Yesterday was Mother's Day. My FIRST Mother's Day. It was amazing. But first, let's go back to last year's Mother's Day. While last year wasn't bad (I had to go back and read my post - click here to read part 1 and here to read part 2.), I wasn't a mother, but I had passed "big nasty!" And last year I was on birth control so we could begin IVF with the hopes it would work and we would get pregnant. So I guess in a way, Mother's Day was the gateway to our next step and I guess you all know how that worked out. (smile) What a difference a year makes right?!
Sunday morning, Reese woke up at 3 am to nurse and while we were doing that, it hit me. I mean it really hit me, that I am a Mom. I know you are probably thinking, "wow, it took you this long to figure that out?!" but it's true. There we are nursing at 3 am and all of the sudden I realized that it is Mother's Day and I finally have a reason to celebrate being a mother! So of course the tears came as I coddled my little wonder. It was quite a little moment. Got her back to sleep about 4 am, and me not long after.
Woke up again about 8 when she was making noise. She doesn't straight off cry, she kind of chats or talks to wake herself up, and sometimes I think it actually puts her back to sleep. So J got up and brought her to bed with us, in between where she wouldn't roll off and we all three fell asleep again. She would chatter a bit and then quiet down, so I'd go back to sleep. But I was in a state of bliss. About 8:30 am, my phone started humming and wouldn't quit. I had 9 girlfriends text me to wish me a very happy 1st Mother's Day, and when I checked Facebook there were a slew more best wishes and sweet words waiting for me. It was wondrous...even before I'd crawled out of bed. Probably about 10 am, J got up and got ready to clean the yard (my parents were bringing us lunch and to see Baby Reese, and me). But J also showed up with Mother's Day presents and cards. Somehow Reese managed to pick out some earrings for Mommy (I've been training her for months apparently), and J picked out more earrings and a necklace. I think the necklace is my favorite. It's a big footprint and a little footprint with a few diamonds around. It's just precious. But the thing that made me really tear up was the card that Reese "wrote." J had "translated" for her and it wasn't so much the words, but the thought behind the words. It was all very sweet.
Finally, it was time for all of us to get up and get ready for company. J cleaned the yard, I showered and fed Reese again, then gave her a bath and got her dressed up. I found this dress at Target and couldn't resist! It was just so sweet.
I also had received cards from some friends and my Mother-In-Law, so opened those real quick. My MIL's card thanked me for "giving them the most perfect granddaughter." Another one that brought me to tears.
Mom and Dad arrived before I was all ready, so I handed off the baby and finished getting ready, including putting on all my new jewelry. Then we ate the wonderful lunch that my parents (Mom) had prepared and brought us. The rest of the day we sat down by the pool (J was the only one to get in as it was a little chilly for us) and then relaxed in the house. Here's her first sunglasses. They are a little too big, but they worked for the time being.
It was a wonderful day and one that I will surely never forget. And hopefully the beginning of so many more to come. I hope you also had a great Mother's Day, whether you were celebrated, or you celebrated someone near and dear to you.
And for those lovely ladies who aren't Mothers yet, I've been there, and it's quite alright if you cried or drank your way through the day. Your day will come. I promise!