At 5:45 AM on September 23, 2009, I became a Mama. I will never forget the moment they laid her on my chest. I looked down at her sweet squishy face, all covered in goo, and was certain I had never seen anyone so beautiful in my entire life. I was so relieved. Relieved that she was finally out (9 days late), that labor was finally over, and I could finally hold the little person I had been dreaming about for so long. She was perfect (a major cone head at the time, but still perfect), weighing in at 8 lbs 1 oz and measuring 21 inches long.
To my girl on her 1st birthday:
You turn a year old today. Wow.
I can remember when you were only a week and a half old, Nana left to go back home and I was so scared. I didn't know how I was going to manage being alone with you all day while Dada was at work. But we did it. We made it through the itty bitty, sleep all day, but not at night stage.
We made it through those awful months of colic. You screamed all. the. time. Getting you to sleep was nearly impossible and you would wake up immediately and start screaming again if I put you down. I learned that the only way to calm you was to bounce (I'm talking deep knee bends) and sing Maroon 5 to you. Not surprisingly, I couldn't bear to listen to them for a long, long time after that. Then, when you were about 3 weeks old, I got out the Baby Bjorn your Auntie Erin let us borrow and put you in it. You fell asleep immediately. I've been madly in love with babywearing ever since. Once you hit about 12 pounds, it started to get uncomfortable, so I bought and made our beloved papoose.
One of my favorite parts of motherhood has been watching you learn new things. In one short year, you've mastered rolling over, sitting up, crawling, pulling up, climbing, and furniture walking. You have amazing hand-eye coordination and small motor skills for someone so little.You've recently learned to imitate and pretend. Your favorite is playing with spoons, cups, and bowls. I love watching you stir and pretend to eat and drink while you talk constantly. Most of the time I don't understand anything you're saying, but I sure love listening to you :)
You are an amazing child. You changed my life so much that I can barely even remember life before you. I certainly can't imagine life without you.
You're already so smart and independent. You're one of the happiest babies I've ever known. You make each day fun and exciting and I love staying home with you.
You will always be the one who made me a mama, who taught me countless lessons on motherhood, and the one who showed me what true, unconditional love is. Thank you for being mine.
Happy Birthday, Baby!