Jan 10, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Today my baby girl turns one, and I thank the Lord for that. This day is a day of gratitude and reflection for me, not only to God, but to so many. I'm grateful for Brian for being a great father to Charlotte and for helping me bring her into this world. I'm grateful to her grandparents for supporting us in her care. And I thank Charlotte for being patient with us as we fumbled through our first-time parenting.
After one year I thought things would be a little different. I didn't realize I would still stop in her room at least once a night to check if she was breathing. I always thought I would be the coordinated easy going mom who takes everything in stride - instead I find myself still constantly worrying about working around Charlotte's so-called schedule. I imagined myself making all of these homemade organic baby foods, but instead we battle through meals until I settle for her eating a few Cheerios and banana bread.
But, I also could've never imagined how great things are. I didn't realize how much I could love just simply being together, like I'm falling in love all over again every day. It is awesome how we can just dance to music, spin in a chair or roll around on the floor and laugh hysterically. And not like she does anything unique to other babies, but when I first see her hands form the itsy-bitsy spider or rock her baby doll, I just can't believe how fast her little brain is learning. And she gives the best hugs in the whole world.
She's my precious baby girl, who's no longer a baby. Happy Birthday Charlotte.

7 comments:

Westie Mommy said...

Happy Birthday Charlotte! She is so precious, and will always be your baby Ang :)

Anonymous said...

Pappa and Grammie love her so very much. Happy, happy day Charlotte our little princess.

Meagan said...

Wish I could celebrate with you, hope Charlotte has a good first birthday :)

Amber said...

Happy Birthday Charlotte!! I love getting to know you on this blog, through the eyes of your precious Mama! You are loved by so many!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, dancing girl!!! Linda

Julie and David said...

Okay... NO MORE emotional blogs. I can't handle them... Happy Birthday to Charlotte, the sweetest little baby girl I know!!

Patty Ann said...

You really should submit that photo to the live with regis and kelly baby contest.