Dear Nadia... - Pretty Real

Dear Nadia...

9:08 AM

Remember this?!  I can't believe it's been an entire year.  Nadia's birthday was yesterday so I'm a day late with this post.  In the craziness of the day I didn't get the chance to sit down and write.  But we were up late last night and as a result Nadia is still sleeping (it's 8:30!).  So here we go...

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Dear Nadia,
One of your favorite books says:
“On the day you were born, it was love at first sight.
I welcomed you little one and held you so tight.
My heart simply grew bigger in size,
 The first time I looked into your sweet eyes...”

Simply Mella Photography
There’s not a truer statement. Nadia you are such a treasure.  Your name means “hope,” and it is so fitting.  There’s not one day that passes that I don’t look down at you and think about how blessed I am to be your mom.  I marvel at how I can already see your determination.  Your intelligence.  Even your wit.  I’m amazed at how perfectly God formed you.  I look at your little fingers, toes, and lips.  You’re growing so fast.  Every day you’re learning new things.  You’re “playing” with Genevieve, copying mommy and daddy, talking, walking, and getting 3 teeth (all at the same time!).  I’m so proud of you.  I watch you run before you can walk and I smile.  I watch you watch your sister, as I grin from ear to ear.  I listen to you say “dada” when I asked you to say “mama” and I give you a rueful smile.


When I was carrying you I’d feel guilty because I was so busy with your big sister and life didn’t revolve around being pregnant.  But we weren’t very far into our journey when I realized you would not be ignored.  Whether it was my sickness, your somersaults, your crazy contortions (that I could see and feel), or your hiccups, you always reminded me to pray for you.  And I did.  I prayed that you would follow God all the days of your life.  That He would form you perfectly with ten perfect fingers and ten perfect toes, that you would come quickly and without complication, that He would help us develop godly character in you and help us raise you to be all that He intended for you.  God has answered each and every prayer (well the last one is in progress)! And we’re so thankful. 

When you were tiny you had colic.  And you’d scream and scream.  It was really hard.  But you know what? Even when I was up late, tired, and overwhelmed, there were moments I’d look down at you and smile because you were so precious and beautiful.  I felt sad that you were having a tough time and when I didn’t know what to do, I just kissed and cuddled you and held you tight.  You outgrew the colic and are one of the most smiley and cheerful babies.  You smile at everyone. Oftentimes when we are out, strangers stop us to tell me that you have a beautiful smile.  Your smile lights up our world sweet girl.    

I’m excited to watch you grow Nadia.  I’m a tiny bit sad, also, because I loved you being my baby.  You are so cuddly and sometimes you’ll crawl up to mama and just bury your face in my chest or put your arms around me as far as they can reach.  I love that.  You give me kisses and make sure I know how much you love me.  I love that too.  But more than sad, I’m eager, expectant, and hopeful of the person you’ll become. And I’m so honored that I get to be a part of your journey.  Happy birthday, sweet girl.  Mommy loves you.



 I posted here that I'd share some of the one year pictures I took of Nadia.  Even though I hired this amazing photographer, I still felt the need to take her photos.  What's wrong with me?!






 She got tired and started sucking her thumb.  I love these!




How old are your little ones? How do you capture your sweet moments?

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10 comments

  1. You are so amazing Mz TIPPY. I love you guyz! I love watching your family grow and your wonderful God filled journey... Aunty loves you!

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  2. Love this! Sad but mostly happy, right!? The pace at which children grow, learn, develop, and everything in between is way too fast, but it's also so amazing! I'm having a hard time being ok with Bodhi growing up, but I better get to a point of acceptance quickly because it's happening! Like it or not.

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    1. I totally get it Jessica! I have to say there are moments when I understand why people keep having babies! lol. there's something sweet about that phase (however labor intensive it may be) that you just can't get back!!

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  3. So beautiful, Tiffany. I only have one (as you know) and somehow this post made me feel at peace with having a second-a good reminder that a second isn't just some idea, it's a new beautiful little person. By the way, I've always thought that Nadia has a gentle soul based on her face and smile. There is something about her that seems very sweet and caring. On another note, I didn't realize how close in age Nadia and Bodhi are-just a month and a week or so. Happy birthday beautiful little Nadia!

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    1. Thanks for this sweet comment! (even if it's not her real birthday ;)

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  4. Ha! I'm a moron! Just realized this is from last September. Oh Wow! Mama brain/lack of sleep plus being sick has me NOT THINKING!

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    1. LOL! Jessica you have me cracking up!! Yeah, I posted this on FB after going back through posts and notes as I was [finally] wrapping up her one year book.

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  5. This brings me to tears. It is so beautiful! I imagine Nadia reading your precious words one day, putting her arms around you and the love you both have multiplying in a matter of seconds, more than either of us can know. I love all the time and creativity you put in to building precious memories for your babies. You are a wonderful mother and a blessing of a gem; far more than rubies. I am proud of you and I love you...Mom

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