I left Alt early on Thursday afternoon to be home in San Diego on Friday morning when Ellerie woke up on her first birthday. She must have known it was going to be a good day because she was up at 5:30 to celebrate. It was still dark in her room but when I picked her up from her crib and she said "MAMA" over and over which is still so special. Especially when she gets it right. With great frequency she also calls the plants MAMA, the art on our walls MAMA, her stroller MAMA and the E that hangs on her door MAMA. (Obviously I am super flattered to be grouped with such special items.)
I put her in a dress (from Target, purchased before she was born when I was still crazy enough to think I'd be doing things like "dressing up my baby") and went to the library, her favorite place in the world. I love to go in the morning when no one is really there and she can play with the kids books. She always looks at me like "is this for real? all these books?!" It takes her awhile to get geared up and start pulling them down and so that's usually about the time that we leave.
handmade headband is from my friend Katie at Starburst Studio.
My mom came into town Friday afternoon and we celebrated Ellerie with a small birthday cake (really a 35 cent frosted donut) and an un-lit candle (from Target). I have 10,000 photos of my girl this year and in 9,980 of them she is smiling. On her first birthday with her cake? Child could not have been more serious. No smiles for at least 15 minutes. It was hilarious. She is hilarious.
She took her first three steps from Grandma to Paul on her first birthday and we all about died with excitement. IT'S SO MUCH FUN TO WATCH THINGS CLICK. What a gift. Challenging as can be and frustrating to the max sometimes, but also...such a gift.
Everyone talks about how fast the time goes and "slow down!" and "stop growing!" and I just want to be like - "It's okay! This is life! Proceed as planned! Keep growing and changing on schedule!" My favorite part about being a Mom is having a front row seat to the growth. Soaking it up in the moment, feeling like I got all that I could from it and then letting things move forward. SUCH IS LIFE. It gets better and better everyday.
We made it to one. My baby is ONE. We love you, Ellerie Eve.