At this time last year we were anxiously awaiting the arrival of our sweet baby girl. I remember sitting with my family last Mother’s Day thinking about all the new changes that were about to happen and wondering what kind of mother I would be.  Would I be good at it? Would it be too hard? Would I be able to handle the sleepless nights and long days of caring for a newborn? Well, fast forward one year later and it looks like we all made it out OK and in one piece. Now, with my first (official)  Mother’s Day in the books, I have to say it was pretty darn special. 
The arrival of Mother’s Day also means that my sweet baby girl will be turing one in a few short days and it is really hard to believe that a whole year has flown by.  In this past year I have learned how to love harder then ever before, cry more than I ever have and I have learned more about myself, not only a mom, but as a woman, than I ever thought possible. I have learned how to rely on my husband time and time again because, quite honestly, he is a truly amazing dad and Addison and I are blessed to have him in our lives.  While this year was filled with many exciting firsts, it was also filled with some really hard times as well. This year, I have seen some really close friends slowly fade away and I have struggled with trying to keep my identity outside of being a mom intact.  
The most important thing I have learned in this first year of motherhood is that life does not throw anything your way that you cannot handle.  And, even in all the chaos that comes along with being a new mom, if you don’t stop and take the time to enjoy the moment you might be missing out on something really special. 

xo Ali