Lauren Michele Poucel Photography // Reid Surfboards
I am just laying here snuggling with you and would love to talk to you even though you don’t know what I am saying… Tonight, you puckered up and made a kiss sound when I said, “KISS!” and it was a glorious thing to behold. I think you finally get the idea of kisses! This makes me very happy.
Last week, we took you in your first tent camping for one night. You relished every moment of it. Me and dad laid there while you ran around in circles, exploring this interesting fort and leaning and sliding down the sides. We lost our energy long before you did, but there was nothing dangerous for you to get into, so I let you play as I drifted off to sleep to the sound of the waves. When I woke up in the middle of the night, there you were snuggled up in my arms. The tent had plenty of rolling room, not like at home, so by morning you had rolled all the way across the tent. Very impressive! When we woke up, the sun hadn’t risen yet, so we all crawled out of the tent and went for a swim in the warm water. The early sunlight was so beautiful and the wind blew through your fuzzy hair. We took your diaper off and let you run wild. All you want to do is swim! I think if you were making memories this young, you would never forget that morning. I know I won’t. It was the most beautiful morning of my life. You are my littlest free spirit. I hope you will always feel this free.
Let’s make a pact to always be free together. Always free together even when we are apart.
I love you so much,
11 months old… I am so unbelievably proud to be your mom. On Mother’s Day a few days ago, I went out with you just so I could parade you around & show off that I am your mother. I felt less like Mother’s Day was to honor the fact that I am a mom, and more like it was my day to reflect on how much motherhood and you particularly have saved my life. With you, I wake up every day feeling like it is the best day of my life. I have purpose, I have a full life, I have you. You saved me, Liam. I love you so so dearly, son. And I will always love you.
Dear Liam, Today’s drive to the North Shore alone made this move worth it. I don’t know if we knew exactly how beautiful our new home was going to be. I couldn’t even dream this place up… Neither could dad. I think the Aloha spirit is creeping into our bones one adventure at a time.
If I were to have a flashback of 2013, these would be some of my favorite flashes.