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Happy Birthday Kate!

I've said it a hundred times and I'm about to say it again,
 I can hardly believe our baby girl is one!

Today I relived Kate's whole birth-day over
 thankfully without any pain this time!

She woke up for her morning bottle at 5:15am since she heard her daddy and as I was rocking her I couldn't help but reflect back on
October 7, 2009...

We were checked into the hospital at 5am and was
 hooked up to pitocin and the show was on the road by 7am
After nine painful hours, a miracle happened.
Katelyn Marie Andrews was brought into this world.
She took her first breath at 3:36pm and had instantly taken over our hearts.
It was as if our wildest dreams all came true in that minute.

We will never forget the first time we met our precious girl
There are no words to even try to describe what that day was like.
Everything about it was a miracle.

 It is absolutely incredible how fast you fall in love.
No words needed to be said.
 Our first hours were precious.
Our first days and weeks and months were precious
and now we're onto years!
They are precious!

I am speechless again as I write to you tonight.
I always knew I would love being a mom
 but I never knew I could experience a love like this.
There really is nothing else like it.

The Lord is so good and we are blown away by His love for us.
We are so thankful that He has entrusted us to be Kate's parents.
To love her, nurture her, protect her, provide for her, grow her
but most of all to share the love of Jesus with her.
She is His precious child and we are thrilled that He gave her to us!

October 7, 2010 was a precious day for our family.
Our little 6 pound 8 ounce baby went from an infant to a toddler
& she definitely let us know that she has her own opinions & personality. I love it!
(by the way, terrible 2's don't start at 2...they started at 10 months!)
 I told her to smile pretty and this is what I got.
Is she a ham or what?
 Kate and I picked Mimi up this morning and went to
 Rockwells for a special birthday breakfast.
I ordered her very first meal off a kid's menu.
Pancakes and bacon. Mmmm!
 We then met up with Papa for lunch at BJ's and she got her very own pizookie!
 Did I mention how much she loved her ice cream?
She must be my child.

 Afternoon snuggles were in order with Mimi after her nap
And I had the joy and honor of snuggling with my girl the very minute she turned 1!
I can't tell you how many times we sang her "happy birthday"...
She loved every minute of it and so did I.
Birthdays are a big deal in our family and even though she won't remember
this one we got it all on film and she will know
 just how much she is loved and what a fun day we had together.

Chris and I celebrated this awesome milestone together tonight by toasting each other with delicious chocolate wine and we played the relaxing cd that we got from the hospital after having Kate.
What a year it has been!
We are so thankful and so excited to see what this next year has in store as we approach the two's.
 Looking back at all her newborn pictures today almost makes me want to have another one. almost.

Happy 1st Birthday precious Kate. You are so so loved.


barbarajohnson said…
I so happy for your happiness! It is so refreshing and beautiful to witness your blessed marriage and how precious your sweet Kate is and how amazing God demonstrates his beautiful creation through your love.

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