Dear Conrad,

I just laid you down after rocking and singing you to sleep on your first birthday. We have had a fun, full day celebrating the day you were born.

When you first woke up this morning I sang you the Happy Birthday song, and you smiled the whole time. It wasn't long until Vaughn and Mason woke up and joined us, so excited to celebrate your birthday. 

You played with your brothers in the morning and had hootenanny for breakfast (one of your favorites!). After getting you down for your morning nap we got the house all decorated for your birthday party. Vaughn and Mason worked so hard making decorations and setting things up.

They made tinfoil stars that they hung from the ceiling, snowflakes that they hung on the walls, and a poster just for you (in Seahawks colors, because you are one of their biggest fans!). They helped blow up tons of balloons that they put all over the room. 

I wish I could have captured your face when you woke up and saw the room. You stared in awe for a moment and then broke out in the hugest smile and started pointing at the stars and balloons. As soon as we started calling them stars you started repeating the word and kept saying "star! Star!" all day long. You were so excited.

We invited the Shumways for your party. We ate a yummy lunch and cake and played games. We played "pass the ball to Conrad" where we all sat and passed you the ball and clapped for you. We played "See who can build the tallest tower before Conrad knocks it over" where we all sat in a circle building with blocks, and you excitedly went from tower to tower crashing them down. We played with our parachute flinging balloons into the air, and a few times even you (but not very high). You loved playing with your family and friends! 

After your second nap and Dad getting home from work, we had a yummy dinner, then went to play at the park and get frozen yogurt. 

You loved playing in the grass, playing ball with Dad and the boys, and eating rocks (and then frozen yogurt later). :-)

Conrad, I've loved thinking about you today and how special you are to me, and that day one year ago when I finally had you in my arms. We wanted you so badly for our family. The year before we found out we were pregnant was such a hard one. We were dealing with the heartache and grief of your older brother Adam passing away, and before getting pregnant with you I had several miscarriages. I didn't know if that longing for another baby would ever stop. 

There was still that sliver of hope in my heart though. That some day, if it was right for our family, we would have you. 

And here you are. You are so bright and beautiful, and happy. You smile and wave and say hi to the world and people around you. I believe that even though you are still just a baby, that you care deeply about the people around you and how they are feeling. 

You are so smart and already say so many words and communicate with us so easily. You love books and reading your favorite stories. You busily and happily explore the world around you, and play with your brothers.

You are the cutest, sweetest boy, and we feel so lucky— so blessed to have you in our family. 

I love you so much little Conrad Craig. Thank you for all the smiles and happiness you bring to me. I love you so so so so much.

Love always,