Claira it has been far too long since I last wrote you. I’m trying to gather my thoughts and will write soon. I have a lot of stuff running through my head about motherhood and need to write them down.
You know how certain songs just bring back a flood of emotions? This song is one of them. I used to dance around to this song and rock in the shower holding my belly while pregnant thinking about all the unknowns of a first time mom.
I love you Claira.
Daughter of mine, I love you with all my heart.
Today you are too young to understand what happened yesterday in Boston. Today you get to run around and play unaware of the tragedy that took place. But one day you will not be too young to understand and my hope is that you do not become discouraged by one person’s act to destroy humanity.
I hope instead you carry your childlike love with you always.
I hope you love quickly and forgive easily.
I hope you reach out a helping hand instead of turning a blind eye.
Do be vulnerable. Do dream big. But do not let someone limit you.
And by golly just smile and laugh and hug a lot.
Childlike love - it is really that simple.
*Times like these I feel so vulnerable as a mother when my job is to protect her.
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A few photos from Claira’s 2nd birthday party. We kept it “fairly” simple this year and it was great. We rented a larger vacation rental for the weekend and invited immediate family up for a day at the water park and spent the evenings watching all the cousins run around while the adults had a few cocktails and played cards. No decorations were needed and it was great not to stress about it and for dinner we just ordered pizza. I just wished Claira would have been feeling better over her birthday weekend as she had been talking about going to the water park with her cousins forever. Overall I think it was a success and always great to have both sides of the family together at once.
We just started a little family Etsy shop not too long ago. If you are ever looking for a cute tee for a little boy or girl in your life, stop on by!
We hope to have new designs up soon.
It is no secret to anyone that knows me that I miss these special moments with Claira very much….especially now that my daughter is certainly a “daddy’s girl”. I am slowly learning to accept this and how can I blame her? I adore the guy too.
These are a few pics from our family photo session this past Summer that I am just seeing for the first time as the photographer had them stored on a batch of film that was not developed until much later.
It’s Your Birthday!
Today is your 2nd birthday. Two years ago your tiny little body was placed in my arms and my world would never be the same. I was blessed with a healthy little girl who has over the last two years of her existence taught me more about life and the meaning of true joy and love than I ever thought possible. You have humbled me and reminded me over and over again the value of patience and lessons in being less selfish.
My tall, lengthy, brown eyed, head strong little girl with the biggest heart, I will never be able to explain to you how much I really do love you.
You are only one day older than yesterday, but yet this day seems so significant. You are no longer a little baby, but a little girl transitioning into the toddler years. It is easy to get wrapped up in the nostalgic thoughts of how fast the years have been going and how much you have changed. But today is a day of celebration as I know how lucky we have been to be able to witness another year of your life on Earth.
I will forever be thanking my lucky stars for bringing you into my life. I am so proud to call you my daughter and look forward to all the years ahead. Every day with you just keeps getting better and better.
P.S Annnnd another reminder of how much you are growing up. Today I asked you who I was, expecting you to say “Momma”, instead you blurted out “Kristy” Oh man, I have a feeling the two’s are going to be full of surprises
P.P.S And as you can tell by her princess picture. She is sick on her birthday, but we are trying not to focus on that. Poor little thing.
that moment when you and your daughter are sitting under the makeshift blanket fort in the living room and you each have a baby doll in your hand rocking & singing “twinkle twinkle little star” together.
the moment was so perfect yet so undeniably hard when you realize your ‘baby’ is no longer resembling a baby, but much more of a little girl.
when did this happen?
Here’s to spontaneous family trips. On Friday afternoon, we booked a cabin an hour north of us and spent the Winter night in the woods cuddled up on a couch next to a fire as we talked about all this life had to offer us.
The next morning we went out for breakfast and for a walk on a frozen lake before heading home.