Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Happy Birthday, Charlotte!

It is hard for me to believe, but Charlotte is one year old today! Everyone told me that the first year would fly by, and I believed them, I just did not expect it to fly by quite this fast. It seemed like I was pregnant with her forever. But then I blinked and she was smiling. Another blink and she was sitting up. Once more and somehow she's now walking around all over the place, showing all kinds of personality, and turning into a "little girl" rather than my "baby girl".

At this time last year, I was in the hospital bed in some serious pain, contemplating asking for some serious painkillers, but was able to push my way through the pain, literally and figuratively! I felt my first contractions while we were at the movies, but they were more uncomfortable than painful so I thought they were Braxton-Hicks and didn't think anything of them. When we got home we decided to finish getting her her room ready. We moved all the furniture around and ended up with it exactly as it had started, then we hung her pictures on the wall. When we finished, I patted my belly and told her, "Okay, we're ready for you. You can come any time you'd like!" My painful contractions started thirty minutes later.

After eleven and a half hours of painful contractions, the doctor considering sending me home because I hadn't dilated quite quickly enough, me refusing to go anywhere because of how uncomfortable and in pain I was, Jared developing carpal tunnel syndrome from rubbing my back for so long, and pushing for twenty minutes... Jared caught Charlotte Michelle Rollins as she entered this world at 10:50 a.m.

Our whole world has changed, but it has all been for the better. It has been such fun for us to get to know Charlotte and watch her grow and develop. She brings a joy to our lives and keeps a smile on our faces. She has a strong personality and I am so excited about the woman she will become. I know God can do great things with her strong personality and strong will and I'm excited for all the future holds for her.

And I might be going into picture overload here, but with a baby so cute, how could I not!

Charlotte and her Daddy, just a few minutes old

The first family photo

Getting ready to go home

Our gift from God

A little over one month old, Her first smiles on Christmas day

Two months, Sweet smiles to her Daddy, and an amazing photo by Pam Saxon

Three months

Four months

Five months, At the Grand Canyon Skywalk and San Diego Zoo

Six months

Seven months

Eight months

Nine months

Ten months

Eleven months

One Year, photo by Pam Saxon


Florida Girl said...

Happy Birthday, sweet, beautiful Charlotte! Don't blink Brittany--it flies by. She is so precious.

Arin Rollins said...

Happy Birthday Charlotte! You'll always be "Baby Sarlitt" to your cousin Anson! We all love you and can't wait to see you as the beautiful woman you are becoming!

Kaitlin said...

Happy Birthday Charlotte! I hope you have a wonderful birthday, I know you have brought so much joy to everyone!

RMaddox said...

Goodness, she is the most adorable baby I have ever seen! Happy birthday, little Charlotte!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe it's been a year. She's aging well--gonna be the homecoming queen like her mom! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEBE!

Holly said...

A year old. My my. She is just a cutie. Esp in her plaid dress