It feels like just yesterday that I held you in my arms for the first time,
And now a full year later, we've been through so many firsts of different kinds:
Your first smile, your first laugh, all of your first bumps and bruises,
I've adored watching every moment as you grow, and now you're off and cruising.
But son, the year has also brought with it some challenges you see,
This year I had the heartbreaking task to hand you off not once, but twice for surgery.
You've been through so much more in your first year of life than most will ever endure,
you've come so far and shown such strength that it touches me to the core.
You have a world class team of doctors, and we are grateful for all they've done,
But William, please don't ever forget that we've loved your smile from day one.
I love you more than words can say, and you're the bravest person I know.
You've touched and changed so many lives, and your impact will only continue to grow.
And while this year has brought its share of great times as well as some that were hard,
I would not change a single thing, as it's made us who we are.
So as I wish you a very Happy First Birthday, I also have to say:
You are my superhero and my inspiration each and every day.
Love always and forever, with all of my heart,