Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Happy birthday Alex! Happy birthday Nate!

My sweet little Alex, you were such a peaceful, easy baby. You always patiently waited your turn and loved being held by anyone. You only cried when you needed something, and sometimes even then you didn't cry. When you were born, you had horrible cradle cap, wolfman-like sideburns and wolfman hair on your back, your skin was so crusty, and you farted so much. But you were MY BABY! My precious Alex!

You were a little swan, outgrowing all those yucky newborn things and turning into one of the cutest toddlers I've ever seen. You are so inquisitive, always wanting to know how something works and what noise it makes. You have smiles for everyone and will still go to anyone. You taught me to give to someone when I feel I have nothing left to give. My sweet baby, I am lucky to have you in my life.

My sweet little Nate, you were not ready to come into this world. You needed more time on the inside, and that need filled every day when we brought you home. When you were born, you had a sweet little mouse face and creamy skin, but boy, could you scream and cry. People called you fussy and I got angry because you were MY BABY! My precious Nate!

You were a little swan, outgrowing all those needy newborn things and turning into the one of happiest toddlers I've ever seen. You are so sensitive and cautious, always waiting until you are ready for something to attempt it then you do it perfectly. When you laugh, it is the most joyous sound I've ever heard. You taught me to be patient when I feel I can't take it anymore. My sweet baby, I am lucky to have you in my life.

My sweet little Alex and my sweet little Nate, today is the one year anniversary of the day of your birth. Your first trip around the sun. Your first birthday. One year that you have been in my life. The hardest year of my life. The best year of my life.

I knew that being a mom would be amazing. I did not know that being Nate and Alex's mom would be the proudest thing I would ever call myself. I hope every year together is as good as this year. I love you more than anything.

Happy birthday sweeties!
Love, Mom

PS. To all readers - PLEASE delurk and wish Nate and Alex happy birthday in the comments! I will be printing this page for their baby book!


Lori said...

Happy Birthday Nate and Alex! You bring joy into the lives of everyone you meet and we are all so lucky to have you!

Lindsay said...

Happy Birthday, Case boys! I love reading about you and seeing your cute pictures every day. You have such a good Mommy to broadcast her love for you and your Daddy for the whole world to see!

I got chills reading your letter, Laura!

Jon said...

Happy Birthday Alex!
You've grown to be so confident and bold, and I'm so proud of you. Every day, I am amazed at how your curiousity leads you to new discoveries.
I love you,

Happy Birthday Nate!
You are such a happy little boy, always ready to smile and laugh, just like your Mom. You put a smile on my face every day!
I love you,

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Nate and Alex! You are handsome little guys who I can't wait to meet one day. I love reading and seeing pictures of you. Make sure you eat lots of cake.
Aunt Deb

Mrs. Merriman said...

Happy Birthday Nate! Happy Birthday Alex! It's been fun seeing you guys grow up into such wonderful toddlers in the past year!!

Party on! Eat some cake like it's going out of style!

Grandma Roxane said...

Happy first birthday Nate and Alex! What a great year it has been! You are so precious and have brought so much love and joy into our lives! I love you both so much - can't wait to see you this weekend and celebrate your first year! We'll eat lots of cake, yum, yum!! Hugs and kisses from Grandma Roxane

Beth said...


William and I feel like we know you because your mom writes such wonderful things about you and posts the cutest pictures ever. We have loved "sharing" your first year, and look forward to continuing the fun in the toddler years. You boys have the best mommy and daddy! They make me cry. (Especially when your daddy leaves you nice messages.) Even though I've never met you, I love you all!

Cathy said...

Happy Birthday Alex!

Happy Birthday Nate!

Celebrate and enjoy your special 1st birthday today! You boy's are so lucky to have each other! Cherish that.

I look forward to hearing all about both of your adventures as you reach toddlerhood and beyond! It is going to be great!

Cheers and Cheers!


PS: I share my birthday with my sister who is 3 years younger and my Dad. And truly it has been the best gift!

