Friday, June 22, 2007

Happy Birthday Taylor!

Today, our little sweetheart turns one. We are so grateful that she is a part of our family. I can't even imagine our lives without her. I remember having a very strong impression the morning after she was born that her little spirit was definitely suppose to come to our family. As I think back to this day, one year ago, my heart smiles. Not just because Taylor was born...I spent many, many hours laboring with her but I also spent the day with my sweet Carter. I am so grateful that Carter shared the experience with me...with us... as a family. He was with me while I labored with Tay throughout the day...we played together, I cleaned, we ate, went swimming, napped, and played some more. I did my best to go about the day as I would normally. During really strong contractions he would stop what he was doing and watch me. Sometimes we would laugh together, sometimes he hugged me. He understood what was happening because I had taught him- it didn't bother him, it was just another day for us. And even when things got really intense, there was my Carter. He sat in the rocking chair next to the birth tub with this blanky. Carter even fell out of the chair because he was so interested in what was happening! After Taylor was brought up from the water, Carter climbed down and kissed her head. It was simple and humble. Drew arrived from D.C. just an hour and a half before she was born. The last couple of hours of my labor with Tay were extremely intense...I was grateful to have his support during that time. As she was born, Drew kneeled behind the tub and held me in his arms. Taylor didn't cry when she was brought up from the water. She was calm and alert and immediately nursed. Her birth was a wonderful experience for all of us.

Now as a one year old- she is happy, silly, and sooo sweet. She loves her big brother and always wants to be in the middle of what ever Carter is doing. She's tiny, has bright blue eyes and the blondest hair. I think she is adorable (I guess I'm a LITTLE bias)! She melts our hearts! We love you Tay!

We are in Boise today and poor little Tay woke up sick. I am praying that it stays a cold and doesn't last too long. Here is a picture from this afternoon. Since she isn't feeling well, I haven't been able to get a smile out of her today. I will post more birthday pictures of Tay in a couple of weeks. We are going to have an Idaho birthday party for her after Drew arrives. I am so blessed to have the little family that I do.


Saradano said...

Happy Birthday Tay Tay! I will come visit you when I get back.


Jroo said...

She really is something special, isn't she? She brings a very sweet spirit into our home. I couldn't even imagine life without her now.

I remember when I had my kidney stones there in Boise and was out cold, delerious on pain meds. Tay was only a few weeks old, but she was my little, swaddled companion. We kept each other company while we both slept for about 21 hours a day. I wish she'd sleep next to us like that again so we could cuddle her even more.

I love you, Tay!

Kelly said...

Happy Birthday Tay! You're a very sweet and special friend to us, and we hope you have a wonderful first birthday.

Ian, Maddie, and Emma

Leslie said...

Yay for Tay! I can't believe this precious girl is a year old already. Happy, but sad....they grow so fast. I wish there was some way we could connect while you are out here in Boise!

Lisa and Brock said...

my how a year flies! happy one year tay...we can't wait to meet you!