Happy First Birthday, Kenton!

Has a year gone by already? I don’t believe it.


Today, Jason took the day off work and we are going to shower our little ONE YEAR OLD with attention, kisses, hugs, the zoo, ice cream, toys, whatever he wants – which will include bubbles and ice (not together). As a family, we’ll celebrate the date that changed our lives forever.

Little did we know what a big impact this kid would have on us, on our marriage, on me as a woman. It’s amazing. All those things people tell you about having kids… are true. They change your life. You won’t remember life before them. They’ll bring you purpose. You learn to live on less sleep than you ever thought possible. They’ll drive you crazy. They’ll bring unspeakable joy.

I love that I know exactly how to make Kenton laugh when he’s crying. I love that I’m the one he reaches for when he’s confused, upset, happy, tired, cranky, excited, etc. I love that he points at everything he sees, says, “That?” (which sounds more like, “dAAT?!”) and is curious about the world around him. I love that his big, blue eyes stop strangers in their tracks and makes them smile.

I remember taking a walk around our block shortly after coming home from the hospital, our baby tucked in the stroller, and desperately trying to describe my overflowing emotions to Jason. I told him, “I can’t believe how much I love him and we JUST MET! I would give my life for him. WITH PLEASURE. if asked – and we don’t really even ‘know’ each other.”

Now, we know each other – and my feelings have only grown. I love him more everyday.

He changes every day. He wakes up from a nap and he’s taller. He spends an afternoon with Grandma and his face changes. I love that I get to be a part of this incredible time in this little man’s life. I would not change one thing about him. Not one thing. His temperament, his personality are God-given traits. They are blessings. I will spend my life encouraging him to be himself – to expose the good in him and call him to be who God created him to be.

What an incredible PRIVILEGE it is to be the mother of this child. My heart is overwhelmed. And it’s only been one year!

And, yes, we did get the FINAL shot in our 12 month journey to dress our child. Here’s a sneak peak… full post coming next week:

About Michelle Fortin

Michelle Fortin is a follower of Jesus, a wife and a mom. She's also an award winning broadcast journalist and public relations professional. Michelle spent nearly a decade working in television newsrooms across the country, both behind and in front of the camera. Training future broadcast journalists in her faculty associate roles at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and at Arizona Christian University was a cherished focus of her post-TV career. Today, she maintains a roster of public relations clients focused on empowering fellow “momprenuers.” She also serves as a speaker for various women's and mom's events. Michelle received her bachelor’s degree from Biola University and Master of Mass Communication (MMC) from Arizona State University. She and her husband, two young kids and English bulldog call Scottsdale, Arizona, home.


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