One year ago today, we took our sweet baby boy to daycare for the last time as an only child.
One year ago today, we walked into the hospital and began the next leg of this amazing journey.
One year ago today, we jumped head-first into frilly dresses, pink onesies,barrettes & mary janes so tiny and cute you could just die.
One year ago today, we realized that we were in so much trouble because our daughter was already head-strong when, during the induction, she threw a temper tantrum by dropping her heart rate so low it scared not only her parents but her doctors and nurses as well.
One year ago today, we welcomed our sweet baby girl into this world.
We continue to be amazed by how lucky we are. We are so incredibly lucky to have been blessed with two amazing children. Do they try out patience? Hell yes. Do we love them anyway? Meh. Of course. They are sweet when you least expect it. They are already smarter than their parents. They are carbon-copies of each of us in every way. They love each other so much it actually hurts me.
I cannot even begin to tell you what an amazing little person you are becoming. I knew that you were going to be a strong-willed little girl and you have yet to prove me wrong. We were convinced that you were going to arrive early (just like Brock) but boy, were we wrong. I had to be induced to get you out! And even then, when the doctor broke my water, you got our attention by dropping your heart rate. The doctor said it was because as the amniotic fluid level dropped, you were slightly distressed. I think it was because you were pissed off that you were getting evicted and you wanted to prove your point. You are very quick to let us know if you aren’t happy about anything. We continue to be amazed by the mixture of your strong will and your compassion. You love to yell at us if we take toys away from you but you get upset when Brock cries. You love to wear frilly dresses but also love to get muddy along with the boys. You are so curious about everything around you. You wave hi/bye and say “hai” when you do it. You just learned how to baby-sign “more” when you want more food. You love to give slobbery kisses to us. You are very outgoing around those you know and trust but like to pretend to be shy when a stranger talks to you. You can walk but would much rather be carried. You don’t smell like a baby anymore. Your hair is getting more curly as you get older. You make yourself laugh all the time. Your favorite game is peek-a-boo. You love to “sing” and dance along to anything that has a beat. You look identical to me when I was your age. You have your daddy’s lips. You have my hairline. You have every man in your life wrapped around your beautiful little pinky.
You never cease to amaze us and to make us laugh. You and your big brother are the most joyful thing we could imagine. When we found out that I was pregnant with you and that we would have two children just two years apart, I have to admit–Daddy and I were a little scared. Now, looking back, I can’t remember what was so scary. Of course it is a challenge having two feisty children in our house, but our babies are the most precious things in our world. We love you and your big brother more than words can ever express. The past year has been so amazing. We are so blessed to be able to watch you grow into such a beautiful, smart little girl. Thank you so much for choosing us to be your parents. We love you baby girl.