A child’s first birthday is always special because you are able to celebrate the many milestones that they accomplished. They are no longer this little bundle of joy that you brought home and rocked to sleep. Now they are toddlers exploring new territories. Nothing beats watching their growth and the excitement on their faces as they see and do new things.
This little guy is my third baby, but his first year of life was nothing like I ever expected. First off, I was pregnant during the pandemic. That brought on it’s own share of challenges. That’s another post for another day lol.
This baby was so active in my womb and that continued when he was born. Of all days to be born, he chose the 4th of July. Needless to say, my beach plans were canceled. He was a couple of weeks early, but he knew how to make a grand entrance. He was so handsome when he was born. I know a lot of people say that, but I promise you, he was a sight to see. That moment when you finally push and you see that all your efforts were not done in vain. The breath of relief when you hear your baby’s first cry and you know that he is breathing on his own. Its that same breath that escapes your lips as tears of joy run down your face because you are finally able to meet the bundle who was baking for the last several months.
Sometimes we take those breaths for granted and trick ourselves into believing that these birthdays are guaranteed. Last summer, I was excited to have a baby born in summer, because that meant I would be able to spend time in the sun on his first birthday. It didn’t cross my mind that I might run into a situation that might take away the chance to see him turn 1 years old. He is my miracle baby. He overcame what seemed like an impossible situation.
There are so many different things that can happen in the blink of an eye. Let’s not continue to take life for granted. It’s time to truly celebrate those we love while they are here and acknowledge the impact they have made in our lives. Life is literally a present and every day we wake up breathing, is a gift. Take today and tell someone you love them. Share memories with them and let them know that you care about them. Tomorrow is not promised and we don’t know what the future holds. Keep in touch to see how many.