Jewelry & Jeans: A Year in a Flash

A Year in a Flash

Friday, November 11, 2016

I can't believe a year ago today my heart grew by double.  Just when you think you love to your fullest capacity, God blesses you with a new little human. I don't know how someone has a child and doesn't believe in God. It is such a miracle that we are able to create a life, and it is such an amazing honor to be called Mommy. Bronson came into our world a few days late, but on his own terms, and his first year has been pretty much the same.

He has the world's biggest smile and gives great kisses. He is incredibly strong-willed.  He vocalizes his feelings without hesitation and usually at a decimal that is much higher than ever required.  He loves to dictate independence on his own terms but will never pass up a chance to be carted around on my hip. One of my favorite characteristic is how hard he loves.  Bronson has filled our home with more joy than I could have imagined, and I can't believe my baby is no longer a baby. I look forward to every moment to come.....well, maybe not the potty training, terrible twos or talking back but I wouldn't trade any of it.

As a new mom I worried about so many things EVERYTHING. As a second time mom, I have learned to relax a lot more and actually enjoy the moments more. Three of the biggest lessons I've learned as a second time mom are:
  1. Stop hoping for the next milestone. I couldn't wait for Colton to sit up, then crawl, then walk etc.  But I realize looking back I spent so much time trying to get him to that next step that I failed to take in the joy and excitement of the current milestone as much as I should have. 
  2. Letting Go. Children are shaped by their environment, no doubt. But who they are is also who God made them and there really isn't any purpose behind trying to change that. You can't make a child into what you expect them to be, I believe you can only help shape them into the best possible version of themselves. 
  3. Breathe. Yes you still check on them in the middle of the night and worry about them falling down the steps but you don't have to hoover every second. Both my kids are SUPER independent and love to learn things the hard way.  I've learned to embrace it and life is a bit less stressful as a result.  


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