This is Bella at 5 years old with her kitty, Zip, who she still sleeps with every night.
Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year. Our first daughter, Bella, was born in the Fall, so that makes this time of year even more special to me. It’s hard to believe she will be ten years old in a few weeks. Where has the time gone? Every year, around this time, I think back on the last few months of my first pregnancy. This is one of the things I remember the most…
I remember waking up in the middle of the night. I didn’t mind that I couldn’t sleep. I was in some sort of wonderful dreamland during that time. I would make myself some hot apple cider and sip it while sitting in our rocking chair. I would daydream about what Bella would be like. I felt so peaceful and full of wonder. I knew our lives would be forever changed for the better with her arrival. And they have.
Sometimes when I get frustrated with Bella or think she should behave more responsibly, I think back to that time and think: she is still so young. She is our amazing, beautiful, wonderful girl. I need to relax.
I’m not in a hurry for her to grow up.
In fact, I wish the time would slow down.