On the Eve of Makenzie’s first birthday, I wanted to share a video that I have been working on for a month now. Originally, I gave this video to Brian for his 32nd birthday as I thought it would be fun to put pictures and videos together of Makenzie’s first year to show him how great of a daddy he has been. After I gave him the video we thought it would be cool to extend it a little longer and add photos and videos of her first birthday party. It is amazing to see how much she has grown in the last year.
I am hoping that when Makenzie is old enough to understand and appreciate this video it will make her smile as much as it makes her daddy and me smile.
I wrote Makenzie a letter and sealed it in an envelope for her to open when she is older. I wanted to share only the first paragraph of the letter to all of you, the rest is for Makenzie to read first and share as she wishes once she is older.
Tonight, you went to bed as an 11 month old and tomorrow morning, on August 16th, 2013, you will wake up as a 1 year old. I’m trying to wrap my head around the fact that you are already 1 year old! It seems like just yesterday I was lying in the hospital bed, fighting through contractions, eager to meet you and see your sweet face. You were so tiny when you were born; weighing just 5 lbs. 11 oz., I’m sure I had dolls bigger than you growing up. When your daddy placed you in my arms for the first time, you fit just perfectly and everything seemed right in the world. I remember that I began talking to you and you opened your eyes and just stared at me. It was the most precious moment in the world for me. In that moment, you knew I was your mommy and I knew that I would do everything in my power to protect you and to make sure you knew how loved you are every single day….
Below is the video. It’s a little lengthy around 17 minutes long but I hope you enjoy watching it and seeing her grow and achieve all the new milestones. So grab a beverage, sit back, and be ready to smile as you take a glimpse into Makenzie’s first year of life.