Before I even get started, let me go on and state the obvious and the following: I love both of my babies more than anything in the world and would fight off a pack of wild birds (I am deathly afraid of them) to protect them. Along with their daddy, they are the most precious and most important things in the world to me and I have never loved anything more than I love them.
If I've realized anything over the past year with having 2 small children, it's this: things that were a HUGE deal with numero uno just don't seem as big of a deal with number 2. I mean, I recorded everything that Ella did every day of her life from what her first church nursery number was number was to when she sat in her car seat for the first time facing the front. You know, the big important stuff. I have hundreds of pages of this stuff. Finley? Finley doesn't even have a baby book. Does that make me a bad mom? It might be up for debate. However, all the stuff I want to put in her future baby book is in the same place so that's a start, right?. My point is that while I love my daughters more than anything, Ella was able to receive all of our constant attention, while that's just not possible for Finley. I struggle and wrestle with this fact a lot. But then I remember that both David and I are second children and look how amazing we are. Don't y'all just love my sense of humor? We are a completely different family now, for the better, than we were when it was just the 3 of us, in both a quantitative and qualitative way.
So, where is this going you are probably asking. Well, we had Finley's 1st birthday celebration this past weekend and it was so much fun and very low key. Ella's 1st birthday party was big with lots of our friends and lots of kids. Finley's party was just us, Gammy and Grandpa and DeeDee and Granddad (aka Gaga). It was so much fun and so relaxing. Not that we didn't have an awesome time at Ella's party, but it was nice just being very laid back and not on any schedule. And, Finley doesn't turn 1 until July 31st, but due to upcoming trips and schedules, it was more convenient to do it on Saturday, 2 weeks shy of her actual big day. We all had a great time and most importantly, Finley had a great time. She didn't know what to do with her cake at first, but once she finally let me put some in her mouth, she was all over it and loved mashing it with her fingers. So, happy almost 1st birthday to my baby. You are loved more than you will ever know.
**Does anyone know of an easy way to rearrange pictures once they have been uploaded?**
Our Happy Birthday Girl.
Finley's pool crawl.
What's left of Finley's smash cake.
Otto playing clean up.
The birthday girl.
Big sister showing her how it's done.
Just getting started.
Us and the girls.
DeeDee, "Gaga" and the girls.
Gammy, Grandpa and the girls.
Finley's smash cake. Isn't this the cutest thing ever?