It's 2:12am and I just laid our sweet little babe back in her crib. The last few nights, around this same time, she's woken up crying. I'll go in her room and pick her up, hold her in my arms and snuggle her close. She lays her pretty little head on my shoulder or rests it on my head, cheek to cheek. And as tired as it makes me to have to get up multiple times every night when I already have a hard time going to sleep before 1:00am, I can't help but love those moments.
Tonight, she let me hold her like I did when she was a newborn, cradled in my arms and looking straight at me. In the dark, I could see her eyes open wide, just watching me. I hummed a bit and swayed back and forth... and then I cried as I realized that at this time one year ago, I was in the hospital with Dan awaiting the arrival of our beautiful daughter.
I'd gone in to be induced at midnight, one week past my due date, and we were just ready to have our little girl here. We sat in the dark hospital room listening to her heartbeat on the monitors and dreamt of what it would be like to finally have her here and what she would look like.
Seven hours later, we were in the operating room and Dan was holding my hand while the doctor delivered our baby by cesarean section. Then they brought her up so I could see her. She was better than either of us could ever have dreamt about. And Dan and I looked at each other and just smiled. We couldn't stop smiling because that tiny little lady had just made us parents and we already loved her more than we ever thought we could.
And now it's a year later! A whole year! And that tiny baby has grown into the most amazing little girl. She brings so much sunshine to our home each day.
She has a cute little laugh and we love the way she scrunches her nose to do a big cheesy grin for all those around her.
She crawls like lightening and will stand up by herself if she's distracted, but we can't quite get her to walk yet. And, secretly, that's ok with me...
She dances to just about any song that comes on and, oh, we love to watch her dance.
She can say "Hi, dad" and "mama" and has the sweetest voice you've ever heard. Jabbering all day long and singing too.
She has three, almost four, teeth.
She loves to snuggle her baby doll and all her stuffed animals.
She's so smart and already knows just how to do things like a little independent lady.
She loves to read and even knows how the pages are supposed to be turned.
Everyone who knows her falls in love with her inward and outward beauty... especially her mom and dad. She has us wrapped around her little finger! And we love every minute of it.
This year has been absolutely wonderful. Aurora has made our lives infinitely better.
We don't know how we ever lived without her!
Happy 1st birthday to our little princess! We love you!