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My sweet baby turns one tomorrow. HOW?! Everyone told me it goes fast, but I didn’t realize it would be that fast. I’ve been writing this post off and on for the past few weeks but I just can’t seem to put this into words. I cannot put the love, amazement, and joy that I feel for my sweet girl into words.
This past year has been one of my greatest yet; Isla joining our family was absolutely amazing. March 22nd will always be a special day to me. It was the first day of the rest of my life. I can remember very vividly the moment she was born and the midwife said, “It’s a…” and Evan gasped, “A GIRL?!” I repeated “a girl?!” over and over and over and over and over again. I couldn’t believe she was a girl! My whole pregnancy I felt like the baby was a boy. All the old wives tales pointed to boy, all the typical symptoms pointed to boy, I dreamed about a boy – nothing ever pointed to a girl, but I was SO excited! I just stared at her sweet face with her big juicy swollen lips and could feel my heart bouncing out of my chest. I really can’t say that it felt real, that she was really my baby I get to keep forever, until a few months in. It was just so surreal that we created this little human. That stands true to this day. I look at her in just amazement that she is part of me, that I made her, that she exists because of me. #MINDBLOWN
Having Isla opened my life and mind open to some things I wasn’t consciously aware of. It gave me a new appreciation for parts of my life I was overlooking. I wanted to list a few of them, because it’s a good reminder for myself!
A few things I wish brand-new-mom Mary knew…
One year ago I anxiously awaited the arrival of our baby. In those moments I couldn’t imagine it being a year later. I could not imagine myself today. I am so thankful for every sleepless night, milestone, trial and error, flight, memory, snotty nose, diaper, giggle, conversation, quiet moment, snuggle, book, and every ounce of love that I have experienced since Isla has gotten here.
I sit here writing this with the same moment that I cannot imagine…..Isla growing another year older…but I know when I write about her second year it will be full of adventures. What a first year it has been! I love my little OHMie <3
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