It’s been a heck of a year. I can’t believe its been a year already. I mean, we just brought her home, like so little ago! Now she is one. ONE you guys!!! How could one feel so huge? New cute clothes + hair accessories + shoes, those things would only be for me, she’d rather be naked! Haha!!


It feels like yesterday I was anxiously awaiting your arrival and now, a whole year has passed and soon you’ll be walking and talking. It’s been the best year watching you grow up before my eyes.
My goodness, my heart explodes with so many emotions. It is hard to believe that a year ago today you blessed my life with so much love and joy. The kind of love and joy that is genuine and pure. There are times were I wish I could freeze moments forever. Yet I know that each passing day with you brings more me happiness. This past year will be a year I will forever cherish in heart and memory. Together we grew. You learned new things each and every day which has been so amazing to watch you play and explore the world around you.

You, my precious Adeline, are the light of my life. You always hear parents talk about their children and how much they mean to them, but until you become a parent you don’t realize just how real those words are. Since having you, our world has changed and I never knew how much I could love another person until I met you.

And as you learned, I learned…

*You opened your eyes and started to smile. I learned what it meant to fall in love with someone at first sight.

*You learned to breastfeed like a champ at first latch. I learned to be more patient in our daily lives as family of 6.

*You started to coo and laugh and giggle uncontrollably. I learned my new favorite sounds in the entire world.

*You learned to lift your head and roll over. I learned to celebrate in silence so I didn’t startle you.

*You started to sleep through the night. I learned to appreciate the little things like getting a shower and a good night’s sleep.

*You learned to sit up on your own. I learned that you were not going to be my baby forever.

*This year you learned and grew so much. I learned just what we could achieve together as a family in one simple year. 

I hope to always be there with you every step of the way as you grow up and mature into the wonderful woman I know you’ll become. I also wish for you to keep a few things in mind… I want you to know that you’re capable of anything. No matter how unrealistic or how difficult, please always know that you can do anything you set your mind to. I believe in you, and I hope you’ll always believe in you too. I pray that you’re always humble, courageous and that you take care of yourself and those around you. Accept others who are different from you and try to learn from them and never judge. Always call your grandparents, tell them you love them and be there for your family. At the end of the day, it’s family and relationships that matter. I hope you’ll stand up for your beliefs, follow your dreams and find a career that you LOVE. If you don’t love it, don’t do it. Remember, money will never buy you happiness. Always make time to laugh and to have fun. Be kind, be compassionate, be loyal and honest. Be someone who helps other people.

I will always do my best to be there for you and to be the best Mom I know how to be. I may screw up from time to time but know that my intentions are always to love, protect you and to raise you well. You’re my greatest accomplishment. My greatest gift. I do love you more with every day that passes. Every day you teach me, inspire me, excite me and make me prouder than I ever knew I could be. I can’t wait to see who you become.. I love you more than words.

Happy FIRST Birthday my Sweet Adeline Emilia! We have so much to celebrate today.

Love always,

Your Mom

Photos by:  Len Parent Photography


Len Parent

“The most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes and all the greatest shoes, but you’ve got to have a good spirit on the inside. That’s what’s really going to make you look like you’re ready to rock the world.” —Alicia Keys

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