liberty’s 2nd birthday!

what a difference a year makes!

happy sweet birthday baby girl!

love this face! love her!yes! love does make life sweeter!tutu courtesy of a shopping trip i made pre-liberty’s arrival. this so-called “infant” tutu finally fits… and just in time for 2 year old tutu love!and major cuteness!sterling got in on the photo shoot action complete with dragon worthy wild hair!a skype pause for her 8:38 birth minute kiss… one of us was more willing to pause & kiss than the other. 😀which obviously couldn’t compete with nai nai’s gifts! namely, her first doll house.thankfully she did slow down long enough for me to read her some favorite books. (favorites are: God made me. God knows all about me. i love you through & through.)sprouts in a box! ironically, liberty often poses for pictures by saying “cheese” – something i’ve never told her to do. ’cause i still prefer candid moments. like this.because i forgot to bring cards back from the states, a new tradition has begun – homemade cards. never thought i’d say this, but with the online convenience of clipart , i’ve discovered making personalized cards is fun!at 4 years old we are not lacking in the entertainment department. sterling is fond of doing his own stunts! (he can stand there for a surprisingly long time.)out of my totally weird spurt of inspiration to make the sprouts hats these were created.

to my utter surprise, they were a huge hit!and now… time for liberty’s 1st piece of cake!

safe to say this super easy pumpkin/yellow cake with cream cheese icing was a total hit!
although making the sprouts wait until their 2nd birthday to indulge in sweets was difficult at times, we’re now reaping the rewards. a couple of weeks ago sterling asked for a black cracker (read: oreo). when we told him no he then chose cherry tomatoes and oranges over less sugary treats. hoping this trend continues. 😉liberty ate 1/3 of her cupcake… then she was good to go. let’s get this party started! after lunch we had a 2nd round of opening gifts, which included gifts from mommy & daddy: legos constructed to create a tree house (thanks to our ebay stash), educational cupcakes, and the book i love you so. since her birthday fell on a saturday we spent the morning skyping with family & playing at home. then, after naps we went to the play place for playtime fun.the sprouts had a blast in the not-as-crazy-crowded-but-still-overrun-with-children-play-area. and liberty, well, she taught herself how to swing. and just like that she’s a big girl!it was a great day. and a very happy 2nd birthday!

before i was a mom

before i was a mom
i made and ate hot meals.
i had unstained clothing.
i had quiet conversations on the phone.

before i was a mom,
i slept as late as i wanted
and never worried about how late i got into bed.
i brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.

before i was a mom
i cleaned my house each day.
i never tripped over toys or forgot words of lullabies.

before i was a mom
i didn’t worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
i never thought about immunizations.

before i was a mom
i had never been puked on
pooped on
spit on
chewed on
peed on
or pinched by tiny fingers

before i was a mom
i had complete control of:
my thoughts
my body
and my mind.
i slept all night.

before i was a mom
i never held down a screaming child
so that doctors could do tests
or give shots.
i never looked into teary eyes and cried.
i never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
i never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

before i was a mom
i never held a sleeping baby just because i didn’t want to put it down.
i never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when i couldn’t stop the hurt.
i never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
i never knew that i could love someone so much.

i never knew i would love being a mom.

before i was a mom
i didn’t know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
i didn’t know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.
i didn’t know that bond between a mother and her child.
i didn’t know that something so small
could make me feel so important.

before i was a mom
i had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay
i had never known the warmth
the joy
the love
the heartache
the wonder
or the satisfaction of being a mom.

i didn’t know i was capable of feeling so much before i was a mom.

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5 thoughts on “liberty’s 2nd birthday!

  1. Happy Birthday Liberty! You are such a sweet girl!! Can’t wait until the next time we get to see you! Love the mom poem that you included!! So so true!!

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