Our year with Abbie

16 Dec

Abbie will be turning one year old in 5 days and I am still in denial about the whole thing! This year has been the most challenging, stressful, wonderful, crazy, and joyful year of my entire life.

I wouldn’t change a thing that we have gone through.

To be honest, and perhaps a bit selfish as well, I feel like the “one year” milestone of the first child is not just for the birthday girl (or boy). It is a HUGE milestone for the mom as well! I mean…I survived a year of breastfeeding (still going strong!), a terrible postpartum healing journey, a year of constant night wakings, losing the 40 pounds of baby weight (plus some extra….72 pounds total!), change in the dynamics of our marriage/relationship (a baby changes EVERYTHING!), and most importantly I kept my baby alive and healthy!

Despite all of the challenges that come with adjusting to parenthood, Abbie has been the biggest JOY of our lives! She definitely lives up to her name’s meaning 😉

I have seen her larger- than- life personality shine and I am beginning to get  a sense of who she is as a person….it is just amazing. Our little fireball is full of determination, wonder, happiness, adventure, and LOVE!

I see SO much of my personality in her. She is so determined, so strong, and so goofy!

I see SO much of my husband in her looks. Her baby blue eyes, her happy little smile, her albino  fair skin.

She is such a mix of us both. Such a sweet little girl. The joy of our lives 🙂

Here is our year of Abbie in pictures!

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Aaaand…no “12 month” photo yet since it isn’t official yet 🙂 But we had an awesome “turning one” photo shoot with our amazing friend, Katya, and I am so excited to show you all the photos once they are done.

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*sigh* ….my heart is so full.  (and so is my garage… embarrassing!)

Look out for an “officially one” post where I can gush over my daughter some more. I’ll talk MUCH less about me and more about her 😉 hehe.

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