I remember holding her for the first time as though it was just yesterday. Crazy how fast time flies! I remember thanking God for blessing me with such a beautiful gift and not wanting to put her down. We were all hooked the minute we saw her, and in this past year, our love for her has grown more and more every day.
I wanted Novena way before we were blessed with her. The idea of having three children was exciting yet scary especially since my two children were older and pretty much self-sufficient. I mean, the last time I had to change a diaper or hand-feed a child was four years ago. So having a baby in the house felt like going back to square one and was kind of nerve-wracking. Not to mention, Bini and I would be outnumbered by our children. I started thinking about vacations and how one of us would now have to walk around with two children versus one each. It didn’t help that people all thought I was crazy for wanting another one. One look at Novena’s perfect little face and all my worries disappeared. She fit right into our family and has been our little joy since the day we brought her home from the hospital. Now I honestly cannot remember what it was like before Novena was born.
She brightens up any room with her big smile and cute dimples. She loves to explore and examine everything, which ends up in her mouth 90% of the time. She’s full of life and personality. She has a way of touching our hearts and making all our daily stress go away. She somehow manages to keep us all on our toes and has us wrapped around her little finger (especially Bini). I love her sense of adventure and that she isn’t scared to try new things. Most of all I love her cuddles and baby scent.
I’ve been going through all her pictures, and it’s bittersweet for me. I’m beyond happy that she is growing and healthy and everything else I’m supposed to be happy about, but I’m also really sad that she isn’t my little infant anymore. I miss the days where I could leave her in one spot and SHE STAYED THERE. When bathing her meant I wasn’t getting wet as well :), and when she ate everything I gave her. Now we have a little toddler who loves to get into EVERYTHING, scream her heart out and fight with her older siblings.
Today is her special day; her GOLDEN birthday (1 on 11/1) and I can’t wait to spend the day with her. I’ve taken the day off from work, and we will be doing all her favorite things together.
Being that it’s her GOLDEN birthday (I just love saying that LOL), we’ve planned a “twinkle twinkle little star” birthday bash for later this month when her Daddy is home. I’ll share pictures as soon as I get them.