I would be lying if I didn’t say these past 7 weeks have just flown by. I remember the moment I felt my first back contraction as though it were yesterday, and those minutes felt like hours as I walked through the pain, struggling through contractions waiting for my water to break. Now, my Sunshine is 7 weeks old and I am celebrating my 28th birthday.
I have never been the kind of person who enjoys celebrating myself, so birthdays have never really been my thing. I am more of a sitting at home with a book, or a good movie kind of person. Being a mom hasn’t really changed that, but what it did change is my thoughts on this specific birthday.
I am 28. That’s not a huge deal. What is a huge deal is the way I can look back on this past year and the dramatic changes.
I am a mom! That is a huge deal.
Thus far, that has been the biggest change in my life. Moving out, falling in love, even getting married… none of that changed my life as much as becoming a mom did. Saying that now, so close to the beginning of our journey together made me think about how special this birthday actually is.
Even if you don’t like the idea of celebrating yourself, if you’ve recently become a parent do your best to try and make this, and every birthday you have moving forward special. Take time to be appreciated, and loved. So much of your days after becoming a mom or dad will be dedicated to your child/children. Even time spent apart from them will somehow circle back to them.
Try not to get lost. I know that probably seems impossible, especially if you are a new parent like me. It’s overwhelming this early at times, and even though you have this new babe, it’s easy to feel isolated and alone.
You are a parent and that is such an amazing thing! But you are also a person outside of that, and both of those people deserves a day to be celebrated.
So on my birthday, I wish all of you would take the time to celebrate yourselves. Even if only on one single day a year.