30 and Grateful
say hello to the newest member of my family, my little niece Annabelle Lilly Rose
my cousin Jordanna and her partner Jon met their first child today just after noon at Women's Hospital. me, the kids, a handful of family members and friends made their way over to support the new family and to meet Annabelle. you can see that she is a little different. this little girl was born by means of a c-section to increase her chances of survival as it was discovered earlier on in the pregnancy that Annabelle had a condition called anencephaly. beneath the tiny hospital hat that so many mothers treasure as one of their first keepsakes, lies the tinniest little bowl. Annabelle was born into the world with no brain, just a brainstem.
auntie nicole holding Annabelle for the first time
mom & dad
she is so very very little at 7 months
everyone's moods were up and down throughout the day
it was good to have so much support from friends and family
Annabelle had her hands and feet stamped and molded for keepsakes
perfect little footprints
a handful of support from my mom's side of the family
i was nervous when Jordanna requested i take photos. i was not sure that i would be able to handle it. when the c-section was changed and scheduled for my birthday, i was even more nervous. after a few weeks, my nervousness settled. a few friends have asked how the day went, and i am happy to say that i am feeling ok. Annabelle's condition is indeed tragic, but the love and strength that have risen to the surface from Jordanna herself and all those who came to support her & Jon, has been incredible. feelings of hope and peace have filled my mind and heart. compassion, kindness and and overwhelming sense of gratitude have been instilled in the hearts of many today. that in itself is a wonderful purpose. i could not have spent my 30th birthday in a better way. it was a truly meaningful and important day in my life meeting Annabelle.
we stayed until 3pm when our street parking came to an end. it was a quiet afternoon. kevin arrived home and we decided to head out to my mom's to have a small intimate birthday celebration. we ordered some Japanese takeout and my brother created a special cake from scratch for me!
i had not eaten much throughout the day, i went to town!
as did chloe and momo
i'm really loving hangouts with my bro. i feel like it's old times, like when we were REALLY young kind of old times. two crazy cancerians constantly goofing off.
hundreds of Canon Powershot Selfies were taken in this well-lit bathroom throughout my early 20's
this dude is getting super jacked these days. amazing.
me: why don't you ever go running?
bro-james: why would i ever run when i could just UPPERCUT! UPPERCUT! UPPERCUT!
familiar hallway views
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR MOMMY!!!!
the pancakes were super light, 70% dark chocolate mixed with a little coconut milk, fresh sliced mango... super light and not super sweet, i split another piece with my brother... and i have another piece that i am going to eat for breakfast tomorrow.
chocolate lip liner gone bad
i could not have asked to spend this milestone birthday in a better way. it was a great day to be quiet, to reflect and to be grateful. i have been blessed, greatly blessed in this life. my one wish is that my children be as blessed with the same health, happiness and love as i have been.
so. it's official. i have now crossed the threshold. i am 30.
looking forward to what this decade has in store for me!!!!