I think it's true what they say - the days are long but the years are short. Some of our days (and especially our nights) have been very long. But this year truly sprinted along, transforming my tiny button of a baby into a little person who walks and talks (sort of) and steals my heart over and over and over again.
Her birthday party was this past Saturday and it was, of course, pink. Someday she may play hockey, go fishing with her dad, and want to paint her bedroom orange or green. All of those things sound wonderful and I can't wait, but for now, while it's still up to me, I'm keeping things pink.
My mom made this fabulous wreath. I just love it.
Harriet's Auntie Bean helped us decorate for the party on Friday. As we were leaving, my mom said, "Wouldn't it be funny if we came back in the morning and Bean had folded the napkins into some crazy design?" Well, in the morning, there were swans.
It had to be funfetti.
We planned three days of activities for Harriet's birthday weekend - the party on Saturday, the Holidazzle and Macy's 8th floor on Sunday, and the Mall of America on Monday. We ended up snowed in on Sunday. At first, I was disappointed to miss the parade and an afternoon downtown, but I ended up grateful for a day at home with nothing to do but play with Harriet. We tried out the sled she got from her aunt and uncle. You can't tell from the picture, but she loved it.
Yesterday, we had pancakes for breakfast. (That's a 1.)
And then headed to the Mall of America, where Harriet got to see the fish at the Sea Life Aquarium.
And rode the Merry-Go-Round with her dad.
She seriously loves shopping.
It feels so obvious and trite to write this, but...I feel so blessed. I vividly remember a time when I doubted we'd ever get here. And even during those rare hopeful times, I never could have dreamed that having a child would be this wonderful...and challenging and exhausting and messy...and wonderful.
Happy, happy birthday to you, Harriet Grace.