One.

One year ago today I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl right around the 7 a.m. shift change at Sutter Memorial Hospital. I couldn't tell you the name of the doctor that actually delivered Lucille - because they just called him "Doc in the box" and he was in and out of the room within a two minute period. Oh, and he took one whole minute just to put his gloves on. But I digress.


A year. In some ways it has flown by and in other ways it seems like so long ago. I mean, we are expecting our 2nd bambino at the end of July -- so in that way it seems forever ago. And she is so different from day one. I put this video together - and am amazed at how she develops from a newborn into a little girl. It's crazy the amount a baby learns in the 1st year of its life. She understands so much. I did a six month check-in - and thought it might be nice to reflect a little bit again at the one year mark.

My biggest hope at this point is that I am teaching her to be a kind and loving little girl. She is happy most of the time and waves and blows kisses to nearly everyone (and everything.) I just hope she continues to grow into a happy and kind girl. I know she's going to be a great big sister.

The thing I wish I could change would be the amount of time I get to spend with her. A few hours in the evening and the weekends just don't seem like enough. I get jealous that she has a full extra day with just daddy (since he works a 4/10 shift and gets 3 days off.) And she spends four full days with my parents - which is the best place for her to be, I know - but I still get a little jealous.

I love that she has so many little friends already -- and again (another time complaint) I wish she got to see her friends more often. That will come as she gets older though.

All in all, I just hope I remind myself enough to just slow down and enjoy her at each of these stages. Especially for this brief time when she is our only baby to watch grow.

Ellen Martin

I'm a west-coast mama of two little ones, 15 months apart. This is our family story with reviews and recommendations along the way. Thanks for joining our journey.

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