A new year has begun again. I'll never quite know why a new year starting makes us feel so fresh and confident, but somehow, each year, it cleanses us in preparation for the next twelve months of our life.
Two weeks from now, we will celebrate your ninth birthday. Somehow you've been on this planet for NINE years already! It feels so much shorter to me, so much longer to you... I know you feel like your life is passing by slowly, but I assure you, this is not the case. I have spent nearly each and every day with you since your beautiful birth. I loved you each minute of my long, nauseating, painful pregnancy. Each person who has met you since you came to us has fallen in love with your smile, been captivated by your gigantic, beautiful eyes, and absolutely adored your sweet spirit.
As we start this ninth year together, I want you to know that I love you with all of my heart. I will always be here for you, and my love for you will grow each day that I get to know you more. You never need to feel alone because we are partners in this life. We can help each other through whatever comes our way. When something feels too big or too scary, you just need to come to me. I will soothe you like I did when you were a newborn baby in my arms, and you will be safe.
My life has been infinitely better since you came along, Joshua. Please never forget that. I love you forever, and I can't wait to spend another year with my (not-so-) little Joshy-Squashy guy.