Sunday, September 12, 2010

Dear Sweet Baby Girl

Baby girl,
It's the eve of your first birthday.

Your FIRST birthday.

All day I've been thinking about one year ago...I was hugely pregnant with you. One week overdue. Anxiously awaiting your arrival. Fearful of the pain I would experience in labor and delivery. Pondering how life would change with two babies in my arms. Wondering how fun it would be to have a girl.

Today I can't imagine not having a baby girl. I thought I loved you then. 

I thought because I had waited for you for so long, that my love was overflowing. And it was.

But it doesn't even compare to today.

You are the sweetest baby girl. Your smiles are never ending. Your blue eyes melt me over and over again.

As I look back on this post from one year ago, I am reminded that birthing you baby girl was one of the hardest things I have ever done. And I can't wait to share that story with you some day (I'm working on an album that tells you the story of your birth....but it's not done yet!).

This first year of your life was filled with plenty of challenges. But even more joys. The pitter patter of crawls on my hardwood floors, the giggles, the tickling, the laughter, the splashing in the tub, the babbles on the fills my heart to overflowing.

Today you crawled into the kitchen and signed 'eat.' Your daddy and I are so proud of you. You are learning and growing every single day. We are madly, crazily, totally and completely in love with you baby girl.

As I put you to bed tonight I prayed over you. I prayed that you would be a woman of faith, honesty, purity and kindness. But I also prayed that you would be courageous and bold. I asked God to mark you for something great. I prayed that trusting would come easy to you and that your identity would be found in God alone.

I can't believe it's been a year since I held you in my arms like this:

I am so proud to be your mama.

One year down baby girl.

Forever to go.

I love you,


brianandmiranda said...

Happy Birthday sweet little Lauren! Can't believe you are 1! I just keep seeing the photo of your mama in hospital, so tired, so full of joy (and labor pain). It is such a picture of God's faithfulness. What a beautiful story, what a beautiful little girl you are!

Stacey said...

So precious. What a sweet little miracle she is. Hope you all had a great day!