Monday, November 05, 2007

So This is What I've Been Doing for Nine Months

Who knew a kid could take so much out of you? Or give so much back. Obviously, having a child is one of the best ways to completely and totally destroy any type of schedule you thought you'd stick to. One of the first things that went was my blog. Then my book reviewing. Then my television watching. Then grooming habits. Okay, okay, I was able to keep most of my grooming habits, but I have managed to discover a hairdo that takes way less time to fix for those mornings when Delaney is up before I go to work and I get 45 minutes tacked onto my schedule with the feedings, playing, changing, etc. etc.

But guess what? You moms have probably already guessed. All of this change and sacrifice is worth it a hundred times over when I look at my little girls face. Her smile melts my heart. Her laugh fills me with a joy I never knew existed.

She waved bye-bye to me for the first time this morning as I left for work. I just couldn't walk out the door. I kept saying, "Buh-bye Delaney!" And she sat on her Daddy's lap and just waved and giggled and Kirk and I laughed and laughed. No one call tell you what it feels like to share something like this with the one other person in the world who understands just how special and amazing it is. You can tell everyone else about her first wave and they'll nod and smile and say, "How cute!" but no one understands like her daddy does. The bond is something that I thought I understood, in theory, before Delaney was born, but it's so much more than I ever expected.

So I've been being a mommy. But I've also been being a career woman (we just recently launched a second magazine, doubling my workload), a friend and a wife. I am hoping to add in a few more things: a reader, a reviewer, a blogger, a picture-taker. We'll see how that shakes out!


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