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Happy Birthday, Minnow (Mommy Monday)

On Saturday, my dearest Minnow turned one. It’s hard to believe that it was already a year ago that she was born after an mostly uneventful pregnancy and a natural, and manageable, labor and delivery. She was so tiny, and so fragile, and it seemed like all I could do was hold her and watch her and marvel in her.

And now, just 52 weeks later, she’s a little person who walks and babbles and has distinct likes (peaches, her stuffed polar bear, and falling asleep in Mommy’s arms) and dislikes (changing into jammies, getting her head rinsed off). She can happily play for 20 minutes or so without my intervention, especially if there are pots and pans to bang and items to take in and out of drawers.

Minnow at 1 hour
She’s no longer an infant, and as strange as that might sound, I mourn that a little. Every day I rejoice in Minnow’s toddlerhood, in her newfound abilities, in her sense of adventure, and in her enthusiastic courage to explore the world around her. But I miss the tiny baby who would wriggle on her changing table for 10 minutes delighted with her mobile, and I miss the tiny baby that could sleep so comfortably in my lap, leaving me with a hand free to read a book. I miss the little bitty bath tub and the little bitty head with hardly any hair, but a noticeable soft spot. I miss the baby who would stay where I set her, but that may be more pragmatic than nostalgic. I can understand now, where I couldn’t before, how moms with healthy marriages and without stressful jobs, can choose to have children 2 or 3 years apart. The lust for a little tiny cuddly baby has begun to creep into my heart.
Birthday Cake
But there is so much now to delight in – like watching Minnow discover birthday cake (all three of us were covered in chocolate frosting by the time it was over) or reading books with Minnow and having her turn the pages herself – and not just to chew them. Seeing her interact with other children, and even try to mother younger babies. Having babbling conversations with her and listening to her infectious and unrestrained laughter, and then joining in.

Minnow is the best part of my life. I love her more than I ever thought it was possible to love someone, and I love her without judgment and with wild abandon. She amazes and delights me every day. I am so blessed.

Comments

  1. #1 pelf
    January 28, 2008

    She is just so so cute!
    Happy Birthday Minnow! :D May you grow up to be a sweet lady Mummy and Daddy is proud of :D

  2. #2 Ron Schott
    January 28, 2008

    Happy Birthday Minnow!

  3. #3 Mrs Whatsit
    January 28, 2008

    Happy Birthday Minnow! May your life be full of infectious, unrestrained laughter!

  4. #4 Amanda
    January 28, 2008

    Happy Birthday, Minnow! May all the years of your life be just as wonderful as this first one!

  5. #5 Jenn
    January 28, 2008

    Happy Birthday Minnow!

  6. #6 makita
    January 28, 2008

    Happy birthday Minnow!

  7. #7 AAYOR
    January 28, 2008

    Happy Birthday, little Minnow!!

  8. #8 Guru
    January 28, 2008

    Many, many happy returns of the day to Minnow!

  9. #9 yami
    January 28, 2008

    Yay, happy birthday to Minnow!

  10. #10 bean-mom
    January 28, 2008

    Happy birthday, and congratulations to the mom and dad as well! She is just darling.

  11. #11 ecogeofemme
    January 28, 2008

    Happy birthday Minnow! And happy birthing anniversary, Sciencewoman. :)

  12. #12 Physicalist
    January 28, 2008

    Happy B-day Minnow.

  13. #13 ScienceMama
    January 28, 2008

    Happy Birthday, Minnow! Congratulations, SW, you made it through the first year!

    Her birthday photos are beautiful!

  14. #14 Jane
    January 28, 2008

    Happy birthday, Minnow!

  15. #15 Kim
    January 28, 2008

    :) Happy birthday, Minnow!

  16. #16 anonymous
    January 28, 2008

    Happy birthday, Minnow! Congratulations, mommy.

  17. #17 e.
    January 29, 2008

    Happy birthday cute Minnow! And congratulations Sciencewoman for surviving the first year. Now it should all get easier, or so I’ve been told… :)

  18. #18 Jenny F. Scientist
    January 29, 2008

    Love the chocolate-cake-everywhere. My parents saved up those pictures to show to boyfriends. :)

    Happy birthday, Minnow!!

  19. #19 Zuska
    January 29, 2008

    Happy birthday Minnow! It was such a pleasure to meet you and your fabulous mama! You are a lucky baby to have such an awesome and loving mom.

  20. #20 Amelie
    January 29, 2008

    Happy belated birthday, Minnow! That looks like a wonderful chocolate cake, mmh, delicious.

  21. #21 Kate
    January 29, 2008

    Happiest of birthdays to you Minnow! You are so precious, as is your mama. You even have the same birthday as my husband!

  22. #22 Lev P.
    January 30, 2008

    Congratulations and best wishes!

  23. #23 Evolved
    February 1, 2008

    Happy birthday Minnow!

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