Next week is the Jewish holiday, Yom Kippur. Last year on Yom Kippur, about ten minutes before Drew was leaving for services, my water broke. He stayed home, of course, and we spent the next eight hours waiting for something to happen. We made a few phone calls, laundered some things, went for a few walks, and ate a little bit, but mostly we waited. Finally, around 10:45 at night, eight hours after my water broke, I got my first contraction. We were on our way to the hospital about half an hour later and a couple hours after that, we were holding Jackson in our arms.
It was a wonderful time in our lives, but looking back I am so, so glad that time in over. I was just talking with some other moms of 11-12 month old babies yesterday about how things are so much better now than they were when our kids were newborns and how tempting it is sometimes to say to brand new moms, “It gets better!” But I know that my experience is not everyone’s experience and there are new parents who love every second of caring for a newborn. I did not love every minute of caring for a newborn. But I’m happy to report that I do love most minutes — not every one! — of caring for my almost-one-year-old (!). And what I’m really excited about at the moment is enjoying fall again, this time with my very cool kid. It went by in a blur for me last year — a sleep-deprived, hormonal blur — and all the things I normally love about fall were lost on me as I struggled just to get myself showered a few times a week.
What a difference a year makes. This year I get to enjoy all the fun fall things — shopping for new sweaters, baking pumpkin stuff, snuggling on the couch in front of some new fall TV shows, going for walks among the changing trees — and I get to experience them with Jackson, who is turning into the sweetest, funniest little person who brings us so much joy every day.
What are you looking forward to this fall? How is your life different now than it was a year ago?