Monday, December 30, 2013

She is one!!!

Holy Cow! How is today Zara's first birthday?!?! Somehow it has been a year since that amazing night of Zara's feet first miracle birth. What a year it has been. Our first year as parents has been, well, I am not sure I can even describe it. It is like this thing that you can't fully understand until you are a parent and you have your newborn in your arms and she looks deep into your soul - or the first time she smiles at you - or the first time you hear her giggle - or the way she kicks her feet with excitement and smiles at you when she knows you are coming to get her in the morning or after a nap. Being able to experience all of those things for the first time this year has been so special for me and Julie. It has been a huge adjustment, and a crazy change in our lives, but oh so worth it in every way. Then you add in seeing Julie as a mom every day, and it just make me that much more happy.

We've had a fun few days around here in DC. Zara loved her first Christmas, well - she had no idea what was going on for the most part, but she really liked the wrapping paper. I know I am probably just saying this because I am her dad, but look how cute this little girl is!












































She got this awesome little walker from her Grammie and Grandfather and she squeals every time she sees it. She is going to be walking really soon I think.

Today for her birthday we played at our house, took a few photos, ran some errands, and capped off the day with a little birthday party that some of our friends joined us for.




^^^We've been taking monthly photos of Zara on the couch here throughout the year. She used to just sit there or lay there and look. Not any more. She is a serious mover! The only way we could get her to stay in one place long enough to take a photo was to trap her behind all the pillows. Luckily, she thought it was kind of funny too (for a few seconds at least).


For dinner, we had Zara's favorite: Chipotle. I don't know what it is, but she will wolf down rice and beans and guac like there is no tomorrow. That face she is doing is her "I know what that is, and I want it!" face.



She loved the sandwich kiss.




She loved the candle. I wish I had a photo of her eyes squinting at it trying to figure out what it was.


Mama helped her blow out the candle, then it was off to the exploration. I was hoping for a messy cupcake, but Julie, being the good mom that she is, baked some awesome banana muffins.


She couldn't figure out what it was for a bit. She turned it upside down, starting tearing it up, then I gave her a taste and she went to town. Basically downed the whole thing. 








Happy Birthday Zara! Pretty crazy to think that one year ago, you looked like this:

...and a year from now, you'll be walking, talking, and doing all kinds of awesome stuff. Can't wait to see what year two beholds!


6 comments:

Eyrealm said...

Oh Eli and Julie, what a lucky little girl this Zara is to belong to you two! Wow do we ever have great memories of her first week of life together. She is just adorable! LOVE these pictures! Almost as good as being there! Love the walker pics! Hug that girl for us!

shawni said...

sweetie pie!

Jonah and Aja said...

Awwwwwwwe! We love that girl, and love Eli and Julie too!

I'm glad Eli wore a purple shirt in the family photos so that his kids will always know that he's always been a snappy dresser. :)

XoXO! Come to Hawaii Zara so you can eat lots of guacamole!

Saren Loosli said...

Oh how we love that Zara! We want to reach through the computer screen and grab her and snuggle her - she's so cute and we miss her so much! What a wonderful, beautiful little family you've got.

Lisa Maria said...

Ah! These photos just kill me. Especially that first one. Zara is adorable.

Jonah and Aja said...

when shes calm i think she looks like julie, but when she is plastered happy i can only think of little fang-toothed pinlerton.