52 in 2014 • Week 5

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

05/52.

02.01

I've already written paragraph after paragraph about this day, your 2nd birthday, so I'll keep it short. Each day I wake up in disbelief - I can't believe the amount of love that I have for you and that you actually love me back. You're messy and loud and really, sometimes I would rather just be alone than have you climbing up my back trying to put your finger in my nose - you push me and frustrate me, but wow, do I love you. I am stupidly, blow-my-mind lucky to get to spend everyday just watching you grow. I did my best to make this day special for you, even though you probably won't remember it. Your beaming smile, look of surprise, and 'ooh's and 'ah's and 'wow's when Papa brought out the cake was worth spending the entire morning baking it while simultaneously trying to keep you from putting your entire arm in the bowl of batter. It was harder than it sounds. You were so proud of yourself when you managed to blow out all of the candles without any help. I will never stop trying to make you happy, I will never stop working to give you a good life, and I will never stop loving your Papa and giving you the best example of an admirable wife and mother to follow after that I can.

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved,
desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing,
but burn burn burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars."
- Jack Kerouac

(This reminds me so much of you. You're lively and spunky and feisty, my little roman candle,
but at the same time, you are one of the most beautiful, gentle souls I've ever met.)

16 comments:

  1. That is one of my very favorite quotes (and books) and I so so so love that you used it for your daughter. That is unbelievably sweet and perfect.

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  2. Loved the quote too, so beautiful! I just keep on thinking about the chaos to come with my baby girl being just 4 months old, but we just embrace it with open arms don't we? Sounds exactly what you are doing, you are an amazing mum! I look forward to reading more of your blog x

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! It really does get crazier, but with the crazy comes more love and fun and celebration. The journey of parenting is just awesome. . .

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  3. so beautiful Andrea. Wow she's growing fast. xx

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  4. So sweet, Andrea. Your love for her spills out of these blog pages. She is a very lucky girl. :-)

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    1. :) Thank you. Your words mean a lot to me. That's my biggest goal in building up this blog - to stay true to the original intention, which was to leave love notes here for my family.

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  5. gorgeous birthday photo Andrea and beautiful words.

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  6. Such a lovely pic! Happy B-day lovely Evie!
    and by the way... read your loooong post about the end of nursing and I have to tell I´m totally with you! I´m going through this stage too and it is so hard! I miss it! I´m so sad this part is over and even harder as Lina is asking so often for boobies! ... but she is 2 and a half! So I think it was right anyway!
    You go, mama!

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    1. We're still nursing once or twice a day, but she often unlatches and asks for a cup of milk, so I know the end is coming. Nursing until two and half is awesome! I'm not sure if we'll make it that long, but I'm satisfied with being able to nurse this long. It really was/is a beautiful experience!

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