Nellie Rose : 1 Year Old.

On January 20th, 2010 at 4:15 PM my life changed forever. A 7 lb 2 oz wailing child with a head full of dark hair came into my life and made me a mother.

Her name is Nellie Rose and today, January 20th, 2011 she turns 1 year old.

Here is a slideshow of her 1st year in pictures, set to music. It’s 15 minutes long and I understand if you don’t watch it all. It’s more for her when she gets older and for me and her daddy. But if you make it all the way through, thank you.


Some 1 Year Stats

  • 21 pounds
  • A little over 26 inches long
  • Wearing size 12 month clothes, but rapidly growing out of them
  • Pulling up and has brief moments of unassisted standing
  • Can say “mama” “dada” and sings “la la la la”.
  • Dances while sitting down.
  • Sleeps through the night.
  • Bottle-free; drinks from a sippy cup.
  • Is on cow’s milk.
  • Has four teeth (two top, two bottom)
  • Loves graham crackers, chicken, potatoes, carrots, green beans, yogurt, mandarin oranges.
  • Hates avocado, peaches, apricots.
  • Claps.
  • Raises arms when asked, “how big is Nellie?”
  • Gives kisses when asked.

It’s hard to believe that our daughter has been here for a year. The past 365 days have flown by almost as if they didn’t exist. I’ve been a mom for a year now. It hasn’t always been easy. It’s actually been pretty hard at times. I’ve laughed, cried, been frustrated, been sad, felt lonely.. But it’s always been worth it. When I see my daughter’s face light up with a grin, or when I get her going in a giggle fit, I could explode into a thousand pieces with happiness. The love I feel when I watch her sleep takes my breath away. As I remember the day I gave birth to my Nellie, I feel tears in my eyes. I smile thinking of all the memories that we have yet to make, and all the adventures we have yet to embark upon.

To my Nellie Rose:

Happy Birthday, my darling girl. I still remember how it felt to have you kicking me from inside. When I kiss you, I find true happiness and peace. Your laugh fills my soul from corner to corner. You have no idea how much I love you, darling babe. Thank you, thank you, thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for choosing me to be your mother. It’s been an honor and I promise I will continue to do my best. You make me proud every second of every day.