If you’ve followed this blog for a while, or my Facebook, or wherever else, you probably know that this is my go-to picture when I think about Laela’s birth:
This is a loaded picture. Yes, I’m a smiling mother holding her brand new, crying infant daughter. All of that adds up. But you can also see that I’m not quite right. I’m not all there.
Laela’s birth is a very big event in my life, as are all my kids births, but yes, Laela’s was scary in a very different way. I read back to the post before Laela’s birthday last year, and I can remember feeling all of those feelings very very vividly. I’m thrilled to say that I’m even further past that point today. I didn’t fear how I would feel today. I feel totally blown away by my daughter and who she is, and who she is becoming.
Brady took the day off to spend some extra time with the family on such a special day as Laela’s birthday. We spent a lazy morning, and after nap time, got the kids dressed up a bit and gave Laela some presents. She got a fuzzy pink blanket for her bed, and two stuffed dollies, Anna and Elsa, from Frozen. I’m pleasantly surprised that she, like me, seems to like Anna better. Whats all the fuss about with Elsa anyway?? Anyway, she brought she “babies” along to the city for the evening, as I had suspected she might 🙂 It was super adorable.
We met my parents at Fuddruckers for supper, which was so yummy, and a lot of fun. We actually all hung out around the van afterwards and watched Laela open her presents from my parents. She got a sweet little tent/playhouse, a bracelet, and a puzzle. I can promise you she will love all of those things. We did a quick run into Superstore, and then were about to head home when I had one last idea!!
I took Laela into Costco and bought her some flowers. Now, for any hypothetical men reading this, NO. Women do not want to choose their own flowers. BUT a little girl really likes it 🙂 She perused the whole section, did a couple of laps, and settled on her favorites. It was so cute. She and I (and Anna) had a lovely little flower date.
After lots and lots and lots of good snuggles, I almost didn’t want to put her to bed. I could carry that girl all day long. But she now has the comfiest bed possible, and had no trouble laying down for night 🙂
Laela, you make me speechless. I hope, one day, to be able to tell you how much you melt me. I adore you. Thank you for adding so much flavor and richness to my life.