Sunday, August 15, 2010

One

You were just born. I could swear it is true. I can remember holding you for the first time, kissing your sweet head, and calling you my Grace. My angel.

And yet here we are celebrating your first birthday. How can this be?
It is still hard for me to believe that I have my baby girl. How can this precious angel belong to me? What did I ever do in my life to deserve such a gift?
I had dreamt of you for so long that even after the ultrasound confirmed that you were a girl I couldn't believe it. It all seemed too good to be true. Grandma even bought you your first little, pink outfit to help me believe what she knew all along. I hung that outfit up and stared at it everyday. I pictured how you would look in the pale pink shorts and the soft cream top. I wished it was a few sizes smaller than the 12 months Grandma bought so that you could wear it right away. But those 12 months went faster than I could have imagined, and now here you are. You are wearing that very same outfit looking more beautiful in it than I could have ever dreamed.
You are more than I thought was possible. You are sweeter, and funnier, and smarter, and more beautiful than my dreams would allow. You are absolutely magical.
Please, sweetheart, don't grow up too fast. Let me savour this. It is too good to let go by so quickly. Let me hold you a while longer. Let me snuggle you to sleep. Keep giving me those wonderful hugs and kisses. Keep jabbering your silly talk. Make those sassy faces all you want it just makes me want to smooch you more. Slow down, honey. You don't need to grow so quickly. This past year has gone way too fast.
My light. My angel. My little girl.
I am so proud of you. I love you with all of my heart.
Forever my baby. Forever my girl.
Forever your mama.
Happy Birthday.

25 comments:

Brittany said...

Oh my word! Is she really ONE?! :) Happy Birthday, Grace!!!! :)

Jeni said...

Hard to believe that she is already a year old -and just as pretty as she can be, especially in that little pink outfit!
Unfortunately, they do grow up way too fast! My oldest is now 43 and my "baby" will be 35 come February but what's more, my oldest grandson will be 13 this WEEK and my younger grandson is already 4! Where the heck does the time go? How did they get this big, this old, this fast!???
No wonder I'm feeling my years more and more every day!

Dysfunctional Mom said...

Happy Birthday to Grace! She is so adorable and looks so much like her mama!

Kelly said...

Awww, sweet girl! Happy 1st birthday to her! Such a bittersweet day isnt it?

Dawn said...

Happy Birthday Grace! What a sweet relationship you two have. :)

Riahli said...

Awwwww...you made me cry...If your beautiful girl is now One that means my little strawberry is almost one...and I can't even wrap my brain around that!!

Happy birthday to Gracie...she is absolutely adorable!! {And that pink outfit from her Grandma...wow is it cute!}

Oh and she's WALKING...yikes! :)

Jessa (bipolararmywife) said...

I can't believe she's a year old already! Happy Birthday Grace! :)

MamaB said...

Happy Birthday Grace!!! What a beautiful tribute to your precious angel!! I feel the exact same way!

Elaine A. said...

I can relate. ;)

She's so beautiful Kat. I'm so happy for you that you have a daughter to raise and love forever. It is such a gift.

Happy belated Birthday to her. I hope she had a great one!!

Karen Deborah said...

My lord life is going by at warp 8.Slow to impulse drive Mr.Scott. I thought you just had her a month ago, that is what it feels like. You are such a sweet mother, you make me old heart just melt.
Happy birthday baby Grace.

April said...

Ok this made me tear up! Happy 1st Birthday, sweet Grace!

CC said...

Hip, hip hurray!!!!! Her birth seems like it was just yesterday?? How can she be one already!?!

Tonya said...

I think that year went way too fast. Happy Birthday mama and Grace.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

She's such a cutie pie! I can't believe she's one.

Laura said...

This is my first visit, and I'm green with envy. Your fourth was a girl? I got yet another boy -- but I do love them. (Maybe someday, I'll have a granddaughter!)

Grace is beautiful -- and so are your boys. Happy birthday to Miss Grace.

Stephanie said...

She is a MINI YOU! She is identical to you girl! And a very happy first birthday to her. She's a doll!

Cassie said...

She is so gorgeous! Happy Birthday to her!!

Karli said...

I could have written every single word! My story is soooo the same. She's precious! :-)

Rima said...

Oh, yes! That about sums it up. I love this letter to your daughter, it's so beautiful and sincere, the way we all feel, I think.

Michelle Faith said...

I always love love love reading your post on your little sweet cheeks! Wonderful writing...and she is a DOLL! Thanks for your comment today and I have to say I have 3 of my kids here bugging my while I'm trying to type this!! 094ut qlkjer903489 Sheesh, can't even read blogs!

Mona said...

Awww! She is the cutest! That is such a wonderful birthday post!

Happy Birthday to Grace!

Jill said...

Happy happy birthday little munchkin. A year already? My how the time passes so quickly!

lime said...

happy birthday. how very sweet.

tweetey30 said...

very hard to believe already.. but again happy b-day and hope you enjoyed every minute of your day kiddo and mom's first year of being mom to a beautiful little girl..

Emily said...

Oh precious. A true angel.

Words To Live By

Be grateful for each new day.
A new day that you have never lived before.
Twenty-four new, fresh, unexplored hours to use usefully and profitably.
We can squander, neglect, or use them.
Life will be richer or poorer by the way we use today.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day.
You shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be
encumbered with your old nonsense.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson