...Elijah's first birthday, that is. How did this happen? It's just so incredibly hard to believe! As I reflect on Elijah's upcoming birthday, here's what I'm thinking right now. Basically, one year ago, I ...
had no idea what to expect about labor, about parenting, about nursing, about so much stuff!
couldn't comprehend how much I would love someone so small
had not witnessed first hand that Justin would be an amazing daddy
had no way of knowing whether I would survive my first year as a mommy
(and now I'm crying as I type)
hadn't experienced the abundant grace God gives mothers
didn't have a reason to complain about laundry!
hadn't yet experienced my parents and in-laws be wonderful grandparents
had no idea that my son would bring so much joy into my life
had no concept of how many dirty diapers one child can produce
had no possible way of knowing that I would truly love being a stay-at-home mom
had never said the words "No, Elijah. We don't eat dog food."
didn't know what it was like to give a child a bath
didn't know the joy of reading and playing with my child
didn't know what lack of time was
should have taken more naps when I could
didn't understand putting someone before myself all day long
hadn't cried when a baby laid his head on my shoulder
hadn't loved anyone's laugh so much
....ok, I have to stop cause I'm really crying now!
What a year! It's hard to comprehend how time just flies by, but at this same time, I have enjoyed every moment of Elijah's life so far. I'll have to share more about him in the next weeks leading up to his first birthday on February 19th. I've been a little out of the blogging routine lately...so I've got some catch up to do.
I am wondering though...
What advice do you have for the first birthday party?
What traditions have you enjoyed for your child's birthdays?