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Happy Birthday Ava

Saturday, May 17, 2014


Dear Ava, today you are one year old, and I can hardly believe my eyes when I look at you.
I still remember the very first time I met you; the first time I saw your precious face. The doctor placed you right on me, and I remember thinking, that I had never seen someone so beautiful in my life. I waited to hear your cry, and when I did, the tears were unstoppable. Your cry was a soulful melody to me. I felt emotional surges going through me at that point, and I knew my world was forever changed. Your little fingers, and sweet toes; There wasn't (and still isn't) one detail about you that I wasn't in love with. Today marks the 365th day that I have held you in my arms, and it has been an absolute pleasure to wear you all these days. Today is not only your first birthday; today is also a day for mama and daddy to give thanks to you Bug.

You have taught your mama to be patient in all situations. I have enjoyed every single moment with you this past year. You are a constant reminder that nothing in life needs to be rushed. For example, sometimes you like to play a little longer in the morning, (especially on the days when we have appointments) and I let you play. Sometimes you take a little longer to go to bed at night; I take this as an invitation for extra snuggles. I am borderline obsessed with your cuddles, and I love when you pat your little hands on mommy's chest. The time is going by so fast, and I have learned because of you my dear girl to enjoy not the minutes, but the seconds. Every millisecond with you is truly a gift, and I am honored to watch you grow.

You proved to daddy that love at first sight is very real. From the day he laid eyes on you, something ignited in your father. He became a believer of fairytales, and all things pink. He has grown to love tea parties, and make believe. When you cry, he hurts. When you smile, his entire world is at peace. In layman's terms, there is nothing fickle about the love your father has for you. He has invested his whole heart in you Ava bug, and it's been this way since the first time he saw you. Thank you for this my sweet child. You have opened up a harnessed man, and made him like new. There is indeed something special about the bond a father shares with his child, and you are living proof of that.

As of today you are still nursing, and this is one of many milestones we are celebrating this beautiful Saturday. I know that nursing has allowed for an intimate and intense addition to our bond, and I am so thankful for it. It has been an absolute privilege to give you nutrition this past year. It has been an absolute privilege to be your comfort, your "security blanket" and your happy place. Mommy plans on nursing you for as long as you'll allow it. I went back and forth with this for awhile, but I'm in a good place with my decision. Among all of the new things you've done this past month, walking is by far the most mind blowing. You toddle everywhere, and it's always such a great sight to see. The amount of crawling you do is becoming something you do less and less each day. Nothing is off limits in this house, and I honestly think you love the new heights you can reach.

Basically, this very emotional post was my way of wishing you a happy first birthday. I am the luckiest mom in the world, and I love you so much Ava. I can't wait for more memories with you Bug. I can't wait to watch you become more of a toddler, and witness all that you are capable of. I have always called you a "game changer" and I still believe that to be true. You are going to leave such a beautiful mark on this world, and you have no idea how much that makes your mama beam.

Also, I just wanted to give a HUGE thanks to all my blog readers. You guys have made blogging so much fun, and I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing the most intimate moments of my life with you. I hope everyone has enjoyed watching our sweet girl grow, and I'm looking forward to more messages and emails throughout the next inevitable toddler years we are facing.

Happy Birthday Ava, and happy Saturday all! If you are a Washingtonian, and you see our family today, don't hesitate to come up and say Happy Birthday to Miss Ava Bug!

♥- Leilani

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