364 Days

It’s hard to believe.  It’s bittersweet.  This can’t be true!

TOMORROW MY BABY TURNS ONE YEAR OLD!

It’s been quite a year.  Any child’s first year is amazing.  It’s filled with so many milestones and firsts….rolling over, crawling, first teeth, first smiles and giggles, first words, first holidays, first steps.

Adara’s first year included all that and more!

It’s hard to believe this little cutie who is walking all over was once practically confined to a hospital bed for one whole month.  She never sits still now, but not all that long ago she had so many wires and tubes hooked up to her it was hard to just pick her up out of her bed and hold her.

BUT…..

God was so good to us!  He used amazing doctors and nurses, surgeons and friends and family to heal her!  Since her open heart surgery at 10 weeks old she is gaining weight (she’s a chubby little thing!), walking, babbling, her gross motor skills are ahead of her age, and she is just a beautiful delight to everyone who meets her!

This year has been exhausting for me!  She was born at 12:07am after being in labor for 16 hours.  SO, I started out this year WAY behind in rest!  And, she STILL does not sleep through the night!  But, I suppose one day (WAAAAAY down the road) I will miss the middle of the night snuggles.  MAYBE.  (But probably not!  😉

She is such a joy to have in our family!  Caleb is such an amazing big brother!  The love between them is so special.  I was very worried about him adjusting to not being the center of everything, but he has embraced his sister like I never dreamed possible.  Sure, they have their spats (toys are still a point of contention!), but he really, truly, genuinely and sweetly loves his baby sister!

And her daddy….well, she had him wrapped around her tiny finger since the moment we found out we were having a girl!  REALLY!  He just lights up when she’s around.  She is a daddy’s girl for sure!

How do you put into words what a child means to you?  I love her so much.  She can drive me crazy sometimes, but gosh I love her SO much!  Her smile just melts my heart.  I can’t see her smile and not smile back right away!  She is a happy, curious, active, sweet little fighter!  She loves people, loves her family, and is loved back by so many.

Happy birthday my sweet baby girl! You are SO special!  I love you so very, very much!

Adara's first year in pics

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