Monday, February 14, 2011

The fastest year of our lives

You know that ache you get in your heart when you love something so much? That is what I feel for Hollings. My heart is tight and I feel like I could burst out crying at any moment. How has a year gone by this fast. I honestly am almost in shock that I am not pregnant anymore let alone Hollings being one. It seems like yesterday that Worth was coming home from a nice dinner out and I told him I thought my water broke, and surprising you all in the morning with the announcement that Hollings was here, two weeks early! Hollings is a precious precious child. She gave us a run for our money when she turned about 2 weeks old (her due date). That is when the colic showed its ugly face. We finally found that laying her down on her belly was the cure. She did not sleep through the night as early as Rosey, but I have to give it to the girl, she is a good sleeper. She was forced to be portable, as most second children are. She would sleep on a towel in the shade when we would go to the pool over the summer. Of course who wouldn't want to take a nap like that, all warm with a steady sound of children playing and fountains running? At about 6 weeks she revealed that amazing smile to us and my heart lept for joy because the crying was becoming a little unbearable and my soul was heavy with the passing of my beloved Grandma. Hollings carries around the smile of my Grandma. The smile that tells you everything is going to be ok. The smiles that lights a room and stops people in their tracks. The smile of my sister.
Hollings is so lovable, so gentle, so funny. She really does things to make us laugh, on purpose. She brings a lightness to our house. She adores her older sister. She loves being near BellaRose. Hollings thinks BellaRose is the cat's meow.
She was born with a lot of hair and never lost any but this little spot in the back. I love seeing her be such a little peanut with so much hair. She stands, but does not walk yet. She only has two bottom teeth with 2 on the top just breaking through. Of course those two pumpkin teeth just add to that magnificent smile.
Having two kids is difficult, there is no two ways about it, but this year has been totally worth it. I would never change it, not one ounce, not even the colic. It makes me cherish these times so much more. It hard for me not to mourn for the last year that saw so many major events happen, but I will be joyful for the gift of Hollings. I wish Grandma could see her, but I can't help but feel close to Grandma when I am in Hollings' presence.
I look forward to the future, I just wish it would stop barreling by and maybe slow down a bit. I look forward to watching the bonding of two sisters. Giving them each a sister was the best gift we could have given either of them.
Hollings you are a precious child who has stolen our hearts. We love you forever! Happy Birthday Sweet Child!
You are 1 and you are fabulous!


The Hurray for Hollings banner is of course by KatieKate. Thank you Katie!
















































The shirt is by Custom Baby Clothes. Thank you JT!
























11 comments:

Jessica said...

Happy Birthday sweet girl! Such a blessing she is!

Becky Swann said...

Ok that made me cry! what a beautiful thought about her having your Grandma's smile! That is just sooo sweet! I love me some Hollings! We are so happy she is a part of the gang now! Happy Birthday sweet girl!

Margaret said...

Oh Sunday!! That was the sweetest post. Happy Birthday sweet Hollings. We sure do love you!!!

KatieKate said...

Awwww. Happy Birthday, Little One!

Sunday, your desk looks great! I hadn't seen it yet- love it!

JTP said...

where to start? ohhh the post- so sweet, i almost cried :-) it kind of kills me that wdp won't have a sibiling.... your desk, the lamp, tha large framed pctures- it is perfect! EXACTLY how i would imagine it would look at your house and lastly- you need to post a family picture- so you'll all remember how the 4 of you...well 6 with the puppies... looked for her birthday. My favorite pictures are ones with all of us on our birthdays- Hollings and BR will think they are great when they are older!!!! Hope she likes the bday sirt- looks like it fits well :-)

Byerly said...

Great post Sunday. What a sweet year you've had!! -- Too bad Hollings didn't like her cupcake:o) I love cake pictures!!!

knittwotogether said...

What a sweet celebration for a sweet little girl!

Courtney said...

Sunday, that is such a sweet post about Hollings and your Grandmother. I can't believe it's been a year either.. they do grow up so quickly.

Happy Birthday sweet sweet Hollings!!

Niki said...

Oh so sweet! I loved reading that. Hollings just melts my heart every time I see her. It is so perfect that she was born on Valentine's Day. Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl!

Kristin said...

Ok, wiping tears as I try to type. First, Happy Birthday sweet Hollings! She has brought me much joy in your pictures and everything you've written about her. You have captured Rosey and Hollings relationship quite well in your photographs. And that is another incredible gift you are giving them that will last forever. Secondly, I feel such a connection to what you write about Hollings and your Grandma because I feel that too with Elin and my Grandma. How perfect and sweet God's grace is!

Heidi King said...

Oh, I love that post! I love your little family. You are all the cat's meow in my book. I really wish I could have been there to celebrate her turning 1 year...what a beautiful girl and what a beautiful party!