50 ways my life has changed in the last 9 years

by Jen in birthday,daughter,parenting,tween

 
daughter's 9th birthday
9 years ago my first child was born. She was a beautiful and healthy baby girl. It was the beginning of an incredible adventure. Today she is a funny, creative, healthy 9 year old girl. I’ve been reflecting on how my life has changed and how I have changed, over these last 9 years…maybe you can relate.
I learned that time flies…can it really be 9 years already?
I learned that time moves incredibly s..l..o..w at 2am…please go to sleep
 
I now have someone who laughs at all of my jokes
I now have someone who makes up the most ridiculous jokes
 
 
Overnight our home was filled with the “new baby” smell
Overnight our home was filled with dirty diapers
 
 
I now have a full load of colourful laundry…pink, red, orange and yellow
I now clean laundry constantly!
 
 
After she was born I had an instant appreciation for my mother
After she was born I had an instant appreciation for all mothers
 
 
I learned that my breasts could provide food to a tiny human being
I learned that sometimes our bodies can let us down, and we have to move on
 
 
I discovered that I have great patience
I discovered that sometimes patience is not enough
 
 
I went on maternity leave and I never went back
I went on maternity and realized raising my child was a full time job
 
 
I have embraced my inner child and played on the floor everyday
I have embraced my inner child and nap (from time to time) in the afternoon
 
 
I have become a professional narrator of children’s books
I have become a professional singer of children’s songs
(my audience loves my work)
 
 
I always have a small hand to hold
I always have a small head to kiss
I always have a small person to hug
 
 
I have learned that life is always changing
I have learned that sometimes I wish things would never change
 
 
I discovered, what I always knew, I don’t understand grade 3 math
I discovered, what I always knew, I married a man who understands grade 3 math
 
 
I am navigating through the physical growth from little girl to young woman
I am navigating through the emotional growth from little girl to young woman
 
 
I now attend dance recitals
I now cry at dance recitals
 
 
I have discovered that I am a role model
I have discovered that it is hard being a role model
 
 
I am learning to take care of my own health
I am learning that my well being directly impacts my child’s well being
 
 
I now know that being overtired leads to a cranky child
I now know that being hungry leads to a cranky child
I now know to always have a spare snack in my purse
 
 
I have uncovered an inner strength that I didn’t know existed
I have uncovered that it takes more than one person’s inner strength to raise a child…you need help
 
 
I can now see that my mother was doing her best
 
 
I have embraced motherhood with open arms
I have embraced motherhood with an open heart
Everyday I learn a little more about the sacred life of a mother
 
 
I have discovered that baking cookies warms my soul
I have discovered that sharing cookies with my child warms her soul
 
 
I am not the person I was 8 years, 364 days ago
My child is not the same person she was 8 years, 365 days ago
 
 
We have both grown 
We are both learning 
 
 
We both love
We are 9 years old today!
 

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Amanda August 1, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Beautiful post Jen! xo

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Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky September 4, 2012 at 7:22 am

It’s just amazing how much children change our lives, for the better :)

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