One year ago, I was arriving at the hospital, in labor with Lass.
I was excited about her impending arrival but scared and nervous at the same time. I had only been in labor with Miss for about four or five hours before I had a c-section, so I had very little experience and naturally I was apprehensive about my plan to have an unmedicated VBAC.
Little did I know how long that night and the next morning would turn out to be. Little did I know that Lass would be 10 and a half pounds of perfect. Little did I know how much joy she would bring to my life and our family. One year ago, when I got to the hospital, ready to get the show on the road and meet our little Lass, I had some idea about the joy part at least. I knew she would be wonderful and we would love her. I knew it would be amazing to have two little girls and a sister for Miss. But that night, one year ago, in my last few (okay, many and agonizing!) hours as a mommy of one little girl, I couldn't even imagine how much. How wonderful. How big our love. How amazing.
Tonight I'm reflecting on that night, just before Lass came into our lives and made our happy family happier. I'm remembering being a little scared about how Lass's arrival might affect Miss. I'm smiling at how it did affect her, and at what a fantastic big sister she is. Tonight I'm choking up thinking that my baby will be a year old tomorrow. I'm cringing slightly remembering the pain of getting her here (who the heck says you forget that, by the way?). I'm reminiscing about how great my husband was and what a great team we were that night.
Tomorrow Lass will be one, and I'm all sappy and sentimental thinking about it tonight. It's amazing the difference one year makes in the life of a family. I remember feeling like Miss grew up practically overnight between the time I put her to bed on this night one year ago and the time she walked into my hospital room to meet her baby sister.
This is Miss, one year ago.
This is her a few weeks ago.
I love to see how much she's grown.
I mentioned above how it seemed like Miss grew up almost overnight when Lass was born. Today was another day that made her suddenly seem so much more grown up.
Today she went for a visit to her preschool. Preschool. It wasn't her official first day of school. That will be after Labor Day. Today she just went to check things out and was only there for about an hour and a half. She seemed to be having a blast when I left (she gave me a kiss and ran back to playing with blocks and toy dinosaurs with another little boy) and when I came back (she was happily drawing a picture). Her teacher said she had a little rough patch, but over all did great. When I asked Miss how she liked school she said, "I cwied because my want you." Stab to the heart. Twist. Gulp. I have to remember how much fun she seemed to be having for the majority of the time she was there. She was very interested in the science area with the birds' nests, rocks, seeds, and other various objects from nature (she couldn't stop talking about the birds' nests and seeds). She got very excited when we talked about trying to find something at the farm next week that she might be able to take to school to add to the collection. She talked about new friends she got to play with. I know she's going to love school. She's so confident and inquisitive. It will be great for her to have her own "thing" to do twice a week, without me. Hopefully her first "full day" (three hours) will be a little easier in a couple of weeks.
Lass and I will stay nearby just in case. Today we went two doors down to a bagel shop and met up with the Daddy (who is on nights this week and came from work) for breakfast and coffee. In my last post I mentioned that Lass was feeling under the weather. When she woke up with a fever again on Saturday I took her to the doctor and found out she had strep throat! I suspect she picked it up on the plane home from Florida. She's been taking her antibiotics and is back to her happy little self now.
My little almost-one-year-old at breakfast with Mommy and Daddy: