Our 4th of July weekend included a lot of statements beginning with the phrase, “This time last year.” It’s hard to believe a year has passed. This time last year we welcomed Emerson into our lives. This time last year I had never heard of the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Now, not only can I recite it from memory but I can throw a hungry caterpillar themed birthday party!
Yesterday we spent Emerson’s birthday with family and ended the day with a birthday party at the campground. Emerson got her first taste of carrot cake covered with a sugary frosting. (Chris was opposed to the cake idea but we compromised by a) making carrot cake, and b) using as many local ingredients as possible. The carrots, eggs, and flour were all from local farmers). As suspected, Emerson loved it. She also loved smearing it all over her dad’s shirt.
I became very sentimental last night as I climbed into bed and reflected on the year. I recalled those early challenges of exhaustion and trying to soothe a fussy baby. That fear of going out alone with the baby. What would I do if she started crying at the grocery store? (She did. I survived.) And how suddenly I have a child who is walking, clapping, laughing, dancing, and saying, “Da” every time she sees one of the campground’s ducks. It’s amazing how quickly time flies.
I’ll stop now before I get all mushy and teary eyed and simply state that it was a happy first birthday for our little girl. We are blessed. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go tend to my TODDLER (ack!!) as she attempts to feed the dog her carrots.