That's how long it has been since my sweet little Whitney came into this world and changed my life.
And I have cherished every single moment with her. She is my little ray of sunshine. I am pretty sure Whitney was born smiling, and hasn't stopped. Each one of my days with her is filled with laughter, love and a pure innocence and curiosity you can't find anywhere but in a child so small.
Before Whitney was born I was so afraid I wouldn't love her well enough. Brooklyn had been my only child for three years and my heart was already so filled with love that I didn't think I could possibly fit one more ounce of love in there. But on December 6, 2011 at 5:27am I realized that your heart does not have a limit on how much love it can hold. Seeing Whitney take her first breath, hearing her first cry confirmed what I had wondered to be true: a mother's heart is just big enough to hold love for all her children.
So before I totally lose it I want to share with you a years worth of photos of my little sunshine.
Starting at 2 weeks old I put Whitney in the same 12 month sized onesie and snapped a photo documenting her first year. Being around her everyday it's hard for me to see the big changes that slowly happen. Like her itty-bitty body filling out, just to thin again a little when she started to crawl, her hair that was once very dark is now a light brown with blonde highlights, and how her chubby little face now looks more like that of a toddler than an infant.
Happy Birthday, Whitney Reese!
My wish for you on your very first birthday is that you always keep a smile on your face and a twinkle in your eye.