And with the birth of this new stage, I started thinking about the very beginning.
The newborn stage was a hard one. Between the challenge of breastfeeding, my husband's work schedule, and the postpartum issues, I had a hard time initially bonding with Ella. She was the cutest baby I'd ever seen, but I was lost in the fact that she couldn't yet respond to us. And I questioned if I was cut out to be a stay-at-home mom. Of course I loved her with my whole heart and when she began to smile and make funny faces and do all those things cute, little babies do, I started to feel that connection a mom feels with her child. But it didn't come easy.
With her latest growth spurt, it's been a joy to grow with her. Her personality is beaming and she makes me laugh as much as I try to make her laugh. I dance with her, talk with her, and hug her every chance I get.
That's what this week was about, taking in all these little, new, way-too-cute milestones. And appreciating the little lady she's turning into.