My Darling Britany Zoe,
I can't believe that I'm sitting here writing this letter.
To think that a year has passed since you arrived, sweet girl, is unreal. And yet, I feel like you've been part of our family forever.
I found out I was pregnant with you in April 2010. Your big sister was only 10 months old, and I was surprised to be pregnant again so soon. But the moment the reality sank in that our family was growing again, I began to feel such a deep love for you. I dreamed of what you would be like, and how much fun you and your sister would have together. When we found out you were a little girl, we knew immediately what we would call you. Britany Zoe--"Defender of Life". or "Bright, Bold, Beautiful Life". We knew that you would be a child that would bring life--both to our family and to the world.
|16 weeks pregnant in South Africa|
|26 weeks pregnant in Vermont|
|30 weeks pregnant in Vermont|
|36 weeks pregnant--the same day I went into labor. |
You were born only hours after this picture was taken!
But despite that difficult pregnancy, your birth was one of the most peaceful events of my life. I felt so calm knowing that you were on your way! Your labor only took 3 1/2 hours. I pushed you out in 10 minutes. Your daddy and my doctor supported me through the whole experience and encouraged me to keep going! When you came into the world and they laid me in your arms, I fell instantly in love! The pediatric team was there prepared to take you to the NICU since you were 4 weeks early, but the moment you arrived they turned and left because it was obvious you were a healthy baby! I praised God for that! My recovery from your birth was seamless. I didn't need any stitching or anything, so I was able to focus on loving you and not as much on healing. We had such wonderful moments of cuddling in the hospital!
|The first picture of you! Moments after your birth |
at 8:01 AM on December 7, 2010.
|Meeting big sister Peyton for the very first time!|
We were able to bring you home from the hospital after only staying there one night. I was so anxious to bring you home and to begin life as a mother of two!
|a couple days old|
|5 days old|
|2 weeks old, lying in Daddy's arms|
|3 months old|
|4 months old|
|5 months old|
|5 months old, looking just like Daddy!|
|6 months old, crawling in the grass :)|
|6 months old|
|10 months old|
Now at one year of age, I'm amazed at how much you've grown. You are crawling, laughing, pulling yourself up and so interactive.
Your favorite thing to do right now is pull things off shelves and out of drawers :) I suppose I should teach you not to do this, but it just does my heart so much good to see you so happy and occupied :) You've struggled a lot with not wanting to be away from me, so when I see you enjoying an independent activity, I smile. I know it means my baby is growing up, but that's the thing about motherhood. What breaks your heart also makes it sing.
I can't wait to watch your life unfold, my sweet Britsy. You are beautiful, tender, caring and soulful. You have a deep heart and strong intellect. You feel deeply and you love deeply. You have a ready smile and a pure heart.
Thank you for joining our family, baby. We are all the better for having known you.
All my love,