Nora turned one yesterday. One! I can’t believe a whole year has gone by since we first got to meet this little lady. She was so tiny! I remember how scared I was to pick her up that very first time because she was so small and vulnerable and so very very breakable, but when the midwife helped me scoop her up and put her on my chest, everything felt so right.
This first year of parenthood has been so much more fun than I thought it would be. I mean, I could have done without the screaming-baby-on-me-24/7 newborn phase, but what I wouldn’t give for one of those chest naps right now. Now I’m sitting here blogging while Nora is next to me, happily playing independently and practicing putting a hat on her head. It doesn’t seem real that this little human is the same creature as that little helpless burrito we had last year. Man.
It’s been raining since Friday, but yesterday the skies cleared for our little ray of sunshine. We decided to celebrate her birthday on trail, complete with cake and a fabulous party hat. This was the trail where I first started having contractions the day before Nora was born – we’ve come full circle! Happy birthday, my little love! And thank you, for everything.
We tried to come up with the perfect present, and finally decided on the only thing that felt right – birthday money for Nora to donate to UNICEF to help the kids who really, really need it right now.