Sunday, May 10, 2015

My First Mother's Day

Today is my first official mother's day. Last year I remember how excited I was to "unofficially" celebrate becoming a mama. I had NO idea then what a beautiful adventure motherhood would be. Words cannot even begin to describe my feelings as a mama. It's something that is magical. It's something that warms my heart and soul. It's something that puts a smile on my face every day, no matter what craziness happens that day. 
Last night at my brother's house, I excused myself from the dinner table to go finish feeding Elizabeth. She was getting tired of holding the bottle herself while in the high chair, so I thought I'd go out to the living room. As Elizabeth and I laid on the couch, she was gently grabbing at my face with her right hand. She was staring into my eyes and looked so completely content. Talk about one of those defining moments that I had mentioned a few weeks ago. It's like just right then and there, I received my first mother's gift from our little Lizzie Lou. The gift of absolute happiness. As I stared back into her eyes, I couldn't help but feel completely overjoyed and so blessed. "I'm a mom" was the thought running through my mind, and "does life get any better than this?" No mother's day gift will every compare to these special moments we shared together. It was just us. Just my beautiful sweet baby girl and I. Just mama and baby. 


The last almost nine months have been the most exciting, exhausting, amazing, lovely, and perfect moments of my life. We've celebrated, we've cried, we've played, we've learned from each other, and we've cherished every moment. Every now and then, I find myself having flashbacks of holding her for the first time in the delivery room. Flashbacks of rocking her to sleep in her nursery her first day home from the hospital. Flashbacks of those scary moments during both hospital visits last fall. Flashbacks of all the happy moments we've shared over the past almost-nine months.
One year ago, I didn't know the feelings that a mama has when she's holding her baby in her arms. I didn't know the love that could come from rocking a crying baby to sleep.  I didn't know the love that would be felt the first time she smiled. Or cooed. Or ate her first meal. Or said "dada" and "mama". Or crawled. No one can explain the feelings behind these moments unless they themselves have experienced them. 

And to think, I have all these beautiful feelings and memories and I've only been a mama for a little bit less than nine months. How lucky am I to be able to look forward to years and years and years of these moments. How lucky am I to be a mama and to have been given the gift from God to have this beautiful baby girl. One who will grow up with two parents who love her to the moon and back.  
So on this first Mother's Day, all I want is to hold and kiss my sweet baby girl. To hold her in my arms and whisper that she's the best blessing I've ever been given. On this first Mother's Day, I want to soak in every moment and remember how amazing it is to be a mama and how perfect our little family is. 
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11 comments

  1. Happy First Mother's Day! We celebrate Mother's Day closer to Easter here in the UK so I've already had my first Mother's Day.

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  2. hello and happy mother's day from Italy!

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  3. This is so cute! Happy mothers day from the UK x

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  4. happy first mother's day, and enjoy all the future ones to come. You posted such sweet photos.

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  5. Those defining moments are the stuff life is about. Happy Mother's Day! The first one is so special :).

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  6. Happy Mother's Day! Nice to see that your baby is growing and surrounded with love and care.

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  7. Happy Mother's Day! Motherhood is such an adventure filled with firsts and many precious moments. Enjoy them all as time does fly by quickly.

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  8. How precious! I'm so excited to know when it's my turn for children... I love seeing babies and all their outfits and expressions. :) Happy Mothers Day!~

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  9. Aw, this is so sweet! Happy first Mother's Day!

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  10. Happy belated mother's day, I can only imagine and envy from the sidelines. God bless you and your family, such beautiful pictures

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  11. So sweet. Happy (belated) first Mother's Day! It's definitely a special day.

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