Ava Grace's Closet: A year in Reverse
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Monday, August 22, 2011

A year in Reverse

Our sweet Ava Grace is 17 months old today.
It feels like it was yesterday that we brought her home.
Those first few weeks were so tough on me. A true testament to who I am as a mommy.
Sensitive. In a word. Hyper-sensitive. In two.
I cried for days about how I was going to get her up the stairs. So not kidding.
Post-partum at it's finest -
And I stared at her. A lot. Almost obsessively.
Perhaps every new mother feels this way? (please tell me I am not crazy)
I still ache when I look at her. I do.
Especially when she is sleeping. At peace
I love her with every part of my being.

I often wish I had started this little blog earlier and documented her first year.
But I know in my heart that I would not have managed. There was the whole no sleep at all thing.
So here is a glimpse into her first year - 
our little miss.
Dear Ava,
Friends told us that a new baby would bring so much love and laughter into the house - they were right.
 You are such a joy - always smiling. Always happy.
Each morning begins the same way...with you calling out for mama.
Clutching your Bobo and looking from room to room for your big sister and brother.
Playing "under". And giggling.
You love to be outside. Or to just walk around the house. And talk. A lot.
You give the best hugs and kisses.
And have finally started to sleep. I still get to visit at least once per night but things are much better.
I am so blessed to have been home to spend all of the early months with you.
I couldn't imagine a life without you in it.


  1. awwwww so cute!!! I am one of the lucky ones that goes nuts while pregnant...my poor husband...I don't throw up...I cry every day, get mad over nothing...I have no control over the emotions...yikes :)

  2. She is such a precious girl. I wish I started my blog earlier too. Better late than never, though, right?! : )

  3. So precious...time goes by so fast. My youngest is 21 months and every day I see him getting bigger it's like I long for his baby days again...

  4. Awwww! So beautiful and sweet! I love the "visiting" part of your letter. What a sweet way to put it!

  5. Your children are stunning...and I had a 3rd surprise babe as well...Miss Mia aka Mimi Mimah, mialiscious... She is a joy!
    Following from vB hop - hope you will check us out at www.twinswithtots.blogspot.com
    have a great day
    Cathy and Becca

  6. awww She is so adorable!

    Happy 17months! my baby girl is going to 17 months too! How time flies!

    Stopping by to to visit and to say HI! Have a great MONDAY! :)

  7. What a great post! Your little Ava is unbelievably cute and sweet! I know what you mean about staring at them constantly! I think I still do that now! My little man is going to be 18 months tomorrow... I can't believe how the time has flown! And in about 7 months I'll be starting it all over again when we welcome baby #2 to our nest!



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