Monday, November 18, 2013

Claire is 1!

A year is a strange thing.  They can pass by at a pace that makes you want to scream at time to hurry up.  But more often, they pass so quickly you can hardly catch your breath before the next one appears.  Such is the case, continually, since I became a mother.  How is it that Claire is one year old already?  Seemingly, one breath ago, she was a helpless life sleeping on my chest, waking me every two hours to eat, awing me with her tiny eyes, nose, mouth, feet.  Awing me with her presence, her life.

And now this life is one amazing year old, awing me still.  Claire, the happiest baby I have ever known...I swear she was born smiling.  She has Mace's happy gentle spirit, Anna's laugh, my smile.  She came into our lives one year ago and completed our family so perfectly, we forget she wasn't always here.  

Claire breathes joy out of every pore of her body.  Her whole body smiles when she does, its impossible not to be just a little happier in her presence.  People constantly stop and grin at her and she does a full body wiggle-smile that I know makes peoples' days.  Apparently she really digs this life thing.

Claire makes my day every single day.  Her gentle, peaceful spirit, her beaming smile, can turn my day around in a heartbeat.  She is one amazing child.  

Claire, on your first birthday I look ahead and see so much brightness and love in your future.  I cannot wait to continue seeing the person you will transform into and to watch you grow.  It is an honor to be your Mama and I love you with all my heart.  Happy #1 my sweet girl.