March 8, 2012
This photo was taken around the exact moment she officially turned three.
I have never seen this face before. It's brand new, a symbol of three. Gone are the awkward smiles, the exaggerated cheese! smiles and the cutesy shy smiles.
Can I get a picture of you guys on your birthday? I asked as casually as possible, knowing my Stella will only pose under her conditions.
I look through the lens and can't believe what I see unfolding before me. My little baby is confidently wrapping her arm around her closest friend, leaning into her like they are teenagers and shooting off the most grown up smile I have seen her wear.
There is so much love in these eyes, so much security, so much comfort.
You are breathtaking, my dear.