Dearest Daughter, Happy 1st Birthday

Today is my daughter’s first birthday! I can’t believe how quickly it has gone by and I find myself reflecting on the year that has passed. I’ve never used so many adjectives to describe how I feel. There are not enough words to describe how much I have grown in this past year and how much she has taught me.

In the past year:

  • I have learnt that miracles do happen. It still blows my mind that I grew another human being within my own body! I still can’t believe that she came from me and that we have a daughter. Giving birth to her is a pinch myself moment. Meeting her for the first time after 9 months, was another pinch me moment. We are so incredibly lucky.
  • I have learnt to survive. Healing from childbirth, cracked and bleeding nipples, waking up every 2 to 3 hours to a screaming baby. The newborn days are tough but we made it through. I feel like I can take on anything now.
  • I have learnt to be patient. When she cries, I take my time to change her, feed her, bathe her or cuddle her for as long as it takes. There is no time limit for her.
  • I have learnt to love. Everyday my love for her grows. I will continue to tell her I love her every single day. Even when she’s a rebellious teenager and we’re shouting at each other, I will continue to tell her. There is not enough times I could tell her I love her.
  • I have learnt to appreciate the little things in life. I no longer have any desire for materialistic things. A fancy house, fancy car, fancy jewellery are no longer a want. All I need is my family and time to spend together.
  • I have learnt to save. I will do anything for my daughter. I will work hard and save to provide a better life for her.
  • I have learnt how to deal with sleep deprivation. Waking up in the middle of the night isn’t a chore anymore. I have learnt to embrace it. More time to cuddle with her, now that I’m back at work.
  • I have learnt to love my husband on a deeper level. He is truly my rock. He makes me realise what I am capable of. Our marriage has definitely changed since Madeleine was born but it is the strongest it has ever been. You can read about it here.
  • I have learnt to let go and laugh. I can’t control how much she eats or sleeps or when she naps. My daughter now has a mind of her own! I’ve learnt to just run with it, and spend my energy laughing with her instead.

This list can go on and on. There are times when I complain about the downs of motherhood, but I’ve also learnt to endure the hard times. I always say this but it is true: when there’s a difficult day, there will be a happy day. The tough times don’t last long. Before you know it, they are toddlers, then teenagers, then adults. They grow up too quickly.

I absolutely love being a mum. It is challenging but also the most rewarding job I’ve ever done. When I’ve had a rough day, I just take a look at my greatest achievement, my daughter. Her laughter makes me forget everything. Happy first birthday Madeleine! You make mummy and daddy so happy every single day!

28 thoughts on “Dearest Daughter, Happy 1st Birthday

    1. Thank you so much Tanja! It is a weird feeling. I’m so happy shes 1 but I’m so sad because she’s not a baby anymore! They grow up too quickly! Xx All the best for you and the baby! It must be getting close now! Xx 😘

    1. Oh thank you so much! So many emotions today. I’m happy and then I burst into tears looking back at old photos. Shes grown so much! Xx

    1. Thank you Christy! So many mixed emotions. Sad that she’s no longer a baby but happy that we’ve all come so far! 😊😊😊

    1. Awww thank you so much! Such Kind words! Hope you and your family are well and that Baby G is sleeping through! 💕💕

    1. Hi! Thank you so much. I feel like it’s a great achievement for both her and us as parents! 😊😊😊

    1. Yes definitely ! I had so many mixed emotions. One of them was remembering all our hard times especially the early days! It’s amazing how fast and how much we all go though in the first year! Thanks for commenting! 😊😊😊

    1. Oh thank you! It sure was a day of many emotions. It’s a celebration for her turning 1 and for is coping and surviving the first year of parenthood! Haha, it’s so quick! Xx

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