Sarah (Mama2Elli-Bean) said...

Happy Birthday to Nate & Alex from one of the BabyCenter May '06 Mamas! You guys are just growing up WAY too fast! Make sure not to eat TOO much cake otherwise you may end up with a week-long tummyache like my Elli! :(

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Alex and Nate!!!
This year has gone by so fast and you two are getting so big. Enjoy your first birthday and many more. We were happy to see you in March!! You two are precious and we LOVE Ya!!!!
Greatgrandma Gladys
Greatgrandpa Joe

Aunt Ang said...

Happy Happy Birthday to Alex and Nate. Wow what a year. Can't wait to meet you both some day, hopefully soon. Tell your mom and dad you want to take a road trip to OHIO and visit the farm.Yep, you're right,we do have cows, dogs and alot of cats. All of us send our love. Have a wonderful 1st birthday.

Erin said...

Happy First Birthday Alex!
Happy First Birthday Nate!
(Your mommy taught me it's important to treat each of you as individuals...good lesson for me and my girls too!:)
You are such blessed and loved little boys. I love hearing about your journeys, lessons and FUN! Your Mommy's stories make me smile everyday and know none of us is going this alone! May your second year be as full as the first.

Jim said...

Happy birthday, guys! Let's see if I get some good pictures of the four of you at the birthday party :-)

Ellen said...

Happy Birthday Alex and Nate! It is clear that you are so loved on this day and every day.

AmberP said...

Happy Birthday to Nate and Alex!!

It's been a great pleasure to watch the two of you growing up and becoming the little men that you are. You make your mom and dad SO proud!

I hope that you guys have a great second year of life, learning, discovering and being very GOOD to your mom and dad.

Happy Birthday Boys! Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Happy 1st Birthday Nate!
Happy 1st Birthday Alex!
Your letter brought tears to my eyes remembering Kyle and Kara's 1st birthday. It seems like yesterday and they'll be 15 on July 1. What a great year for your family! Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy! All the wonderful years to come!

Uncle Brian, Aunt Rose, Scott, Kyle and Kara

ps: Can't wait to meet you two some day.

The Walkers said...

Dear Alex,

Happy Birthday, you handsome little devil! You look so much like your daddy when he was a boy, it brings back so many memories for his big sister. You are such a sweet child and we can't wait to see you again soon. Thank you for bringing so much joy to all of our lives!

Love Aunt Liz and Uncle Andy, Cousins Audrey and Rudy

The Walkers said...

Dear Nate,

Happy birthday, cutie pie! You have changed so much since we have seen you and you continue to get cuter each day! You are personality plus...and so patient to put up with your brother using you as his toy/jungle gym. We hope you have a special birthday!

Love, Aunt Liz, Uncle Andy, Cousins Audrey and Rudy

Libby said...

One year is a fabulous accomplishment but there is so much more to come... like your second year, playing with worms in the dirt, kindergarten, your first girlfriends, going to Caltech, and eventually getting married so your mom can have some girls in her life too. Don't do it too fast, but we will be excited to watch your journey too!
-The Ramirez Family

Auntie Jamie said...

Happy Birthday to my two favorite nephews!!! I love you Alex & Nate! Your cousins Yasmine & Jace love you too! I wish we lived closer so we could be there! From Yasmine- Happy Birthday Nate & Alex- you are finally Big Boys! From Jace- Stop growing! I want to be the bigger boy! Have a wonderful day! Love, Aunt Jamie, Uncle Tom, and Yasmine & Jace

Albert said...

Happy B-day Nate, Happy B-day Alex, I havent met you yet, but am looking forward to the day. You are two lucky little fellas to have such a wonderful Mommy and Daddy!

Chris said...

Dear Nate and Alex

Happy first birthday. We can't wait to meet you for the first time in June. We are so excited for you to meet your cousin Cash, and Your Aunt and Uncle Bren and Chris. See you very soon

Love Chris, Brenda, Cash and Cisco