I can't quite wrap my head around the fact that it's been a year already since my baby entered into the world. I honestly don't know how we got here, but we did. Granted, I'm thrilled that she's growing to be a lovely, smart, sensitive, and sometimes sassy little lady. We made it through the year without any major illnesses or accidents. The things that seemed like a really big deal totally weren't. I am blessed to have such a happy child, especially one who is starting to walk around like a big girl! I remember around three weeks postpartum remarking to a friend that I thought being a mother would be a little more enjoyable than it was at the time. In my present state, I can't even believe I ever uttered such words. So much of my enjoyment in life stems from nourishing her mind and body, and watching her grow into a little girl. I'm sure hormones, sleep deprivation and the marathon breastfeeding had something to do with those feelings, but still, I can't help feel like I was misquoted in the newspaper.
There's a reason why women keep having babies. You really do eventually forget how it felt to be pregnant (and I really did love the feeling), you forget the pain of labor, you forget the sleepless nights (of course I can say that because I've had a few glorious months of sleep--if there were a way to put sunbeams shining out from the word glorious, I'd totally do it. And yeah, shut up, I know the 55 week sleep regression is on our tails) and you even kind of forget what life was really like before your baby. You know it happened and you had a great time, but it's a blur. So was this year in a way, fortunately it was well documented.
A year, in pictures.
I totally miss her spikey hair. I miss snuggling for the sake of snuggling. She's too active for that now but does dole out the kisses pretty freely so I'll take those as a great substitute. Happy Birthday, Boss. Thanks for taking me on this wild and enriching ride called motherhood.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I have some really wonderful friends that have helped me along the way. Having a baby actually bonded me with some truly special women that I can safely say are lifelong friends. You know who you are and I thank you.
Now let's eat cake!