Giving Thanks For Our First 365 Days with Sophia…

by Susan

A year ago today, you completed our family.

Sophia Vanna — my second miracle baby and the sixth, and likely the last grandchild, for your grandma.

Your first birthday could not have fallen on a more fitting day — Thanksgiving Day. Today all of Canada gives thanks, but I am convinced that I am the most blessed Mommy in the entire nation.

After waiting for over three years for your sister Julia to be born, I couldn’t imagine that I could be blessed again with a second beautiful baby girl.

But the Lord created you and let you grow inside of me to become a most beloved daughter, baby sister, cousin and granddaughter.

Sophia Ultrasound

Sophia 3D Ultrasound

Sophia Cutting the Cord

Meeting Sophia

I couldn’t be more thankful.

You are an amazingly sweet and sensitive baby.

As I look back on your first year, I can barely remember those first couple of months where you spent a little too much time in tears. You were sensitive to light and sound and your favorite place to be was in my arms, nursing, or in the dark with the calming white noise of the shower.

You loved to be snuggled and carried and to sleep nestled in bed next to me. But you also loved naps in your buggy while cozy in your snowsuit. Pretty much the only two ways you would sleep were in your snowsuit in your buggy or in bed with me.

After a few months, you still insisted upon those two sleeping arrangements but you became a most relaxed, dare I say “easy” baby. You take your time enjoying toys and calmly observing the world.

Sophia 11 Months

You love your routine and every night I’m amazed at how you blissfully fall asleep nursing and enjoy an eleven hour sleep. (With midnight nursing of course… but with you snuggled next to me, we hardly even notice.)

Sophia and Mommy

You are an amazing little person and, as my heart breaks that you’re turning from baby to toddler, I am delighted each day getting to know you better.

Happy First Birthday My Beloved Sophia!

Your Auntie Janice made this slideshow for you…

Sophia’s First Year from 5 Minutes for Mom on Vimeo.

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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Trisha October 12, 2008 at 10:24 am

How sweet! What a beautiful girl. I honestly want another baby, but i am so afraid of so many things. Society gone to crap, what if the burden is too big, am i too selfish, will i screw a new child up….how will the child i have be affected. ARGGGGGGGGGGG



2 Maddy October 12, 2008 at 10:46 am

Delightful. Many happy returns of the day.


3 AmyG October 12, 2008 at 11:19 am

How sweet! Happy FIRST Birthday, Sophia!!


4 DJ October 12, 2008 at 11:21 am

Happy Birthday Sophia! Enjoy this day mommy!


5 fidget October 12, 2008 at 11:54 am

Happy Birthday Sophia! She is beautiful!


6 Gem October 12, 2008 at 11:55 am

Awww, so sweet! That first picture she looks like a dolly. I didn’t realize our babies were so close, my Fiona will be a year in another month or so. How time flies!


7 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls October 12, 2008 at 12:49 pm

What a beautiful little girl she’s becoming – Happy Birthday, Sophia! :)


8 Adrienne! October 12, 2008 at 12:59 pm

Happy birthday, beautiful Sophia. <3


9 SarahHub October 12, 2008 at 1:21 pm

Happy birthday, Sophia! This letter is such a nice way to remember her first year.


10 Barbara Baker October 12, 2008 at 1:55 pm

What a wonderful video of your little princesses!!!! Too cute!!!


11 Petula October 12, 2008 at 2:13 pm

What sweet pictures of Sophia! She was the cutest newborn… wrinkly feet and all. :D Her and Olivia really are twin cousins, huh? That was a wonderful slide show – all the children are so beautiful and engaging even through digital film. Happy birthday little Shophia and wishes for many more.


12 susieshomemade October 12, 2008 at 4:01 pm

What a little angel!! Congratulations on making it through the first year with flying colors!!


13 Laura October 12, 2008 at 5:25 pm

Happy Birthday!!! Loved the video :)


14 Marissa October 12, 2008 at 6:31 pm

Happy Birthday to your sweet one! And Happy Canadian Thanksgiving…I’ll be thinking of you while I’m “stuck” here in the States :)


15 Musings of a Housewife October 12, 2008 at 8:48 pm

Happy birthday!


16 Lorie October 12, 2008 at 10:57 pm

Happy Birthday to Sophie! She is beautiful!


17 Elaine October 12, 2008 at 11:56 pm

Oh Happy Birthday to Sophia! I hope she had a wonderful day and I loved seeing all the pictures!


18 Sherry October 13, 2008 at 7:26 am

Happy birthday! What a cutie pie!


19 Pamela Kramer October 13, 2008 at 7:52 am

What a great video!


20 christine October 13, 2008 at 11:52 am

It seems like yesterday we were reading about your pregnancy. She is gorgeous!


21 Bertie October 13, 2008 at 4:37 pm

What a beautiful baby girl you have! Happy Birthday Sophie:)


22 RefreshMom October 13, 2008 at 4:45 pm

What a beautiful birthday gift for your precious girl! Happy birthday Sophia!


23 Lynn October 13, 2008 at 5:07 pm

Your daughter is SO adorable. Thanks for sharing. :)


24 Shara October 14, 2008 at 8:54 am

What a beautiful tribute!


25 BlapherMJ October 14, 2008 at 2:57 pm

Your Sophia is so precious! And I thoroughly enjoyed the slideshow! My youngest child was born in the afternoon on October 12th, albeit 10 years ago! Treasure each day — they go so fast!


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