Everly Turns One!

Last week we celebrated Everly’s first birthday! She turned 1 year old on June 8th at 2:20am. This year has been everything I dreamed it would be! Being a mom to her is such a delight and she is just the sweetest little bird. I’ve watched the video we have of us in the hospital holding her for the first time over and over. (Video here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zA68oDeS33k ) There’s no way to describe in words what happened in that moment. My life became complete and my heart became whole. She is a treasure and it’s just so amazing to know that I get to be her mommy for eternity! The years of waiting for her were beyond worth it. We celebrated her birthday in front of my parents house with our whole family and some of our dear friends. My mom made her a cute rainbow cake and I got to help so she could show me her baking skills. Growing up she always made my sisters and I the cutest and best cakes! Watching Everly’s reaction to smearing her hands in it and tasting it was so precious. She obviously loved it! Daniel and my sister set up the super cute rainbow balloon arch in front of the garage. I love how it turned out and I loved getting to celebrate with everyone! I gave Everly my old teddy bear that my parents gave to me when I was a newborn. She loved it so much and cuddled it right away! Daniel gave her the sweetest customized book featuring them together. It’s a book of different adventures and pictures of them in cartoon form. We realized after we gave her the book that the teddy bear on the cover was super similar to the teddy bear I gave to her. We’re going to do a fun photo recreation of it soon. We can’t wait to read this to her as the years pass. What a beautiful first year with our miracle baby. We can’t wait for more adventures to come! 🌈☀️🧡

Sunny Days

Our sweet angel turned 11 months old on the 8th of this month and I can’t believe she’s going to be 1 soon! She’s walking all over the place, smiling, talking, laughing, waving, and lately has learned how to blow kisses. She also learned how to stomp her feet and thinks it’s the funniest thing. Her Dada also taught her how to kick a ball on the ground and she just loves it! I love watching her run around and chase it around the house while she giggles. She still loves her music and her favorite songs lately are “Mr Sun” by Raffi and “If You’re Happy And You Know It.” I love watching her face light up while she claps along. She also does the cute hand motions of a sun over her head whenever we start singing it. We’ve been enjoying lots of days in the sun and she has been loving splashing around in the pool. We had our first real beach day a few weeks ago and she had a blast playing in the sand. We recently had another beach day and she didn’t mind getting dipped in the ocean! Watching her giggle and experience new things is the best. We can’t wait for more sunny and happy days with her. She’s such a sweet and happy girl. Her big cheesy- toothy smile just melts us! I recently got to celebrate my first official Mother’s Day! I had such a beautiful weekend and my heart is so happy. Daniel made me my favorite breakfast (French Toast), treated me to a professional massage, and cooked me a delicious dinner. And my parents surprised me with two dozen gorgeous roses on my doorstep. We got to spend time with my family, watched Everly walk around and explore, zoom chatted my sisters and grandpa, and Daniel made me another beautiful dinner. Also, just a little husband shout out cause I think he deserves to be celebrated. Everyday of my life feels like Mother’s Day. Daniel is constantly affirming me and encouraging me, he cooks dinner for me almost everyday, he is constantly helping with household tasks, and still finds the time to love on Everly, and laugh and play with her. He’s always telling me how beautiful I am and always makes me feel so loved and cared for. He works so hard, provides all our needs, and because of that I get to be at home with Everly living my dream job. He’s such an amazing father and I’m humbled everyday by his love. Being a mom to Everly has been such a dream come true for me. It’s still so surreal at times. So many days and months and years of waiting and praying and now I get to wake up to my beautiful miracle everyday. In just a little over a week our baby will be one year old and we can’t wait to celebrate with our family and loved ones. What a beautiful first year it’s been!