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Dear Caroline,

Today was such a special day. November 26, 2015. Today was your 2nd Thanksgiving (the first one you got to experience outside of the hospital), and it was your 1st birthday. You are ONE!

Last night, as I was putting you to bed, you reached up and put your hand on my cheek. You only ever do this when I nurse you, and since you are no longer nursing, I miss it so much. It was so sweet. It was as if you knew I needed to feel that again. It brought tears to my eyes. It was
one of the best moments that we’ve shared. Thank you.

Today you woke up at 7 am as you always do. I came in with your warm milk. I sang happy birthday to you as I turned off your sound machine and opened up the curtains. You rolled around in your crib and snuggled with your blanket. I came to get you and you pointed for your milk. I held you in the glider as you drank. We then got you dressed and came downstairs.

You ate breakfast and, as I was cleaning up,
Daddy came home. He got to come home nice and early today since it was Thanksgiving. We got to spend the whole day with him! The first thing we did was let you open your birthday presents. You loved everything and had fun pulling the paper off. You stood right by my side the whole time, not holding onto anything. You are getting so strong and so good at balancing.

We played for awhile, and then it was time for your nap. While you slept, we got the Thanksgiving snacks ready (and had a few ourselves). When you woke up, we had lunch. You had deviled eggs, pumpkin roll, cheese and crackers.

After lunch we went outside. Daddy and I played catch with the football as you explored in the grass and crawled up the sidewalk. You had a blast in the swing. It was in the 60’s today- absolutely beautiful.

You took another long nap after Skyping with Nana Bella, Grandpa, Auntie Green, Sienna, Oliver, and your great Grandma. Daddy and I got dinner ready. When you woke up your plate was
ready to go. You devoured everything! You ate turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberries, and rolls. As I am typing this I am realizing that we never ate the yams- they are still in the oven! OOPS! I guess we’ll have to make those again.

Once dinner was done, you got to FaceTime with Grandma V, Papa Rey and Auntie Maria. We talked on the phone with your Uncle Christian as well. Such a busy girl! You showed off your awesome walking skills and even did some direction changes mid walking.

You were so happy today. You were also so tired and so cranky at times. LOL You don’t have any teeth yet, and we’ve said this before- but we really do think you are teething right now. We’ll find out soon.

Tomorrow, Daddy is taking another half day, so we will get to have another family day. Your birthday party with your friends is on Saturday! You are a busy girl right now.

I love you so much. This day was nothing short of special.

We put you to bed early tonight because you seemed to be asking to sleep. Again, you held my face in your hands tonight as we said goodnight. You then looked at me and put your lips against mine. My heart melted right there. I love you more than words can say. I am so excited to see what this next year will hold.

Dream big my sweet Caroline. You can do anything your little heart desires. You are determined, focused, resilient, and so intelligent. You are sweet, kind and thoughtful. You have so many amazing qualities shining through already. I am so happy that I get the pleasure of being your mama.


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