I didn’t struggle with Clara turning one as much as I did with the boys. I had a few emotional days here and there when I had to mentally adjust to her transforming into a toddler, but for the most part I’m excited to see her grow. I think what has changed is now I know what I have to look forward to because of her brothers.
My mom gave the best advice when she said she enjoyed something about every age of my brother and I. She told me she never wanted to travel backwards because it is too fun to see her kids move forward — even now as we are adults! This changed my perspective. Even in my short five years of being a parent, I can start to appreciate her words to be true.
I took Clara’s picture every month in the same pink-colored onsie and blanket each month of her first year. It’s not easy to photograph the world’s squirmiest baby, by the way. I had to make crazy noises, wear funny hats and basically act like an insane clown. You can see Adriano’s first year pictures here. (Sorry, Luca. I was too busy freaking out when you were a baby.)
And I couldn’t resist adding a few photos of Clara as a newborn and one year old. I hope you don’t mind.
How do you adjust to your babies getting older? Do you hate it and drag your feet? Or is it new and exciting?