Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Happy Birthday Cori Belle!!

Yesterday, December 28th, we celebrated Cori Belle’s FIRST birthday. She was born at 2:48 am one year ago, and yesterday, she decided it would be so nice to wake up at 2:15am to celebrate her birthday and return to bed at 3am. Silly girl. :) We had a great day together as a family, even though we spent most of it packing and traveling back to Gainesville after being away for the holiday. She did wear her “Birthday Girl” shirt and watched a sweet Birthday video from her Aunt Jamie, which we will cherish forever!

Here is my sweet girl, one year ago… I forgot how much they sleep as newborns!!

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And, here she is on her birthday – so beautiful and BIG!

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Because we were traveling all day, these are just about the only pictures we took on her actual birthday.

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed. I remember sitting in the delivery room waiting for her to arrive. I remember the moment she entered the world and I held her for the first time. It was the moment I became a mommy and I’m so blessed to be her mommy. No words can describe how much I love my little girl.

In keeping true to form, we will wrap up this amazing year with a few things about Cori Belle at ONE and all the things I LOVE about her!

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  • The love you have for your baby dolls. The way you treat those baby dolls shows what a sweet and loving personality you have. You are constantly kissing and hugging them.

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  • The way you snuggle with your baby at bed time.
  • Celebrating Christmas with you for the first time!

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  • Seeing you with your NEW big girl Sippy cup. It lets you drink from a straw and you LOVE that!

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  • That you point to things around you constantly as you inquire what new things are. We travel all around the house learning the words for each thing you point to. You are always wanting to learn more!
  • The way you watch your new Praise Baby DVD’s. You are SO into those DVD’s and you talk to the screen and clap as you watch.
  • Your obsession with waving! You wave to everyone and everything! You even wave to me at the end of every car trip as I am unbuckling you from your car seat. Here you are waving to the camera! You are so friendly!!

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  • Watching you take more and more steps each day.
  • That you will consistently roll a ball back and forth with me! :) Dad got a new soccer ball for Christmas and you LOVE it!

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  • That you can pretty much eat anything now… cheese-its, animal crackers, teddy grahams, cookies at Publix when we go shopping, pasta, pizza, cheerios, etc! Yay for having 4 teeth!
  • Doing Tot School with you! It’s been so much fun and I know this year of Tot School will be a blast of learning!

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  • The big eater you are in the morning. Your typical breakfast consists of either a scrambled egg and a bowl of oatmeal OR a banana and a bowl of oatmeal. YUM! PS – you are obsessed with bananas! You might turn into a monkey one day if you don’t slow down on those things! haha! :)
  • Your beautiful smile and contagious laughter!! You are one of the happiest little girls we know!

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  • Our bedtime routine! I make you a 6 oz. bottle of 2% milk (hot, or you won’t drink it!), we go into your room and sit by the bookshelf where you decide to read your storybook Bible (every night!), you crawl into my lap, and listen to me read while YOU turn the pages. When the story is over, we pray together. Then, you wave night night to the book, your lamp as we turn it off, and the door as if to tell anyone outside the door, goodnight. We rock together while you drink your bottle, then you rest your head on my shoulder awhile before I put you in your crib. Those are the moments. :)

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  • That you can say hi, dada, mama, maverick, doggy, and baby. Most of these words resemble the sound of “dada,” but I can tell they mean different things. You also say a lot of other jibber jabber that only you and other babies can understand, but you LOVE to talk!!
  • Watching you push your own stroller around! So CUTE!

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  • That when daddy or I ask for kisses, sometimes you will kiss us and sometimes you will put your forehead to our lips. :)
  • When we ask you how old you are, you will hold up one finger in the air and smile!

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  • That you made us into a family of 3. We LOVE you!!

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Cori, this year with you has been the best year of my life, so far. You bring magic into our lives and melt our hearts with that sweet smile. Your daddy and I LOVE you more than words can say and we hope you know that each and every day. I heard a song the other day and it reminded me of you. Below you will find the first verse and chorus. I hope one day you will appreciate this song as much as I do. I love you sweet one! Happy Birthday!

Never Grow Up- Taylor Swift

Your little hands wrapped around my finger
And it's so quiet in the world tonight
Your little eyelids flutter cause you're dreaming
So I tuck you in and turn on your favorite nightlight
To you, everything's funny
You got nothing to regret
I'd give all I have honey
If you could stay like that

Oh darling don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up
Just stay this little
Oh darling don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up
It could stay this simple
I won't let nobody hurt you
Wont let no one break your heart
No one will desert you
Just try to never grow up
Never grow up

1 comment:

Saul and Megan said...

Hi Danielle! This is Megan, Missy's friend. I just started my blog because Missy made me sign up for one! Add me to your family and friends list. I love the pictures of Cori. She's beautiful! Happy New Year!