To my dearest little boy, I cannot believe you are a year old! It seems like just yesterday you were born this tiny little Christmas baby, yet it's hard to remember a time you weren't here. You have completed our family, and filled a hole we didn't even know was there. You are a perfect fit!
You stole our hearts the minute you were born, and you continue to have all of us wrapped around your little finger. Your big sister was initially disappointed you were a little boy, but it didn't take long for you to cast your little spell and convince her that little brothers aren't so bad. Now, she wouldn't trade you for the world, and you adore her! You two are so similar, and so different in so many ways! You are basically clones of each other in the looks department, but your personalities seems to be a little more different. I can't wait for you to be able to talk to your sister. I have a feeling you're going to have a lot to say! When you are apart (which is rare), you two miss each other terribly. Sometimes at bedtime you too goofballs screw around in your room, and it just melts my heart. I can't imagine what that situation will be like in the near future as your grow! You two already have so much fun with each other, and I know this will only continue throughout your lives! I hope you always cherish each other like you do now!
You have recently discovered the big kid, funny guy that is your Daddy! You love to play with him! You were a little slow to warm up to Daddy, but now I think most times you prefer Dad to Mom! Daddy loves to make you laugh, and you are an easy mark for him! You find Daddy hilarious! You follow him around the house...bedroom, kitchen, bathroom (ew!)...nothing is off limits! I imagine this will continue for many, many years. You look just like Daddy did when he was your age. Daddy was, of course, a little bigger than you are, but all the features are his! Your favorite game with Daddy is "hide-and-seek" with a blanket. You also LOVE when Daddy gives you a bath! Daddy and you have some epic tickle fests. I think it will be so much fun to watch you grow and rough-house with Daddy! You two are headed for so many great father-son moments! I can't wait to watch! Daddy would never admit how much he wanted a little boy, but I know deep down in his heart he is chomping at the bit to teach you so many things!
Oh, Cooper, you have stolen Mommy's heart. You have me right where you want me. You are a pure joy, and aside from the lack of sleep, I wouldn't have traded a minute of this last year with you! You still come to Mommy when you need a snuggle or something isn't quite right. You still enjoy a good rocking session if the moment strikes, and you still like to accompany me with my many one-handed tasks! You seem to have inherited one thing from me...my sweet tooth! Sorry kid, but I'm so excited to share so many treats with you! I always wanted a little boy, and you, son, are more than I could have ever asked for! I have so many dreams and aspirations for you! I can't wait to watch you grow up, but I'm hanging onto these early, baby times for dear life! Don't grow up too fast, Cooper!
Like I said, you are perfect fit for our little family! You have given us so much joy, laughter, and love over the last year! You have a BIG personality in that little body, and we can't wait to see what unfolds for you! We love you to the moon and back!
All these pictures were taken at the Nebraska State Capital by Cori Johnson with Fresh Photography! I will share a few more soon!