Dear Little Man,
Now quite obviously, it’s not just you and me. Even when I was pregnant and it really was just you and me, it was also you, me and my gynecologist. Then it was you, me and the ultrasound tech (who got to know me realllly well). Then it was you, me and an entire medical team on the maternity ward.
Then it was you, me and The B’s, and the rest is history!
However, a few days ago I was revamping my Letters to Little Man site. There were places where it still said I was 20 and I was boasting about how you could recite the ABC’s. I turned 21 in May and you can practically read now, so yes…updating was needed. So I changed some descriptions, added a few things here and there and lastly, I changed the pictures. You especially have a tendency to change rapidly as you grow, but luckily, J is on top of taking pictures as always, so there’s no excuse to have a photo of you that is a year old.
I went to change my photo too. Though I don’t change as much or as frequently as you do (wait, that’s a lie. I just got bangs for the first time in 3 years), I figured it couldn’t hurt to update my photo as well. So off I went, hunting through my most recent Facebook pictures for one that would be suitable for the blogosphere.
Though I wanted one of just me for the “Meet Renee” section, I also thought it would be super neat to have a few pictures of us together. I began the Facebook hunt again. Only this time, I found photo and photo after photo of you and I together. I’m generally so preoccupied with getting great shots of just you, that I truly failed to realize that there are a lot of pictures of us.
So alllll of those photos, paired with my natural inability to make decisions, has resulted in way too many pictures to post in the Meet Renee section. However, there is no such thing as too many photos for a letter to my Little Man :)
Technically one of our first pictures together. Technically.
Definitely our first picture together. You look so happy…
One of my favorite hospital shots!
A little over a week old. This was at Bethany during the interim period.
Exactly one month old! Oh, I miss your itsy bitsy days…
This was on a trip we took to an apple orchard with The B’s when you were 2 months old. Hey there, chunky legs ;)
At Sports Man’s 7th birthday party. You fell asleep in my arms. Then, you started falling OUT of my arms.
And so the hilarity of your expressions begins…
I could never resist giving you kisses. It’s a good thing too because now you’re moving too fast for me to even catch you to give you one!
You and I around your six-month birthday!
A Valentine’s Day visit at Grandma M and Pop-Pop’s house!
This was around the time you discovered you had a tongue. Apparently it was fascinating.
You were suuuper sick this day, but we still smiled together :)
Smoochin’ on you before our first Mother’s Day!
A perfect display of how happy you make me :) This photo is in your nursery!
This was the morning of our first Mother’s Day! J and I went to a “girls” luncheon to celebrate together. I’ll remember that day forever.
A month or so before your first birthday. This was probably the last time you ever sat still for a picture ;)
Little Man turns ONE! This was taken at your “little man themed” party. I got to celebrate the whole weekend with you!
This probably won’t be the last time you get exasperated with me. It also probably won’t be the last time I find it funny.
I would follow you anywhere :)
This past March, right after St. Patrick’s Day. J brought her camera on a visit and we had a little photo shoot! I think we’re applauding your cuteness ;)
You + Me + The B’s + Grandma M + Pop Pop + Aunt S = BEACH TRIP! We went to the Isle of Palms and hung out together for a few days. We even spent a day in Charleston which was funny because the last time I had been there, I was pregnant with you :)
At your second birthday party (time flies!!). Your hand was alllll the way in that cow’s mouth. All. The. Way. Giving mommy a heart attack? Yes.
The same weekend as you second birthday. You and I played in the hose for a while. We got soaked and it was lovely :)
I love every single photo we get together, but not just because you’re incredibly photogenic. I love our photos for the simple reason that we get to take them together. Adoption didn’t split us up, it didn’t cause me to miss out, it hasn’t separated us in any way except literal distance. The fact that I got to be around for all of this stuff — holding you at Sports Man’s party, spending Mother’s Day with you, giving you kisses and spending birthdays playing with you — it’s the part of adoption that I love the most. It’s part of the reason why I will love and owe The B’s forever, and it’s definitely the reason we will grow up knowing one another.
I cherish these photos. The silly, the blurry, the candid, the posed, the goofy the smiley, the serious and the fun. We’re creating a history together, you and me. And I hope that one day, you cherish them as much as I do.