Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Moana's First Year

Happy Birthday, Moana! A year ago today I was grunting and screaming and pushing and then POP! Out came this beautiful little girl who would change my world forever.

I know you're all waiting for the first birthday cake video... it's coming soon... still working on changing the privacy setting on You Tube so I can view it... but until then... if you've got a spare 20 minutes on this Tuesday, check this out! Ok, I know you really don't have a spare 20 minutes, so really this is just for my mom. And me. I have spent 20 minutes over and over watching it and I still cry every time.

Thanks to my amazing friend Jenny for putting this video together. Priceless.

18 comments:

H said...

I didn't quite have 20mins but I watched a fair bit :) Wow what a great thing to be able to show Moana when she's older, it's not just her journey in the year either, it's the whole family Simmons journey... wonderful x

Ange said...

I've watched 2 min and I am crying too much and have to turn it off! my boys are looking at me! Love it. I will watch more later. What a beautiful special thing you have put forever. just perfect. Happy birthdya to you and MOana. It's your day too you know. Is that your Mom at the beginning of the video? Her reaction just got to me...so so sweet.

Jennifer Harrison said...

I am the same as Ange, starting watching it and had to look away not to cry! SAPS we are. LOVE IT - happy bday to Moana and many many more!!!!!

Jennifer Harrison said...

PS THAT is sooo nice of Jenny to do that. wow, what a great friend!

Beth said...

Okay, totally wasn't planning on watching the whole thing but once I started I could stop!!! Geez Michelle - that video really put into perspective for me how far you've come in just 1 year. I think because I didn't start reading your blog until the spring I didn't quite understand that you just had a baby!!! And then you qualified for Kona!!! And then you DID Kona!!! :) What a great friend you have for putting that all together. Your family is so beautiful.

Rebecca DeWire said...

Just thinking about your video might make me cry! I will have to watch it later :) Enjoy your special day.

Natalie D said...

This made me get goosebumps and all teary. Awwww!!

Lizzie said...

Is it really a whole year? That means that it's (almost) a year since I found your blog. Thanks for inspiring a lot of us!! :) Love the video, especially some of the videos that didn't make your regular blogging.

DC Running Mama said...

Wow, what an amazing year it has been. I feel so lucky to have happened on your blog and shared in your journey! Moana is lucky to have such an amazing family.

Regina said...

Unlike everyone else, I was beaming watching this video (although I totally get the tears); it just reminded me so much of when my son was born. However, the IM part reminded me of how far I still have to go; that made me cry a little...

What an amazing friend in Jenny you have to do this for you. Happy Birthday Moana!

cat. said...

i was a goner as soon as your mom looked at her and then looked back at the camera with tears in her eyes.

i can't believe jenny! what an awesome gift!!!

i'm sending much love to the three of you on this special day!!
xoxo

Angela and David Kidd said...

I didn't have the 20 minutes but that's awesome that someone put that together for you. And like others, it was making me all teary eyed - not professional.

Happy Birthday Moana!

beardies3 said...

That was lovely. I cried when a grandmother got into the car with baby Moana. As a new grandmother, it hit me in the heart.

Your daughter is beautiful and developing quite a little personality. I enjoy following her growth and your training. You are an inspiration as an athlete and as a mother. Well done.

Molly said...

*sniff* That was completely amazing. And so are you!

fancy nancy said...

Oh that was so amazing! It definitely made me cry! I remember when you had Moana, I was beginning to read your blog! Amazing!! She is such a cutie and koodos to you on the IM!!!

Sara said...

Oh, so sweet! What a wonderful keepsake for you all. Well done, Jenny!

Katie A. said...

I'm with Beth, I wasn't going to watch the whole thing, but I had to see how it ended! ;) Even though I already knew!
What an awesome video, and I was happy and teary-eyed all at the same time! Congrats on an awesome year! :)

X-Country2 said...

I didn't get past the part where you were the cutest pregnant lady on the planet. Skinny b*tch. :o)