One Year

How is it possible? One year ago today I met the second love of my life. At 11:01 am our sweet baby Ella came into the world. A world that she has forever changed for me and Josh.

This morning Ella woke up early, 5:30 am. Just a few minutes before my water broke a year ago. She greeted me with a huge smile and cuddled into my chest as I quietly sang her Happy Birthday. As we cuddled and I ran my fingers through her little curls, I had just one tear run down my face. Not a tear of sadness that my baby is now a year old, but one of joy. One of relief that we made it through the first year even thought at times I felt like there was no way I was going to make it. One of appreciation that my daughter is happy, healthy and thriving. That’s a lot behind one tear right?

Ella and I ate blueberry pancakes together in the quiet of our kitchen while the rest of the house slept.

She added green beans and Cheddar Bunnies to her breakfast tray as well. Breakfast fit for a one year old indeed.

As I was running during Ella’s nap, feeling like I might die in the heat, I remembered that at that same time last year I was pushing as hard as I could to get Ella out. Motivation to get through the last mile. When I got home, just a few minutes before the moment Ella was born 366 days ago, I waited until 11:01 and snuck into her room to snap a picture of my big girl peacefully sleeping.

What a ride it has been.

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