Are all your friends sharing old photos for Throwback Thursday on Facebook and Instagram? It’s been a trend on social media for some time and The Mom Creative has started a new weekly link up, Throwback Thursday Stories. I thought it would be super fun, especially since the girls and I just went through some old photos recently.
This week, I’m sharing one of favorite photos. It was taken the day after my life changed in the most dramatic way.
Motherhood wasn’t on my radar much in my 20’s, but when I got married at 31, my husband and I didn’t waste time thinking about having kids. What I never expected or intended was that I would be 36 when I would become a mother.
This photo was taken the morning after the home birth of our oldest daughter. Yes, you read that right–a home birth, but that story is for another time.
Our daughter was born at 6 pm on a fall day in 2005. This photo was taken around 9 AM the next morning after my first of many sleepless nights.
I still remember that morning’s breakfast of scrambled eggs and pumpernickel toast that my husband made me . I was exhausted and starving and that simple food tasted so good.
Our dog, Toby, didn’t leave my side. He just wanted to snuggle with me and sniff the baby. His world was rocked too and he handled it so well.
I sat for hours in that big comfy chair that morning staring at every inch of our new baby, in complete awe of her beauty.
When I look at this photo, I see a woman completely oblivious to motherhood’s challenges and joys and how much it would change her, make her laugh and cry, and feel inadequate in one minute and totally accomplished the next.
Now 8.5 years later, that sweet baby is an active 2nd grader who loves to swim, ride her bike, and draw. She continues to grow and amaze me and her father and thankfully there are no more sleepless nights.
Our boy, Toby, passed away about 3 years after this picture. My husband and I were devastated and of course it brought up a lot of questions from our 3 year old. He was so good with our kids, but a complete mama’s boy and I still tear up when I think about him.
Motherhood evolves. Babies become children. Children become tweens and that territory, quite frankly scares me more than anything…wish me luck!
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