A year ago on this day, I gave birth to my daughter. I’m usually pretty good at expressing myself, but today things are different.
I cannot put into words the amazing year we’ve had. My daughter has truly transformed my life – she has opened my eyes to a world I didn’t know existed. She has changed the way I view every aspect of life: love, dedication, relationships, values. She’s even changed the way I view my job, my friendships, and even how I keep my house!
This year has been full of everything new. New experiences, new joys, new friends, new everything! And at the same time, this year has given me the opportunity to reflect on the things I’ve always had with a new appreciation.
In her first year of life, my daughter has been my teacher. She has taught me more about the meaning of life in these past 12 months than any other time in my life. She has taught me about patience, commitment, what real love is, what true exhaustion is, and what really matters – and what doesn’t.
She has taught me about God.
In addition, having my daughter has connected me to some truly wonderful moms who are sharing the parenthood journey at the same time as me – the La Leche League, my MOPS group, my Bradley group, the Birthing Breastfeeding and Babies group – I would not have met these lovely women without my daughter.
It’s amazing how one small person can make such a big difference.
Life this past year hasn’t always been easy, but it has been good. And I’m so excited to see what this next year brings!
Happy birthday, my sweet daughter. I love you more than I ever dreamed possible, and I wish you a long, beautiful life full of blessing.
If you’re interested in reading my daughter’s homebirth story, click here.