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Friday, April 30, 2010

HaPpY 1st BiRtHdAy PAISLEY!!!

Our lilacs are blooming. That smell takes me right back to the week Paisley was born. I had cut some blooms and placed them all around the house. I like to have fresh flowers nearby when I'm laboring. Makes me feel peaceful. I had a bouquet right next to our bed.

I came upon this video and it literally feels like yesterday to me. It's taken an hour after she was born. Somehow, 365 days and nights have come and gone since then!!! I can still feel the cozy warmth, grateful joy, relief and peace that flooded our bedroom that early morning as we were introduced to our daughter.....smelled her newborn freshness, listened to her little "sounds" that babies make when they're first born....stretching themselves into the world, thanked God for the strength to make it through and heard her LOUD cry for the first time!!


Moments after her birth with our dear midwife Maribeth, (who delivered all our children).
xoxo to you Maribeth! We love you!!
First Touch.

2 weeks old, her first "photo shoot" by Adrienne!!
Some things we've learned about her the last 365 days and nights:
Paisley has spunk.
She's joyful and playful.
She is quick to smile.
She loves her Daddy.

She loves to eat anything you put in front of her:
salmon, asparagus and homemade bread are a few of her favorites!
She is 23 pounds. (My left bicep is very toned).
She is wrestled by her brothers and could care less! If she doesn't like something, you will know it!
She has a set of lungs on her....and they are STRONG!
She is content to sit back and watch the action around her.
She is daring.
She is feisty.
She is charming.

Our hearts continue to be grateful for ALL we have been given through her.
She has captured our hearts.

"She is my joy and heart's delight."
~ Robert Wever~


Anonymous said...

happy day.

Bess said...

Your pictures are beautiful...they make me cry. :)

Happy special day to the little girl of the house! :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday "Sweetie Pie" ( I won't even try to write it the way I say it! lol) Love you so much...

Sarah said...

Happy 1st Birthday to Paisley!!! And what a beautiful little girl she is!!!

Just a little something from Judy said...

I really enjoy watching her grow up. She is so adorable! I wish her a very special birthday! She certainly is a loved little girl.

CountryMidwife said...

So adorable! Happy birthday Miss Paisley! It just makes me smile to see how much she looks like you :) And, for the record, I'm pretty sure I delivered exactly NONE of your children!!!! "Attended all your births" -- yes! And here's to 12 more! ")

CountryMidwife said...

PS -- in that pic w/ me that is definitely way "above average" muscle tone for a newborn! Way to go Pais!

Meg said...

Coming out of the closet, Janelle! Love your blog. LOVE Maribeth...THE BEST!!!

Jeane` said...

I can honestly say I have NEVER IN MY LIFE seen a little girl who is the very (miniature) replica of her mother. GORGEOUS! (both of you!!!)