Since this is my inaugural Baby’s First Year post, it only seemed right that I start with an introduction instead of laying all my feelings on you. I mean, look out, that post is coming (because holy hormones, Batman), but we’ll start out a little lighter. You can thank me later.
My name is Katie, I turned 29 last weekend and I just finished graduate school a little over a week ago. In fact, I missed my graduation ceremony because I was ever so slightly busy having a baby. I’m married to a doctor (a pediatric neurology fellow) and together we are raising our brand new baby boy, Elijah (you can call him Eli).
Eli has only been here for 12 days, but he has already changed everything.
I’ve wanted to be a mother for as long as I can remember. I was the queen of baby dolls and playing house as a kid. I was everyone’s babysitter, watching kids as young as 2 months old before I even had my driver’s license. And if you had asked me a decade ago how old I’d be when I had my first child, the answer would’ve been a number far lower than (almost) 29.
But life got in the way.
I met my husband 8 years ago and after 2 years of dating, I followed him from California to New Orleans for medical school, while I worked as a high school teacher. While there I ended up having brain and spinal surgery and the realization that I could not be a lifelong teacher (not at the same time). Both of those things pushed our timeline back because my body needed to heal and I needed to get onto the right career path. But now that we have finally reached parenthood, the long road here seems inconsequential.
The moment Eli was born, my life changed completely. I burst into tears when he was placed on my chest because I have never felt emotion like that. This tiny child was mine, he was something we created. The love I have for him is unlike anything I have ever felt, so intense and enormous. I’ve only had him for 12 days and I can no longer imagine what life would be like without him. And the love I have for my husband has also expanded in ways I never dreamed possible.
The first two weeks have not been the easiest. There have been many tears shed, and we are all still learning how this new life goes, but our little family is just completely perfect.
And I can’t wait to share more of our first year with you all!
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