A most gorgeous, auspicious, magnificent day!
The fifth anniversary of the birth of my beautiful girl.
On this day, five years ago.
30 minutes old.
What a journey from then to now!
Whoever said children are your biggest teachers totally had my number. I have changed completely and utterly, fundamentally, since the day Lucy was born. She has challenged my view on everything, EVERYTHING! I almost couldn't find another soul so completely opposite to me in so many ways. The way we view the world, our first instincts in all situations, socially... I have seen a whole new world through Lucy's eyes - one I most likely would not have chosen to be bothered seeing, but have been forced to witness to help me understand the way she thinks and the way she responds to life. As a result, I have become more empathetic, more understanding, more compassionate, more accepting.
And the people that have come into my life, directly as a result of having this wee girl, born at this time. Magnificent people! People I call family, sisters. People I will know for the rest of my life. People that treasure me, us, as much as we treasure them. People who have enriched my life beyond measure and continue to do so. People I would be utterly lost in this vast country, in this complex journey of parenthood, without. People I adore with my whole heart and soul.
Birthdays are very special to me.
The day the world got that little bit more magical, because someone so amazingly special was born, is absolutely a day to celebrate! The birth of my child is incredibly special to me. Not only was our world blessed with another beautiful soul, it was also the day I moved from lover into mother, through the most incredibly intense and powerful transformation of my life to date. Her birth was very primal, very raw. I knew so much about birth, and yet nothing at all. The experience of her birth took me to the limits of my soul and back again. Had me escaping from my body, flying into the trees never wanting to return, then being wrenched back through the height of an intense contraction, screaming as though on fire (I was told later). The feeling of her furry head between my fingers as she began emerging from my body is an experience I will never forget. Alongside the sensation of birthing all four kilos of her in two pushes.
Yes, this is a day with much for me to rejoice and remember, to share with one of the most important people in my life. And today, we did just that. A wee ritual or two of our own was shared. Flicking through the 100 photos of my labour and her birth is one we love to do. Painting of her fingernails in any colour she chooses - a special ritual for birthdays only. Today, she chose her clothes. She loves the frou-frou my girl *smile*. Bright, spring party dress, pink tiara and ruby red shoes. Birthing necklace and a strand of her own dress-up necklace for me. And a day of outings, at her request.
Then on returning home, an hour of her favourite cartoon, Dora and fish and chips for dinner. A late bedtime AS WELL as the usual two stories (which can often be exchanged for an extended play and later bedtime). She fell asleep with a smile on her face and her mama's arms wrapped around her.
A full and most joyous day for us both. <3