Today is my birthday. I am 32. As I sit here with a baby monitor on one side and a caffeine free diet coke on the other, I am struck by how life changes. And how sweet it is. Tonight we’ll go to my favorite restaurant for dinner. A place I used to enter at 11:30pm ready to dance the night away. The place I would get take out from and eat by myself on tough days as a single girl.
This year, we’ll go at 5pm, as a family so we can be home by Oscar’s bedtime. And I love that. Taking a baby to a restaurant is no easy thing, but I love that I can share this place that has always been so fun for me with my family. Life has a way of taking your favorite things and even though they change, they are still there and many times better.
Jerry does an awesome job of making my birthday my day, but as a mother, I will always share it now. I’ll still give love and care to my family. And I am so thankful to share it with them all.
I see now why my mom would reply with, “just having you here is present enough” when I would ask what she wanted for her birthday. This year, Jerry gave me a beautiful pair of pearl earrings and I love them. I know I will wear them daily, but in truth, our morning snuggles and games and laughter bring me more joy than I ever could have imagined.
I love my boys. I love being mom and I am having a very happy birthday!