My first birthday as a Mum!
This Birthday was far different from all the other ones I’ve had. It was my first birthday as a Mum. Things continued to revolve around a baby; waking up on his watch not mine, caring for him all day, feeding, playing, changing him...the list is endless. My birthday was no longer just about me and honestly, this was the best birthday yet. I’ve wanted to have kids with Michael since the ripe old age of 17, and if logic hadn’t prevailed we would have. Being a Mum is possibly the best birthday present I could have received.
My 24th birthday I spent trying to get pregnant. We knew something was wrong but hadn’t quite figured it out. It was an emotional time. One that taught me a lot but one I’d still rather forget. My 25th was spent pregnant. It was a beautiful pregnancy but the anticipation of meeting our little baby made me wish everyday away as I was so eager to hold him. This birthday was different to all the others, I made the most of every second, enjoying every moment, no matter how many nappies I had to change.
I woke up at 5am to the sounds of my gorgeous ltitle boy. I rolled over and saw him lying next to me ready for cuddles and a feed. I nurtured him and made sure he knew he was loved. We read books, played in the garden and went for walks. He helped me in the kitchen, half the time spent with him on my hip and the other half playing with utensils at my feet. I rocked him to sleep, singing to him and kissing him. Every moment spent with him made this birthday the most special one yet.
The rest of my day was spent with family and friends enjoying great food and sharing my birthday with Hunter. Sure, I had a little baby respite, and enjoyed a beautiful dinner with my husband, we need some time to ourselves. But, even though Hunter wasn’t there, he was the bulk of the conversation and that’s how we like it. We can’t get enough of him.
I couldn’t be more proud of what I have accomplished in my first quarter of a century. I haven’t done anything that millions of others haven’t already done. My life is nothing spectacular. I’m married, with a house and a baby. It’s pretty text book. But each day I get to do life with my best friend beside me and I get to raise a beautiful and clever boy with him, I’m surrounded by supportive friends and family and, well....perhaps my life is pretty spectacular. Regardless though, I’ve never felt more whole and I am so excited to see what the next 25 years bring.