Last Sunday, May 23rd, was my daughter’s first birthday.
I can’t believe a year has passed already! It has definitely been one of the most challenging years of my life, but also the most awe-inspiring. I’ve learned so much!
For example, I’ve learned that…
- breastfeeding isn’t always as easy as we’re led to believe.
- you should always have a baby’s bum covered when she sneezes.
- eyesight isn’t something to take for granted.
- if you swell up a lot during pregnancy, you’re going to pee a lot afterwards. A LOT.
- I am the best judge of what is best for my child…even when four different books have four different opinions and they’re all different from mine.
- sometimes when a baby’s upset, she’s not tired or hungry or wet – she’s just upset. Sometimes there’s nothing you can do about it.
- low bloodsugar is both scary and inconvenient when alone with a baby.
- packing for one child for one weekend is like packing for four adults for four weekends. On a related note, travelling long distances with a child on a semi-regular basis pretty much requires a minivan or SUV.
- it is possible to feel like both a failure and a superstar within the course of an hour.
- patience is a virtue. One that I do not possess nearly enough of…
- when they say to make time for yourself, and also for your spouse, they mean it. (Whoever “they” are.)
- nothing is a given.
- great parents make for great grandparents.
- breastfeeding wreaks havoc on bloodsugar.
- there is no better sound in the world than a baby’s laughter.
- an insulin pump looks like a fun toy to a baby.
- I can’t read Guess How Much I Love You without tearing up.
- I envy new parents who live closer to their families than we do.
- elderly ladies really like babies.
- I am capable of more than I give myself credit for.
I have also learned…
- all the words to Goodnight Moon as well as The Going to Bed Book.
- how to do a wide variety of tasks with one free hand and a baby on one hip.
- the fine art of being flexible.
- to lean on family and close friends when times are tough.
But mostly, I’ve learned the sheer magnitude of the love of a mother for her child. There is truly nothing else like it.
Happy Birthday Baby! Mommy loves you…right up to the moon and back!