Tuesday, January 7, 2014

One Year

“Sometimes when you pick up your child you can feel the map of your own bones beneath your hands, or smell the scent of your skin in the nape of his neck. This is the most extraordinary thing about motherhood – finding a piece of yourself separate and apart that all the same you could not live without.” (Jodi Picoult)

One year ago today, I went in to my doctor's office for a routine appointment.  5 hours later, and almost 2 months ahead of schedule, our family grew by 2.  Happy Birthday Quinn Noelle and Rohan John.  I don't have adequate words to express what you've done to my heart or our family.  You two have stretched me in ways I never knew I could be stretched.  You have made our lives full.  We can't imagine this life without the two of you.  I am overwhelmed with emotion reflecting on this past year and the journey that we've been on together. You bring me joy and laughter, sighs of frustration, and utter happiness.

I love your hugs.  I love how you crinkle up your whole face when you laugh.  I love your dark eyelashes and crisp blue eyes.  I love that you LOVE to eat and make happy noises throughout every meal.  I love the joy you take in playing with toys and chasing things.  I love that you do things on your own terms and at your own time and often with a smirk on your face. You are one determined little lady.  You are already a force to be reckoned with.  My sweet girl, I love you.

I love your laugh.  I love how communicative you already are, signing and talking.  I love that you find anything that your sister has and want it immediately.  I love that you lean your head in for kisses.  I love that you are tender-hearted and sensitive.  I also love your newly discovered tantrums.  You are the biggest little boy I've ever seen and I'm smitten with you.  You are smart and handsome. My big boy, I love you.

This is just a glimpse at my babies.  Just the way I see them every day- snuggled in pj's, laughing, standing, crawling, making music.  My heart could burst for the love!

This one kills me...  the way they are enjoying each other just tugs on my heart!

Quinnie: the greatest smile, gorgeous eyes, loudest laugh, adventure seeker!

Rohan: huge, happy, loves snuggling, being tickled, and communicating with words and signs.


Couldn't you just smooch these fat little hands forever?! aahhh!!!

Thank you for supporting us and loving us through the past year and a half.  This has been and continues to be one wild ride.  We've made it one year... here's to decades more...


*first photo compliments of Heather Hanson Photography, all the rest are mine. :)