Thursday, July 2, 2009

Year Gone By

From the moment she was born, I knew she was going to be trouble. Sprout was bright purple, screaming angrily even after she was placed on WonderWife’s™ chest. My prediction turned out to be right and during the past year Sprout has certainly kept us on our toes. For the first eight months of her life, she refused to drink from anything that wasn’t WW’s™ nipple. She would not sleep in anything but her swing. She was moody. She was stubborn. She wanted only to be held by her mother.

But for as much as she's a pain in the ass, she’s also a sweet girl with a big smile who will flirt with anyone who looks her way. She's bold and fearless and wants to interact with every part of the world, taking it all in with her wide-eyes. She loves music and loves to dance. She loves animals. She loves her big brother more than anything else in the world.

It took longer for me to bond with Sprout than it did with her brother. But sometimes the relationships that start out rough grow to be the deepest and most fulfilling. I love my daughter. Her passionate spirit reminds me of her mother—another girl I love dearly. It has been a wild first year with Sprout. I can hardly wait for the next one.

Happy 1st birthday, baby girl.

13 comments:

Danielle said...

Happy Birthday Sprout!!
You should have known something was up since she is flipping you off in that picture! :)

Rohans said...

I can't believe it's been a year already. Congratulations on keeping your sanity!

Wonder Wife said...

Happy Birthday, my sweet girl. You bring so much light to our lives.

ZenMom said...

That is a great picture. Daddy's girl, eh? Happy Birthday, Sprout. :)

Your escalator operator said...

Happy birthday!

Dan said...

I think it's something about second children that makes it take longer to bond with than 1st. Or at least that was my experience.

Happy birthday sprout.

kiwibttrflyty said...

Holy cow has it really been a year already? That is mind boggling.

James (SeattleDad) said...

Well done DGB! Happy Birthday to Sprout!! Getting through that first year was a major milestone for me. Congrats.

SciFi Dad said...

Happy Birthday Sprout.

I like how if you look closely at her left hand you can actually make out DGB wrapped around her tiny finger.

blissfully caffeinated said...

That sounds so familiar. Our second baby wouldn't have anything to do with my husband for the first 8 or 10 months. She literally screamed if he made eye contact with her. But you know what? She is such a Daddy's girl now. She adores him. So I'm sure things will turn out much the same for you.

Happy birthday Sprout!

Lady Mama said...

Happy Birthday to your little girl! I've heard that's quite common - that it takes longer for the 2nd child to bond with the father. That's the case over here too. Your daughter sounds a bit like my son. He's definitely going to be trouble.

wendy said...

spoken just like a daddy-------I am glad she has some spunk, it will serve her well. (moody?? girls are never moody, boys are waaaay to touchy)

Anonymous said...

That pic is great! I have a pic of my first born son flipping off the priest holding him after the priest finished baptising him.