Two years ago today we cradled our tiny newborn in our arms, navigating the profound love, relief, and exhaustion that washed over us after her birth.
This morning, she cradled her own brand-new little baby in her arms. Happy second birthday, Audrey!
So we can remember how much she has grown and changed over the past year, here she is exactly 365 days ago (with much less hair!).
Today was an ordinary day made special with treats and lots of birthday wishes and singing. First, pancakes for breakfast, presents, and the drive to get daddy to the train station on time.
A bit later we headed to our regular Friday music and dance class at MoBu, notable today for an Audrey-only ride on the parachute and “Happy Birthday to You” sing-a-long.
After a special snack at Panera we were off to the Falls Church Community Center for their Friday morning drop-in tot time. Audrey was knocked over several times in a row almost immediately by some bigger kids, but she got her nerve back and was sliding and crawling through tunnels in no time.
Back home for lunch, books, and “rock-a-baby,”and then she cuddled in her ever-filling crib for a good long nap. (Two hours! Two years ago, she slept in two-hour increments over all 24 hours of the day!)
We couldn’t let the day go by without playing in the snow, so we bundled up and headed outside once she was up. Sadly, our walk over to the library ended in disappointment (note to self: remember that it closes at 5 p.m. on Fridays), but a quick drive to the neighborhood bookstore made for a swift recovery.
After we picked up daddy from the train station, we celebrated her big day with pizza dinner out, capped with a giant brownie sundae and a handful of vanilla ice cream. Just about perfect.
Like I said, a pretty ordinary day.
Which is extraordinary, because we got to share it with her, our Audrey.
We love you. Happy birthday!