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Brielle Turns One

I’ve never considered myself to be a motherly person by nature, by any measure. Before having a child, if you’d asked me whether I like kids, I’d say I like them, enough. If you ask me the same question today, I’d tell you no different. But what’s changed is my newfound empathy I have for parents, especially those with babies and toddlers. I admit I used to be one of those people who silently prays they never have to sit close by babies or toddlers on the plane, dreading the possibilities of having to tolerate the relentless and tormenting cycle of crying, screaming, and chair-kicking. I guess I still pray so. But knowing that the crying, screaming, and chair-kicking toddler could be mine, I absolutely feel for parents who are trying their best to keep things under control (and their sanity).

As I watch B grow everyday, it’s a bittersweet reality for me. As she learns about the world and becomes more and more independent, she will need less and less of me. A time will come when she will no longer need me at all. Which is why, despite the madness and exhaustion, I’m ever reminded to keep her close because this won’t last forever. And as I witness her firsts, I can already feel my favorite moments slipping away. But I know that more favorite moments await.

Just like that, one year has gone by and I now have a one-year-old. A toddler! Oftentimes when I’m watching Brielle sleep or play, I still can’t believe I have a daughter—one who as of several days ago, took her very first steps! When I think back to the day she was born, I’m so grateful for her being a healthy, happy, and cheeky baby (with oh so much personality).

It meant so much to me that we were able to celebrate our little girl’s first year surrounded by so many family and friends. The importance of relationships—keeping and growing them—is something I want to teach Brielle to cherish.

We can’t thank our family and friends enough for celebrating with us. And special thanks to all our vendors (listed below) for their support! Here are several of my favorite shots from the day.

Venue: Hauwke’s Auto Gallery
Photo- & Videography: Tom Photograph.INC
Cake: Sugary Crush
Vintage Pedal Cars: Vintage Pedal Parties

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Stephanie is the founder and curator of Chléa Living, and copywriter for Chléa Consulting. A peanut butter lover and a sucker for big band music, Stephanie loves to bake, karaoke, and obsesses over making lists. Her biggest pet peeve is a messy space, which is why she loves cleaning and organizing. While she loves waking up in the morning to make a smoothie and meditate, her secret dream is to win an eating competition (shhh). Follow @stephaniejaya on Instagram for a daily dose of all things sunny, happy, and yummy!

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