Lily turns ONE today! I still can’t wrap my head around it. I can still smell the hospital room and the scent of her newborn hair. Didn’t we just take her home from the hospital ? I could have sworn she only learned how to roll not too long ago? This is crazy. Prepping for her party Saturday has been a flood of emotions. I have gone through piles of pictures from the past 11 months and there is this inner tug-o-war of joy vs. sorrow in my heart.
Sorrow because it went by way to quickly. That small baby that would fall asleep in my arms now wants to escape to explore the electrical outlets (like a moth to a flame) or pull dirt out of the planter (awesome;/). She was that small baby that I could lay next to on the ground and just dangle some rings and that would keep her entertained forever. Now as soon as she picks up a toy she tosses it for the next, and so on and so on until every toy is out of the box.
Joy because to watch Lily grow and learn is a treasured gift. This past week alone she learned how to clap, walk with only wanting assistance with one hand, climbed over the ottoman (aka my baby gate, guess I have to actually get gates now!), and find delight over pressing buttons (I mean she has to touch every single light switch, garage door button and the air conditioning touch screen!). I can see her little brain working so hard when I introduce new words. When Lily learns something new she tilts her head, gives the biggest smile so you can see all four teeth and does a little happy dance (cute little bounce with knees, or sways her head back and forth)…these are our favorite moments. Even though she wants to crawl away to explore the electrical outlets she will crawl back and lay her head on my knee or shoulder….giving me a few seconds of heaven.
This morning we burst into Lily’s room shouting “Happy Birthday!” We brought in a single pink balloon and took some pictures to mark this wonderful day. We are going to make this a tradition adding a balloon each year to match the age. What a fun way to wake up on your birthday!!
So today we are going to soak up every minute of her first birthday. To end a year of firsts we are taking her to the Tampa Zoo for the first time (if weather permits!). Tomorrow is the first birthday party I will throw my daughter and I am tickled over how cute things are turning out…the planner in me started setting up on Monday…yes I am crazy, I know.
To read about Lily’s birth check it out here.