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Cliches, Colds, and Birthday Cake

Kids grow up so fast. I know this sounds totally cliché, but it's true. When my eldest daughter turned one, it felt like it happened so fast, and now my second daughter just turned one, and I don't know how it happened... Didn't we just bring her home from the hospital last week? Once I think about it all, so much has happened this past year that I can only wonder how the last twelve months managed to squeeze itself into just one year, but I am not ready for my baby to be a toddler yet... Stop growing! Of course I don't actually want my children to stop growing, and I look forward to them growing up and watching them achieve great things in their lives, I just want time to slow down, that's not too much to ask, is it?

I am sorry to say that my baby spent her first birthday fighting off a cold. Actually, both of my girls are sick. Last night, the two of them had me catering to them off and on all evening, that every time I got them back to sleep and came downstairs, I would be marching back up the stairs not minutes later to help blow a nose or readjust a pillow. This happened several times, until I decided to just stay upstairs and call it a night.

Today, we spent a quiet day inside so the girls could get better. I made them barley and carrot soup, and we read stories and played with some new toys that my little one got for her birthday. Before dinner, the girls decided to have a music party with bucket drums, maracas and the xylophone.  This burned off any excess energy from the birthday cupcakes we had earlier in the day. We had some soup for dinner then watched a movie as a special birthday treat. 

My husband was off today so we got to video chat a few times with the girls. I am glad my daughter's birthday fell on a Saturday, so even though her daddy is away, he was able to celebrate with us on video. We received a couple special birthday packages from family this week, and had many birthday wishes and calls today as well. I love that even being away from family and friends, we have the power of technology to keep us all connected. Thank you to everybody who sent extra love this way for my daughter's first birthday. 

The girls are now in bed, and I have 'only' been up there three times tonight to help calm a stuffy nosed toddler. Hoping the girls can get a good nights sleep so they will be feeling better soon. I am going to make myself a cup of tea and get some rest too so I don't catch what they have. Looking forwards to another crazy, wonderful, stuffy nose-free day tomorrow, with my two growing-up babies.



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