It's been a year....

February 23, 2015

At this very moment a year ago, I was confined to a hospital bed, Joshua at my side, while friends and family wandered in and out of our room. I had bags under my eyes, and I'd maybe slept three hours. I looked exhausted, felt exhausted, but I didn't want to miss a second of my new born baby.

Today we woke up, got dressed, and ate breakfast together. As she sat on her Minnie Mouse couch watching Sophia the First I envisioned a twenty something year old in her place; slopping Cheerios all over the floor, drinking out of a sippy cup. I get it that time does, in fact," fly," but no one really prepares you for just how quickly it all goes. After a sip of my coffee and a few blinks back to reality she went back to her sweet one year old self. So maybe she's not quite ready to tackle the world alone yet. I'm still very much needed and that's a welcoming feeling, but that first year went by in the blink of an eye.

Most of you know we spent the weekend celebrating. I was probably blowing up your Instagram and Twitter feeds with my sappiness, and I apologize for continuing to do so. But unless you've lived it, you can't imagine. It's almost as if I laid her down Saturday night a swaddled new born, and woke to a bouncing, giggling one year old.

We spent the first half of the weekend celebrating with my side of the family. My grandma made an excellent lasagna at my mom's request, and we finished the evening around the dining room table over fondue.

my Aunt 

my Grandma

I've been asked why we didn't just have a large one year birthday party like most people do. We have a very large family. Which is a total blessing. However it can be a bit chaotic and when there are a million schedules and different personalities mixing, plans are difficult to come by. Never the less, we are blessed and a too big family is way better than no family at all. 

uncle Bill, my brother

birthday girl

Cardigan: Old Navy. Dress: Target. Tights: Jumping Bean.
 Shoes (pictured above): Carter's. Bow: Target.

The second half of our weekend was spent with more family, this time Joshua's side and then some time with our closest friends. When you become a parent, especially in your twenties, a lot of people you once considered friends tend to vanish into thin air. This can be hard to accept when you are in a different place in your lives, but the ones who stick around, are the ones worth holding on to. 

Joshua's dad will be celebrating his big 50 this coming week. He and Penelope really enjoyed chowing down on their treats. 


birthday buddies

The amount of love and support we have from our families still overwhelms me with emotion. We seriously couldn't have asked for a better family and I'm excited to merge them officially next year. I'd say Penny had a pretty eventful first birthday. She was spoiled, loved, and in bed by 7:30. I can't wait to watch her grow this next year and look back on how things have changed. 

How was your weekend?

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