One of these days I'll actually post on the right day. Yesterday was Raelyn's first birthday and I am so happy we were able to spend it together as a family, just the way it should be celebrated.
To my coconut,
One year ago, at 8:59pm I held you for the first time.
Your cry was the sweetest sound I had ever heard and watching your dad with you was the most precious sight I had ever seen.
One year ago, I spent the night staring at your beautiful face, thanking God for the greatest blessing.
One year ago, we became a family of three.
On January 13th, one year ago I experienced the greatest joy of my life.
This has been the fastest year and best year of mine and your dad's life.
Because of you, I am a mom. Something I have always prayed and dreamed about.
Because of you, I strive to be the best I can be.
Because of you, I have learned to slow down and enjoy every moment.
You my daughter, have changed my life in the absolute best possible way.
I read somewhere that having a child is like letting your heart walk around outside of your body.
That couldn't be more true.
It's truly amazing to see how much you've developed over the past year.
You went from being an itty bitty 7lb baby to a walking, talking one year old.
You went from being our snuggled up Raeritto to climbing all over us like a jungle gym.
You went from a hilarious crawl to walking in no time,
and you went from those sweet baby noises to your first words, dada and mama.
You will always be my baby, but it's amazing to see you become this independent and smart little lady.
You are always such a happy girl and you have a smile that is so contagious.
There's a twinkle in your eye every time you smile that makes me melt every time.
We've been blessed beyond measure and we thank the Lord every day for you.
One of the best things about you is the love you give.
& When you squeal and come running at us, arms wide open and hug us real tight it is the absolute best feeling.
We just can't get enough of your open mouthed kisses and when you lay your head on our shoulder and snuggle up to us real close.
I just can't get enough of you.
Rae, you have become quite a character.
You love being the center of attention and you are hilarious when you've got a crowd.
You make crazy noises, mimic our every move and make this hysterical laugh whenever we laugh.
Behr face is still our favorite and peeking around corners is probably second best.
You are so cute, I'm so proud to call you mine.
I have so many hopes and dreams for you in this life.
I know that God has a purpose for you and He is going to use you to do amazing things.
I hope that no matter what you do and where you go, you know you're never alone.
I hope you have the confidence to be who you want to be.
I hope you have the courage to go after your dreams and determination not to give up.
I hope that you have compassion for others and a giving heart.
Most of all, I hope that you get the most out of this life you've been blessed with.
You will always be our little lady.
We will always be there for you.
To hold your hand.
To lend and ear when you need to talk.
To pick you up when you fall and most of all to guide you the best we can through life.
The most important thing I want you to know is that you are loved.
We love you so much, Raelyn.
You're the mot precious gift from above and we are so blessed to be your parents.
Happy first birthday, sweet pot.
We love you with our whole heart, for our whole life.
Mom and Dad
This is all written in your journal that we keep for you, but just in case something happens to it I wanted on here, too. Your dad wrote you a letter too, but it's in your journal. Reading and watching you together melts my heart. You two complete me, I couldn't imagine anything better.