Today, my first nephew, Maxwell Robert Kirkland, turns one year old.
Dear Gucci, I can't believe that you are one year old already! I know that sounds trite and I apologize for the lack of originality, but it is absolutely the truth. How has a year gone by since I got the call from my sister that you were on your way... on your way to getting your noggin stuck in her pelvic bone that is. I remember getting in the car with your Uncle Tim and driving from L.A. to Las Vegas to meet you. We got stuck in ridiculous traffic outside of Baker, C.A. because you had to be born on a Friday and that's when EVERYONE drives from L.A. to Vegas. It was worth it though. I remember coming into the hospital and seeing you through the nursery window and just knowing that it was you and that you were a part of our family. You looked so much like your mama (my sister) when you were born. You had these perfect chubby cheeks. I loved you instantly. While it sucks a lot that we live so far away from each other, I have had so much fun interacting with you on Skype. You love to smash the keyboard keys and try to pull the plug out of the computer which frustrates your mom to no end. Thanks to the magic of Skype, I got to see you go through so many milestones including when you first started walking. When you were younger, your mama used to set the laptop in your crib with you so I could watch you wake up. You really are an amazing baby and I am so proud of your parents for how well they are raising you. Your Uncle Tim and I wish so badly that we could be there with you guys to celebrate your first birthday, but our doctor doesn't want us traveling that far when I'm this far along in our pregnancy. We love you so much. We miss you. We hope you have a great birthday and get to eat some really yummy cake.
Love Aunt Melissa (and Uncle Tim)