So this is my baby Cherie eating a slice of her first birthday cake. I've heard most babies get a "smash" cake for their first birthday, you know, to play with. Not her, though. She had a very real cake and ate it, too - two huge, adult-size slices of it, before I could even blink. Well, oops. (To my excuse, I only gave her one and then she stole another one...)
I can't believe how grown up she looks in this picture. I see her all day, every day, and to me she is still the little bundle with huge green-blue eyes we brought home from the hospital over a year ago. I have to look at her pictures and at her newborn clothes to realize how much she has grown and changed.
It has been such an incredible year. Becoming a mother has pushed me over every limit I thought I had and made me realize that I am a much stronger woman than I thought I was. I have no shame in admitting that by celebrating the first year of this wonderful little human's life I am also celebrating that I've made it through near-unbearable pain, months of sleepless nights, a year of breastfeeding and tons of other difficulties I never even knew existed. And I would do it all over in a heartbeat for those toothless smiles and infectious giggles, for those pink little feet and chubby cheeks and for the love that I see in those beautiful big eyes of hers every day.
And we can't help but fall in love with her more and more each day, her father and I.
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