Our daughter joined us on June 27, 2010, and our life is forever changed! She has her Daddy's eyes and her Momma's spunk, and she lights up our hearts in a million ways. We praise God for his precious gift!!
As proud of a Mommy as I am--and oh, so in love!--this blog will not become a "Mommy blog" in which I keep you up on my growing baby girl's milestones with pictures and stories.
Instead, I will use this space to open my heart and share with you the challenges, revelations, ah-hah moments, and the pure joys of motherhood. A journal revealed, a journey shared. Shall we?
Let me dive in by saying that motherhood is so much more _______ than I could have imagined. More wonderful, more inspiring, more challenging, more demanding, more emotional, more fun!, more overwhelming, more everything. It is from the Lord; it is a high calling. It is a Gift, a roller coaster, a treasure, a J-O-B, and it is not for the faint of heart!
Baby Girl is seven months old, and I am now ready to step back and process what on earth just happened! When the reality of motherhood dawned, I felt like I had been dropped into the deep part of the ocean with onlookers on the shore waving and shouting, "Swim, girl, swim!"
I wanted nothing more than to swim. But I didn't know how. And even if I did, I would never make it to the far-off shore.
Before Baby Girl's arrival, I had researched extensively, read a variety of books, taken a 12-week childbirth class, and asked questions of other mom friends. But with the arrival of my newborn, I found a steep learning curve. In spite of my efforts, there was actually no way to fully prepare for the experience of being a new mom, except of course, to become one.
Sleep schedules, breastfeeding, swaddling, bathtime, baby clothing management, visitors, diapers, and frequent crying.
For me, there was childbirth recovery, roller coaster emotions, and the challenge to squeeze in a shower and get dressed everyday. None of these things existed in my life before baby. All were new! Even the small things like trimming baby's tiny nails and not drawing blood! Where is a nurse when you need her?
Sink or Swim
The reality hit. These things and more (which I'll share in days to come) made for a challenging adjustment period. But if God has shown me anything during this time, it's that my only options are not to swim all the way to shore or drown in this sea of change.
What I didn't realize is that I was created to float.