Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Katie Kate, my sweet girl

Today is my sweet little Kate's 1st birthday. I cannot believe it has been one year since I gave birth. It has been a blessed year filled with sleepless nights, poopy diapers and snotty noses. But as my friend Tiffany says "all because I have a little baby".
What stands out more than the trying times are the wonderful moments. I remember going into labor at 5am that Monday morning. Around 6 Shane called our midwife and we were at the birthing center by 7. I was anxious to know my little one. We had no ultra sound to find out the sex of the baby. But if you would have asked me I would have guessed a little boy. Much to my surprise at 10:52 a little girl was delivered. The first thing she did as they sat her on my chest was sneeze. It was the most precious sneeze I had ever heard. That was the moment I fell in love with my sweet little Kate.
I loved the name Kate from the first talk of names. However, we decided to name her Katherine and call her Kate for short. Her middle name is Margaret after Shane paternal grandmother. I am so blessed to have my little precious Katherine Margaret.
Kate is not yet walking on her own but walks along the furniture and stands up and down in the squat position. She loves dolls and stuffed animals. If you hand her one she will hold it tight to her chest and rock it back and forth while humming (strangely, with perfect pitch). She has two bottom teeth and up until today only had one top fang. She looked a little silly but I did notice that today her top middle two had finally broken through.
Kate loves Hadassah. Her face lightens up every time she sees her. I look forward to watching their relationship flourish in years to come.
Today I honor you my sweet Katie Kate. You are my joy. I love you.


Tiffany said...

Oh to have a sweet baby. And to savor each evaporating moment...

Happy Birthday Sweet Kate with the Big Blues.

I am also thinking of Shane. It must be hard for him to be away from her today.

Congratulations on your sweet Kate Niina. She is a gift.

And I do love the way the girls enjoy each other. So precious to watch.

Dan and Michelle Finn said...

Oh, I love sweet little Kate. I've had a soft spot for her since the night I held her in the hospital when you were sick. I miss her and all my Maher girls, I hope to see you soon. :( And give lots of love to Kate for me. Happy Happy Birthday Katherine.