365 days ago you flipped my world upside down. I thought I was ready for my life to change. I had no idea. Gabe, the moment you came into my life, you changed every fiber of my being. I've never been so emotional, so panicked, so entranced by the introduction of anyone else before. During those first few months, when I had no idea what I was doing, with anything related to you, I knew I loved you. And that's what got me through. When the hormones messed with my head and I questioned my purpose in life, all I had to do was look at your expressive little face and it got me through. You were born with a personality like no other. You've been wide-eyed, soaking everything in, since the moment you popped out. I'm pretty sure you're just going to get more awesome with age. I mean, you obviously have a sense of humor, after making me go through 36 hours of labor. Thirty-freaking-six. But you're worth it, bud. You make my heart leap out of my chest with the smallest smile or with the highest pitched laugh. A lot of parents say all the time that the time goes so fast and that they can't believe their baby is one. I can. It's been a long year. A billion and one happy moments, more than a few tears (from both of us) and a bunch of funny costumes, your dad and I have loved loved loved watching you grow. We've soaked up everything and question how we could ever produce another child just as adorable and spunky as you. We love you Gabriel and we can't wait to see what you do next. Happy 1st birthday, buddy bear.
I never wrote out Gabe's birth story because John did a bang-up job for me here.