Lily June Won–In Which You Turn One

Dear Lily June,

It is impossible to put into a single post all the things I’m feeling now that you’ve officially had your first birthday. There’s nostalgia, so many fond memories of the last year of your life, and the best year of mine. There’s bittersweetness, now that you’ve earned your first “digit.” You are still my baby, but you’re also one step closer to growing up. There’s the pain and beauty in recalling your actual birth. So many things went wrong in the delivery and yet, it’s not how you arrived but that you arrived, safe and sound and into my arms that mattered. And overall, Lily June, there’s love. So much love. Unfathomable depths and indescribable quantities of love.

There is only one you. And you are one, little one. Thank you for every day of the past year of your life. The memory of these days will be a gift to me for the rest of mine.

That cliché that the years fly by but the days last forever? It’s true, Lily June. I can tell you this: This particular day will last forever, from waking to find the picture someone sent of your happy birthday wish written in the sand in my inbox (such gratitude, stranger! You’ll never know!) to taking you for a ride in your first car (your big gift this year) to opening the rest of your presents to watching you not just devour but decimate your birthday cake. (If Godzilla were a baby, your cake was Tokyo, Lily.)

I am not a brief writer, by any stretch of the imagination. So on the theory that a picture’s worth a thousand words, I now give you 10,000 words about your first birthday. I say this now and will say it forever: Thank you, Lily, for my life.

 

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22 thoughts on “Lily June Won–In Which You Turn One

    1. dearlilyjune says:

      So, a month and a half later (some kind of personal best record for a reply to a comment), may I still say thank you for wishing my daughter a happy birthday? And, if it IS too late for that, can I just say Thank you for being who you are and leaving a comment even though, by now, you’ve probably realized just how epically slow I am to respond? Thank you, Lonna. I hope all is well in the expat world.

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      1. Lonna Hill says:

        You never need to apologize for taking so long. I think I might hold even longer records than you do. Hope you all had a fabulous first birthday. I know that it was Lily June’s birthday, but since having my own children, I always feel like a congrats is in order for mom as well . . . That first year is so tough . . . A good tough, but tough nonetheless.

        Anyway, all is good in the expat world. We aren’t at home (in China) right now, though, so I’ve been struggling to keep up with blogging (or do any kind of writing).

        I hope your house hunt is going well and that you get some encouragement on that front really soon. It’s not fun to be in limbo.

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    1. dearlilyjune says:

      El, I say to you what I said to Lonna above: So, a month and a half later (some kind of personal best record for a reply to a comment), may I still say thank you for wishing my daughter a happy birthday? And, if it IS too late for that, can I just say Thank you for being who you are and leaving a comment even though, by now, you’ve probably realized just how epically slow I am to respond? Thank you, El. I can’t wait, in the meantime, to read about your upcoming travel adventures.

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      1. El Tries New Stuff says:

        Never too late, especially when your comment means I get to revisit this post and have another look at those adorable chubby cheeks! My heart is about as squishy as all that blue cake frosting smothered on her cute little face! Ergh, just too sweet.
        I’ve still got my fingers crossed for some decent blogging time whilst out there. Weekends should be personal time and the people who are currently working there post regular updates so Internet access should be okay! Looking forward to documenting every second!

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  1. bitsfromheaven says:

    Ohh mama! She’s one! I have to say that last photo of LJ is quite telling. She looks like her cake bit her back lol.
    The first year is always such a whirlwind of adventure, lost hours and gained moments. I’m so thankful that you shared it with us💜

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  2. Patricia says:

    I have been sharing Lily’s pics with Danny. I showed him the cake on the face pic and he said, “That’s the way a first birth day should be.’ Love the pics, thanks for sharing.😍

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