My baby is one. I am the mother of a one year old. Is she a toddler yet? Or does she have to be walking for that label? Time is ridiculous and I can’t believe a year has gone by since the first time I saw her in my arms. She has changed so much in such a small amount of time. We too, have changed; our lives and ourselves altered like we could never have believed.
Addison came to fruition very quickly. A week or so after I announced I wanted a baby, I saw 2 pink lines. I was shocked and happy and waited for Spouse to come home from his morning run in Malibu. When he got home he demanded to know how I knew, did I do the test on the internet? That was an interesting discussion.
I was so sick from Week 6 onward. I vomited from 6am to Midnight and lived off Sunkist and crackers. If I never see those orange cans again, it will be too soon. We decided to have her in Australia and I farewelled my beloved America. Now whilst she came to be quickly, Addison didn’t come out quite so fast. I spent 68 hours in labour. Finally on the Sunday morning I had an epidural (possibly the best decision of my life) and they broke the bag. She was posterior and stuck. I never got past 7cm dilated and at 9.05pm that night she was born via emergency c-section after a concerning trace. I was kinda tired after all that.
I don’t remember much of the early days now. It’s a bit of a haze, a happy one though and I have special memories of funny little times. The first time she rolled over and the shock on her face, the quiet late night feeds, where it was just her and I, alone in the world and the first time she smiled at me and my heart burst.
The second six months has been incredible in terms of her growing and changing. Addison is so happy and funny. She never stops ‘talking’ and she smells really good. She loves the water and books and has a slight obsession with Peppa Pig. Addison loves my chicken and apple meat balls and picking up and eating Rice Bubbles one by one. Being outside is her favourite thing and if she finds paper, she’ll eat it. Addison is terrified of the vacuum cleaner and is no fan of broccoli. She loves music and can bust a move like no other.
Happy Birthday Addison Grace. I hope you continue to find as much joy in living and the world around you as you do now. I wish you love, laughter and happiness for every day of your life. I am a better person for knowing you and the world is a sunnier place with you in it. We love you so much baby girl. To the moon and back again.