I often think about when I took my first pregnancy test and realized that my husband and I were going to have our first child. It was such a thrilling and exciting time for us as we began to prepare for the way our lives were going to change with the arrival of our new little girl. I washed all of her little clothes, set up her changing table, and put fresh bedding in her crib, all with an anticipation I hadn’t ever felt before. I read all the books, went to the birthing classes and spent a lot of time preparing for her arrival.
On a mild June day, I went into labor and our precious little babe arrived a day later. And. Wow. I had never felt so UNprepared for something I had spent so much time preparing for! From the moment I first held her in my arms, my world changed. My life changed. And I’m quite certain that it will never go back to the way it was before we were blessed with her presence.
Being a parent is not easy (surprise!). It’s not as simple as reading a book and knowing the right thing to do. All the little clothes I washed quickly became dirty. The sheet in her crib wasn’t slept upon for the first few weeks as she refused sleeping in her crib. And her perfectly, organized room didn’t stay that way when she first arrived home. One thing to know about me is that I LOVE to be organized. I’m a planner, and don’t like to fly by the seat of my pants. I love cleanliness and I love predictability. And shockingly enough, a baby girl is really none of these things!
But let me tell you what my baby girl is. She was a miracle from day one. She is so loved by so many people in her life. She smiles, she laughs, and sure, yes, she cries. She has beautiful blue eyes that look just like her daddy’s. She has her mamma’s fair skin. She’s a tall little pumpkin and has been outgrowing her clothes like crazy. Out little babe loves to sit up, loves to eat, and is constantly learning to do new things. She has two tiny little teeth that make me smile every time I see them.
My daughter is such a light in my life. She fills my heart with joy and she motivates me to be the best mom I can be for her. My prayer for her is that she will grow up with a big heart, full of all the love she has. I hope she will grow to follow Jesus, her Maker and Creator, and that the light He gives her, will shine through to those around her.
As this blog evolves and takes shape, I know you will see that my little girl is a great big part of my life! I am so thankful for her and we are beyond blessed to have her in our lives.