You know that life is crazy when it took me nearly 2 months to finally post pictures of Brielle’s cake smash from her first birthday! Our getaway (I refuse to say vacation because when traveling with kids it is far from a vacation) totally set me behind and before I knew it, another month went by.
First birthdays are so bittersweet, especially when you are 98% sure that it’s your last baby. The year flew by in a blur and there are many times that I wish I could have savored it just a little more. Life with two little ones is so busy and hectic (and exhausting at times). There were times that I would count the minutes to bedtime, and then once everyone was asleep, I’d yearn to hold them close a little longer and to breathe in their sweet scent that only babies seem to possess.
I don’t wish for another baby, but I do wish that those ‘baby moments’ and the baby phase lasted longer. I want more time to cherish the baby days. To appreciate the good, the tough and the many beautiful moments in between.
In the last few months, her already spunky personality has exploded. She’s a little jokester and is always trying to make everyone laugh. She’s sassy as can be and I’m a little afraid of how it will evolve as she gets older. She doles out kisses liberally to those she loves and gives the biggest all encompassing hugs that leave your heart exploding. She’s fearless and I’m convinced that she’s going to give me a heart attack (the other day I found her climbing onto the kitchen table). While this fearlessness scares me, I hope she maintains this confidence as she grows older.
While I’m still her favorite person, she’s starting to become a daddy’s girl and she idolizes her brother (which he both loves and dislikes at times). She follows Aiden around, always wanting to be near and mimics all of his behaviors. Her favorite toys are cars, her monkey loveys, a DJ soundbar toy, and she’s becoming such a bookworm (Little Blue Truck and BabyLit books are definite favorites).
I feel like our nursing journey is slowly coming to an end. Some days she barely nurses, but the days she’s feeling ill or teething, she’s attached to me much more. I’m both looking forward to ceasing nursing and dreading it a bit, as I do enjoy that bonding time but am so ready to have my body be my own. I’m hoping that weaning will hopefully lead to more consistent restful nights, which we could all use.
There are days when I feel like she is so much older than she is because she’s so mobile and so confident in herself already. Then in those moments I look at her and see such a small precious baby girl still. Those chubby cheeks, sticky fingers, gummy smile (only has two teeth still) and her sweet cuddles remind me of just how young she still is. I’m burning these moments into my memory to hold onto these fast and fleeting moments of babyhood as long as I can. I’m so thankful to have been blessed with this sweet little girl who perfectly completes our family.
I totally thought that Brielle would dive into her cake as she definitely has a sweet tooth, but she was hesitant to take that first taste. Once she did, that cake was a goner. I had to stealthy take it away at the end of our session, which led to some tears. She takes after daddy with her sweet tooth.
A HUGE thank you to Adeline Rose Boutique for her beautiful outfit, the cake topper and “One” banner! She was a dream to work with and I love the personalized aspect so much. She has something for everyone and every milestone, so be sure to keep her in mind for future celebrations.
What itty bitty newborn baby moments do you miss the most?