July 6, 2009

One year ago today.

A year ago today I spent the day in the hospital. I arrived at about 11:00pm the night before. I woke up in the morning with some contractions and by 11:00am I was getting an epidural. I went through labor and contracts most of the day. My water broke sometime around 4:00pm and at about 6:00pm I started pushing. After what seemed like days I finally delivered Makayla Ann Bower at 8:10pm. She weighed in at 7lbs 12oz and 21inches long. She was a healthy baby girl and the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.

Each month as the 6th rolls around I think WOW she is already another month older. Before I know it she will be a year old. Well that day has come and I still can't believe it. We have been so blessed with such a smart, funny, beautiful girl. I can honestly say thanks to Steve working as hard as he does, I don't feel like I have missed a thing. I have gotten to stay home with her everyday and watch her change and grow. It was so important to me to be able to have that opportunity with her and without Steve's sacrifice and hard work it would not have been possible. Thank you Honey. It means more to me then you will ever know.

So many people in our lives have made changes for the love of Makayla. Most of all my Mom has been there for everything. She comes over daily just to see her. She has brought countless boxes of diapers, wipes and formula, which has helped us out dearly. She brings Makayla new toys, and clothes all the time. She has shown Makayla so much love as has Makayla in return. We could not have survived this first year without her. Then there is my sister (Makayla calls her Nenny). Makayla gets SO excited to see her Nenny. Jenn is fun and exciting. They laugh together and play and tell secrets. They dance get down, look at all of Makayla's "pretties" (her clothes and bows), they have fun snacks. Makayla loves my sister! How could she not? Being with Nenny is almost like being at Disney world.

With every passing month M has learned something new. I remember the day she could first hold her head up. The first time she rolled over, the first time she crawled, and talked, and said Mama, and Dada. Her first tooth, her first belly ache, her first steps. Everything seems like it was just yesterday and here we are at her 1st birthday. This 1st year is going to be hard to beat. We have had alot of laughs, tears, new experiences, mess ups, and successes. I can't wait to see what this coming year has install for us. Thank you all for sharing this first year with us. I hope you have enjoyed our stories and pictures, and that you stay around for year #2. I expect it to be even more exciting!

Do you remember what Makayla looked like at a month old? Do you want to take a look back? Look in my right sidebar. See where it says Monthly photo's take a look back? You can click on that and see her photos from each month or you can just click here. I love to see how she has changed, don't you? Thanks again for checking in!


  1. Awwww. What a sweet post. Happy, Happy Birthday Makayla!!

  2. Happy 1st Birthday Makayla! Wow a year d already, time really does fly by! Great post Sheryl!

  3. Happy Birthdy Makayla!We love watching you grow:) xoxo

  4. Happy 1st Birthday Miss M! We love watching your grow from afar. A huge thank you to your mama for always updating this blog to show us what a big girl you are now:) Beautiful post.

  5. OMG....Sheryl, you are the best Mama ever(besides me of course). I love Makayla so much. How can you not...she is the most loving, happiest baby..(well big girl now)and THANK YOU for your wonderful words, you made me cry. Hope M and I dont get into too much trouble in the coming year....hahaha.
    love y'all GRANDMOM

  6. Wow life has changed because of miss M. When I am having a bad day and she gives me those kisses everything is all better:) I love that she loves mickey as much as I do now I have someone to go to Disney with!! Thanks for pushing her out. I love my little peeka


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