A Letter to My One-Year Old

It’s official.  Waverly Maye is a one-year old TODAY. 
Happiest birthday to this beautiful, crazy little lady.

Photo Credit; N.A. Barrett Photography
 Waverly Maye,
It has now been one year since you made your (fashionably late) debut and changed our lives forever.  I remember the day so well.  After carrying you in my belly for nine months and some odd days, I was SO ready to meet you.  Though I was hesitant to share you with others after having you all to myself, I had waited to become a mom my entire life.  And I knew that the second you came into this world, it would be official.  What I wasn’t prepared for was how much I would immediately love you.  That night, you stole my heart and will forever have it.
Along with a few others.  The nurses said that one little baby had never had such an entourage.  You are loved, baby girl.
The weeks following your birth were crazy, tough, & definitely emotional.  Your daddy & I had a lot to learn with this whole parenting thing and honestly, I don’t think either of us were prepared for how much life was really about to change.  The 365 days since your birth have been some of the most challenging of my life.  And also, without a doubt, the BEST.
I wake up each morning with a giddy feeling that I get to spend more time with you.  Watching you smile, explore, and experience all aspects of life for the first time is too rewarding for words.  You, Waverly Maye, are so happy & full of life.  You are smart, kind, full of personality, and beautiful inside & out. You continuously amaze me and I am so proud (and still in disbelief) to call you my daughter.  You have become my sidekick, the person I want to spend all day everyday with, and my entire world.
Thank you for teaching me about life & about myself.  As you have grown this year, so have I, and that is because of you.  We have experienced so much together & you have given my life new meaning and excitement.  You have made me realize what really matters.  You, Waverly Maye, are so important to me and ALWAYS will be.  I would do anything for you, and remember that you will be forever be my baby.  The one who made me a mommy.
As we say good-bye to your first year, I can’t wait to see what is next.  You have such big things ahead, I just know it, and I am so lucky to be your biggest fan every step of the way.  I love you to the moon and back, baby girl.  And a little bit more than that.
Your Momma


*In addition to celebrating Waverly Maye today, my hubby & I also celebrate one year of parenthood.  I saw this quote when Waverly was about six months old, loved it, and still completely agree.  It seems appropriate for today.

“The hardest part about being a mom: the heaviness of it all.  Life was much lighter when I didn’t have to worry about another person so intimately.  The best part:  the heaviness of it all.  Life is so much better knowing that I get to have the most intimate of connections that humans are capable of having.”




  1. July 26, 2013 / 2:13 pm

    I love that top picture! And the quote! Happy Birthday Waverly Maye!

  2. July 26, 2013 / 2:37 pm

    Oh so sweet!! Happy Birthday, beautiful Waverly Maye!! Happy One Year of parenting to your mama and daddy, too!

  3. July 26, 2013 / 2:55 pm

    How beautiful! Happy Birthday Waverly Maye!! And happiest of birth days to you and your hubby. One year of parenthood is an amazing accomplishment! My favorite quote is: Your birthday is the happiest day of my life. Enjoy your special day!

  4. July 26, 2013 / 3:27 pm

    Happiest of Birthdays to Miss Waverly Maye!

  5. July 26, 2013 / 3:53 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is so, so sweet! You are a great mom and Miss Waverly is lucky to have such loving parents! Enjoy her birthday weekend!

  6. Heidi Wimbush
    July 26, 2013 / 4:43 pm

    Beautiful words and so true. Being a mom is the toughest, most rewarding job anyone could ask for. I cherish every minute, even when the two are screaming at each other, making a mess or causing me worry. I am in awe that God blessed me with such a humbling, amazing responsibility. You are blessed and the next 20 years will fly by. Take every moment in.

  7. July 26, 2013 / 8:56 pm

    So sweet! Happy Birthday to Waverly!

  8. July 26, 2013 / 9:29 pm

    Adorable picture. Happy birthday waverly!!

  9. July 27, 2013 / 2:28 am

    Happy Birthday sweet girl!

  10. July 27, 2013 / 2:40 am

    Happy Birthday, sweet Waverly!!! Love the pic and love the quote!

  11. July 27, 2013 / 1:03 pm

    Happy Birthday—hope she had a great day!

  12. July 27, 2013 / 9:00 pm

    Happy Birthday Waverly! What a lucky little lady!

  13. July 30, 2013 / 12:24 am

    Great pictures, so so cute! Happy Birthday!

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