What a year it has been! So many challenges followed right behind so many blessings. My sweet Isabelle has turned one. Three hundred and sixty five days of her life have passed. And let me tell you, lots of cool things happened.
Here is a small trip down memory lane...One short year ago, Miss Isabelle was here in this family picture, but we did not know if she was going to be an Isabelle or a Johnny??? This was the last picture of our little three member family. Our world was going to be ROCKED in just a few short hours.
I must have looked at this exact photo about one hundred times. I LOVE IT! I love that this was right after the moment my doctor (Dr. Christen) announced "It's a girl"! He carefully popped her over the curtain and I got to lay my eyes on her for the first time. My heart skipped a beat. She was so perfect! So wonderful! So much a girl! I distinctly remember Scott at this moment. I remember the love in his eyes and voice when he found out our beautiful daughter was ...well a daughter. That still makes my heart swell just thinking about it.
Just one year ago...My little man met his little firecracker of a sister and his world has not been the same since!
This sweet and blissful little angel was really just faking it for this picture. I love this soft picture of my little one, but it is such a lie! She was not blissful! She was IS so much full of life. She has so many opinions for being so young.
Ok, enough of that memory stuff. I want real life! As with Devon, Isabelle got a HUGE balloon shower the morning of her official birthday! Cake hat and all!
She might have been a bit stunned with all the excitement? But, she loved all of the balloons and celebration that early in the morning.
Of course, Devon needed to get down on the celebration! So, they danced around in Isabelle's crib for a while.
And then, Devon wanted to give his favorite little sister a huge smooch! (maybe a bit of motherly bribery was involved???)
Then it was off to breakfast! No donuts for my little cherub. We had a proper breakfast of scrambled eggs and waffles. Who knew that scrambled eggs would melt the bottom of the candle? She loved having a special song for her special day!
Then it was off to the birthday tree! I have no idea why this paltry tree has deemed the birthday tree, but it has! So, dressed in her ruffles and her #1 shirt, she proudly posed with her beautiful smile.
Devon got in on the action!
Well, Devon actually got his own mini photo shoot. He got to wear Dad's letterman jacket! It is going to be so great to see him grow into it over the years.
Of course, Isabelle got loads of hugs, songs and birthday wishes throughout the day. It ended with her birthday cake after dinner. She was a bit obsessed with daddy here!
But, really enjoyed the delicious cake she got to munch on. Devon was a bit confused...he thought the cake and song was for him!
Cake covered hands! LOVE IT!
This last year has really been challenging. Having a one year old and a newborn was so much harder than I ever could have imagined. But, the love that was found in the tiniest corners of my heart have made all of the challenges so worth it.
I love my daughter beyond what I ever could have imagined.
I love how my daughter loves my son.
I love how sweet Dad is with our daughter.
I love the blessing I received having two kids so close in age.
I love the perspective I gained and how I was able to enjoy all of the stages (no matter how horrible) she went through this past year. That perspective showed me how fleeting these moments really are.
I love how my daughter waves.
I love how my daughter is so fiercely independent.
I love how my son loves his sister.
I love how my daughter pulls at her hair.
I love my daughter's long and slender fingers.
I love how her eyes light up when the door opens in the morning.
I love how she walks around the house now.
I love how she eats. (usually more than Devon does)
I love how my daughter snorts her nose.
I just love her! Every single part of her. All of her yells! All of her crys! All of her quirks!
Just pure LOVE!
Happy Birthday sweet, sweet girl! Thank you for really showing me what it was to be a mom!