one year old

One year ago today this little girl entered our lives... and suddenly I was a mother. And she was my daughter. I can hardly believe it's already been a year. That those first grueling but beautiful months are gone. That I've witnessed someone smile for the first time. Laugh for the first time. Work hard to get up on her hands and knees to crawl. And then work even harder to stand up on two legs to walk across the room. It's been amazing. There's really no other word to describe it.

And I feel so blessed. Because I am the one who gets to hold her soft, chubby hand. I am the one she turns to when she bumps her head. And I am the one who gets teach her things like how to say that she's one and hold up a single finger. I can't believe how lucky I am. I get to be Veda's mama.

Veda's name means knowledge or wisdom in Sanskrit. And according to Hindu tradition the Vedas are said to have been divinely revealed. Not formulated, but given. And that's exactly how I feel about my Veda. Like God gave me this divine little being to watch over and guide and learn from. And I am here doing just that.

Happy first birthday, my little girl.