My boy, my boy, my boy. You are one year old today. Oh, how you’ve grown.

You are learning things so quickly.  Crawling.  Cruising.  Bouncing.  Banging on walls, doors, windows, cabinets to explore a variety of sounds.  Playing “Where is Samuel?”  Pulling yourself up and down so easily.  You are so cautious — being careful to let yourself down so you don’t fall too far from the ground.

You are strong, determined, watchful, inquisitive, and oh so happy.

Happy birthday, my boy.

I love you so very much.

Thank you for turning my world upside down.  The view is better from here.

We celebrated Samuel’s first birthday with a rocket-themed party this afternoon.  Pictures to come soon. A month ago, I asked my uber-talented brother to put together a slide show or video for Samuel’s first birthday.  This is what he came up with …

Happy First Birthday, Samuel! from Autumn Nguyen on Vimeo.

We shared it with our guests this afternoon. And we needed a mop to clean up all of the tears afterwards. What a treasure. Thank you, Hung. This is the best gift a mama could ever ask for. You are amazing and I love you so very much. Samuel is super lucky to have an uncle like you.