This week, with Livia’s 6 month birthday approaching, I have been reflecting a lot on my first 6 months of motherhood. The time since she was born has seemed to simultaneously fly by and move so slowly. I remember feeling this same way when I was pregnant with her. In these last 6 months I have learned a so much about love, myself, and family.
1. “The love that you feel is unlike anything else you’ve felt before.” When you are pregnant, everyone tells you this. I would typically just agree, and say how excited I was to finally experience that. I knew I already did love her though, so I thought I just would feel an extension of that love I already felt for her. But it’s true, once your little baby enters this world, the type of love you feel changes to something new. And it grows every day. Oftentimes I just look at her and feel my heart soar with how much love I have for her. Yet at the same time my heart aches because I just want to protect her from everything. When they say that having a baby is like having your heart walk around outside of your body, they are not kidding!
2. Having a baby has opened up a whole new world of perspectives and interests that I never thought I would have. I was one of the lucky ones that had a wonderful experience of being pregnant, giving birth, and nursing my little one. Going through these things ignited a passion for babies and breastfeeding that I would have never expected in a million years. I know that sometime in my life I want to do something to follow this newfound passion, but I’m just not sure what yet.
3. The shift of adding one tiny human to our little family of 2 (and 2 fur babies) has obviously been a huge one. It added depth, love, fun, and definitely some challenges. Learning to be parents together has been fun, but it hasn’t all been easy as we have tried to figure out our new roles as spouses and parents. The one thing that has remained the most important though, is being the best we can be for each other and our baby girl. Whoever said you would love your husband even more as you watch him with you baby was so right. I will never forget the first moment the two of them had together in the hospital room, and it has been even more fun watching them interact as Livia grows.
These first six months has been full of emotion and memories, and I can’t wait for all the memories yet to be made!