My feet were swollen.
My face was puffy.
I had something called "referred pain" in my shoulder.
But those things were so far from my mind.
Because I had this:
Clare on her original birthday.
This was the first official picture ever taken of her!
My mom says that she came out fighting...
She practically crawled up my chest at 30 minutes old because she was starving!
Today my girl turns one!
Clare and her daddy at the Zoo!
She's full of giggles and silliness.
She's still a ravenous eater.
She's curious and fearless (a sometimes scary combination!).
She's stubborn too. (I have to admit she gets that from me)
She's moments away from taking her first step.
And it seems, only hours away from speaking her first sentence.
A few days away from her first tooth falling out.
A few weeks away from a bike with no training wheels... from braces.
A few months away from her first date.... from prom... from college.
Didn't the training wheels just come off MY bike?
I'm getting a bit ahead of myself here.
She's the most beautiful, terrifying, miraculous thing that has ever happened to me.
So I have to wish her happy birthday on this sunny 20th of May, 2010.
Mommy and Daddy love you so, baby girl!
(and now I have to go, as she is currently shoving dead leaves from the doorstep into her mouth!)