Today Emily has officially lived in this world as long as she lived in my belly. It feels like such a special milestone! In honor of the occasion, I thought I’d share some things she’s taught me in just 39 short weeks.
1) NOTICE THE DETAILS.
I remember at her 6 month check up we were waiting in the pediatrician’s office. I was not present at all feeling totally anxious about what was coming- her vaccines. Then I noticed Emily staring up at something and saw the adorable elephant wallpaper. It calmed me down immediately and brought me back the moment. I wouldn’t have seen it had she not shown me. She points out details like this to me every single day.
2) A SMILE GOES A LONG WAY.
Every morning Emily and I bring Romeo to the park, and every morning she smiles at the people she sees. I see how her smile makes people light up. You really never know how you can change somebody’s day by really seeing them and smiling.
3) WAKE UP HAPPY & GRATEFUL.
It’s amazing to see how happy Emily is when she wakes up in the morning. She is full of enthusiasm and ready to begin another day in this new world. I strive to wake up with as much passion as she does each day.
4) EVERY TIME YOU SEE SOMEONE YOU LOVE, IT IS A BLESSING.
One of my favorite things to witness is how Emily lights up and shouts “HI!” and waves when her daddy gets home. Sometimes even after he’s been home a while she will play, look up at him and with a big smile say “HI!” and then continue playing. Her genuine excitement to see the people she loves is a good reminder that we are blessed to have amazing people in our lives.
5) BE COMFORTABLE WITH UNCOMFORTABLE.
The only thing I can be sure of as a parent is that everything is always going to change. Emily keeps me on my toes (as she should) and just when I think I’ve figured it all out, she shows me I haven’t. This is true in all of life. Being alive means moving and shifting based on what is happening in the moment. Life would be pretty boring if things stayed in our comfort zone all the time.
6) FOOD IS FUN.
Introducing Emily to the wide world of food has made me appreciate how much delicious food grows from the Earth. I find myself getting excited thinking of all the fruits and vegetables I can introduce to her. I forgot how many there were until it was time to show her!
7) MUSIC HEALS.
Sometimes all it takes to get Emily to smile is to sing a song. And sometimes all it takes for me to get out of a bad mood is to put on a favorite album while we play. Music has the power to shift energy fast.
8) KEEP TRYING AND IT WILL HAPPEN.
It’s been really fun watching Emily learn new skills like crawling, pulling herself up to stand or climbing up a few steps. She works at each new skill day after day, trying it in new ways. When something doesn’t work, she just tries again. Even a fall or a bump only stops her momentarily. After a good hug she’s ready to go back at it!
9) THIS WORLD IS A WONDROUS PLACE
Seeing the world through Emily’s eyes reminds me again and again that this planet is full of beauty and miracles. From the changing seasons to the kindness of strangers to the love that swells in my heart, all of this I see clearer now that my daughter is in this world.