Today is Bug’s official first birthday! If for some reason you haven’t yet, you can read all about his unexpected birth last year by hovering your mouse over the “Bug’s Story” tab, above this post. It’s been split into 3 parts so you should take your time with it. (Regular readers – I added the RSV post to this tab, finally finishing his story!)
I’ve learned so much from this year about myself as a mom, my husband as a dad, and both of us a strong couple. I discovered how bad stress without relief is for pregnant mommies and their unborn children, eek. I met my baby for the first time! I learned how to prioritize the really meaningful things in my life. I learned how to deal with very little sleep, how to effectively pack a diaper bag/get myself ready/get my baby ready/show up on time, how to breast feed (and how to breast pump), how to be much more patient than I ever knew I needed to be, how to pull off not showering for 3 days and still look ok, and how to be truly compassionate for my family members, friends, even strangers, in a way I wasn’t able to be before. I’ve fostered so many new (and revived some old) relationships as a direct result of my son’s birth. This year with Bug has completely changed my life forever. I love him so much that writing about it doesn’t do it justice.
And now I’m looking to the future. How else will Bug change my life? What awesome things will he do? What kind of a person will be when he’s grown up? Am I doing the right things to help him be a successful, kind, loving, and good man? I spend so much time writing (ok, usually grumbling) about the here and now that I forget to be excited for the future of my son. (Thank you to my friend Julia for always writing about your daughter and your hopes for her future – it’s the little reminder I need to change my thinking!)
A Year in Bug’s Life Through Photos:
So what have we been up to today?
Finally, we went shopping at CVS and Wegmans, and Mimi made him birthday cupcakes. 😛 Hopefully he likes them better this time!