Considering I've been on a roller coaster of emotions lately, I felt it best to keep this as short and sweet as possible. It's quite clear, pictures are the way to my heart, memories are the key to my soul. I can't think of a better way to share the story of my Tyler Hope's first year of life, than through some of my favorite images captured. In all honesty, I don't know where we would be today if I hadn't gotten pregnant when I did, If we didn't have our Tyler Hope. Do we still struggle, every second of every day. Is she a handful and a half, absolutely. Are there days where we feel like we're drowning, for sure. But she's our light. On days that seem unbearable, she's the smile that pulls us through. When her teething has us up late or her little tude causes us to leave a restaurant early (it's only happened twice so far, but damn that sucks) once it passes, we just have to laugh and take ONE second to remember how lucky we are. So many things in life are 'easier said than done', but loving and appreciating your children shouldn't be one of them. Over this past year she's gone from our 'snoozy q', sleeping every second of the day (our friends would come to visit in those first few months and claim they've never seen her with her eyes open) to our fun-loving 'Tornado Tyler'. If you've encountered her in recent months, you know this title is oh so fitting :) She's in to everything, rough and tumble, 95th percentile for height and 98th for weight, she is a BIG girl and so far, doesn't have a delicate bone in her body. She's already so smart, tests her limits when you tell her 'NO', gives the biggest hugs, has taken on 'dancing' every where she goes, she pulls her ears when she's feeling sleepy and loves to snuggle before and after nap time. She's our world and I love her so much it hurts. I am forever convinced she was sent to us when we needed her most. She has helped us grow and heal in ways we never thought possible. She is not the 'filler of a void', a replacement or fix. She is the perfect sister to our angel who is very much still a part of our lives. She is our hope for a future and the family we deserve. She has made this the best year of my life, she is the center of my universe. Thank you for being a part of this journey with us, I look forward to continuing with many more pictures, birthdays, family and love!
Happy 1st Birthday my perfect girl, thank you for making it the best year of our lives.