It’s the eve of Harper’s first birthday and I have so much to say…but it’s so hard to summarize our entire amazing year…I never feel I can find the right words or write it as beautifully as it deserves to be captured.
But this will be published on her birthday, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY SWEET BABY HARPER REESE!
How can I summarize this year and do it justice? (I can’t) It has been the most incredible year, the most fun, the most challenging, the funniest, the scariest. You made me a mother and with that you showed me the kind of love that makes your heart feel like it’s exploding into millions of pieces. You’ve shown me patience, made me stronger and better and helped grow me into the woman I always wished I would be.
You made me a mother and you gave me the world through your sweet, innocent, beautiful eyes. The day you were born, I could never imagine what you would be like a year from now—and now life is forever changed as I watch you grow and learn and thrive and I’m so lucky—we are so lucky and grateful to be your parents.
Your smile lights up my world, your laugh makes my heart melt and every time you learn something new or show me you understand something new, I’m just in awe of you.
From that sweet tiny little newborn nestled in my arms in our hospital bed to the walking, vocal, determined baby girl you are today, you have changed our lives forever in the very best way imaginable.
Happy birthday my life, my love, my beauty. We love you so much.
Health: Other than a 48-hour tummy bug, Harper has been doing great health-wise. She’s teething right now and she was definitely clingier and fussier than usual today. Poor baby teething on her birthday…
Sleep: Yay for sleeping through the night! This babe sleeps consistently from about 7:45 ish through 6 or 6:30 a.m. Once in awhile she will wake up in the middle of the night and go back to sleep on her own. Rarely, one of us has to actually go into her room. This has been huge for us because getting enough sleep makes life a lot easier as parents.
Diet: Harper is still getting frozen pumped milk. I’m really stressed about the transition to WCM…we were supposed to start this past weekend and we couldn’t because she was recovering from her tummy bug…so now, we basically have to try and transition in about a week because we have to travel. I hope she takes to it well because the logistics of bringing a ton of frozen milk onto a plane are not ones I want to deal with.
If you have any advice on transitioning, I’m all ears! We are going to mix WCM into her bottles 25/75 then 50/50 etc. to get her used to the taste. She likes most foods so maybe she will take well to it…but she loves those bottles so I’m guessing it will be a challenge.
She’s still doing great with solids—eating a lot of veggies, grains and fruits daily as well as cheese, eggs and Greek yogurt. She self-feeds really wonderfully and is very enthusiastic about food.
To be honest, I’m a little bit afraid of the hormone crash that’s going to come when my milk completely stops. Did that happen to you? Would love to hear your experiences with weaning.
Overall though, I’m so proud to have met my goal of Harper receiving my breast milk for an entire year! (yay!)