Allie dear, today should have been your birthday, August 10th. But you decided to surprise and scare us by entering the world five weeks early, despite our efforts to stop you. You’re already shown yourself to be a determined little one, aren’t ya? Your Aunty Sally called you the girl with no clothes and no name because you literally had neither. Even on the day you were discharged home, we weren’t sure if your bassinet would be ready in time. It wasn’t. So you slept in a makeshift bed - aka, changing pad. But you did it - you’ve grown and flourished and made it past one month! One month marks a significant milestone in the Vietnamese culture for babies as their survival chances usually improves significantly beyond this point. For your parents, the one month mark is significant for our survival as well. We haven’t killed you, ourselves, or each other…yet (the last one may need an extension beyond one month). We can’t say we are out of the woods but your Mommy and Daddy are at least not scrambling these days and are starting to fake it well enough that we may actually make it. While it feels like it has been the longest and shortest one month of our lives, happiest and most exhausting, you’ve already command such an important place in our hearts that we just can’t imagine our world without you.
Here’s a photographic journal of your first month of life, Allie. From your first touch to your first bath, we look forward to sharing many more firsts with you!