One year ago today we were welcoming this sweet babe into the world, and wondering who she would be, and how she would fit into our family. One year later, we know her as a vibrant, snuggly, sweet, strong, happy, beautiful little person with a gentle old soul. She's got a calmness and confidence about her that inspires me. And she's got a giggle in her that brings such tremendous joy to our family. How blessed we are. We'll be spending her birthday doing her favorite things: the sun is shining here so we'll be playing outside with lots of time in the swing, baking and eating cake (and ice cream!), opening a few little handmade-by-brothers presents (I can't wait to show you those tomorrow!), giving lots of snuggles and kisses all day long, singing happy birthday many many times (because she giggles and dances each time), and eating broccoli for dinner (her favorite!).
Thanks to all of you for sharing in the joy of parenting with me...from my pregnancy, birth, and her baby year, she's been such a presence on this blog that I feel like some of you 'know' her in a way too. And I'm touched that that kind energy from you has been a part of her life 'story'. Before she was born, I was worried about September 11th as her birthdate, but now I think it's just perfect - something to celebrate and rejoice in, and a sweet reminder of the circle of it all.
Happy Birthday, sweet babe!