A year ago today my husband and I welcomed another beautiful little girl to our family.
I truly can’t believe that 12 months has already passed by and Baby is celebrating her first birthday today.
It has gone by unbelievably fast.
Baby might have been a surprise addition to our family but, as I have often told others, these are usually the greatest gifts of all!
The day she was placed into our arms for the very first time we knew our little family was blessed and complete.
All three of my daughters have taught me so much, but certainly the time spent recently with my baby has delivered many lessons of patience, compassion and living in the moment.
It certainly hasn’t been easy during those fussy days and sleepless nights, particularly while still needing to be present for my two older girls, but seeing firsthand how my daughters have grown so fast I know it doesn’t really last all that long and I should enjoy this time with my baby.
Every joyous milestone she has achieved is also tinged with a little bit of sadness at times, although it usually fades pretty quickly, because through the smiles of happiness has come a strong realisation that this will also be the last time I get to experience these moments.
Miss 1 (there I said it!) has no wish to slow down and is quick to follow in the footsteps of her older sisters. You can just see her watching and soaking up everything that is going on around her.
Late last week, she took her first steps alone and every day she gets that little more confident and those wobbly steps are taking her further and further. You can’t help but smile and feel her pride as she looks over at you after successfully making it between the couch and the television unit without falling down.
I know that same feeling will carry on with every achievement she makes through her life and I’m ready to guide, support and love her every step of the way!
In the meantime, I’m going to keep soaking in every moment I can. I might not be able to slow down time, nor do I really want to as I enjoy watching my girls grow up, but I can certainly make the most of what is right in front of me right now.
Happy first birthday to my gorgeous girl! You may now be Miss 1, but you’ll forever be my Baby.