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From Tiny Seed to Full Blossom: 12 Months of Peony (PHOTOS)

By Meredith Carroll |

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She lights up my life

I can’t even really put into words what it means to me that Baby Peony is just a few weeks away from her first birthday. And I’m hardly ever speechless (ahem), so my almost-silence is really saying something.

It’s not just that she’s my last baby. It’s not just that she smells like a little slice of heaven. Or that she’s generally just so delicious.

She’s just my little Peony. Seriously, the sweetest little girl (who’s showing signs of turning into a darling little devil as she becomes more mobile, but still). There have been no moments over the past 11+ months that I haven’t enjoyed Peony. Even when she’s fussed, which has been barely, I’ve savored every second (and I don’t even think that’s possible, or if it is, it’s just annoying, but it’s true).

I’ve snapped a photo of her on the same day each month over the past year, and though she’s changed before my eyes, it’s been hard to see until I look at her all at once, in living color, like in these pictures.

Take a look:

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And Then She Was 1

We have a plus sign!

I found out I was expecting Peony on Christmas Day, 2010. Despite (and probably because of) the fact that I don't actually celebrate Christmas, it was the greatest gift ever.

Photo credits: Meredith Carroll

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Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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2 thoughts on “From Tiny Seed to Full Blossom: 12 Months of Peony (PHOTOS)

  1. Zain says:

    Cute little girl you have there :)

  2. Meredith Carroll says:

    Thanks, Zain. :)

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