Monday, December 31, 2012

It's Flying By

Marking the passage of time as we put up the new calendar feels bittersweet this year.  Before Cora, it signified only more candles on my own cake.

But now that I am watching Cora grow too, the moments seem more important, the small milestones more momentous. 

In just two weeks we'll be putting another year of her life behind us as well, as she will officially become two years old.  And even though she is still a baby in some ways, the little girl in her is emerging more and more each day. 

So much of the time her development seems to happen in slow motion, as she learns to accomplish things in gradual layers, rather than at the warp speed that comes naturally to so many other children.  But I look at her now and see how much she is accomplishing, and how impossible it is to take it for granted.  I look at photos of her even months ago and see how changed she is. 

And of course, so much of me wants to preserve her as she is, to stop time from passing and revel in holding my baby tightly.  The rest of me can't wait for her to reveal more of herself to me as she grows and changes.

Yes, bittersweet.

This was a lovely year.  A year of some stresses, to be sure, but of many firsts and many wonderful moments with our little family and the rest of our family and friends.

I'm looking forward to another year of firsts; to watch Cora grow into toddlerhood.  The list of things she needs to learn seems daunting, yet I know in my heart that she will get there and that where she is right now is just fine.

Silly goose!


  1. Happy New year to you and your family!
    This post reminds me of when my girl was little..when my friends kids were powering along and she was still going at her snails pace, I was secretly happy that she was still a baby that I could hold and cuddle.
    And as they grow, it is a fine line between knowing that it is OK where they are at, but ever aware that we need to push them sometimes to achieve. As you said, its a bittersweet life.
    Wishing you and yours good health for 2013 and also a girl that gets mobile on her feet!

  2. Even though our kiddos develop at a slower rate, it still seems to go by so in I cannot believe The Bean is almost 2!!!!

  3. Oh, I love that last picture!! Such a cutie! Happy New Year Leah, can't wait to see what 2013 holds for Cora and your family :)

  4. Happy New Year! I can't believe how big Cora is getting!

  5. Been missing you guys! She is a doll! I think the same things about how slow it goes. Slow and steady. Sometimes I wonder if Cal has dev. at all over the past year and the answer is 'of course' but there are just a hand full of changes and there is so much more to come. Happy New Year!

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  8. Happy New Year! Time goes by too, too fast - I'm getting a tear in my eye thinking about the second birthday this weekend.


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