Happy 1st birthday, my beautiful boy. While I can't believe a year has passed since your birth, I also can barely remember my life without you (I do recall there was more sleep involved). I am so proud of you today and every day. You have had to fight for the life that most people take for granted and not only did you survive, you have thrived. In spite of all that you have been through, you are an amzingly happy boy and you are the truly the light of our lives. When you smile and laugh, I feel sad that the whole world can't experience your wonderful spirit. Spending time with you always reminds me to live in the moment. I just know that God has something special planned for your life, Marino, and I'm so glad I get to be a part of it.
I'm not sure what I've done to deserve to be your Mama...out of all the wonderful mommies in the world, how did I get so lucky to be the one God chose for you? I intend to spend the rest of my days making you proud that you fought the battles you did in your first year and trying to make your life a wonderful one. I'm looking forward to this next year with you...a year where we can experience the world instead of hiding from it.
Happy Birthday, Angelness. Mama and Daddy love you!