I am full of nostalgia this weekend. I keep finding myself thinking back to a year ago and remembering what I was doing. I was so close to meeting my girl for the first time and while I was excited, I had no idea how my world was about to change. How it would explode all around me and bury me in the craziest awe-like love.
I'm so lucky to be this sweet girl's Mama. Sharing her journey is the most fun I've ever had, a joy that I can't describe.
Today we gathered a small group of treasured friends and family and we celebrated a glorious year of Rowan. She played nicely with other kids, daintily picked at her smash cake, and looked quite confused when everyone gathered around and sang happy birthday to her.
But most of all? She blew me away. In the span of one year she went from a tiny colicky blob to this amazing kid who walks and babbles and plays and interacts. She waves to us and blows us kisses. As I was opening one of her new toys, she walked over to me and rested her head on my shoulder for a hug. Incredible.
I want to remember these moments and I am grateful to have this place to write them all down. The years will go quickly, and I will come here when I need to revisit or go back. Until then, it's straight ahead and all forward motion with this girl. I can't wait to see what's next.
Tomorrow, I will scoop her up and sing to her and we will share a quiet day playing and doing her favorite things. And I will remember the first time she was handed to me and I will be grateful all over again for that moment and every one that has followed.
What a year!