Happy 1st Birthday, My Amelia

Hi there,

I haven’t updated this blog in so long. Mom life is mostly to blame for that, but let’s be honest: I was never great at updating this blog regularly to begin with. The last year has been a wonderful and busy ride; my daughter just celebrated her first birthday and I’m feeling more inspired and creative than ever. I’m ready to write again. I’m ready to share. I hope you’ll join me. ☺️

My dear Amelia:

During nine months of pregnancy, I meditated endlessly on the idea of becoming

Who was I becoming? 
Who were you becoming?
What would we become as a couple?

I pondered your traits and character every night before drifting off to sleep. Would you have mama’s curious nature and daddy’s analytical mind? There you were in my belly, as close to me as you would ever be and I cherished that. I’ll never forget the giddy feeling that accompanied me as I went about my day in Zurich. Simply waiting for you was such a sacred experience.

Then you came into our lives 10 days post due date and after 24 hours of labor.

Looking back on the year that’s been, I realize my wildest imagination couldn’t have predicted the pure goodness you would turn out to be. You have a brightness about you, a sense of adventure and wonder that’s infectious.

You’re deliciously sweet and cheeky. That’s why we call you Zoetie.

Among a million marvelous things, you have brought me into my womanhood. I don’t know how, but you’ve put all blurry notions into sharp, clear, focus. When I think about it, this first year has been a similar rite of passage in the same way pregnancy was. Some weeks and months so blurry with the kind of busy we never experienced before. Feelings of fatigue I never predicted…coupled with surges of joy and pride that are immeasurable. The reward of being your mama trumps the difficult days every time.

How funny that the one role in life I was always so blind to feels the most obvious now. You’ve brought me to myself, Zoetie. Thank you for that.

From the charming streets of Paris to the bustling Asian cities we’ve called home, you are the greatest adventure we will ever take on, of that I’m sure. I can’t wait for our adventures as a family to continue; I can’t wait to see the world through your bright, sweet eyes.

You are the most wondrous, perfect Zoetie. We love you very much. Happy 1st Birthday, my Amelia. 🤍

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