Friday, January 10, 2014

A Pictorial Recap of Ellie's First Year

What a fast, exciting, crazy, and memorable year 2013 was! Here's Ellie's first year in photos... I sure take a lot of pictures!! But it's amazing to see how she's blossomed before our eyes! Click this link to see the youtube video :)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

A Letter to our Daughter on her First Birthday


Dear Ellie,

It was five years ago when your daddy and I both had dreams about you being in our lives. To be honest, it scared us. It scared us so much that we had decided not to have anymore kids. 

The day I found out I was pregnant with you, you surprised us again. Once the shock wore off, we were ecstatic and couldn't wait to meet you.

When the doctors told us to prepare to lose you when I was only 10 weeks pregnant, you surprised us again and you kept growing and getting stronger in my belly. 

When we found out you were a GIRL you surprised us again. We had thought you would be a boy based on our track record. We were so excited!!

When the doctors told us you had a heart problem when I was 38 weeks pregnant and that you could come out blue, you surprised us with your adorable little pink body and cute girly cry. 

When the doctors told me my tests were negative for all trisomies, and you were born with T21 you surprised us. But we had already met you in our dreams so we were comforted in knowing that you were just where you were meant to be.

When the doctors listed off all of the medical problems you could have, including sight and hearing problems, thyroid issues, heart and digestion diseases, you surprised us. You were cleared by the cardiologist at 2 months old. You have passed all your hearing and vision tests. You have none of the problems that the doctors warned us about. 

Every step of the way you have blown us away. You have the ability to bring joy to every person you meet. You are inquisitive and smart. You are starting to talk and interact with everyone around you. You gently lay your hands on your brother’s face when he is crying, comforting him and making him smile. You have the cutest laugh and your brother Will brings it out of you the best. You are so loved by us, as well as all of your aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, grandparents and friends.


You are a daddy’s girl to your core. You light up when he walks in the room and give him the biggest hugs and kisses of all. If he's had a hard day at work, he loves to snuggle you because you somehow make everything better.


On your first birthday I want to thank you for choosing us to be your parents. We are so lucky to have you as our little girl. You make us so proud. We know you will continue to shine as you grow. We can't wait to see what you accomplish in this life. Everyone tells us how lucky you are to have us as parents. But I can tell you this, we are the lucky ones, thank you for being our daughter.

Love mom and dad.


Your daddy chose the song for this post, and I think it's perfect for you baby girl.