December 27, 2010

A Baby Changes Everything

I'm sure most of you have heard the Christmas song "A Baby Changes Everything" by Faith Hill. It's a beautiful comparison of the way that the baby Jesus changed the lives of Mary and Joseph to the way that Christ changes our lives as Christians. The last line of the of the song is, "My whole life has turned around, I was lost, but now I'm found. A baby changes everything." Since the song debuted at Christmastime in 2008, I have always loved it. However, this year, as an expectant mom, it has a much different meaning.

This has been a Christmas of reflecting on all the "lasts" and anticipating all the "firsts". This is the last Christmas that Chris and I will share just us, the last time all the hustle and bustle will revolve around us and certainly the last Christmas that Chris will get to enjoy a long nap before Christmas dinner.

Next year, he will be busy chasing a 9 month around setting up her toys and trying to keep her entertained while Mommy makes the dinner! I am sure the boxers however, will have no trouble taking a long nap -- just dad won't be able to join them!

At the same time while enjoying all of the lasts, it has been impossible to quell my thoughts of all the firsts that are coming. Maybe that is why it feels as though this Christmas has come and gone in a whirlwind leaving me questioning where all of the time has gone! In five short days we will ring in the New Year. In 2011 my life, my husband's life and the lives of our family members will change. In 2011 I will be a mother for the first time; my husband will be a father for the first time. At the same moment that Evie takes her first breath Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles will be created as well. This January will mark the first nursery I have decorated, hopefully my first baby shower and the first of the many major changes that will come to our home as we anticipate Evie's arrival. We will celebrate our first Mother's and Father's Days in May and June. In June she will take her first family trip to the beach and see the beauty of ocean. July will bring the first July Fourth with a baby (a person I am sure I will love gazing at more than the sparkles that light up the night sky) and Christopher's first birthday as a father. Evie will take her first boat ride, spend her first night at the lake, show off her first bathing suit and enjoy her first (of many) dips in Pickwick Lake. We will see our daughter's first smile and first tooth. We will watch (and record I am sure) the first time she rolls over, sits up and crawls. We will hear her laugh for the first time. We will decode her babble looking for words, and I am sure only we will hear her first DaDa and Mama. She will don what will be the first of MANY Vol's cheerleader outfits and Hog's Cheerleader outfits. She will help Daddy, Mommy, Grandads, Grandmas and Uncle William cheer on their respective teams. She will have her first Thanksgivng and as the year draws to a close and we end up where we are now, her very first Christmas. She will crawling. laughing, cooing, smiling and will have stolen 1,000 hearts by then, she will be growing up faster than I ever dreamed and my whole life will be turned around. A baby changes everything.