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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

And she's 1 year old...

In the blink of an eye my littlest love turned one!


It is crazy how life just passes you by. I have had a flood of emotions this past week and to be honest I have been dreading my little Jewel's birthday for the entire month of April. Maybe you could say I am not big on change...I like the familiar, I like comfort. There is something that makes me happy about having a baby to hold in my arms and for some reason I fear my girls getting older. Maybe I am scared that one day I will not be able to protect them like I want to, or maybe I don't like to think about them one day not being with me 24/7 who knows...but birthdays always bring about a little pain in my heart. I have been learning the past 2 years to cherish the moment and enjoy the season. Although I would absolutely keep my little Jewel an infant forever I can't and it is so true that there is so much joy and fun in each and every stage in a child's life (at least that is what I have found in my long 2.5 years of mothering) haha.


Yesterday I chose not to be sad but to instead celebrate my sweet, precious Jewel! She is my miracle baby who I thank God every day for. Many of you may not know but Jewel was my breech baby. For some reason she did not turn and it all seemed a bit odd (it makes perfect sense now). I went into kida early labor at 37 weeks and 2 days. I was having nonstop contractions yet I was not dilating. The doctor decided to do a c-section since nothing they gave me would stop the contractions. Long story short baby Julianna was a tangled mess. The umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck and then around her shoulder and then around her neck again. She was so tangled up it took 2 doctors quite a while to get her out during the surgery (and she had bruising from how tight the cord was).  Needless to say, God's hedge of protection was around her and thank the Lord my contractions did not stop & she did not try and turn, because it could have been another story... *Her birth story is here The Arrival of our Miracle Baby


So yesterday on April 22nd 2014, I decided to rejoice! I rejoiced because God blessed me with a healthy baby girl, I rejoiced because she had a wonderful 1st year of life and I rejoiced because out of every woman in the world I was the lucky blessed one chosen to be the Mama of Julianna Faith Alcala. Jewel had a fun birthday with pizza, cake, balloons and a party hat (courtesy of big sister Josse the party planner). We will be celebrating her life all week long and having a big circus party on Saturday!



I love you my precious, angel, baby. You truly are a "jewel" to our family and our life is so much better because of you. I can not wait to watch you grow and witness the incredible things things you are going to do for the Kingdom of God. You are going to be a mighty, fierce world changer for the Lord and I am honored to be your mama.


Happy Birthday baby girl

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