Happy 1st Birthday, Faren
Apr 3, 2021
My dad did tell me that as the calendar draws closer to your birthday, I’m going to feel something inexplicable. He said it’s just the universe reminding me of something special, something memorable, something life-changing. And he was right. The more we inched closer to this day, my heart got more full.
I felt it.
At the top of 2020 I waddled in six months pregnant, counting down the days, anxiously awaiting your arrival. Daddy and I decided not to find out if you were a boy or a girl, so on this day, one year ago when the nurse exclaimed, “what a beautiful baby girl” after you came roaring into the world, I immediately knew we’d have a tight bond and thankfully I was right.
Today, we celebrate your first birthday and what an amazing, topsy turvy, fun, challenging, love-filled, special, memorable year it’s been. You have grown by leaps and bounds, you are so intelligent and alert, sassy, but sweet, vocal and vivacious, observant and fun.
I love when I yell, “mommy kiss!” and you lean in with those big wet lips to kiss mine. I can’t stop laughing at how you clap your hands when we’re watching Wendy Williams together; proof that you were very aware of me binging the show when I was pregnant with you. You love mashed potatoes, avocado and bananas mixed together and sweet potatoes. Coco Melon is your favorite but the moments are so special when you’re singing along to mommy’s childhood favorite Barney and daddy’s favorite show Sesame Street.
You still hate when we put you in the car seat, but as soon as we start our ride you drift off into your own world “counting” the trees and clouds as we pass. Everyone says you are your dad’s twin, and 12 months in I’ve come to grips with the fact that we really don’t look that much alike. But you’re absolutely mommy’s girl and we have so much in common.
While you do have his face, I think you’ll end up having my personality (the real win lol!). But here some other ways we are so much alike.
You were born in a pandemic and that forced us to care for you without help those first few months, we didn’t get to celebrate as we wanted, daddy was kicked out of the hospital before you were born, we were locked inside the house on curfews and lockdowns, we couldn’t take you out as we wanted; but Faren we loved on you in so many ways and you have been the greatest thing to ever happen to us. Your smile, your hearty giggles, your hugs and kisses have made this past year the best ever.
Happy first birthday, my love; we wish you growth, the confidence to find yourself, the strength to love yourself and the power to know yourself.