Thursday, September 15, 2011

One year ago

One year ago today we were blessed with our sweet Greer.
Time has flown by, I can't believe a full year has passed.

If you recall, I had her early in the morning here at home. This is my favorite picture of her. The color is horrible and it's barely in focus, but to me, this is her, lying on my yellow sheets, in the sweet outfit we bought for her. Everything happened so fast I'm just happy to have a few pictures.

I've been filling out a baby book and at the one year mark, it has asked me to write down my thoughts on motherhood.
There are lots of things I've learned.
If I think back to that first day my first thought is how happy I am with my birth experience. It could not have gone better and I will plan to have a birth at home again!

I now know I should have rested more. I never relaxed and let my body heal after Greer's birth. I was working and running around like a crazy person. I'm going to park myself on the couch next time and eat and drink lots and lots of water. I've never been so thirsty in my life!

In addition, I will slow down and enjoy motherhood. I have learned how quickly time passes by and how important every moment is with Greer.

I was surprised how I was not immediately attached to her. In those first few hours and days I let anyone hold her and even took a couple naps in my bedroom while others kept her. Then suddenly my attachment was so strong I never wanted to be away from her. And even now, at 1 year I have a hard time leaving her.

I learned that nursing is a full time job. It's hard to get the hang of in the beginning. I was so tired, so hungry, so thirsty. But I am so glad that I did it. Greer has never been sick other than a runny nose or cough and I fully believe nursing helped in this.

Lack of sleep is THE hardest thing I have ever gone through. Seven months of not getting a full nights sleep was so miserable. That's all I have to say about that. I try to block it out. I do not function well with interrupted sleep and I'm not a good napper.

But overall I would say motherhood is amazing. I was surprised along the way to enjoy it so much. I feel like I am doing the hardest, most important job out there. Being Greer's mom. And I love it.

It's also the busiest job out there so this post is short :)

But here is Greer 1 year later, in just the same spot!
I'm so happy to have her, so happy she's healthy. This morning at breakfast I thanked God for how lucky I am.

Happy Birthday Greer-bo-higgens! We love you!

3 comments:

  1. She is so beautiful! Happy one year!!

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  2. Love her! (and you guys too!) :-)

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  3. Doesn't that newborn stage go by soooo fast! What a sweet baby. I love your site!

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