Monday, May 04, 2009

You Are One Year

Dear Avery,

You broke my water around midnight on Cinco de Mayo. Your Dad was un-urgent and excited and sleepy. Weren't the streets unusually bustling for that time of night? We checked in to wait. I walked around the room with a view of the peak below which our little desert home was tucked. It was Cinco de Mayo and we were ready to celebrate. But first several paces and a handful of pushes were in order. Your grandma was there and I alternately draped my laboring body over her tiny shoulders and your Father's broad ones. Easy enough. No tubes, no cords, no monitoring of your arrival. Only the organic and timely process of my body facilitating your birth. Today you are one year. You are also wearing jeans and walking. May as well be twenty-one for as fast as it all came and went.

You tell us, "uh, oh" and "whazat", and "change it". You also tell us to slow down and enjoy the bugs in the grass, the fuzz on the couch, and the crumbs under the table. And we do because we're fascinated with you. You daily send us over the moon and back for more. You are one year. We know you don't like it when everyone sings a boisterous "Happy Birthday" to you. We know you like Lemon-Blueberry Buttermilk Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze. And we know you're the cutest darn thing that we can't get over and think we never will. As the fourth child you share a special bond with your uncle Scotty and Jake (two people we happen to think mighty highly of) and your first birthday is really the first time we've had a chance to celebrate you. Maybe that's where the fourth gets his or her patient, forgiving heart. Happy first, Avery L.
Your Mama


Rebecca said...

Happy Birthday, Avery!! I love you a bunch!

Kurt Knudsen said...

A very happy birthday Avery!
Love, Grampa

Jessica said...

Oh, sweet Avery! What a touching tribute to someone you love so much and who has been such a joy. Can't wait to see that lil' one year old next month!

The Baker's Goods said...

Yea Avery! Happy Birthday, can't wait to see you as well in a month!

Jeni said...

Happy Birthday Lola Bird!!!! We can't wait to meet you next week!!

Aunt Squirrel
Uncle Scoty

Ann said...

So sweet. Cheers!

merathon said...

what a beautiful birthday cake for a beautiful little girl! isn't it amazing how the time goes by? my youngest is coming up on 10 months soon and i can't believe it!

Ann said...

Happiest Birthday!!!

BRENTandROBIN said...

Happy 1st Birthday Avery Lola. We love you so much and can't wait to see you next week.

Uncle Tom
The Rob
Kota Bear

The Original Mangums said...

Happy Birthday-again- little Avery! We sure love you! Nana & Papa

sara b said...

Happy birthday to that sweet Avie Baby...we too think she is super duper fantastic and edible and sweet and everything else that is good!