I am finding it hard to put into words how I feel on your birthday. It is such a mix of emotions. We enjoyed such a sweet day today. I promised that I would always take the day off from work for your birthday, and I am so glad that this is a tradition I started today. Getting to sleep in with you on this day, and having you wake up just before 7:20 this morning so I could say happy birthday to you at the exact moment you were born a year ago was perfection. Today we spent the day just the three of us. We went to Farrel's for lunch and a birthday sundae, something I hope we do every year. This year only two of the girls sang to you, so they didn't "scare you", but I really had them do it to spare your daddy from all the stress the birthday song in public attention gives him [we'll have to work on him with this, because next year, it is all out baby girl]. We also took a trip to the zoo, and guess what, you finally noticed the animals. You have been so many times, but could care less about the animals, and would people watch instead. But today, because you are a big one year old, you walked around the zoo like a champ, taking in every zebra and lion in sight!
From day one you have been tiny, with the biggest blue eyes, crazy personality, fantastic faces, and so easy to love. Today, my one year old, you are still tiny, with the biggest blue eyes, crazy personality, fantastic faces, and so easy to love. You will always be my greatest love.
Happy birthday Everly Mae!
We love you too much.
[all photos by Sarah Maren Photographers]
Read Everly's birth story here