Ava finally made her appearance, 8 days later. And then, all of a sudden my world turned upside down. I'd always considered myself to be good with babies and children but it's a whole different ball game when you're able to hand them back! I remember the early days all too well, it was terrifying. I felt like I'd been hit by a train, the enormity of the situation would hit me and I'd just cry. Not that I didn't have 9 months to prepare for it but the weight of responsibility that comes with a baby is pretty scary.
I think as first time parents we muddled along quite well, probably not getting it right all the time but it worked for us. We were happy. Now looking back I can't believe how fleeting those baby days really were.
I wanted to say thank you to Ava for teaching me how to be a better person. She was our surprise baby but couldn't have come at a better time for me as I was 6 months pregnant when my brother died. She bought so much joy to us and honestly, without her, I don't know what I would have done. She's given me a focus and a purpose. There is no greater pride than telling people about my daughter or when people tell me how lovely she is.
Although the (almost) twos are proving a bit tricky I wouldn't change it for a moment. She has changed my life for the better and I couldn't be happier.
So thank you to you my lovely girl, for making me feel like the luckiest mummy on earth. Thank you for putting a smile back on my face.
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