Hard to believe that today is my baby's first birthday! For some reason I've been a bit emotional about the whole thing! David said maybe it's because she’s are last – I don’t know why, he may be right!
It seems hard to believe that at this exact time last year, I was in the hospital all hooked up to my pre-op IV’s and waiting for our baby! My mom drove to the hospital with us, Luke stayed over night with Mimi and Papa, and then Mimi met us at the hospital the next morning! Along with Robert and Amy, and 2 of my wonderful friends – Leslie and Crystal came before I went back as well. Crystal came BEFORE she went to work (that meant a whole lot to me) and she lead us in prayer before they took me back! It was really a wonderful morning of anticipation and love for the second Winslow baby!
Little did we know we were gonna have a girl! That was a wonderful and exciting surprise for sure!
And today we celebrate her first year! I had no idea the difference a second baby would make in our house! The first baby is a HUGE lifestyle change – a difference in the dynamic of a marriage, the fact that I quite work and was a full time stay at home mom who knew NOTHING, and here was this little person I knew nothing about (and to think they sent Luke home with us anyway?!?!)! But with Avery I knew somewhat what to expect – sleepless nights, crying for no apparent reason, bottles every 3 hours 24 hours a day, dirty diapers, unexplained changes in sleep habits, all of those things I knew were coming! What I didn’t know what to expect was the actual addition of another person in the house! Avery’s presence in this house has been just as wonderful a blessing as Luke’s was!
It’s been so fun to see her grow and develop and chance and learn! She’s so smart and anything Luke can do, she thinks she can do too – or she gets hurt trying! You show her how to do something one time, and she does it. She can blow a whistle – just from watching Luke do it! She blows on her food (even if it’s not hot!), she can climb up in the kiddie chair we have, she winks, and she’s started blowing kisses. She’s also started talking some more. This week she’s started to tell Jane to sit – now mind you she’s not saying Jane – she’s saying sit (which sounds more like bi).
I’m so blessed to have 2 wonderful children, even if they do totally wear me out each and every day! And I’m so thankful to be celebrating my baby girls first birthday!