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S: Mikayla Rae: The Second Year

FC: {the second year} | Mikayla | M

1: love | bug | You are one. One whole wonderful, crazy, stressful, amazing year it has been. One year ago today the doctor placed your pink, crying, perfect little self on my chest and that was it. I was a mom. Just like that. Our hearts were linked forever. I dreamed of being a mother from the time I could walk and talk. I dreamed of you my entire life: playing with dolls and pretending they were real, scribbling baby names I liked in my journal and closing my eyes so tight trying to catch a glimpse of what my real baby would look like someday. And now that you are here, you have blown every dream and fantasy of mine right out of the water. You are so much more than I could ever have dreamed of. You are perfect and so perfectly Asher. Your crazy cute facial expressions-which you got from me by the way- that can make anyone smile. Your sweet, tender, love bug side that is thrilled to give kisses and hugs to any baby around. Your Lil’ monster, mind of your own side that kicks, screams and throws your head back when you don't get your way. You have changed all of our lives forever. In twelve little months, you have sealed your place in our hearts forever. Twelve months of rocking, bouncing, patting, singing your fussy little self to sleep. Twelve months of smiling at your giggle, your toothy smile, your quirks. Watching you grow and change and learn every day is the gift of a lifetime. I can't wait to see the little boy you become. And someday, the man you will become. I love you to the moon. -Mommy

2: ALL BUNDLED UP | Ok...so you don't exactly LOVE the snow! This was your very first time out in the snow and you were absolutely terrified! I just laugh because it is so your personality to be afraid of the snow. On one hand you are wild and brave, but you are also very timid and scared of everything! I guess you get that from me! Maybe next year we can build snowmen and make snow angels!

4: Easter 2010 You had a ton of fun on Easter! You played with Cruz and hunted for eggs. We were surprised to see how well you did with the egg hunt! We had dinner at Nana's house. During dinner, you puked everywhere! It was awful! But then I gave you a bath and you were fine the rest of the day! You looked so adorable in your green sweater. You loved the four-wheeler Uncle Blake bought you! The day was so much fun!

6: 2010

7: Bunnies are brown. Bunnies are white. Bunnies are always An Easter delight. Bunnies are cuddly The large and the small. But I like chocolate ones The best of them all.

8: family pictures

10: Daddy's | You want to be outside all of the time! Your stubborn personality even causes you to stomp your lil' feet, scrunch your nose, and cry when we go in the house. It is a joy to watch you splash, play, explore and even eat mulch. You are becoming a big boy right before our eyes. | Girl

11: True Love

12: s l i d e | You are such a big boy. You can go down the slide all by yourself. You are so proud of yourself when you make it to the top. You are so brave! You will climb up the stairs and stand on top of the slide to show off! It is such a joy to watch you play and explore! When did you get so big?

13: months | t i m e

14: b | ath | t | ime

15: a | f | t | e | r | Oh Asher! You are too funny! For some reason, you freak out when people get their hair wet! It is the strangest thing! You love bath time, but if you see Ava get her hair wet, you start screaming! You don't mind getting your own hair washed, but you are terrified to see people with wet hair! You don't like Mommy when I get out of the shower either, because my hair is wet. This is one interesting quirk!

17: Mikayla | The many faces of

18: Summer Fun

19: Eew! Yuk!

20: Fourth of July

21: fireworks

22: AdvEnTUre AqUarIuM caMdEn, Nj

23: Daddy's Little Shrimp!

26: topsail pics 2010

28: Hershey Butterfly House

30: We went to Zoo America a lot this year and we went to the Philadelphia Zoo on Adopt Day to see the Giraffes that Lala and Pop adopted for Mom. You had a great time! You started taking pictures of the animals like Mom with your pretend cell phone and your favorite animal at both zoos were the ducks. You quack just like them!

31: Z | O | O

32: One of our favorite places to go is Wildwood Park. We started going early spring and continued through late fall. You love the outdoors so much that you even cry when I say "Time to go" You first started walking here as you can see in the bottom pictures!

34: daddy and me

35: You have so much fun with Daddy! You love to make him play horsey and take you out in the snow! You are without a doubt a daddy's boy!

