Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Happy Birthday, Mandy!

Mandy is 1 year old today. The last year has been so fun and I can't believe how far we've come. From a drunk guy trying to steal our car in the night, to going to the hospital to finally have our baby girl a week late, to suffering through labor and delivery, and being ecstatically happy to have Mandy Rose healthy and in our arms. If you weren't around last year, you may want to click on this link to read about last year's drama. Or you may just want to remember it all again. It was really crazy. 

She was born around noon last year and I am seriously thrilled that I am not pushing a child out of my contracting uterus today. Instead, I will think about my beautiful baby and how blessed I am to be with her every day. She is such a happy girl and brightens my world with her breathtakingly beautiful smile.





Sunday, we had a party for Mandy with Jeff's family. It isn't that our families don't get along that we see the need for 2 parties, but it just worked out that the Peters' bunch could attend a Sunday party and my parents (in Olympia) could come down for a Tuesday party. And the fact that just inviting immediate family is 35 people. It gets a little crazy around here. Not drunk-guy-stealing-our-car-while-I-was-in-labor crazy, just 10-children-3-years-old-and-under-with-pink-cupcakes crazy.






She loved her pink cake, although she tried to act like she got to do that kind of thing every day. Oh ya, pink frosting in the hair.... I do this all the time That's how I get the height, in case you were wondering.




Happy Birthday, Sweet Baby. I look forward to each day that leads to a new year and a special birthday for you. I love watching you grow


Mandy's 1 year old portraits are on my photography blog.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Mandy! I love how into her cake she was. Too cute!
Deb

Kellie said...

Happy First Birthday Mandy! Love the cake pictures! I enjoyed reading your birth story, sounds very familiar to mine. I also gave birth in Corvallis with a midwife using the squat bar last year. I also was led to believe that second births were "easier" and found that to be a big fat lie. And I definitely second the fact that afterpains were much more pronounced the second time and HURT!

Ratzlaff Reflections said...

So cute!! Happy Birthday Mandy Rose!! (And she looks adorable in pink!!)

Andee said...

Happy birthday, Mandles!

Grace said...

Happy Birthday Mandy! She is so beautiful!!!

Linds and Manda said...

Happy Birthday Mandy! It looks like you enjoyed your cake. Liam is sitting here on my lap close to drooling...he also likes cake. :) Big birthday hugs from both of us! Love, Amanda & Liam

april said...

Happy Birthday Mandy! I hope to get to meet you one day!

april said...

Happy Birthday Mandy! I hope to get to meet you one day!

Dan & Hillary and little Russell said...

Glad she loves cake! You take great pictures. Happy birthday, Mandy!

Lindsay said...

What a sweet girl indeed! She's beuatiful. Yours is the best birth story, ever!

Cathy said...

Happy Birthday to you, beautiful Mandy Rose! You are so blessed!

Sara said...

Happy Birthday, Mandy! Can't believe she's already a year now!