|One day old|
|Twelve months old|
It's hard to believe that 366 days (you were born in a leap year) ago we welcomed you into our lives!
You are our little wish come true!
The feeling of becoming a parent is indescribable. I have tried to find the words but nothing seems adequate. Every day my heart feels like it is going to burst with love for you.
Watching you grow up this past year from helpless newborn to an independent, social toddler has been the best experience of my life. Of course, like anything worthwhile, there have been challenges along the way. Each obstacle we faced together and found a way to overcome it.
~ Nursing was tough and so rewarding once we figured it out.
~ The mysterious rash you developed at 4 weeks had us trying all sorts of different things to make it go away.
~ Learning to roll, then crawl was frustrating for you since you just wanted to move but you conquered that and now we can't keep you still!
~ Teething was by far the worst milestone you went through-- it disrupted so many things but you have 10 little teeth to show for all that hard work!
~ Sleeping has been an ongoing battle. I hoped you would get my love for sleep but alas you sleep like a baby, which is not very well! As exhausting as those nights (& days) have been, I have cherished every single cuddle and wished for time to stop so I could hold you forever.
The challenges pale in comparison to the utter joy you have brought to our lives.
You have the sweetest, most infectious personality. Your smile and giggle light up the room. We could spend days just marvelling at how amazing you are. You entertain us for hours with your babbling, curiosity, and happy disposition. Your excitement is contagious and through you we have learned to find joy in the simplest things.
You adore Milo the cat even though he barely tolerates you. You shriek with joy when you see him and you love petting him and touching his ears. He has never had so much exercise trying to get away from you and he was your motivation to learn to crawl.
You are our little running buddy. Sometimes you complain but mostly you enjoy the fresh air and ever changing scenery as we push you along.
Each day has been a blessing and we could not imagine our lives without you.
We look forward to all the exciting new milestones that this next year will bring.
Happy 1st Birthday!!
We love you so much sweet baby girl!
Mommy & Daddy