Proud Moment

We are just over 5 weeks in and yesterday was a huge turning point

Not that I haven’t had proud moments or that anything has changed obviously, but there’s been a definite shift in how we feel. We’ve “loved” our daughter from the moment we laid eyes on her. But I now realise that wasn’t really love as we know it now. How can you truly love someone when you’ve never met them. How can you love someone who you’ve only known for 2 days. You can’t, it’s impossible, but it’s not taken long. When you spend 24 hours a day with someone, 7 days a week, it’s intense, sometimes hard, sometimes fun. But yesterday it all seemed to come together.

We went to a wedding. All of us. And the day lasted 13 hours. It started at 6:00am, we had to set off at 7:00am and got to the brides house for 8:00am. I had things to do at the brides house so Pickle & Daddy P had to go it alone in the living room for 2 1/2 hours and then we all had to get ready! We drove to the church, sat through a one hour ceremony then drove 45 minutes to the reception which started at 2:00 and we didn’t eat until 4:30. But, we’d come prepared! We’d packed loads of good food for Pickle which kept her busy and a couple of toys. She then sat in a high chair for 2 and a half hours, eating, listening to speeches, clapping, smiling, playing peek-a-boo with other people and laughing. She got tons of compliments about how gorgeous she was and how well behaved she’d been through everything! I felt immensely proud….and really felt it on the way home.

We left the wedding early but we had to be fair to our daughter who’d done so well to get through the day on 40 minutes sleep instead of her usual 4 hours. She was pink cheeked and teary and we didn’t want to push our luck so made the decision to leave. We’d even packed her pj’s, sleeping bag and an extra bottle of milk to send her to sleep on the 45 minute journey home. It worked a treat. We played Eva Cassidy’s “Somewhere over the rainbow” twice and she was sound asleep. We drove home together with a content, relaxed, secure sleeping baby in the back and we felt proud. Proud of our achievement, proud of our organisation, proud of our planning and proud of the day. But most of all we were proud of her for being the brave, trusting, adaptable, fun, lovely little girl that she is.

One that we truly love more than anything we ever thought possible. 
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