This is Travis. Those of you who are long-time readers may remember that last year on Mother’s Day, I commandeered this blog to express my appreciation for my wonderful wife Sara, and mothers everywhere! This year I thought I would check in again to report on the year since then.
At this time last year, Sara was six months pregnant, and I was just finishing up my first year of grad school. It is amazing how much can change in such a short time! Today Sylvia is 9 months old, I have officially finished my degree, and in a few short weeks we will be starting a new life in Houston, Texas! The three of us could not be more excited for all the wonderful new changes in our life!
Looking back on our life one year ago, it is hard to imagine what things were like without Sylvia. She has truly brought us closer in ways that we never could have anticipated. Over the course of this last year, the two of us have shared tears of desperation and sheer exhaustion as we learned to care for a newborn. We have worried together about Sylvia’s health (thank goodness we’re past her tummy troubles!), about money, and insurance. We have learned how to lean on and support each other through all of these experiences. We have had to learn how to more easily forgive each other when being tired and over-worked gets the best of us. Having Sylvie has truly strengthened and deepened our relationship.
But it has also been a joy to share so many wonderful new experiences too. We have shared moments of joy and wonder as we have watched Sylvie grow and flourish. She is looking less like a baby and more like a toddler everyday. As Sara has reported, Sylvie is talking (well, sort of!), freely rolling around (SO CLOSE to crawling), smiling, laughing, hugging, and kissing (licking, to be more precise). She is getting HUGE! Where has the time gone?
Throughout all of these months, I have been increasingly amazed how blessed I am to have married such a wonderful woman. Being a mother truly brings out the best in Sara, and it is a joy to see her settle more and more comfortably into that role. How is it possible for someone to be so nurturing without being stifling? There are so many things about the baby I find baffling that come completely natural to Sara. How in the world do you tell the difference between a ‘sleepy’, ‘hungry’, and ‘I have to poop’ cry? I guess it’s a mom thing.
This time last year I had to work on Mother’s Day, and this will no doubt be the case in future years. That is one of the downsides of my profession. This year however, on our first official Mother’s Day, we are fortunate to be able to spend the entire day together and celebrate (Sara doesn’t know it yet, but we are going out for brunch at our favorite restaurant!). Devoting just one day a year to the women that keep the world running seems wholly inadequate, but we are going to try and make the best of it! In this coming year, I pray that I can make Sara feel loved, honored, and appreciated every day.
Before I finish, I would like to thank my mother and mother-in-law for supporting the two of us this year. The advice, the help with the baby through school and surgeries, and the wonderful toys, clothes, and books have been such an enormous blessing. Thank you for providing such incredible examples for us to try and live up to!
So, to all you mothers out there (and mothers-to-be!), and to my dear wife Sara, I wish you all the best on your special day, and I would like to thank you for everything you do. You are an inspiration to us all, and you somehow manage to find ways of making us fall in love with you all over again each and every day. Thank you for reading this post, and for supporting Sara by frequenting the blog. We hope that you will continue to follow along in our incredible adventure.
All The Best, Travis