You are already a one year old. Your first year flew by...somewhat in a fog. You have been an AMAZING baby. You slept like a champ, you are pretty laid back, you are joyful. You have been such a blessing to our lives and to our family. I will never forget the moment I first saw you. It was a moment of pure bliss. You were as beautiful as could be. You were healthy and chunky. The perfect combination. You were a healthy eater (and still are). You struggled with getting your sugars down the first day and into the next morning. You had to get your feet pricked so many times and my heart broke for you. Finally, those sugars regulated and then you had a bit of jaundice, but that quickly subsided and you were, otherwise, very healthy. You were almost a ten pounder. And I loved every ounce, every wrinkle and every roll of you. This was also my birthday. By far, the best, most memorable birthday in my 34 years. I am honored that I get to share that day with you.
And then, you got to meet your sisters for the first time. And what an unforgettable moment that was. Talk about feeling God's love and blessing just saturating me. As I watched you and your two precious sisters, I felt so proud and, yet, so humble at the same time. I couldn't believe God had given me the desires of my heart in such an incredible way. I couldn't believe He loved me that much to bless me with these three beautiful, healthy gifts.
Then we brought you home and I remember being so ready to do this! I couldn't wait to start living the life of a family of 5. I couldn't wait to get you home and for life to begin getting back to normal. I remember being so thankful I wasn't pregnant anymore. I remember never letting my eyes look at anything other than you on the whole ride home. I also remember being exhausted and letting all that was about to happen sink in. When we got home the girls were thrilled. We tried to get back to a normal schedule that very day. I distinctly recall the girls waking up from their naps and screaming and pushing each other away from me because everyone wanted mommy and I remember feeling so overwhelmed, but so content in that moment.
Not long after you got home, our friend, Kelly, came over and took amazing pictures of you. You did a great job and cooperated most of the time, expect when it was time for a bottle.
This was me and you at Easter. You and your sisters had matching dresses, all in different colors. You will benefit from that because those other cute dresses will get passed down to you.
Here, you are just so cute.
This was the first successful tummy time. And by successful, I mean you actually didn't scream and fuss during the time.
My first Mother's Day with you as a part of it.
Pretty blue eyes!
There is just so much to love about you. I am so thankful for you. You have been such a joy to have by my side this year. You have become such a companion of mine and I just truly love everything about you.
What a year it has been. I can't wait to see all the amazing and incredible ways God is gong to use in this world. I know He will use you mightily.
Happy First Birthday, sweet Evelyn Olivia!!!!