Monday, August 14, 2006
Happy 1st Birthday, Lily girl!
Lily, you turned a year old yesterday. Oh my, I find it both hard to believe and easy. Only a year ago your dad and I lead very leisurely lives - sleeping in, accomplishing tasks uninterrupted, eating meals that were never on the floor at one point. But those things are overrated and we're so happy now that you are in our lives. You make us smile with your defiant nature (like blantantly ignoring my 'no's' or even thinking it's comical) or at the funny things we can get you to mimic from us (like saying 'ahhhh' after taking a drink). I love watching you wake up in the morning, with such vigour to start the day. Or how much you love the toothpaste tube and throw a tantrum when I try to take it away. And how you hug me so tight around the neck and pat my back. How you reach for me from everyone else's arms... You are the most amazing person I've ever met. My first day back at work is less than ten hours away. I will really miss you every minute I am away from you. You have been attached to me (and I to you) for 366 days now and it won't be easy to be apart.
We had a birthday party for you; Grandma, Grandpa, Nana, Uncle Nigel and Jessica came to help us celebrate. You had lots of fun opening presents, lots of supper (sitting on Uncle Nigel's lap and eating from his plate) and you smushed the lovely chocolate and pink icing cupcakes I so lovingly made for you. You wore a lovely blue and pink dress that made you look even more precious and darling than you are all ready - and that's no easy task!
You are now a big girl, shedding more of your baby traits every day. Please keep some of them...for at least a little while longer.