This post was meant to go up last week, but, like most things in my life right now, I didn’t get around to it. I’m basically a chicken with my head cut off these days.
I had a birthday last week. I turned 21 (plus 11), but who’s counting?! And it was strange this year because I’m generally the type of person who counts down to their birthday with much excitement. But I have a baby now, and time is ticking away at a rapid pace! Not only did I sort of forget about my birthday this year, I just didn’t have time to dwell on the subject. I’m planning a wedding, a first birthday party, working…it’s madness!
But…my birthday took on another meaning this year in other ways as well. I’m a mother. I have the honor and privilege of being a mother. I had the honor and privilege of being born to my own mother. My birthday is no longer a celebration just about me. It’s a celebration of motherhood. A celebration of being born. Being born me on the day of my birth, and being born a mother last summer. It’s a celebration of my own mother, who I know so much more now that I have become a mother myself. It’s a celebration of Lark, who wouldn’t be here if not for my own birth and my own mother…and grandmothers before that. This celebration of life in all facets on my birthday is so wonderful.
I’ve always been me. I’ve always been a daughter. And now a mother to my own daughter. My birthday this year became a moment where I really felt more alive. Just to share a laugh and giggle with Lark was birthday gift enough. I will love celebrating me on my birthday more than ever before, because celebrating me means celebrating this everlasting season of life we call motherhood.
And this photo…because I wanted to get out my ‘real’ camera and snap a cute photo of us, but this is reality, she was fussy, wanted nothing to do with pictures, and was mesmerized by my singing hat! But this candid shot will be special to me from now until forever, because it’s us, in the moment, celebrating life!
“Celebrate” is the August writing prompt of The Mommy Blogger Collective. In addition to a monthly writing prompt, the collective hosts a monthly blogger featurette. This month we are featuring Nicole of Rose Runs Wild. A few words from Nicole — Hi! I’m Nicole from Rose Runs Wild! I’m mama to a teenager, wife to my handsome husband and dog mama to our bulldog and pit bull. I work full time and blog in my free time. I love wearing black and white, plants, doughnuts, crappy pop music and working on our home we just recently bought! My blog is basic, it’s just about our life. The good, the bad and the ugly. I try to share as honestly as I possibly can in hopes that one or two other people out there don’t feel so alone. Life is rough, life is beautiful and it’s all about connection through the highs and the lows. That’s all I’m really trying to do, connect and share. And take lots of cute photos of my son (in the rare moment he lets me) and my dogs of course! Connect with Nicole here: Instagram // Pinterest // Bloglovin // Twitter // Tumblr.