Yesterday we celebrated KK's first birthday. I'm still seriously (as Ron Burgundy would say) in a "glass case of emotions." On the one hand, I'm completely overjoyed and elated that our baby had a happy, healthy first year and that Michael and I survived given the obstacles having a baby can bring. But I'm also a little sad that it happened so fast. I know it sounds so cliche and everyone says it, but wow. I think the biggest revelation for me is that it really is a reminder to slow down and take time. Sometimes we get too caught up with work or errands or (in my case) making sure the house is always picked up that we forget that the minutes and the moments are just ticking by. Taking time to just spend time with people you love is more valuable than anything, even if it's just sitting around doing nothing and hanging out. I could go on and on but I'll leave you with this...what if we start to look at time not as an enemy, but as a precious gift? Karina may have received a lot of gifts yesterday, but I got one too and it was big. It was the gift of a day I'll never forget. Time is precious my friends. Let's cherish it.
PS - This is from Michael. I agree, so next time you see a pair of dirty socks carelessly left on the floor, go spend some time holding your baby as opposed to making Michael go pick them up.
PPS - Here are a few photos of the babe from yesterday, a photo shoot from June, and then the last few from her two-week photo shoot. Cue the tears for mama...