I am finding it hard to put into words how I feel on your birthday. It is such a mix of emotions. We enjoyed such a sweet day today. I promised that I would always take the day off from work for your birthday, and I am so glad that this is a tradition I started today. Getting to sleep in with you on this day, and having you wake up just before 7:20 this morning so I could say happy birthday to you at the exact moment you were born a year ago was perfection. Today we spent the day just the three of us. We went to Farrel's for lunch and a birthday sundae, something I hope we do every year. This year only two of the girls sang to you, so they didn't "scare you", but I really had them do it to spare your daddy from all the stress the birthday song in public attention gives him [we'll have to work on him with this, because next year, it is all out baby girl]. We also took a trip to the zoo, and guess what, you finally noticed the animals. You have been so many times, but could care less about the animals, and would people watch instead. But today, because you are a big one year old, you walked around the zoo like a champ, taking in every zebra and lion in sight!
You are still so tiny, and in many ways, you do not seem like the one year old babies I've seen before. But then you do things like put your shirt on practically by yourself, wave and say "hi" to everyone, especially our kitties, and help me eat an apple by taking huge bites and grinning as you chew it up, and that is when I realize, you are not a little baby anymore. You are really starting to keep us on our toes these past few days, and your daddy and I are realizing it is time for us to up our game when it comes to parenting. No longer do we leave the house as worried about how many changes of clothes and diapers we have, but instead, do we have something to keep you entertained? Thankfully, that batch of toys you got from your birthday party should help with this. I look forward to you starting to develop your own favorite things, and I cannot wait to see what your special toy or blanket will be.
From day one you have been tiny, with the biggest blue eyes, crazy personality, fantastic faces, and so easy to love. Today, my one year old, you are still tiny, with the biggest blue eyes, crazy personality, fantastic faces, and so easy to love. You will always be my greatest love.
Happy birthday Everly Mae!
We love you too much.
[all photos by Sarah Maren Photographers]
Read Everly's birth story here