Happiest of Birthdays to my sweet, sweet Vivilyn! On September 3rd we celebrated her 1st birthday and it has been a whirlwind of a year!
This little piece of Sunshine of the bright spot in all of my days. I miss her when I am not with her and just looking at her precious face can instantly put on smile on my face. While it has not always been easy, this past year has been, hands down, the best year of my life. I cannot imagine my life without her smiling face.
Being a Mother, specifically Vivi’s mother, has been so incredibly rewarding. I never knew how much love that I was capable of until I brought her into this world. One of my favorite quotes that I found is, “No one else will know the strength of my love for you. After all, you are the only one knows what my heart sounds like from the inside.” For me, that sums up motherhood. The bond that I have with my daughter can never be replaced because she is a literal piece of me, and to me, that piece is a piece of my heart.
After this year, if I could give just one piece of advice it would be to enjoy every single minute. Let the dishes pile up, go without a shower, take all the pictures… do everything you possibly can to soak up every minute you can. They grow so fast and when you blink it has all flashed by in an instant. Don’t stay so busy that your life is happening around you and you miss it happening. In the end, you won’t regret not doing the dishes, you will regret not playing on the carpet for just a little bit longer.
I am looking forward to all of the years to come and all of the birthdays that will be celebrated. Life with Vivi is just so much more fun! I could have not asked for a more happy, fun-loving, chill baby. My husband and I are blessed beyond measure and I thank God daily for choosing me to be her Mom.
Our life is not perfect. We have tantrums and fits, we throw food and we pull hair. The dishes do pile up and some weeks I may have not washed my hair in five days. Vivi cries at her photo shoot and Mommy cries at the pictures that are not getting taken.. but at the end of the day we are making memories. They are all memories that I will look back on and laugh and enjoy. I am so thankful for the whole year of memories that I have had the pleasure of making with this sweet girl and I cannot wait to see what the future has in-store for our little family!
Photography courtesy of J. Hillis Photography