Our girl has not been a very happy camper lately (teething? growth spurt? general crabbiness?), which means this mom hasn't been a very happy camper, either. On many, many occasions these past few days I've had to remind myself that she is just a little baby and I am a mama - her mama, to be exact. So even though it means she wakes me up every hour and she somehow seems to think we are Siamese twins attached at the hip, my job now is to be what she needs. It's by leaps and bounds the toughest job I think I'll ever have, one that frustrates me one moment and delights me the next. I can't believe that a year has gone by. And at the same time, only a year has gone by??
What a wonderful, stressful, crazy, beautiful twelve months it has been since we welcomed Anna into our lives. We celebrated her first birthday last week, and even though the cake and the balloons and the tutu she wore so darn well were all about her, secretly I was laughing and singing and grinning from ear to ear because we survived. If there's anything that will challenge you and test your limits and push you to the edge, it's a baby. And if you can survive a year of all-night feedings and pure exhaustion and stinky diapers, I'd bet money that there's not much you can't do.
|Anna after reaching her limit on pink frosting.|
This is how I feel on many, many days.
So, as the last few hours of 2010 dwindle, I just might stay in my pajamas all day. And I might not brush my teeth. But I'll be doing it with a teething ring in my hand, a baby on my hip, and my best friend right by my side. Sounds like the perfect way to ring in a new year.
|Happy New Year!|