08 November 2012

Blink of an Eye

When Natalie was just a few days old I could barely look at her without crying. I was overwhelmed with happiness and sadness alike.

Happiness for the obvious reasons. Sadness possibly due to hormones but also because I knew exactly how quickly time was going to go by and I desperately wanted to delay her growing up.

I wrote a hand written note to her when she was eight days old.

I've never shared it on here before. Honestly I kinda forgot about it until a couple days ago when I was looking for a piece of paper to make a list of things I need for her first birthday party.

12/12/11

Dear Natalie Mae,                                                                                                                         

"This past week has flown by. I completely understand why moms say, "They grow so fast." As cliche as it is, it is so true. You have been an absolute dream. Daddy and I have spent every day awing over you. Every hiccup, sneeze, or burp gets a reaction from us. Daddy is particularly amused by your loud farts. You are such a sweet baby. You seem so patient and don't cry much at all, not even during diaper changes or sponge baths. I wish I could hit a pause button and enjoy this stage with you longer. I know every milestone you hit will make me more and more proud. We feel so lucky to have you and to be your parents. I often get emotional when looking at you. I just can't believe how beautiful you are. Daddy is kind of over protective of you already. He wants the absolute best for you (as do I) and treats you as if you as if you're made of glass. He loves holding you on his chest and patting your back. I love holding you in my arms and kissing your teeny little nose. We can't get enough quality time with you and I feel complete. Life has never been better. I've never felt happier and things have never been this perfect. Even if you aren't always so laid back and easy that won't change our love for you. I never want to want to forget this first week with you. Your smell, smile, the cute little sucking noise you make as soon as the bottle hits your lips, the way you desperately search for something to eat when I burp you between feedings. I love everything about you. I look forward to each day with you. Just grow a little slower please!"

And then I blinked my eyes and almost an entire years gone by.








16 Thoughts :

Nessa November 8, 2012 at 1:01 PM  

That is so sweet! I've written a few letters to Chloe, some I've posted and some I haven't. I hope she'll enjoy them someday, like I'm sure Natalie will love this one.

Camille November 8, 2012 at 1:17 PM  

beautiful! all of it is so true too :).

cheers.

Shannon November 8, 2012 at 1:38 PM  

gah - I don't know what is more moving, the letter or the picture. *tear*

Krista November 8, 2012 at 1:42 PM  

Oh my gosh that is so sweet! You knew right away just how precious that time was. What a year for you huh!

I adore that picture! An absolutely irreplaceable moment captured there.

Leila Howell November 8, 2012 at 1:51 PM  

Beautiful.

Sarah November 8, 2012 at 3:23 PM  

So sweet. And what a precious picture. The hubs and I each wrote a letter at 6 months and then did when he turned a year. We plan to do it yearly and then give them all to him when he's older. She will LOVE reading this as you can just feel the love from her momma!

Stephanie November 8, 2012 at 3:48 PM  

Wow, I love this post! The letter is super sweet but the picture, as simple as it is, is perfect!!

Stesha Jordan November 8, 2012 at 4:18 PM  

This made my heart felt! So sweet, enjoy your time with your little one!

xxS

Melanie November 8, 2012 at 7:24 PM  

So cute :)

Megan November 9, 2012 at 11:23 AM  

I started crying before I even opened this. I read the first line and knew where it was going. :( Natalie and Kinsley have grown up way to fast. Weren't we JUST wishing they would arrive already???

Love that picture. So sweet. <3

Mama November 9, 2012 at 1:16 PM  

Love love that picture. Needs a frame.

marie November 9, 2012 at 1:24 PM  

Oh why didn't I think to write a note like that? So touching and all so true. She will cherish it when she is older, as will you. That is such a darling picture too, I love casual pictures like that that just evoke so much love between two people.

Holly November 9, 2012 at 9:31 PM  

What an awesome letter! I love that you wrote this! :)

the cheese thief November 13, 2012 at 1:03 AM  

I love the letter. It made me cry.

Michelle O November 14, 2012 at 9:35 PM  

I cried too. I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!

Michelle O November 14, 2012 at 9:36 PM  

P.S. I forgot to say, thanks for the idea. I will definitely be writing a letter as well :)