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not six months, ten months, 11 months…but one. You are now one whole year old.

One year ago I was given the honour and priviledge of giving birth to you, my daughter.  Peacefully, at home, in water. This quiet undisturbed birth opened my eyes to what birth really can be.

Thinking this week on how you made your entrance to this world, I still feel humbled, amazed and oh, so much love… Surely a heart should burst with that amount of love?

Thinking of the way you swam into both mine and your father’s waiting hands, the yellow afternoon sun warming the apartment walls. The doorbell buzzing just five seconds after first sitting back in the pool and holding you to my chest.

I’m forever indebted to our amazing midwife who gave me the courage and trust to know what to do and how to calmly do it.

Thank you sweet girl for choosing us. For letting us experience birth the way that we did. For sharing with us the sheer joy you have for water. The giggles, the dimples, the splash of your mermaid tail, bring us all happiness that really is contagious.

Happy Birthday sweet girl.



30 thoughts on “one

  1. I can’t believe she is one already. That was a fast year! What a gorgeous little girl (not baby!) she is too; in such a sweet dress. I’m so pleased she had a peaceful and serene entrance to the world – few do these days xx


  2. A day that calls for a celebration indeed! Happy birthday, and birthing. That was one delivery story that I was all too willing to hear and store away; for it offered a different perspective of what it could be like.

    Xoxox. And then some.


  3. So beautiful, the day, the memories and the little girl. Thanks so much for sharing so much of yourself with us, Brydie! I feel so privileged to know you and your children through your blog- and mr chocolate a little too!
    Happy Birthday to your lovely daughter!


  4. I just noticed the tags you have for this post and realised why your words sound so familiar. It’s because I have the same words in my own head and feel exactly, precisely, completely the way you do. Lucky, aren’t we?


  5. Happy Birthday Little Mermaid! You look SO much like your big brothers – just gorgeous! May every coming year be filled with wonder and happiness xx


  6. Birthday wishes for the wee girl – what a gorgeous dress – was it a present? – and I love the simplicity of the cake. My favourite baby saying lately is the days are long and the years are short – but isn’t the first year so full of wonderful discoveries – hope the second year is filled with joy and laughter


    • That dress has been waiting for a long time to venture out. I bought it in an opshop about 5 years ago, for $8. Whether I ever had a girl didn’t matter as that dress and I were not leaving separately. When she was born I thought it would make a great first birthday dress…it did 🙂


      • What a precious dress story. I agree with Johanna – it’s absolutely gorgeous!
        Happy first birthday little mermaid. She sounds like she belongs to some pretty special and caring parents if you ask me. Mariana x


  7. happy birthday to your precious beautiful princess! thank you for sharing with us your lovely memories and thoughts! may love, happiness and laughter fulfill her life and the life of your lovely family every day! enjoy a great celebration! ✿◠‿◠) gina


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