Tomorrow, at 1:07pm specifically, you turn a year old. It is hard to fathom that at this time last year, we had no clue that we were about to become parents or how much our life was about to change.
Tomorrow and on Saturday (a year from the day that we finally got to meet you) we, along with the people that adore you, get to celebrate the amazing, sweet, smart, beautiful little girl that you are. You have come so far since we met you in the NICU with an IV in your head and a feeding tube put in the next morning when we originally thought we’d be bringing you home. You were born at 5lbs 5 oz, but just didn’t have the stamina to stay awake to eat enough and your weight dropped. We spent 9 days in the NICU with you as you gained stamina, strength, and weight. Your Birth Mama, Nicole came to visit you almost every day and Daddy stayed with you every night because Mama still had to do daycare each day. I came every evening as soon as I got off work though and breathed you in as you got your first taste of the Packers and HGTV. 🙂 On September 30th, we finally got to bring you home to meet your puppies and all the people that had been waiting and praying for you for so long.
Since then, the year has flown by. I have no idea where the time went, but just like that, we celebrated your first Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Easter and more. You had your first big road trip in July to meet your CT family who immediately fell in love with you. Even being a premie…you are meeting your milestones one right after another and I think if you hadn’t gotten this darn fever this last week, you would’ve been walking by your birthday, as it is, you’ll take a couple steps on your own every so often.
I have loved pretty much every moment of being your Mama. This last month has been rough with the not sleeping well thing and this darn fever, but prior to that, you were an amazing sleeper and even when we had to wake you every couple hours to feed you in the beginning, I reveled in it. I loved the middle of the night snuggles. I love watching you grow and change although I wish you would slow it down a bit. If I could have this first year all over again, I would take it in a heart beat. You bring joy to Daddy and I’s hearts and smiles to our faces every single day. We are so blessed that God chose us to be your parents and we are so very thankful to your Birth Mama for entrusting us to raise and love you well.
My prayer for you is to have safety, health and protection. That you’ll continue to grow and learn and that you grow to have a beautiful, intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father. That you’ll use your feistiness and tenacity and persistence for good. Most of all, I pray for a happy, content life for you full of love.
I love you so much, Darling Girl. Our little Annie and our Bellaboo.
Love and xoxo,