Monday, May 9, 2011

The last days of three

Mother’s Day may be a day to celebrate mom and motherhood, but over here, with another baby eager to join us any day soon, I was especially keen on commemorating the last few days of being mom to my firstborn, my now-one-and-only, my Little Miss. She has taught me so much - about the kind of parent I am and hope to be, about myself and what matters to me, and about the wonders and challenges of raising an emotionally intelligent human being. I have to say, I’ve not mastered any skill - just grateful that I am a part of this journey, simultaneously learning and teaching every day.

As an only child myself, the next part of our journey is a mystery to me. But then again, so is this whole motherhood thing and so far, my daughter seems to be thriving. I suppose I will figure it out somehow. And stumble along the way. And find myself back on my feet again.

For now, I’m relishing these last few bittersweet days of the routine with which we’ve grown familiar, of being mom to one, of knowing how to love this little girl who stole my heart the moment she appeared in my life. I’ll have the rest of my days to unlock the mysteries of being a mom to two.

Here’s our calorie-filled Mother’s Day weekend - the last one as a family of three - in pictures, involving cupcakes, tulips, dim sum at Chinatown and a sweet new gadget for me, making me the fresh and proud new recruit of the Android Army, thanks to my favorite geek in the world. Guess My Guy and I are finally back together again after he left me for a hottie last summer – and I couldn’t be happier.

It was lovely to have a carefree, well-rested weekend like that. Especially considering what’s in store for us in the next couple of weeks…


A surprise at home







Chinatown adventure (37 weeks pregnant)









   Enjoying the Mother’s Day gift from Mother Nature – no rain! – at the beach




And remember how I was fretting about taking a family picture before Thumper’s arrival? Yeah, we even got that done too - Go us!



Sadly, I’ve not had the chance to get my pedicure. No picture. You’re welcome.

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Did you do anything special the last few days before the arrival of your next baby? Were you as nervous as I am now about welcoming a new baby to the family? Or mostly excited? If you remember your mom and dad bringing home your sibling, what was it like for you? How did you react to your new brother or sister?