No Deal

October 15th, 2009

One year ago, almost to the minute, my beautiful, wonderful, perfectly amazing daughter came crashing into the world. It is hard to believe how fast it has gone. We were warned that it would go fast, so we made sure we did not take one second for granted. We took thousands of photographs, and days of video footage of our first year with Miss Mouse. And yet, here we are. What feels like just a few months has been, in fact, one whole year.

This past year has been rough at times. Trips to the hospital for Kate; trips to the doctor for Miss Mouse; many sleepless nights; lots of colds, which led to ear infections and/or sinus infections; tantrums by the little one; growing pains for all three of us; frustration and sadness at times; and the list goes on and on. But, and I stress but, I would not trade it for anything in the world. Seriously, there is not one thing, or groups of multiple things, that anyone would give me to make me give this away. Why? Because I have the most beautiful, wonderful, perfectly amazing daughter in the world.

Also because in the last year I have seen my baby turn into a little girl. I saw her roll over for the first time. I spotted her first tooth. I made her laugh, and still do. I saw her crawl for the first time. I saw her take her first step. I saw her stand up for the first time by herself. Many of these faces have brought an adorable, proud smile to her face. In short, I have seen her figure out the world. You cannot put a price on that; to see your child learn and grow and change from a helpless baby to a little tiny person.

Though a challenge at times this last year has been the best of my life. And it is all thanks to my daughter, who one year ago decided she had had enough of Mom’s tummy and came out into the world. Miss Mouse, thank you so much for joining us. I love you so much.

Josh

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