So instead of focusing on how my journey was unique and crazy, let's focus on my unique family as it is now. And I'm going to borrow something from the 2 Baby Daddies blog. While they were expecting I got to read the most amazing Dear Zoey letters. I hope my letter to my kids will be just as wonderful.
Dear Aaron and Jeff,
A year ago you came into my life. You were my dream since I was a little child. I always wanted to be a dad. It took years of planning to bring you into my life and I'd go through it again in a heartbeat knowing how amazing the payoff could be.
In this first year I learned a lot about my parents. I understand what it's like to love unconditionally. I understand why parents would give up their own lives for the lives of their children. I understand what my parents gave up in their lives to give me things in mine. So thank you for giving me that understanding.
During the sleepless nights and sleepy days I have cried out of frustration, counted the seconds until the sitter or your other dad arrived and I could leave the house for a few minutes, and wanted to just give up at times. I have also found moments of joy with you banging on pots, playing peek-a-boo and finding a Cheerio on the floor.
I love watching you learn. It is thrilling to watch you become more independent as you have figured out how to hold your own bottle, crawl, feed yourself, walk, "communicate" with us, and love us. I cannot wait to watch you experience new firsts over the next few years.
My hope for you is to be happy and empathic. In my life I have learned that people want to be heard. I hope to teach you to listen and understand the perspective of others who are different from you. I also promise to do my best to give you happiness in this world. That doesn't mean ice cream for dinner every night, but a life filled with love and support.
The next 17 years (and beyond) will have their ups and downs, but don't doubt that Daddy Derek and I love you with all our hearts.
And then, of course, we have the year one pictures. The big friends and family party is this weekend, but we couldn't resist giving the boys their own cupcakes tonight.
|My cupcake creation documenting their first year|
|Jeff enjoyed his cupcake|
|Aaron did too|