Happy First Birthday Zaida!!

It’s hard to believe it’s really been a year today, since we first met our Zaida-bean. I wrote a (long) status on Facebook and I feel like it best describes how I feel, so I thought I’d just share it here:

A year ago today… (this may get long) we began a great adventure. I am so lucky that it started with a near perfect birth experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life. We got to meet our beautiful baby girl, who came out with guns blazing. There is nothing that can truly prepare you to be a parent and while I knew it would be challenging, I can admit that perhaps I didn’t think it would be quite as hard as it is. But, I welcome a challenge and I know that the fact Zaida already shows a headstrong personality only means that later in life she will be confident and able to achieve what she reaches for. I have never thought that words like Princess, Angel or Diva describe Zaida. I can describe her as smart, independent and resourceful. I can describe her as my future little ass kicker. She is my proudest accomplishment, and she is the most humbling thing I have ever encountered. I love her in a way that I never knew existed, and you can’t imagine until you experience it. Happy first birthday to my not-so-baby, baby girl. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life loving you!

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