My Precious Birthday Girl, HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY HAYLEY!!! I cannot believe my new born baby is suddenly a year old! It seems like just yesterday you were in my belly and I was going into labor with you! Today is such a special day! In our house, birthdays are a BIG DEAL! It is the day we celebrate you! We celebrate that God gave you to us! We celebrate who you are and how much we love you! We thank God for you, for the love he created for us parents to give to their children, and for the joy you bring to us every day….just for being you! You have taught us to love in a way that we never knew we could, you filled a void in our lives that we never know we had, and you lit up our world brighter than we knew was possible! We love you more than anything else in this world, so today baby girl….we celebrate YOU!!!! Happy Birthday to my energetic, happy, sassy, full of life, smart, curious little angel!
This past year has been the greatest years of our lives! The second you were born, our world changed…for the better! Although there has been some challenging times (with breast feeding, lack of sleep, and you fighting sleep), it was all worth it and we are so thankful for every trial we had, so that we could learn to be better parents to you. You are our first child, so we didn’t know much about having a baby before you were born, but we have had so much fun learning with you. You have been one of the happiest babies I know. You love to smile and play and you are the cutest and most beautiful little girl! I am constantly being convicted to be a better mother every day, and I pray every day that the Lord will show me the way to be the best mom to you. For all of the love and joy you have brought to my life, I only hope to repay you with that love and that I can make you proud to call me your mom.
This past month has been busy! You are such a busy girl! You are constantly in motion….playing, exploring, dancing (yes…you love to dance! You hear music…stop…smile…and start shaking your hands to the beat. It makes us laugh all the time!), and even running. You love to run and play chase. We say “I’m gonna get you!!!” and you take off running to you bedroom where there is a soft elephant chair or a big teddy bear that you run and fall into, giggle and wait for us to come tickle you. This is your favorite game! You also LOVE to play outside! You love the sunshine and grass and you always want to be outdoors! I love that you always want to be outside and explore new things.
Your Uncle Bobby and Aunt Dee got married this month (March 21), and we made the trip down to Houston so that we could all be in the wedding! You daddy was the best man, me…a bridesmaid, and you….the cutest flower girl that ever lived! I made your dress for the wedding and you were so precious! You were pulled down the isle in a wagon that your Grammie decorated so beautifully al in white ruffles! You did such a good job! You didn’t cry and everyone ooooed and ahhhhed over how cute you were! It was a very special weekend! Also, while we were in Houston for their wedding, we also went to the Houston rodeo. You loved it! We walked around and went to see the livestock show. You loved looking at the cows, horses and pigs. Then we went into the arena to watch the rodeo and you had so much fun!
There have also been a few things happen this month that you didn’t exactly like. First, we put you in the church nursery for the first time. Before then, we have brought you into church with us and (most of the time) got you to take your morning nap during the service. Now, since you rarely take a morning nap anymore, you are very vocal in church. So we decided it is time for you to be around other children your age and to get used to us being gone. The first time we took you was not a good experience. You cried the whole time! The nursery workers tried to take you for a buggy ride, and take you for a walk, but for the most part you were very upset that we left you. The second time you did great when we dropped you off. You went straight in and started playing and so we left and went to church. When we came to pick you up, you had been crying for a while. It breaks my heart when you get so upset like that, but we are doing it for your good so that you can get used to being around other kids your age and to get used to us being gone for a little while. We will keep working on it.
Secondly, you got your first vaccine! Before you were born, your daddy and I did a lot of research on childhood vaccines and decided to implement an alternative vaccine schedule with you (space out the vaccines, delay them, and eliminate unnecessary ones) in order to benefit your immediate and long term health. With a normal vaccine schedule, you would have received several shots but the time you are a year old, but since we decided to delay, you got your first one not too long ago. You did very well but I know it hurt you and you cried for a little bit. We have prayed countless prayers about the direction we should go with your vaccines, and the lord protected you from any side effects so far!
We also had fun taking your one year pictures! My friend Kristin VanZandt took them and did such a great job. Since your party is cake and ice cream themed, we decided to not only let you dive into a smash cake for your pictures, but we did it bigger! I made 5 cakes…yes 5….for you to tear into. It was so cute and you LOVE cake! After we got all of the pictures we needed, we couldn’t get you to stop eating the cake! I will cherish those pictures forever!
Today we had family over for dinner to celebrate your birthday, even though you and I both are under the weather, me more so than you. I went to the doctor two days ago to get a shot to keep from passing it on to you, but I am afraid I may have been unsuccessful. Anyway, you Grammie, Pawpaw, Gappy and Grandma came to eat fajitas, cake and ice cream. Again, we gave you a big slice of cake and you dug into it and we could hardly make you stop (because you were eating too much…ha!) Then we opened your presents (a ton of them from your grandparents and us). You had so much fun and got so many fun toys! We gave you a swing set, a Minnie mouse car, a mini piano and xylophone (because you love music), and much more! You Gappy and Grandma gave you a play golf club set and a tricycle. Grammie and Pawpaw gave you toy dogs, a swimsuit, play dishes and cookware and much more! You are such a blessed baby to have so many people who love and care about you and for all of your toys. Most children do not have a fraction of what you have and I pray that you will grow up thankful and humbled by all of the blessings that the Lord has given you!
Happy Birthday precious baby!