2 weeks ago today, my husband and I became parents to a beautiful baby girl. Her arrival was a bit early and surprising - my water broke after a quiet dinner on President's Day, and shortly thereafter we found ourselves at the hospital with me being prepped for an emergency c-section.
Becoming parents for the first time is a startling experience, no matter how much you plan and look forward to it. The sheer number of diaper changes, feedings and the sleep deprivation can make a new parent feel as though they are in their own special version of "GroundHog Day".
And yet, it is all offset by what my husband and I call 'baby TV' - the ability to sit and stare at this amazing little person with fascination and adoration for hours. Babies are mesmerizing. When it's your child, even more so.
We've spent endless moments analyzing what of her traits are his and which are mine. And yet, she is uniquely her own person too, with a clear personality already. This is no blank slate, our daughter.
My blogging will likely be even more erratic than it has been for a while. But there is a good reason, and I wouldn't trade my baby-watching and diaper changing for anything right now.
Welcome to the world, Kiera.