Well actually Esme is almost 1 and a half, so this is incredibly late! ;)
I honestly cannot believe that you are one. I can so clearly remember the moments leading up to your arrival into this world just over one year ago. Months before your arrival, I had a feeling you would be arriving on August 10th (just like I had a feeling about the day your sister was going to arrive). Because I ‘knew’ you would be arriving that day, I knew to get prepared. We were ready, your Daddy and I both. Hours before your arrival, I had a lone dip in the pool and looking down at my belly I whispered to you, “You can come out now sweet baby. Don’t be afraid. I promise I will take care of you. Always.” Within an hour of that, the contractions got strong and you soon made your arrival into this world, with your first stop being right here at home. You were greeted with uncontrollable laughter from me (really! I could not stop laughing!), soon joined by everyone else… and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Sweet girl, I was just so so happy to meet you.
Our first days with you were bliss, getting to know you and see the amazing relationship between you and Alidia develop and grow. For the two of you, it was love at first sight. In fact, it was love at first sight for all of us. You were and are the perfect addition to our family.
Only 3 weeks in, you got very ill and gave us the scare of our lives. I have never been and hope I never will be that scared and that hopeful that everything would be okay all at once. Luckily with you being you, you fought and fought. You were just a tiny little thing, alone in an incubator, but you never, not for one moment, gave up. I am so so proud of you for those days of fighting in the hospital and every single moment since then.
I have absolutely loved this year of watching you grow, change and develop into a smart, funny, beautiful and adventurous 1 year old. You make us laugh and smile everyday and melt our hearts with your snuggles, waves, and most recently, your kisses. As much of a mama’s girl as you are right now (you are very very attached to me!), you also fall into a ball of tears the moment you see your Daddy walk out of sight. You adore us both and my goodness girl, we adore you.
I cannot wait to see what the world has in store for you and what you have in store for the world. I know without a doubt, that you will do great things. We love you so so much Esme Charlie. You could not be a more perfect fit into our family.
Mummy & Daddy (& big sister, Alidia!)