At 6:09 pm today my baby will turn 1. I know I’ve said it before but January 25th, 2011 was one of the most amazing days ever. My dream came true of being able to give birth to her the normal way and not through a cut in my stomach in the operating room. I will forever be grateful to my midwife and doctor, whose main goals are to empower women and support their decision in how they want to give birth. I got lucky – I only had to push for about 5 minutes and didn’t have any complications. I felt better 10 minutes after I had her than I did in the weeks before she was born (no pain, no soreness, nothing). I’m just so glad everything worked out so wonderfully. I think the reason that day was so wonderful was because not only was my daughter born, but a new me was born. That day I learned to trust my body and my instincts and that has helped me to be more confident and brave ever since then.
The first half of the year really dragged by – adjusting to life with a newborn who was colicky, dealing with her being sick, and just adjusting to life with 3 kids (which, in my opinion, is so much more complicated than going from 1 to 2). My two kids were even older – I don’t see how people do it with 3 all close in age. The last half of her year has absolutely flown by. She’s learned so much lately and changes every day. She knows what you say to her even though she can’t talk yet. She’s so sweet and loves to give hugs and kisses. She has completed our family!
I found this quote after I wrote my post and thought it is so fitting: “Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers–strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.” ~ Barbara Katz Rothman
Here is a video that I made for Cayden’s birthday: