One year ago today my husband and I were shocked, delighted, and amazed to welcome our little Liam into the world. He surprised us all by getting to the party about 2 1/2 weeks early but we wouldn't have had it any other way! Yesterday I took a few minutes to read my blog post about Liam's birth, as well as some other thoughts I had written down but didn't post. I was amazed at how many details I had already forgotten about that day, and the events leading up to Liam's birth.
There were little things like almost throwing up on the security guard when we pulled up to the Emergency Room entrance at the hospital and big things like having contractions at church while accompanying Will's cello solo on the piano (but not knowing what they were). And then there was the time when Will locked his keys in the car at McDonalds when he ran out to get some breakfast for himself a few hours after Liam was born. After a year's worth of retrospection they all make me smile.
I also remember calling my mom, who was already at work, with the news. She didn't believe me! I can't say that I really blame her, since a) I had faked her out once before saying I was having contractions, and b) my due date was still a little ways away. I remember the excitement I felt as I sent out a text message and picture to surprised family, friends, and co-workers. Especially co-workers since my last day had only been 48 hours before (talk about cutting it close)!
I also remember the fear in the realization that I was losing a lot of blood rather quickly. And I remember that I absolutely ached to hold my precious little man in my arms when it wasn't possible because my body was so exhausted from the delivery and loss of so much blood.
Easily blotting out the pain and fear though, was remembering the glorious moment when I first laid eyes on Liam and then when I was finally able to hold him for the first time. Such love I have never before felt and it seemed like I better understood the love of God for me and for His son.
This past year has positively flown by, and I seem to have little idea where it's gone and why it went so fast but I do know that I have cherished each moment that I've been able to spend with my darling little man. So much has changed since that day we brought him home, but I know that it has changed for the better! And here are some of my favorites from the past year: