Today is the day!! My baby boy turns 1!!!!
It has been a year of emotions. Laughter, tears, uncertainty, frustration, questions of "Am I doing this right?". Yet, God has been so faithful through it all. Parenthood is a life of up and downs. Days where you feel like a champion because your kid finally took a nap by himself, then days of frustration that they'll never do anything but hang from your shirt and cry for the next 18 years. One of the most valuable lesson I've learned this year is that things change. Seasons change, tantrums change, people change, babies change. Things that used to make them so upset, eventually won't. (Even though we still HATE diaper changes over here.) Things that used to make them happy, won't always be your saving grace!
You just learn to roll with the punches. Change with them. As they grow up, so do you. You learn what things in life really matter. The things that mom's write blogs that sound like they'll make or break your child, end up not mattering as much. If the formula is over an hour old, he's not going to die. If I have to give him a bottle to calm him down in the car, he's not going to die. (Those are attributes I've learned thanks to my husband of course! haha)
You survive. We survived!! We made it through the first year of parenthood! Through it, I've learned so much about myself. Good things and bad things, but I've also learned so much about God's grace. What would we do if He didn't give us so much mercy? I know I would be doomed. Being a parent has been the best object lesson of that.
Happy Birthday Jordan Pierre Aristil!
You have rocked mommy and daddy's world and we wouldn't have it any other way!
From the scariest day of our lives when you came into this world (a post for another day), we watched God's hand on you through it all. You have an amazing testimony that the world will know. We are so proud to be your parents and we love you more than we could ever tell you! You have such a bright future and we'll be cheering you on the whole way!
Enjoy the pictures! Some you might've seen before, some I've never posted so they'll be new to you!