Today is Mothering Sunday or Mother’s Day here in the UK. So a huge HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all you British mums out there!
I’m so happy to be celebrating personally this year, both as a new “mum” and a newly minted British citizen.
The photo above is from the maternity photo shoot I mentioned back in February. At the time it was taken, I could only imagine what this journey of motherhood would be like. I’m pleased to say it’s far surpassed my expectations — in all ways. I could never have guessed so many things..the delight I would feel in having Kaila’s tiny fingers wrapped around mine, the way entire days can evaporate into nursing and napping, the awe I would feel about my own body’s ability to create and nurture life, how hard it can be to listen to Kaila cry, and the overwhelming feelings of love that can flood through me and bring me to tears just by looking at her face.
Above all else, I don’t think I imagined how much I’d feel connected to and inspired by other mothers. Being a mother takes an incredible amount of patience, humility, self-sacrifice, bravery, confidence, strength, and love. To all the mothers who unwaveringly harness those qualities day in and day out, I salute you! Today is your day so enjoy it!
Just like on Sesame Street, today is brought to us by a number and that number is three. Why? Well, there are many reasons.
Kaila is three weeks old,
Peter and I have been married for exactly three years,
we are now a family of three,
and all three of us are British citizens!
That’s right, today I became a British citizen in a private ceremony at our local registry office. The ceremony was short, sweet, and mostly consisted of me confirming allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and vowing to be an upstanding citizen of the United Kingdom. Peter, Kaila, and my mom were all able to join me for this big event.
Now don’t worry, I haven’t turned my back on the US. Just because I’ve acquired British citizenship doesn’t mean I’ve lost my American citizenship. In fact, Kaila and I are both dual citizens of both the US and the UK. Pretty cool!
During the first few weeks with a newborn, time changes. It no longer seems to follow the same, regular pattern we’re all used to. Instead of seconds methodically leading to minutes that nicely stack up into hours which fold into days, the whole pattern feels disrupted. Sometimes a few minutes feels like hours and other times you’ll blink and whole days will have passed without you realizing.
With Kaila, our days are mostly divided into three hour segments as we go from one mealtime to the next. Every three hours (or so), we nurse again and a new opportunity arises for her to sleep and for us to scurry around getting things done or relaxing.
Since we’re on baby time now, any personal time feels borrowed. I’ve discovered new pleasure in the tiniest of joys during my borrowed time. Popping out to put letters in the mailbox down the street, having a bath in the evening, or simply having a few quiet moments to make breakfast for myself feel like the most incredibly indulgent and luxurious activities now!
Yesterday was one of those luxurious mornings. The sun was shining, my little girl was upstairs napping, and I had the whole kitchen to myself to cut oranges and look at flowers that we had been given. It was pure heaven.
But life these days isn’t just about the small things. We’ve also been doing some “big” things this past week or so too. Lots of firsts for Kaila. She had her first outing to the pub, her first bath, her first baby playdate, and she also met her cousin for the first time! Here are a few pictures from our week of firsts.
Now, I’m off to squeeze in a few more “little luxuries” for myself before Kaila’s next mealtime.