I spent the second half of June's first year feeling slightly guilty that i was always a few days behind on her "monthly" picture. Well enter child number two and I'm already nearly a week behind? Ooops. I'm sorry Flora. Despite the business of life, we love you more than anything and I hope you will always know that. Second children may not get the sort of focused attention from the get-go that their older siblings do but I've learned that They're this missing puzzle piece that makes the picture of our family more clear. We didn't have a clue really about how awesome life could be with another Kelly member. But now we know and I can't really describe how excited I am to have you here. I feel this peace and calmness and contentment. not that I wasn't happy before you were here, but I feel more .... complete. Thank-you for doing that for me.
I don't know if it's just the fact that I'm a second time mom, or we're still in that new born glow, but Flora is a natural. Mike and I decided early on that life here on this planet just comes naturally to her - she picks up easily on things like eating or riding around in a car or the stroller. We're thinking maybe she's done this before? It would be amazing if she could tell us. But for now we'll just look into those big blue eyes of hers and literally watch as she tries to mimic our facial expressions we're making (blows my mama mind every time. I will never tire of watching these kids of mine learn things and see the world for the first time). We spend a lot of time snuggling together - whether it's on our bed while big sister naps (we've watched a few Netflix series already!) and in the wrap. Mike said the other day that he feels sorry for other babies that don't get wrapped because it must be so nice to lay there and hear their mother's heart beat. It certainly is a special feeling and I would recommend to anyone who would listen. (I've also decided that my second favourite item for new moms will be a stretchy stroller cover - it has been SO useful the past month. I will make these two items my gifts for any new moms in my life from here on out!)
Flora you've had an amazing first month: you've visited my parent's place and you were a rockstar on the drive there. You've seen alpacas and played at the park, and had a picnic and napped on Parliament Hill and stared at the flags in the lobby of Foreign Affairs. You are bright-eyed, gaining weight, kinda sleeping-ish (when it's beside me in our bed) and you love your family - we've all gotten a few smiles out of you already! You don't seem to like coffee or wine which makes me wonder how you can actually be my child but I was there and I'm fairly certain they didn't mix you up when we were leaving the hospital ;) We're waiting to go to a follow-up appointment for your hips (you might have hip displaysia just like I did. Also sorry about that one....) but life with you is bliss. We love your nature and we will continue to watch you grow and bloom and be your own special unique person. I'm so looking forward to all of our summer adventures together. month one with you went far too quickly but actually it was just the right speed because here we are and I don't feel like a second with you has been wasted or missed.