It’s been just over three months since our Clementine Poppy turned one year old, yet it still seems unbelievable at times that we have a one year old in our home! She’s walking (well, running mostly), talking a lot, exploring, and constantly keeping us entertained.
It’s hard to believe that just over a year ago we were anticipating her arrival, wondering what life would be like with this new addition, and wondering how our life would change. Clementine was a little bit of a surprise to us, our honeymoon babe, so we had a lot of “new’s” within nine months. Newlyweds, continually learning more about each other, figuring out everyday things, trying to plan a big home addition, and at the same time preparing to become parents! Although we were told many things by many different people, one of which was warnings on how very hard it would be on us as a new couple and the stresses that come with parenthood, I have to say that I truly believe Clementine has been one of the biggest blessings in our lives. Becoming parents has not only brought us closer together as a couple, but also closer to God. Our relationship hasn’t taken a hit at all, but grown stronger and closer. Of course there are moments that are hard, I think it would be naive and not truthful to say otherwise. But learning how we both handle different circumstances, how we process these things in our own unique ways, and then learning how to work together through it has been a beautiful thing. Our similarities and our complete opposites both lend strength to our relationship, complementing each other well. I’ve somehow grown more in love with Adam, which is mind boggling to me because I didn’t think I could love him more than I already did! He has been an incredible husband, and an incredible father. I could gush about him for a long time. Clementine definitely gets a lot of her personality from him.
Clementine, our little blessing, sure knows how to brighten peoples days. Her laughter is infectious, her smile so full of joy and life, and her humour gets me all the time. She is a gem, and it’s been life changing to experience a mothers love from myself to my own child. It’s made me appreciate my own mom more than I ever have, and realize how lucky I am to have the parents I do. Parenthood, what a mix of beautiful and raw emotions.
Clementine started to learn how to walk around her birthday, and was fully walking on her own about one month later. She’s been motoring since then! Her vocabulary is pretty impressive, she repeats a lot of words I say, seems to catch on to things quickly, and will absolutely be a chatty little lady. Being at home with her and watching her grow has been a blessing, and I feel so lucky to be able to be a stay-at-home mom. Sometimes it’s hard to not lose that person you used to be before becoming a mom, little ones can take up all of your time if you let them. But having a great support team around us to give us breaks, date nights, and time off to reconnect has been amazing. We’ve always believed our marriage comes before our kids, so being able to keep that priority straight with others help has also really helped me to reenergize myself when I’m feeling overwhelmed and to be a better mom to Clementine. It’s also really great to be a parent with Adam, because he is so involved! Doctors appointments, he’s there. When she was up at night, he was there awake beside me. Thankfully though Clementine has been sleeping through the night now for a few months, and still has one long nap every afternoon. She’s always been a great napper, but I’m super thankful she’s also now a great sleeper!
Clementine is currently very interested in my belly, patting it throughout the day, and reminding me theres a baby in there by pointing at it and saying “baby!”. Every morning she says “Hi, baby!” and every evening she leans into it and rests her head against it to say goodnight. It’s the sweetest thing. I’m sure there will be jealously when we bring the baby home, how could there not be? But seeing her excitement and her involvement is just so precious! She’s going to be an amazing big sis.
To say that we’re grateful for our little lady would be an understatement. She is a ray of sunshine, so full of joy and laughter. She made us a mom and a dad, and our love for her is immeasurable. Thinking about all the things I want to write about her makes me want to cry with gratitude. Goodness I love her! I’m looking forward to watching her grow and mature more, and seeing that hilarious and beautiful personality continue to develop.