The Difference a Year Makes

It's been insanely hot already this year, and Spring has barely just begun. I'm not looking forward to the warm days that are ahead of us, or the bushfire threats that they bring along with them, but they do bring back memories.

This time last year, give or take a week, I announced our pregnancy. Most people & close friends knew about it a lot earlier than that, since I never kept our IVF journey a secret - but for some, it was the first they'd heard of our news. I remember being fascinated with our little 12-week blobby baby {and being positive it was a boy!} and couldn't even begin to imagine who that little person would become, or what life would be like with them in it.
A year has gone since that day. I stayed pregnant, I gave birth, I brought our daughter (!) home. I've watched her growing, a little bit here & a lot there. I've celebrated her life with our family, drifted from old friends and made new ones. I've learned to put somebody else's needs before my own without even a second thought. It all sounds so cliche, but I honestly can't remember life without her. Gone are the days of jumping in the car & heading out without a thought - now it's all about the nappy bag, the food packed, the spare outfits ready to go. And you know what? I wouldn't go back for all of the carefree times in the world.

That little jellybean baby has become a pretty awesome person. I love all of her quirks - the way she reaches for our faces, the way she makes her bottom lip quiver right before she cries, the way she lights up when she sees her dad across the room. I know how to make her giggle, how to make her squeal, and how to calm her down. She is so curious, so impatient, so feisty. I watch her & get glimpses of what she'll be like next year, and a year after that.


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9 comments:

Kasey A said...

Love this~ she's adorable and I love the comparison with her ultra sound!

Ali @ Not All Dreams Are Free said...

Now, when you think about it, could you imagine having a boy? She's brought so much joy into your life, it's such a beautiful thing (being a Mum).

Rach said...

Hi from ICLW....she is so adorable! I love her hair! What a cutie!

My best friend was so confident she was having a boy that she bought all boy stuff, decorate a boy nursery, only selected boy names. She was so confident she declined the gender ultrasound because - well, she already knew.

Her little is three now and she couldn't imagine it any other way...but it sure did suck running around when she was at home with a newborn trying to exchange/replace all the boy items! Haha.

Rach said...

*her little girl. Oops! It's early in the morning here and I haven't had my coffee yet....

mylovelosslife said...

too cute!!!

bakingandbabies.com said...

I can't believe how pretty she is - you've got a cutie! And what a great idea to post side-by-side with her ultrasound (I'll have to keep that in mind!)

emmainmommyland.com said...

Hi from ICLW! Your daughter is adorable :)

I know what you mean about not being able to imagine life withour your little one. Yesterday I was thinking about my wedding day and it felt odd to me that my son didn't exist at that time. I feel like he's been around forever :)

Amber said...

It really is amazing how much our life can change in such a short time period. I'm so glad you have your little one in your life now. She's a cutie!

Ericka said...

Hello from ICLW! Awwww! So beautiful! They are amazing little things, aren't they???? I am pregnant now and pretty confident we're having a boy, which probably means the baby is a girl...LOL. I guess we'll see in a few weeks!!





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