A Letter to My Love on Her First Birthday

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Y'all, forgive me in advance if I become a blubbering mess throughout this post. I am sitting here with a box of Kleenex already bawling my eyes out as I write. This year has gone by so quickly and words escape me as I sit back and think about just how much life has changed these last 365 days since we welcomed Caroline Cate into this world.

My Darling Caroline,
I remember it like it was yesterday...the day you came into our lives and changed it forever. It was a beautiful Saturday, March 17th, 2012, and all our closest friends and family had gathered at the hospital (wearing green of course!), anxiously awaiting your debut.
Looking back, it all happened so quickly and to me it seems like it was over in an instant, though I remember there was lots of prayer, lots of pushing, lots of tiredness, lots of joy, and endless amounts of tears. I can close my eyes and remember hearing your Daddy and Mimi telling me they could see you and looking at them seeing them so emotional...you were almost here. Though I was exhausted, I knew that was the day I was finally going to meet you and hold you in my arms.
Hearing your cries the moment you were born brought me to tears...that was the moment I really became a mom. That was the day you took my heart and wrapped it around your tiny little finger. That was the single best day of my life. I don't think you were sat down for one second those two days we stayed at the hospital...it was a constant flow of love and support that flooded through those doors to wish us well and bless this new life God had created.
In the weeks that followed, life was crazy...tough...scary...emotional...but mostly, it was happy. It was learning how to feed and bath you, it was learning what each of your cries meant, it was learning how to overcome the newborn obstacles you threw at us, it was learning to adjust our lives because you were the top priority, and it was your daddy and I learning how to become parents.
Undoubtedly, this year has been the hardest, but BEST and most rewarding year of my life. But I wouldn't have it ANY other way. Daddy and I made the decision for me to stay at home with you rather than going back to my job, and though sometimes I think being at home is harder, I wouldn't change that decision for one single second. It brings me so much happiness that I get to be the one to wake you up each morning and feed you, put you down for your naps, take afternoon strolls to the park to go swinging, and spend those lazy days where we lounge in our jammies all day and we don't have a care in the world. I treasure each of these moments with you Caroline because it's given me so much joy and pride. We are truly blessed.
You have made me realize what really matters in life, and that's faith and family. You have taught me so much about myself that I never thought I would know. You have the love and support of so many incredible people in your life and I am thankful for the guidance, help, and assistance from those closest to us...they have shaped me as a person and now they are doing the same for you. It's amazing to watch and witness first-hand.
We have experienced so much together during this first year...your first beach trip, your first plane ride, your first Christmas, your first bouts with sickness and colds, your first teeth, your first picnic, your first football tailgate, your first foods-the list goes on and on.
As much as I am saddened at the thought that today marks the day we officially embark on toddlerhood and we leave behind your days of infancy, you will ALWAYS be my baby...remember that my dear sweet angel. Thank you for showing us a type of love we never knew could exist. Thank you for being our very best girl in the whole wide world Caroline! God gave you so many talents and gifts and I can't wait to see what He has in store for you and your vivacious personality, infectious smile, and sweet giggles.

I love you the most Caroline...
Mommy

- 28 Comments

  1. such a beautiful post! She is such a beauty and you can see just how much she is loved <3

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  2. Happy 1st Birthday, Caroline!

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  3. So sweet! I find myself emotional reading this too as my little ones are growing too fast! Hope your day today has been so special! :)

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  4. happy, happy birthday little CC! you are one loved and blessed baby. :)

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  5. Such a sweet letter, Wishing Caroline The Happiest 1st Birthday!

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  6. Happy First Birthday little one!!! <3

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  7. So sweet, happy birthday to your precious girl!

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  8. Happy Birthday CC!!

    This is so sweet! Love all of the photos! It is amazing how quickly that first year goes! LIV turns 2 in May and it has gone by even quicker than the first!!

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  9. So sweet and cute! Erica
    ericasrunningjourney.blogspot.com

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  10. Crying in the airport! Beautiful post. Can you imagine the joy Caroline will feel reading this letter one day? Happy Birthday!

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  11. Happy Birthday lovely Caroline, from all your little bloggy friends.

    xoxo
    Kelly

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  12. what a little sweetheart!! happy birthday Caroline!!

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  13. Oh my goodness, Caroline is just gorgeous. Your letter to her is such a testament to how blessed she is to have a mother like you. It brought tears to my eyes, also!

    Of all those sweet pictures, I think the Round Two pic is my favorite! Congratulations! Good times ahead!

    -Suzanne
    http://sweetteainthesunshinestate.blogspot.com

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  14. Happy birthday, Sweet Caroline! I got teary reading this. I know the EXACT feeling!

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  15. Happy birthday to that precious girl!

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  16. It really has been amazing following you from getting married, to pregnant, to having Caroline and now her 1st Birthday!!!! What a journey you all have been on as a family together! Happy Birthday Caroline!!! Hope her day was the greatest!

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  17. Beautifully written. I love following your journey.

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  18. Happy Happy Birthday Caroline! What a gorgeous little girl and she will make a GREAT big sister! Hope y'all had a wonderful time celebrating.

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  19. Oh my goodness. What a sweet post!! :) Happy birthday Caroline!

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  20. Happy Birthday Gorgeous!

    http://jennycollier.com

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  21. Oh my gosh, this sweet post made ME cry!!! What an incredible year...she literally grew up before our eyes!! She's just beautiful, Natasha!! I can't wait to meet Baby #2 (Carson, right?) What a wonderful post!! xo, Jess

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  22. Such beautiful pictures! Happy Birthday to Caroline, and congrats to you - getting through the first year as parents is a really big accomplishment! :)

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  23. Oh this brings a tear to my eye! So sweet! Can't wait to do something similar when my babe turns 1! :)

    Becca
    http://lilbabyabel.blogspot.com/

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  24. Happy first birthday to your little one!

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  25. Such a beautiful post- I'm tearing up! What a sweetie pie, she is such a darling girl. Happy Birthday to your sweet girl! I can't wait to see baby #2 now!!

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