It’s so hard for me to fathom the idea of Claire turning 4. I know that the passing days are inevitable, however, milestones tend to make it more real. I started going through photos of the kids yesterday and my heart was full of so much joy and love. I try to do this around their birthdays and am soon swallowed up by the memories of their years. I thought I would share some photos of Claire and I look forward to doing the same with Gabe later this year when he turns 8 (!!!).
For starters, just a day old here…
This photo was taken in the hospital and she loved to lay like this. It was then that I understood my discomfort while she was in the womb.
Her big brother fell in love immediately. His first words were, “Is this my little sister?” Instant tears from this momma…
Just a week old…
Valentine’s Day 2008
I have loved seeing their little friendship develop since day one.
Fall 2008: I made the left photo into a gallery wrap a few years ago. Still one of my favorite photos…
Claire has been busy since she could start moving. The photo below was Christmas 2008. She was walking by 10.5 months. Another favorite photo of our two little loves.
Having a blast at the age of 1!
Loved the photos captured that summer evening in 2009.
She is full of expression.
If you’ve been following this blog for a while then some of these are familiar. However, I couldn’t help but share some of them again. So many of these truly depict who are little baby is…
She loves adventure and animals…especially puppies, kittens and horses.
She’s girly in every way.
She’s as happy as can be…
She is ornery…especially with her big brother.
She loves to paint her nails and strawberries are definitely at the top of her list.
She lost her first tooth when jumping into the pool the summer she was 3.
And, here we come to the present day with vivid memories of Disney World, the state fair and Christmas 2011.
These next photos were taken just a day before she turned 4.
She’s our beautiful, baby girl and we have been so blessed to have her in our lives. I realize that time is only going to go faster…and, not slow down. However, I hope these memories will continue to grow in my heart and mind as the years continue to pass us by. I know we all take pictures, but I encourage you to go through them every now and then…whether it be around birthdays or at the beginning of a new year. It brings the memories to life and is a great reminder how blessed we all truly are. Happy birthday, sweet girl.