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What a Difference a Year Makes

A year ago, I was laid up in a hospital bed in the maternity ward ogling my little newborn. She was born exactly one year ago today and what a year it has been. From pushing to posting, my life has been forever changed. Here are some of the ways that motherhood has revealed herself:

  • An unconditional love and worry for a little being has overwhelmed me.
  • I can no longer sleep peacefully, unless I'm on vacation.
  • I know I have a little partner in crime (until she can speak at least).
  • I never eat alone.
  • My body will never be the same as it was when I was 18.
  • I prefer the smell of baby detergent over my own scented lotions.
  • I like to spend the night cuddling with my hubby on the couch instead of out on the town (most times).
  • Our friends and family don't care so much about us — just about her.
  • The thing is, I love and accept it 100 percent. I know there are times when it's hard, especially at the beginning. But it grows on you as your baby grows. I can't imagine life without her.

cbgmick cbgmick 9 years
Happy Birthday!!! The first birthday is as much a celebration of the parents as it is of the child. Enjoy it all together!!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
My niece turns one today! I was there when she was born and watching her grow has been so amazing. We're going into the birthday party in an hour! I made my sister a scrapbook of Ava's first year of life, I can't wait to give it to her!
matthews-mom matthews-mom 9 years
Happy Birthday to your baby! My baby boy is 15 months and I can't imagine life without my beautiful bundle! Baby love is the best!
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
Awww.... Happy Birthday! It gets better BabySugar. My daughter is 3 and I can actually sleep in and be myself (sort of) again. We can go shopping together (for clothes or groceries), eat at restaurants, and we enjoy it. It's a Mommy & Me kinda adventure.
Lala77 Lala77 9 years
Aww Happy Birthday to your little one :) I'm not a mom yet so I can't relate 100% to what you wrote but this post touched my heart :)
Angelica Angelica 9 years
Awww, this posts wins the heartfelt award for sure. Congratulations and happy birthday to your lil one!
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
aww, Happy birthday! I feel exactly the same way about my little girl, she'll be a year Dec. 27th and I can't believe how much has changed, she is the best gift I have ever had.
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 9 years
Great post, Babysugar! Your "little being" is adorable!
fragiletearz fragiletearz 9 years
I can relate!
Drewsfan Drewsfan 9 years
Congratulations to both of you on hitting the 1 year mark! It's impossible to imagine just how much you can love someone until you are a mommy, and it really grows every day. I love my little one so much more every single day, I can't even imagine how much love I will have for him by the time he is one year old!
-Maryan- -Maryan- 9 years
Happy birthday!
mmichaelson mmichaelson 9 years
Congrats! It's only been five and a half months for me, but I understand everything you said and feel the same way. Well said!
Jessamyn Jessamyn 9 years
aww Happy Birthday!
ispyemo ispyemo 9 years
aww. i dont even have babies and this is soo cute. happy birthday little one heres to many more! congrats on getting though your first year.
girlabouttown girlabouttown 9 years
I just had my first child 9 months ago and totally agree with everything you said. I'm amazed everyday watching him learn something new!
Celebrity Celebrity 9 years
Happy Birthday and mommyhood for sure! Everyone used to tell me it would be the best thing I ever did but until I had Katie I did not know what they really meant. Being a mommy is the best and most exciting thing I have ever done! I love this post - especially the last line!
drmiya drmiya 9 years
Happy Birthday to your beautiful little girl! My little boy turns 1 tomorrow... :)
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
Happy Birthday little one! :hug: As for Mommyhood...well it's just about the hardest, saddest, greatest, most confusing, terribly frustrating, best, most fulfilling, trial and tribulating, personal, tear jerking, eye opening, lovely thing on earth. The one thing I miss the most about them being young is the baby smell. One day it just isn't there anymore and it's so sad and great at the same time. You know you've transitioned from one era to the next in this great journey you're on. Happy Mommyhood everyone!
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 9 years
Awe... Life is definitely different and I now know what they mean on those J&J commercials when they say " Having a baby changes everything." It truly does. Things that seemed important before just are not so important an dpretty much life revolves around my little one now. And Happy Birthday to your little one!
redsugar redsugar 9 years
I'm amazed at how different I feel when I see something on the news, a tv show or in a movie, that has a child in dire straights. Before I had a kid I felt bad, but it comes no where near how I feel after having a kid. I put myself in the child's parent's place. Congratulations on the first year. Celebrate by getting yourself a digital recorder to record those little moments.
Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 9 years
Time goes by fast, doesn't it? Six months ago today my lil pumpkin Renee was born. All that pushing, screaming and hollering was worth in the end. :) Happy birthday and many, many more to your daughter.
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 9 years
:-) And wait until you see how fast it goes. My oldest was born just a few days ago... I swear the years slip by... Happy Birthday Katie! And Happy 1st Anniversary of being a Mommy!
lorenashley lorenashley 9 years
awwwww! this really touches me! i cant wait to have one. happy birthday little one.
KWM KWM 9 years
Happy Birthday to your daughter! How awesome that she and LilSugar share the same birthday!
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 9 years
I remember thinking the same thing when my daughter turned one. Congrats to you and happy birthday to baby!
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