39 Weeks - Baby Steps in High Heels

Friday, August 27, 2010

39 Weeks

Baby is 9-months-old today. She is exactly 39 weeks-old, which is exactly how long I carried her in pregnancy.

It’s a little surreal to think of it that way, but it’s also amazing. Especially when I consider how sick I felt while I was pregnant. There were days, hours even, that I never thought would pass. Certainly not quickly enough.

And then she arrived. She was perfect. Amazing. And I wasn’t sick anymore. And the months of nausea drifted into the background of my mind in an instant.

Now, nine months later, it’s crazy how time has flown. I guess it’s true what they say, that time is relative. It’s interesting to me to think about two time periods, the same length of time, and how completely different my experiences of each has been.

A year ago, I would have given almost anything to speed up the passage of time. Now the opposite is true. I’d love to slow it down. I want to just sit. Be still. Have Baby stop growing so much so quickly. Just for a moment or two.

I don’t think I noticed it quite as much at the 3- and 6-month marks. Sure she had grown. Changed. Developed. But it’s different now. She has developed her own personality. She’s on the go. She’s on the downhill slope to her first birthday.

*Gulp*

I recently read a quote, and apparently it’s a fairly well known saying. However, I had never heard it before. It goes, “The days are long, but the years are short.”

So true. I think back to those first few days after we brought Baby home from the hospital. We loved her sooo much, but our love alone did not bestow knowledge. We were a bit on the clueless side. We muddled through, figuring things out as we went along. Those days were long.

But now, those days seem like just yesterday. How did we get to the nine month mark so quickly? Where did the time go? How did we get from the pre-planning phase, the time where milestones seemed so far down the road … to now watching those same milestones in the rearview mirror?

First smile. First laugh. First tooth. First solid food. Rolling over. Sitting up. Pulling up.

These are pretty significant milestones. And, for us, they are all in the past. Already behind us.

*Gulp*

Our little girl is growing up quickly. She’s curious. Fearless. And so much fun!

5 comments:

  1. Oh, I just love that stage. :) Enjoy it...because that quote is SO true.

    I can still see my oldest taking his first steps when he was your baby's age...and I dropped him off at kindergarten this morning.

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  2. It is amazing. Hayden is 3.5-years-old and I wonder where the time went. It seems like SO long ago that he was a little baby. SO incredibly long ago.

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  3. It does go so quickly! Enjoy each moment! Marlee is already on the down hill slide to 2. It's so crazy! :)

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  4. It does go by way to fast. Mine is 15 months old and sometimes I have a hard time remembering her as a newborn :-(
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