And just like that, our little girl turns two.
(All photos by Bumblebee Boots Photography)
From the moment I met Caroline, I felt like I had always known her. Like we were waiting for each other all this time. And as the years have gone by, she’s become this extension of me. I’m so aware of her presence, her laugh, the stomp of her little feet. She’s just this incredible light in our lives and watching her grow into the person she’s becoming has been the best part of my day, every day.
We’ve figured out a lot together over the past two years. Overcoming food allergies and bottle aversion. Adjusting to being apart when I returned to work full-time. Learning how to communicate, first with cries and now with language. As a mom, I’ve been far from perfect, but I love her beyond measure. When I see how happy Caroline is, I feel like we’re doing something right.
It’s bittersweet, these last few months as a family of three. But I know the adventure ahead is full of more love than we can even imagine. Two years ago, we snuggled up in a Chicago hospital, wondering what the future held for this tiny little peanut. As Caroline gets ready to be a big sister in Cleveland, I know she’ll embrace it with the same love, enthusiasm, and thoughtfulness as she does everything else. We love you, sweet Caroline, and we’re so proud to be yours.
A very special thanks to Amanda Celis of Bumblebee Boots Photography. Not only is Amanda one of the most talented people I’ve ever met, but no one captures the love and spirit of a family better than her. I’m lucky to call her a friend and if you’re local, I can’t recommend her enough. Thank you so much, Amanda!
*For a trip down memory lane, read Caroline’s birth story here.