My sweet Gemma Grace,
I am still unable to process that it has been a whole year since you joined our little family and completed us. A year since I was sitting calming awaiting your arrival, buggering around with your Dad in the pre-op area before we were wheeled into theatre to meet you face to face.
You entered this world at 17h07 with loud cries and seriously pouty lips and you’ve been a delight to everyone in our family since then. We have all fallen in love with your little face and as you have grown and developed in the past twelve months I find myself battling to remember how our family functioned before you became a part of it.
You have the cutest little laugh, although you do seem to use it more sparingly than I would like. You love to chatter and babble away and always have long stories to tell, especially at bed time when you snuggle your face into your spit towel and look at me with those greeny blue eyes (so like my own). You love getting zerbits. You love it when we tickle/grab your chubby thighs. You ADORE the water – oh how different to your brother you are in this department. Your face lights up when you realise it’s bath or pool time.
You know what you want and you are not afraid of SCREAMING to let us know it. You have never been one to crawl in the traditional sense preferring to do your own version of a sideways bum shuffle and whilst you are cruising around quite comfortably I think you like being in our arms a bit too much and have absolutely NO interest in walking yet.
At last you are getting some hair – it was with much disdain that I realised I had birthed a practically bald baby! Everyone keeps telling me that when your hair DOES eventually come in that I should expect mops of it but only time will tell if that is the case. We wonder if you’re going to end up being a light blonde or a more blondish brown as your hair is currently different colours on top and in the back.
Baby girl, you have changed me.
I always thought of myself as a boy mom but you have made me a girl mom too. You have made me, Daddy and Kade grow and stretch in the year you’ve been with us. You’ve made us all short tempered at times, but definitely more loving too. You are teaching us to be a family of four. Teaching us to give more, to share more, to be more.
I cannot wait to see how you grow in the year to come. Our gift from God. Thank you for choosing us to be your family.
We love you Gemma Bean. So very much.
Happy FIRST birthday my little jewel.