A year in the life

On Thursday, Addie turns one. One. That means I have a one-year-old. Whenever I say that, a voice in my head screams--WHAT! How in the world did that happen? I think back over the past year and I could never describe how amazing it has been. As a child, I always played "dolls" and practiced being a mommy, so I had been preparing for this role in my life for a long time. Nothing in my wildest dreams could have allowed me to really understand what it would be like. Last weekend we attended a baby shower for my husband's cousin and everyone was supposed to write some words of wisdom on a card for the new mom-to-be. I hardly consider myself an expert, so I felt like the most honest thing I could tell her was: 

Motherhood is harder in ways 
you never thought of and magical in ways you could never dream of.

I can't think of anything else that could better describe this last year--the first year of Addie's life--the first year that I have been a mom. I have traded good nights' sleep
for late night cuddles, concerts of local bands for Bedtime With the Beatles, perky breasts for a well-fed girl, adult dinner conversation for teaching her to eat with her fingers, sleeping in for early morning kisses, a perfect manicure for built-in teethers and so much more. Sometimes I miss the complete and total freedom that I had before I was Mommy. But I can honestly say that I have never been happier. What an incredible year....                                                                     I have a one-year-old. 


Varenia said...

Aw, your girl is so sweet! Congratulations on making it through the first year! The year between 1 and 2 is probably one of my favorites, it's truly amazing to watch your "baby" become a "kid" almost overnight... enjoy! I'm so glad I found your blog, too :)

sara said...

I'm SO glad you found my blog as well!!! Yours is one of my absolute favorites--such beautiful and inspirational posts. Thank you so much for visiting and saying hello!

Lynne said...

Thank you for sharing Sara! Here I am at work and all teary and emotional now! Love your blog. Hugs to your little one!

sara said...

Lynne, thank you so much for your comment. Every time I look at that one I get a little teary too. And now we're about to hit the 18 month mark--where has the time gone? Give your girls a kiss for me!