Ava is ONE!

Our sweet baby Ava is ONE! I can't believe it, but I think that must be what all parents say. Our baby girl is such a sweetheart! She is ALMOST walking, besties with her sister, and LOVES to climb. She has a joy about her that is tangible and a giggle that is contagious!

Our favorite times with her involve cuddling (she is a little lover), giving open-mouthed kisses, watching her play with Emily, and "wrestling" with daddy on our big, king bed. She climbs up the stairs, bounces on the mini-trampoline, and loves to imitate whatever Emily does. On her birthday, she literally took her first steps while walking in between her "mama and papa."

I think about her and I just smile. She just is such a little sweetie. I get emotional when I think about how fast things go with them, but we are just truly trying to cherish each moment (harder than it seems, sometimes).

I wrote this a few months ago:
I want to remember these moments so vividly. In the chair, snuggling your cheeks, breathing in your smell, holding you tight.

I want you to always know how much I love you. Like, truly love you...every inch of you. I love everything about you and would do anything for you.

It's these moments that I cherish. The stillness of the moment that may seem plain or just merely "daily." But no, they are gifts. To sit with you, hold you, nurse you, and provide time for you. Your sweet face nestled against me. Your little movements and mannerisms amaze me. You brush your hand back and forth on my collarbone, you move your legs to cuddle me, you play with my necklace as you eat.

The way we connect in this time is nothing but miraculous. The way I can provide nourishment to you is something I never knew could feel so powerful and fulfilling.

When I snuggle your neck, I love feeling your supple skin, your little body. I kiss your cheeks as you smile and your slobbery lips touch my face. Your sweet voice sighs or starts to giggle. I wrap my arms around you because you feel so tiny. But so fulfilling and beautiful too. I hold you because I know this won't last. You are growing so fast, so perfectly.

I don't take these moments for granted..even though they are happening so quickly. I pause and cherish. Cherish you. Cherish the gift that you are to my delicate, mothering soul. You fill me up in ways that no one or thing ever will. Because you're my baby. My baby girl.

AVA'S BIRTHDAY PARTY
For her party, I wanted to create a laid-back but beautiful celebration that allowed family and friends to enjoy her and spend time together. We had some appetizers, an amazing-tasting punch, and my mom made the most beautiful cake! Mint, gold, and white decorations to compliment her sweet and delicate personality. I am so incredibly thankful for the friends and family that came over to help celebrate our baby!

Emily helping Ava blow out her candle!

Emily helping Ava blow out her candle!

Ava sweetly tasting and enjoying her cake!

Ava sweetly tasting and enjoying her cake!

Daddy getting some great GoPro video!

Daddy getting some great GoPro video!

mint cake gold party planning decor
My mom creates the most delicious and BEAUTIFUL cakes!! Thank you, Grandma Debbie!

My mom creates the most delicious and BEAUTIFUL cakes!! Thank you, Grandma Debbie!

mint gold cakepops
This punch stole the show! Thanks to my friend, Sam who whipped it together 'cause I was running behind! Here is the recipe!

This punch stole the show! Thanks to my friend, Sam who whipped it together 'cause I was running behind! Here is the recipe!

I loved the idea of having everyone sign the back of these little square photos I had printed on Social Print!

I loved the idea of having everyone sign the back of these little square photos I had printed on Social Print!

Ava fell sleep on Heather half-way through her own party!

Ava fell sleep on Heather half-way through her own party!