Happy 1st Birthday To Kaitlyn!

Has it been a year already?

Was it really a year ago I gave birth to this beautiful bundle of Joy? Time truly flies! I feel like it was just yesterday I was in the hospital holding her in my arms. I feel like it was a moment ago when she smiled for the first time in her first week of life! I feel like this girl was born smiling, laughing and lighting up the world around her.

Was it really a year ago I spent sleepless nights nursing her, and while the whole world was quiet, still and asleep, I would lay her on my chest and match her breathing to mine. All the post partum pain, all the fatigue, the to do lists, melted away while looking at her. I felt like it was just the two of us in the whole world. Holding her in my arms those nights I felt like the luckiest woman in the world.

Has it been 9 months since her 100 days, where she patiently sat on her bumbo on the beach while her brother persistently practically choked her by putting his arms around her barely visible neck? Of course she would because she adores everything her brother does. She yelps in laughter whenever he merely looks at her!

Even though it was cold and drizzly that day and she didn't have a good nap, she still filled the camera with smiles that lit up the skies.

Did she really start eating solids 6 months ago? I love how she is a ravenous eater and how she eats everything make in my Ninja chop!

Was it really a few months ago you started to crawl and in curiosity had to look into every nook and cranny of our tiny apt?

With Joey our first year was filled with so much love and joy but also a lot of stress on what to do, and a lot of fear, hoping we dont' mess it up. Postpartum (I'll probably have to talk about this in another post) for joey was terrible, depressing and lonely. Each milestone thereafter had  a modicum of anxiety to go along with it.

Needless to say we certainly did things differently with our second child. But one thing is for sure, I made it a point to savor every moment. Now the year has gone and part of me is sad to close this chapter of her life. Even though I tried to treasure every step, I still feel it went by too fast.

One thing people would ask me is what is the difference between how you feel with your your son vs. your daughter. Its a tough question but after some thought I think they way I feel can be summed up like this:

Having a son is like having your heart filled to the brim with pride and joy. Having a girl is like falling in love.

Everytime I look at her, her smiles, her laugh, her face... I fall in love. One year down and many more years to fall in love with her day by day. Happy Birthday my Kaitlyn!

We had a First Birthday celebration at church on Sunday. Big shout out to Jooliyah from Konglish Kids! She did an amazing job setting up the Dohl Janchi (First Bday Table Setting). I had nothing to worry about and she had everything prepared for me WHEW! One less thing this mama needs to worry about. Word is out she is planning to do this on the side so if you want an amazing first birthday party stylist email her at jooliyah at gmail dot com! Also thank you to Heidi Kim for the awesome pictures! If you would also love amazing photos of your special occasion email her at heidistarkim at gmail dot com.

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