Sunday, November 1, 2009

One

(by Ryan)

There is a little tiny girl who lives in my house. I have to fight to be the first to wake her because of her early bleary grins.

I love her look in the first instant she spies me sneaking in to get her at lunch, she beams and yelps “Daa!” Wrestling isn’t the right way to describe our tumbling, hugging, rolling laugh that pits us against each other while tying us together.

She flatters me in the chaotic hour before her bedtime. Beside herself, nearly inconsolable, she leans her head against my shoulder allowing me to console her. Our end to her day is peaceful, with her mouth pulling her bottle, her plush hand grabbing my mouth and her eyes smiling quietly. I rub the little curve of her back under her bulky yellow blanket and kiss her away trying not to know that it can’t last.

Today she is a little less tiny. Today she is one.

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19 comments:

Bekah said...

Adorable! She is adorable and that was so sweet! Happy Birthday Faith! I wish I was there to give her hugs and kisses!

Audry said...

She is adorable!

mandy* said...

Happy Birthday, Faith! I can't believe she's a year already!!

kara jayne said...

This post alone will be the best birthday present she will get. She just won't know it for a couple of decades. Precious.

Brooke said...

What a darling little girl. Happy birthday Faith. Your dad sure loves you- what a sweet message.

♥Shally said...

Great post Ryan. I cried my guts out when my baby turned one...

rubberbandgirl said...

A tender post.

She is infintely beautiful.

Bethany said...

Beuatiful baby. Beautiful family. Beautiful post- I love men who cherish those fleeting baby moments!

rachel said...

Faith is SO beautiful! I love her personality in this picture.

Tristan said...

Happy Birthday Baby Faith!! She is such a pretty baby girl!

Meridith said...

One precious year down, many more to go. Happy Birthday, Faith.
xoxoxoxo

Anisa said...

Happy Birthday, Faith. She is beautiful. They just grow up too fast!

Lauren in GA said...

That made me teary...I know...everything makes me teary, but that was truly beautifully written and so lovely.

Happy Birthday to your beautiful Faith.

elizabeth scott said...

What a lucky girl to have a daddy who loves her like that!Happy Birthday beautiful Faith! I am excited to hear about your vacation. (:

Christie said...

Oh, what a tender hearted daddy! This was so sweet.

And, um, HOW IS SHE ONE ALREADY???

Lisa-Marie said...

That is one sweet daddy and one beautiful baby.

Happy Birthday, Faith.

Now, I'm going to scream and say, "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" She can't possibly be one already. (I must have issues when it upsets me when OTHER people's babies grow up.)

Pa Pa Jim said...

Why isn't Faith in your 'family' picture? We need an update!!

Celia Fae said...

Ryan, I read this post on Sunday morning and felt mopey the rest of the day. My baby will be three this month and I can't handle it. Thanks for getting the tears started.

SindiRoo said...

She is absolutely precious!! Ryan your thoughts and sharing of your special time with her is beautiful. Cherish it, Amani is 14 now and rolls her eyes and grunts whenever Ashi tells her that he loves her. Oh I miss the giggles and the happy little claps that use to come instead.