Happy 1st Birthday My Little Lady

      Days seem slow but a year flew by just like that. I remember the days I got excited about the pregnancy, reading all about growth and development of this little human in me. Little did I know, what comes after are far more intricate than I thought it should be and I shouldn’t just focus on pregnancy. But there is no way to know what it’s like to have a child until you have a child. You might think you do (I certainly did), but until you are on this side of the fence, you just don’t know. Furthermore, each individual is different, you will never know what to expect until the day comes.

This past year transition to being a parent is a whole new world. I’ve grown and developed so much more rapidly in a year of motherhood than I have in any other span of 365 days. I’m sure the memories of this first 12 months will quickly fade as we move onto the next steps of parenthood, so I’m writing these down.


To my beautiful daughter on her very first birthday:


I’ll never forget the day we brought you home; it was exciting and yet pretty terrifying because you couldn’t stop crying. At the same time, breastfeeding was the worst nightmare. I had no idea what I was doing and I had no idea what being a mother truly meant. My, how quickly things have changed.

We both grew together over the past year. You learned many things, and I learned many things. Most of all, you taught me more than I taught you. I never understood what unconditional love meant until I had you.


And here you are, one year old – a thriving, beautiful baby girl and you’re bigger than life. And I love you more than life.

For the past year, you’ve been my biggest worry and my biggest happiness. I stayed up at night researching things so I could always provide the best for you, and we spent every day together – laughing, dancing, singing and exploring this world, together.

  • When I first heard your cry, it was bold and loud. I knew from that moment you are strong, courageous, and valiant.

  • Despite a rough start in breastfeeding, you learned to nurse, and I quickly learned everything there is to know about milk supply, nursing positions, latching, and pumping. I’m glad I didn’t give up because it’s easy breezy after we passed that phase. You are still being breastfed up till today even though I told myself I would consider stopping once you turned 1. Mainly because how it has caused my eczema to flare up; the worst I have ever encountered in my life. I have yet to decide when to stop.

  • You learned to roll over, and I get super excited.

  • You learned to smile, laugh, and coo; and I learned that your laugh and cooing was my new favorite sound in life.

  • You learned to scream and I learned that you were a girl who knew what she wanted.

  • You only sleep on my shoulder for the first few months, I couldn’t even go to the loo. It was crazy but I’m glad we passed that phase. Everything is a phase and I try to remind myself that. Nothing lasts forever.

  • You learned to sit up and realized the view is better this way; putting your diaper on is like a battle every single time.

  • You learned to crawl and I learned that nothing could ever get in your way; you were on a mission, always.

  • I showed you the ocean, and you crawled straight into it – fearless, with purpose…you taught me that you have the heart of a lion.

  • You learned by observing and I learned you were one smart cookie.

  • You learned to climb almost anywhere you could possibly climb, and I learned not to worry so much, my strong baby girl.

  • And you and I have many, many more years of learning together, my love. You will learn so much more in life, and I will learn how to support you through each step.

  • We did it, Arya Alexandria – we survived the first year. Thank you for the lessons, the laughter and changing me forever – you’re everything.

Happy 1st birthday my sweet darling.


I love you with all my heart and soul,


1st sit up assisted at 2 months old


1st outing with just you and me at 3 months old

1st solids at 6 months old


Your 1st flight was to Bali at 6 months old


This photo is too beautiful not to post despite the bluriness

Our 1st Raya

1st Mother’s day


1st time being wrapped around mommy’s back

1st indoor playground at 8 months old

At 9 months old

1st time in the jungle at 10 months old


1st painting at 11 months old


Almost full set of front teeth at 12 months old!



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