Today is November 16th – which means my baby girl turns two in exactly one month! Sigh. I can’t really fathom that she is no longer our tiny baby girl. I mean, I’ve done this before. I have a 4 year old. You would think I know about these milestones and how they totally creep up on you when you’re totally.not.ready. It’s happening though and you better believe we are celebrating this little babe of ours and the fact that we have
made it survived the past two years.
Since I’m in total party planning mode, I’ve had some time to reflect as I craft for the big celebration. My pregnancy with her was anything but easy. Physically, everything was fine – with me. However, from ten weeks pregnant, I had been told by a handful of Doctors, that there were many possible things that could be wrong with our baby girl. Trisomy 13 & 18, Down’s Syndrome, Hydrops…those were diagnoses I had become very familiar with as I did my fair share of googling from week ten to thirty. Yes, thirty weeks. It was at that appointment with the cardiologist at CHOC where I was finally given some sense of relief that everything seemed to be ok with our baby. However, it wasn’t until I held her in my arms for the first time that we truly knew she was going to be a healthy baby girl.
Although those seven months were some of the hardest in my life, I wouldn’t change a thing about them. Mainly because I grew a lot in those seven months. My faith grew stronger, my marriage grew stronger and so did many of my friendships. I also had an even deeper love for this child that God so perfectly placed in my arms. As a mother of two kids, I truly understand what it means to love someone so much it hurts. I love this baby girl of mine with all that I am. I am beyond blessed to be her Mommy and to have the opportunity to kiss her forehead everyday and tell her just how much I love her.
When I was about 35 weeks pregnant, we had maternity/family pictures taken by a good friend of mine who is a super talented photographer. These photos are so special to me because they capture such a special time in my life. I realized I never shared these pictures on my blog – mainly because I post wedding and event planning stuff. But these are just too good not to share.
Happy Birthday month to my baby girl! It’s been a wild ride these past two years. I look forward to thousands more kisses and I love you’s.
Thank you again to Candice Brooke Photography for all these beautiful images that I will cherish always.