It is hard to believe that Josie is ONE years old! Everyone said that time would fly by, but I never thought it would go this fast. It seems like yesterday Cody and I checked into the hospital to induce, and I had no idea what it would be like bringing home a baby. Turns out, she has rocked our world for the better and I can’t imagine what we ever did without her!
In one short year she has grown by leaps and bounds, and learned so much. I have learned right alongside her as well. My heart has expanded ten times the size it was, and my arms never feel full unless she is in them. It has been a joy watching Cody become a dad, and seeing the pure joy she brings him. There is no greater gift than family, and I am blessed by our little family of three.
In addition to the blessing of a baby, I am also blessed to be able to stay home with Josie. Because of this, I am able to see every milestone she reaches and bond with her in the most special way. Being a stay at home mom (SAHM) isn’t for everyone, and there are many moms who wish they could, so I don’t take the title without thankfulness, and a lot of grace!
Becoming a mother is the hardest thing I have ever done, and a title I’m still not used to! However, it is a title I would never give back. I have grown so much myself over the year and I am thankful for a little girl who loves with all that she has, no matter my flaws or setbacks. I have learned that you can no longer be selfish with your choices, time, or even wants. Yet, self care is so vitally important.
It is ok to ask for help, in fact, it is needed! The saying ‘It takes a village,” is so true when it comes to babies. I look back on those first days, weeks, months, and I felt so overwhelmed. I am so thankful for everyone who pitched in to help, or even give me a minute alone. Mommy guilt is real but I’m telling you this to give you the freedom to ask for help! You deserve a walk through Target alone momma.
I can’t even imagine life without this little ray of sunshine, and I don’t want to! She brings joy everywhere she goes, to everyone she meets. Her little personality is shining through, and I know without a doubt she will grow to have the sweetest heart. I pray that she is a friend to the friendless, has a desire to share, and a willingness to learn and trust in herself. More than anything, I pray that she loves Jesus!
I know that time will only continue to go faster, and before long she will be on her way to kindergarten! While I do look forward to those days, I can wait for them to get here. I’m going to enjoy all the snuggles, hugs and love I can get while she is still offering them. I love you Josie Lynn with all of my heart!