I have never seen a baby as loved by so many as you are. You have been showered with so many gifts, cards, and birthday wishes. I am in awe and so humbled by the love that surrounds you. I have always been a believer that people are put on this earth to fulfill a purpose. For a child of twelve months, I feel like you are already fulfilling one of your reasons of being- spreading happiness to all those who know you and making people appreciate life itself.
I still can't believe you are officially one year old! What a fun, crazy party we had with your friends on Sunday at Lil' Gym and then for your actual birthday- your first flu hit! We didn't get to have that quiet celebration with just you, your Dad, and I on your actual birthday that we had planned with the left-over cupcakes from Sunday's party. Nope, we saved all that for the day after. I hope, even though you won't remember the specifics (I'm talking about your birthday, not the stomach bug you had), you always have the foundation of celebrating your life. I feel like you have grown over night these past two weeks- 8 teeth in total (2 that just popped through), taking your first steps (to me on my birthday!), transitioning to whole milk, liking your sippy cup, and becoming so independent in everything you do! I love your personality Ellie- you are a fireball of energy.
Silly Mimi, you can't ask someone what they wished for when they blow out their birthday candles until it comes true. And let me tell you Ellie, my wishes seem to get answered. Two years ago, I wished for a second, beautiful, healthy baby and within three months I was pregnant with you! And last year, I wished for an easy birth as you were coming three days later. How about you Mimi, any wishes that you can share?
In your last blog Mimi, I do have to say that I loved your stories about Gram Mundy. Ellie, Gram Mundy is the inspiration for this teatime blog and taking the time to document our lives. So Mimi, please share more about her amazing life because I would love for Ellie to know her strong character.
Birthdays are bittersweet though, as all good things come to an end. We said good-bye to Mimi and Poppy a few days ago, they had to go home. And boy do you miss them! It seems like yesterday that we picked up Mimi and you crawled over to her in the baggage claim and begged her to pick you up. You wouldn't let her put you down from then on. You never take to people like that Ellie- you have such a connection with your Mimi. I think you must remember her from those days after your birth when we brought you home from the hospital and your Mimi helped me when you didn't sleep at night (that's when we first met Walter, a nickname your Mimi affectionately gave your grumpy face!). So for now, it's back to skyping everyday. We miss you Mimi and Poppy!
But the good news is that we have lots to look forward to... Part of your Daddy's birthday gift to me was a plane ticket to see one of my favorite people in the whole wide world...
We are now just about to leave for your God-Mother's house in Vermont for a long weekend visit. And I am so excited. Aunt Ally is a truly special friend of mine, the kind of best friend you are lucky to have in your life. We met our freshman year of college as we lived across the hall from each other. The funny thing is, we only were together for two years before I transferred to a different school. After that, we only saw each other once every few months. After graduation, our visits were reduced to about once a year since we lived in different states. But the coolest part of our relationship is that the miles between us made us stronger and appreciate each other more. You probably already know that when the phone rings, chances are it's either Mimi or Aunt Ally. Aunt Ally and I talk at least once every other day if not every day. I always say that Aunt Ally is my soul-mate in only a way that female best friends could be.
The times we do visit with each other are so special though. We don't even like to plan a lot because we just want to sit and spend time with each other. We are opposites. My favorite color is anything colorful with glitter (hence why she calls me Rainbow Bright), while her favorite color is black (our family calls her Jackie O). She is very reserved, classy (remember that your first set of pearls are from her), and shy. But she has the biggest heart of anyone I know.
It has been 4 years since I've been to Vermont to see Aunt Ally and in the meantime, she has been out to see me every opportunity and big moment that has passed starting with my wedding. Aunt Ally came after Kyle passed away and let me share his life with her by watching our home videos, looking at all 700 hundred of his pictures, and letting me share my beloved scrapbook that we put together. And then she came back out a few months later, when I had just found out I was pregnant with you Ellie girl. She then had to come right after you born to meet you (and you loved to dance with her in the middle of the night as an eight week old). And then of course, she came for Kyle's 5k last summer along with your baptism. Aunt Ally is the kind of friend that is there whenever you need her. I love her with all of my heart and I know as you get older, you will too. So it's time that we see her new place, her new town, and her new friends. I'm hoping you won't need to dance with Aunt Ally in the middle of the night anymore :)
And guess what? She shares a birthday in the month of March with us too! So more celebrating on our trip- I told you that we extend our birthdays as long as we can in our family! And truly Ellie, Aunt Ally knows what a blessing you are to me so we will be celebrating you and your life there.
So let's get packing Ellie Spaghetti. And please be a good girl on the plane!!!
Love you Sweet Angel,
PS Let's ask Mimi who her female soulmate/bestfriend is and maybe she'll share a favorite story of their friendship. And Mimi, anymore ideas of a name for the three of us? I'm still giggling over the lassies...