The first six months:
New little family. New little home.
Being parents to this little fire cracker is the biggest blessing and honour.
We knew it was going to change us better and new, but we didn't realize how much we would change. She has changed us.
Her spirit upon conception filled me. I felt her before I knew of her. As her movements became normal to me, I took her in and felt her rythm and pace. She was her own beat and I knew that this daughter was going to come out different, new and wonder-filled.
I prayed then, and we pray now as we zip her into her sleep sac, wrap her up in her favourite yellow blanket, kiss her and pass her her beloved 'purple guy' which she grabs and pulls his blanket body over her face.
"We pray you have a strong voice, an ability to discern and a strong sense of self."
So we parent this daughter who howls at any amount of disgruntlement, keeps eyes wide open for the world around her, and who leaves us amazed at what she is affected by.
It is she who is teaching us.
We are learning daily what it means to be present and aware. We are aiming to not just suggest a healthy lifestyle, but to model it. To model it, we have to be disciplined and determined of our own lives.
Raising her is already days full of laughter, cries and outbursts of singing. We are blessed beyond belief with her presence and we can only pray and continue to stubbornly demonstrate the life we want her to know.
What we have learned so far is that parenthood is not about you or about us. Parenthood is about each unique spirit that is placed in the parents hands to raise up in a way that matches the unit that is created. It is a her, him and I type of journey. Each child is unique and each little family different.
May we honour this journey and never take the blessing of her life for granted.