We had fun this weekend dressing up our little "bug" and playing Halloween. She's not quite old enough to trick or treat but we had a good time walking around our friends' neighborhood and checking out all the other trick or treaters. Zoë loves being around other kids so she had a blast. And thankfully she was appropriately dressed in UGA colors so she could "represent" while our friends watched the game.
I've been thinking alot about what we were doing this time last year. Fall always does that. There's something about the slight chill & distinct smell (not that it at all smells the same here that it does in GA or TN) that lures you into remembrance. This time last year we were having our "any day now" moment. I was at my due date and like all pregnant women (with their first child, at least) I couldn't believe I didn't go into labor at 38 weeks. But, I felt good and was actually savoring those final days of pregnancy. I wasn't really feeling the "get this baby out of me" that so many women feel. I knew I had no concept of how our lives would change...and I was enjoying what would be the last of lazy mornings, long dinners and having little "B" snug in my belly.
I know I'm going to say this a million times in the next 50 years....but, I can't believe how quickly this year has gone by. And how many changes! My daughter has already taught me so much about the impermanence of life. If I'm not careful I can attempt to reach back and hold on to this time...or that time...and forget to live in and enjoy the moment we are in right now. It's easy for me to miss being pregnant or miss having a snuggly little infant. But no, there is too much "life" yet to be enjoyed. And every day Zoë teaches me more about not grasping too tight to what "was" and embracing what "is". And what "is" is a budding toddler with a world of personality and a million ways to make me smile.
Life is good...