Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Reminscing... One Year Ago

As Alice's first birthday approaches, I can't help but reminsce about where I was just a short year ago and how drastically life has changed. A year ago today, I was pregnant, 8 days overdue and an emotional wreck. It wouldn't be for two more days that our darling daughter would grace us with her presence. So many people told me the baby would come, "when it was good and ready" but man, oh man, was I ready. I get emotional now just thinking about that last week, sore, tired, anxious, desperately excited to meet our little baby. It was hard but so, so worth the wait.

Here I am at 40 weeks smiling on the outside...

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And a look at the journey... good lord, it's crazy how much our bodies can stretch!

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Becoming a parent has got to be one of the best things that has ever happened to me. It's definitely challenging and tiring (what's free time again??), but incredibly rewarding. I can't imagine our life without her.

What a crazy year!

Christine

16 comments:

  1. What a lovely post!! The pictures of you are beautiful (as always), but I totally get what you are saying. This whole journey is exhausting and frustrating at times... but I wouldn't change it for the world. Halle makes me laugh and smile everyday and I have so much love for her it's incredible... I know you feel the same. Happy early birthday to beautiful Alice! She's such a lucky girl to have you for her Mama! xo

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  2. I love all these pictures. You're so beautiful. What a wonderful journey! I can't believe she's 1 already!!

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  3. Awww, prego body. So fun, most of the time ;)

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    1. ha. Glad I'm not doing it again anytime soon ;)

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  4. What a beautiful post Christine. And yes, the female body is an AMAZING thing...you look gorgeous in each and every one of those pics (you were such a cute pregnant gal)! Can't wait to watch you and your hubby enter the second year of parenting. Wishing you all the best. xo

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  5. oh how I loved watching that bump grow! From what I remember with Saige, getting from 1 to 2 is even funner than the first 12 months; it's already proving true with Mister Gabriel.
    congrats on surviving the first 363 days ;)
    xo

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    1. Thanks, Sara! Congrats to you too! I can only imagine how crazy it gets with two!!

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  6. I'm so happy you posted this.... this is exactly how I'm feeling these days. Today is my due date and I'm feeling rather discouraged. Everyone keeps telling me that same thing - that the baby will come when he's ready - but it's starting to feel like he'll never be ready. Your 10 days past-due story really puts mine into perspective (I need to stop feeling sorry for myself!). It will all be worth it in the end, and in the grand scheme of things, what's another week?!

    You looked incredibly beautiful throughout the entire pregnancy : )

    xo

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    1. Oh, I know exactly how you feel. It is a hard time. I know I officially started "waiting" right around the 37 week mark so anything past that gets hard!! All I can say is that you will NOT be pregnant forever!! I seriously had to ask that of people. Hang in there, it WILL be so, so worth it in the end.

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  7. Awww, C! This post made me cry (I'm an ugly crier). I too get emotional reflecting on that time & empathize w/ any mama who was/is overdue. Beautiful mama, I am in utter LOVE w/ that last pic of you cradling Alice especially. ::sniffle::

    Uh-oh, here come the waterworks again......

    P.S. Don't you often wonder what we ever did w/ all our free time before bebes?!

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    1. That's another thing new since becoming a mom - the constant waterworks, haha! Remind me what free time is again??

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  8. I especially love those last two pics in your series!! SO sweet! Happy Birthday to Alice! :)

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