36: I carry your heart; I carry it in my heart. -E. E. Cummings | Momma | & | Me | "My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it." -- Mark Twain

37: our first photo

38: Mikayla 21 Months | Where are your eyes?

39: Where are your ears?

40: Asher Paul 20 months

41: This month we found out that you are going to be a big brother! How exciting! This news is perfect timing because you are obsessed with babies right now! Every animal or baby you see you say, "Baby..Where's the Mama? Where's the Dada? Where's the Nana? Where's the Papa?"Its is so funny to see you try and find a little family everywhere you look. You probably do this ten times a day! Words cannot describe how thrilled we are to have another miracle like you in our lives. You have changed us for the better, forever. Not only did you make us parents, but you have molded us into the kind of parents we want to be. I am so happy for you to have a sibling to share, love, play and even fight with. While I am thrilled, a tiny part of me feels guilty to take some of our attention away from you. I know in my heart that we are giving you the greatest gift and that this baby will fill a hole in our hearts and our family that we never knew existed. I am so proud of the little boy that you are becoming. My heart hurts every time I see little bits of your babyhood slip away. I know that you will be the most compassionate and loving big brother. I can't wait to see where God takes our family and cannot wait for you to meet your baby brother or sister. I love you to the moon, my sweet boy, Mommy | Asher

42: Saying bye to Daddy AGAIN!

43: You wanted to pack yourself in his suitcase and go too! | Daddy went to Sicily twice this year! These are some pictures of Toarmino

46: 2011

48: I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas

50: Asher Paul | Christmas 2010

51: Your second Christmas was magical. You came down the stairs in the morning to find a choo-choo around the tree! You were so thrilled! You also found a shiny red kitchen You liked opening presents, but mostly just wanted to play with your new toys. We were all so blessed to watch Christmas morning through your eyes.

53: Asher | Cruz | &

55: Happy Birthday Page! | We went to see Page for her 1st birthday party! You had a blast helping open presents!

56: the boys...

59: At 20 months you still aren't talking much, but you still let everyone know what you want! Your Favorite words are: Daddy Yes Ball And no matter how hard we work on it, you just won't say Momma!

61: 2 | Asher, Your second birthday was so much fun! We had cake and ice cream with Daddy's family, and then had a party and Nana's house. Your favorite part by far was blowing out your candles! Each time you would beg me to let you blow them out again...and of course I let you! You had fun opening gifts and playing with your cousins. I cannot believe how big you are getting. We love you to pieces!

62: mommy's favorites

64: more faves

66: love | bug

67: You are two. Two just seems so big to me. The day you were first placed into my arms, I felt like two was a million miles away. But here we are. Before I had kids, I felt like a two-year old was a kid. But today I very much feel that you are still my baby. This past year I cannot believe how much you have grown and how much you have learned. Your little personality is changing everyday. Your personality is a perfectly Asher blend of sweet, bossy, timid and smart, with plenty of ornery in there too. You are a little boss who loves to run the show. If you could, you would tell everyone what to do at all times. You are just like Mommy and are afraid of everything. You are even scared of a baby bunny. You have learned so much this year. You are talking in full sentences and picking up new things every hour. Sometimes you can be a little bully who loves to take toys from your friends. We are working on that! But at the end of the day, all the parts of you are perfect in our eyes, because they are you..and you are ours. I have always dreamed of being a mother and what it would be like. When you were born, you turned so many of the ideas I had about motherhood upside down. I thought I knew everything, but having a fussy baby and a challenging toddler quickly taught me that I knew nothing about how hard it is to be a mom. I thought I knew how much I would love my baby. But you turned that upside down too. On the day you were born, I was head over heels. Twenty-four months later, my love for you multiplies every day. Seeing parts of Daddy and myself in you makes my heart swell. Watching you struggle with something, or seeing you sick tugs at my heart strings. Hearing you say "Mom" ten million times a day makes me smile. We are so proud to be your parents. We cannot wait to see how you adjust to being a big brother. The last year has been trying as we struggled with your health concerns. We were given a new-found sense of appreciation for each day we spend with you, and our goal as parents is to live in the moment and enjoy every second with you...the fun moments, the scary moments and even the challenging ones. We love you more than you can know and it grows every day. We are so blessed that you are ours. Love you to the moon, Mommy | Asher,

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