Thursday, May 1, 2014

Three Turns One



Little Elke Bear. The missing piece to our family puzzle. I can't believe it's been one whole year since you joined us.

You were a raven haired, chubby cheeked little thing when you were born. Not at all what I was expecting but every bit as perfect as I'd imagined.

For the first 5 days of your life you and I bunkered down in a hospital room and for the rest of my life, I'll remember that time as being truly sacred. We said no to visitors, yes to flowers and yes to long post lunch naps.

When your dada came to the hospital to take us home, I took a long, deep, knowing breath and strapped you into the car. Life was about to get crazy.

At the time, I didn't think you'd be my last baby but one year on and I'm certain. My heart is full with you and your brother and sister. The three of you run me ragged, I'm a mess. My hair is grey, my cellulite expansive and my home, our home, is filthy. Life with the three of you is a mess, but a happy mess.

Tiny human, you are loved. Oh to be the baby in the family. All the love, all the attention, all the scraps on the floor and all the hand me downs are yours. All yours. No one fights you, no one tries to steal from you. Every one lavishes you with good things.

You, little darling, are our good thing. Our tiniest thing. And probably our cheekiest thing.

HAPPY ONE, LITTLE ONE!


p.s please, please, please don't grow up. Just start sleeping though the night, k? 

29 comments:

  1. Life sounds good Em :) Happy Birthday dearest Elke!

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  2. Happy birthday sweet Elke! x

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  3. A little stunner on your hands there Em. Happy Birthday Elke. Ive been avidly following along about a year now and its been awesome seeing the little cherub grow...Yes waaaay to fast as they all do. Enjoy the celebrations.

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  4. Woooooooo! Happy 1st birthday Elke Bear, you dear, sweet, beautiful, cheeky wonder! May life always shine upon your sweet face. xx

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  5. Just beautiful. Happy birthday Elke! My third (a boy after two girls) is about to turn one.

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  6. Happy One Elke! (Em, that first photo!!! <3)

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  7. Happy Birthday little darlin'! Seriously can't believe all the bebes are turning one... and CRAP that means it's nearly our turn!??!

    Three's the magic number :) xx

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  8. Happy birthday little Elke. And really Em, that photo of the two of you is breathtaking.

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  9. Happy birthday to your beautiful baby. You made it to one too, that's massive. x

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  10. That is one of the sweetest birthday pits from a mother to her child that I have read. Happy Birthday Elke

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  11. Oh geez, it should read posts

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  12. She's one? How the hell did that happen?! Those pictures are beautiful Em, swoon! And the words too. Happy day Elke xxx

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  13. She's adorable! I love the black and whites. Happy Birthday Elke! I can't believe it's been a year since she was born. Enjoy celebrating her!

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  14. Congratulations :)
    One year, so small but also so big...
    Beautiful pictures.

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  15. I hope you have the loveliest weekend celebrating your little one!

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  16. I love this post. beautiful..and all true..

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  17. Gorgeous! The last year has flown - for me anyway. Happy Birthday!!! Rachel xx

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  18. Felicitations Emily (and family)! Elke looks to be a delight :-) High fives for making it through the first year - I have two boys, and that one year mark has seen me breathing out on both occasions! Here's hoping the sleep switch improves poste haste!

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  19. a truly beautiful post! happy birthday gorgeous girl, cannot believe how fast that year sped by xxxxx

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  20. Happy Birthday Elke! And celebrate Mama with a glass or two for surviving being a Mum of three (and a small business owner!)

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  21. What a beautiful post. Happy first birthday Elke... I'm in a little shock how quickly the past year has gone!! What a super cool family you were born into :) xx

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  22. I can't believe she's one, either Em!! She's so gorgeous - inside and out by the sounds of it - happiest, happiest number 1 to Elke! Kellie xx

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  23. So beautiful! Wow. My little Evie Rose is 18 months now, and has also brought so much joy to our messy crazy home too. Happy birthday to your tiny one. xx

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  24. So beautiful... I just KNEW that the third was my last too... strange how a family just feels complete. I have a friend who has 10 children and is still not feeling that her family is complete (just quietly, I think she may be the most sane insane person I know! HA!)

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  25. Gorgeous! And I'm totally with you on that third one! xxx

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  26. Happy Birthday little one.

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  27. Happy Birthday little lady! That's so interesting to hear that you didn't think she'd be the last... When did you know? How did you know? Hope I'm not being too much of a sticky beak, I just find the whole concept really interesting. X

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  28. Happy Birthday gorgeous girl ,gee Em time goes so fast,beautiful words and beautiful baby girl X

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em