Yesterday (on the last day of 2011) my baby girl turned one. I just can’t believe how quickly 2011 sped by and that my tiny little baby is almost a toddler now!
I don’t have many words today… I feel like we’re still getting to know Belle… We decided before she was born (although we have spent much time throughout this year revisiting the whole issue) that Belle would be our last bubba, and so I have treasured every moment of ‘baby’ that I have been gifted with her. All those little moments, those firsts that are swallowed up by the speed of time before you even know it… first cuddles, first smiles, giggles and kisses, first tastes, babbling, crawling… and most recently, first steps … it has all gone so fast. I still treasure those quiet times we have together when I get to pretend she is still a little baby. My baby.
Belle on the first of January, 2011 – one day old
I have shed a few tears as I pack away baby clothes for the last time and I’m still unreasonably refusing to part with the moses basket that both Belle and Lola slept in for the first few months of their lives. But I am excited that although this first birthday marks the end of an era in our home, we are also ringing in a new one. Tomorrow we embark on our first family camping trip – what is set to be a great adventure! There is much I look forward to as the girls get older, many magical memories we will make together. And while I do look back with the sweetest of memories, I look forward to tomorrow just as much.
So, Happy First Birthday my sweet Belle-Belle. I love you more than you will ever know. Your gorgeous smile and giggles, your feisty nature (yes, even that – which drives me crazy most days!), those beautiful big eyes and the way you have captured all our hearts. I wish for you a life of magical moments and grand adventures, big laughs and loves. You will always be my baby, no matter how you grow. Love you always and forever, Mama xoxo (times infinity)
I hope the last few weeks have treated you well – that your Christmas was full of joy, and you were able to welcome the New Year with love and laughter. As I mentioned, we are off to the Coromandel tomorrow for our first camping adventure! Fingers and toes crossed this weather improves (for the first time in 2 years our water tanks are overflowing!) and wishing you a week filled with lovely adventures!