but Happy Birthday to Lucas anyway! What a great idea to do the webcam with Dad. I never thought of that. But just the other day my 5 year old told my husband he wanted him to go back to Iraq so they could play video games with the web cam. I thought that was too funny! At least he remembers the good parts of the deployment...