What was it like to find out your were pregnant? At first I was very excited. Then the reality of it started to sink in and I was terrified of how we would make it work. But as I could feel her growing and kicking inside me, I was so overfilled with joy.
Describe how it felt the first time you held your child in your arms. I had been put under general anesthesia, so I was a little groggy coming out of surgery. But I just remember looking down and crying in joy at this tiny person I had just created.
What do you most wish you could hold onto forever about your Lillian being little? I wish I could always have those sweet nap time cuddles on the couch every weekend while she is still small enough to snuggle up into my chest and hold my pinky with her entire hand.
What are your child-rearing philosophies? I believe every child should have manners and know how to behave. But I also very strongly believe that you have to let your child be who they want to be, not who you want them to be. If that means you take them to the grocery store in a tutu and butterfly wings, so be it.
If you could give a word of advice or encouragement to other moms, what would it be? Enjoy every moment of it. Sometimes it will be really hard, but enjoy the pregnancy. Enjoy holding her hand in the middle of the night when she needs a bottle. Cuddle her when she's scared. Because in the blink of an eye, it will all be over.
What's a story you love to tell about Lillian and will never stop telling, even when she's old and it embarrasses it? I don't have very many super funny embarrassing stories yet. But today while driving to my mother-in-law's, Lillie was kicking around like crazy in her carseat playing. Then her headband fell down over her eyes and she clenched her fists and sit completely still the entire rest of the car ride until I could move her headband.
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