This is Mabel a year ago, almost to the day.
If you look carefully, on the fridge, you’ll see a calendar with a picture of her from two years ago.
It’s amazing how much changes in a year. To help me remember, starting with Christmas 2010, I made a calendar with pictures of Mabel from each month of the first year of her life. I used these photos of Mabel in her monthly onsies. I gave copies of the calendar to the grandparents and Aunt Meg, as well as one for my desk at work, and one for the fridge at home. It went over so well, that I got requests to do the same thing for Christmas 2011, and I gladly obliged.
Several times a week, I look at the calendar on my desk, the picture of Mabel a year ago, and marvel at how much she has changed.
When I look at the picture above, I am struck by how much has changed in my life this past year. This time last year, Mabel was still unsteady of her feet and only had a few words in her vocabulary. Now, she’s a walking, talking little girl singing Bohemian Rhapsody in the back seat of the car (much to Mac’s delight) and taking Irish Step Dancing lessons. This time last year, baby number two was a twinkle in my eye, a far off plan for the future, to be pursued when we were settled. Now, I’m working on a detailed plan for my maternity leave from work and less than a month from my due date. This time last year we were still getting settled in our new house. Now, we’ve been here a year and we’re rearranging things to make room for a baby boy.
I wonder what next year’s calendar will look like? I pray it’s two happy and healthy kids.