There have been so many happy days in my life, but of all the magical heavenly moments this one has to be the most priceless. It is etched on my mind as if it were just moments ago. Weddings are, of course, beautiful and memorable occasions but they rank a distant second to the birth of your first child. I guess that is because unlike so many marriages, a baby is forever. It is the connection between our past and our future. I look back on this picture and realize that Mike and I really were young and so green. We thought we were prepared. We had the car seat, the crib, and a months worth of diapers. We had spent the previous months going to bed at night reading stacks of baby and parenting books and I'm glad we did because after this picture was taken I don't think we ever had the time to pick up another one again. The truth was, though, we didn't have a clue, not an inkling of what we were doing or where we were headed. We never could have guessed how this wrinkled blothcy pink bundle of bliss would become one of the three greatest accomplishments in our life together.
It's too bad we didn't have a digital camera. I would have taken so many more pictures but seriously I never even dreamed I'd have my own computer that is like another appendage or that I would someday be blogging and posting pictures about my baby's 26th birthday. It's been a wonderful life that is passing by way too quickly.
Okay, so this one makes me misty too.
From blotchy baby to best friend and beauty. Love you. You always make me smile. Keep the memories coming our way. Happy birthday.