A year of soaking up every moment and memory we can. A year of changing diapers, checking the monitor, rocking, reading, singing, bath time, bottles and bite bites. A year of re-learning who I am—as a mom, wife, and business owner.
This year has come with a lot of change! A new little human, moving halfway across the country back to my hometown, a new house, a new neighborhood, a new gym, and a new grocery store. Lots of *new* for us this year. While I wish I could report, one year ✓, got this thing down… TBH, I’m still figuring it all out.
Month 12 has been so much fun as Spring is slowly emerging in Tennessee! We typically take a nightly walk as a family, one of our favorite things to do. Madelyn and I visited the zoo with friends. Lots of trips to the park to swing and slide and a somewhat failed attempt to feed the ducks (who knew ducks migrate 🤷♀️). We’ve loved seeing the daffodils emerge and tulip magnolias blooming. I sense Madelyn is going to love Spring just as much as her mama does!
Madelyn is a busy little girl. She currently loves opening and closing cabinet doors and playing with all the pots and pans. I feel like she has grown up so much this month. She’s playing independently now, cruising along furniture or walking behind her grocery cart, and I can really see her wheels turning as she thinks to figure something out. She’s easy to please, loves being around others, and calms quickly *if* she does get upset.
We fared daylight savings time and cutting teeth with only a few nights of sleep disruptions and minimal crankiness for all!
Madelyn James you are a ray of sunshine. I’m still in awe that I get to be your mother. You are kind and smart and so very silly. You are curious and inquisitive, quick to learn, and slow to complain.
This past year can be summed up as “grace upon grace”. I am grateful every day that I get to know Madelyn and be her mama, she is an absolute gift to our family. I have been stretched, refined, and remade. It’s been the most challenging and most wonderful year of my life. I thank the Lord every day for this precious little girl we have the honor to call daughter.