It is another beautiful day in the neighborhood… it looks like the sun is out and here to stay. YAY! Last night we took London’s ten month photos. I wasn’t sure if I should smile or cry. I am smiling because I feel so blessed to have a child that I will call my own forever and ever and I feel like crying because time went by so fast. SO FAST- just like everyone said it would. With that being said, everyday is better than the last. I love this little girl more than I did yesterday and just when I thought my heart was already bursting at the seams, I seem to be able to love her a little more. Actually, A LOT more! Having a daughter is a dream come true for me. I’ve always wanted a little sister or a little girl to call my own- but marrying a man with four brothers, ten nephews and only two nieces, didn’t exactly make this seem like a dream within reach. You could only imagine how surprised I was when London was born and my husband announced, “It’s a girl!”.
We literally haven’t stopped smiling since. Her smile and bubbly personality give me so much life. I feel forever indebted to God for such a precious gift. I remember praying everyday to get pregnant and now I pray everyday, thanking God for my sweet baby, London. She has filled a void in my life that I never even knew existed.
Now how do I cope with the fact that my daughter is almost 19 pounds and two feet long when she was just born yesterday? Well I have come up with a few ways for me to deal with this… For one, I try to make the most of everyday. I have an itinerary planned for London and I every single day when I get home from work. That is our 5-6 hour time slot to spend together before Daddy gets home. It is absolutely wonderful. It is our bonding time that usually consists of going for long walks, going shopping, running errands, grabbing a coffee and “babyccino” or meeting with friends. We basically do whatever we want, enjoying this “London and me” time. Then we go home and prepare everything so we could have dinner together as a family as soon as Nick gets home. Another thing I do is try to see the positive side of everything. By doing this, I have really been able to enjoy every step of London’s growth and celebrate every milestone. Her constant growth allows me to enjoy several amazing characters and personalities- All of them, London, of course, becoming her own teeny tiny person.
One of the best pieces of advice that I have ever received was from my husband’s godmother, Aunt Kerry. She arrived to our baby shower and started talking about how everyone always says they can’t wait for their baby to do this and then they can’t wait for this stage or that stage. She proceeded to say that in actuality, “you CAN wait; time passes so fast- make sure you live in every moment with your kids.” I now, can finally say from my own experience, that it is true- they do grow so fast. I’ve promised myself that I will find joy in every moment of everyday, experiencing this beautiful life with my girl and my future children. My little London is my best accessory; she brings out the best in me and is the best friend I’ve EVER had. I’m sure so many of you girl mamas can relate.
Today, London and I went for a walk to Shain Park in downtown Birmingham. The park was filled with so many little cuties and London loved every minute of it. It is unreal how intrigued she was by the fountain. She kept crawling up to it and waving her hands back and forth as if she meant to say, “More, more!” Believe me sweety, there will be way more splashing in the fountain with the summer days to come. I hope you all enjoyed your day as much as we did. Until next time, I will leave you with one of my favorite lyrics from Andrew McMahon’s Into The Wilderness, “For all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you.”