David and I knew we wanted to be parents very soon after we started dating. I'm not joking when I say that we were two 16-year-olds discussing how many kids we wanted and when we wanted to start our family ... a week or two into our relationship. We just knew somehow that we would make it that far. Since we were 16, we were on a plan to start a family in our mid-20s.
Our timing couldn't have been more perfect - we were due in April of 2013 ... a teacher's dream. To me, this meant maximum time with my precious little one before the new school year. I worked until Spring Break then it was a waiting game! She was 6 days late and I was induced, but that's a whole different blog post! Sophia Danielle was born at 7:55pm, weighed 7lb8oz, and was 20inches long. Once she was born, I soaked up every.single.second. I can still remember staring at her the entire time she was asleep. Listening to her breathing change while she was dreaming, watching her facial expressions change and tearing up every time she smirked, and yes... I smelt her all the time. There is just something so intoxicating about a newborn.
It is absolutely insane how quickly these little humans grow. Within a few short months, she was a champ at holding her head up, and began to roll. Soon after that, she was able to lift her body up into the crawl position. Then came the crawl and fall. That stage lasted a while (and by a while, I mean a couple months!). Soon after that, she began pulling herself up on the couch, and tables, and anything she could! In March, she took her first steps (IN ENGLAND... what an amazing story!) Since then, she has taken off ... this chick is walking everywhere!!! She has such a personality to boot!
Being a mom is the most rewarding job in the world. Every single night before I go to bed, I open Sophia's door and just stare at her sleeping peacefully. I think about how I wish I could just stop time. I think about how perfect she is - every hair on her head, every little roll, every breath. All at the same time, I think about how I can't wait to see what the future hold for her.
Thank you to Lauren Dunlap Photography for this image. Definitely a favorite <3