Even now, as I sit to write this, I truly can not believe that my baby girl has just celebrated her second birthday. The last 3 years or so have passed in a bit of a whirlwind for me. The amazing trip of a lifetime which was like a dream, resulting in the unexpected miracle of our little baby, all passed by as if I was in some sort of dream state. Being pregnant passed me by in a haze. Even the birth (which was by C section, under general anaesthetic) wasn’t a tangible experience. The two years since the birth of Rosie have been traumatic, eventful and everything in between. So, you see, the last two years seem to have passed me by as if I’ve been dosed to the eyeballs on a mixture of stress, torture, extreme joy and adventure! Since she arrived Barney has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and went through 18 months of real difficulties; two of my children have grown into almost adults; my marriage has fallen apart and I’ve become a single mama. Yeah. It’s been a hectic two years.
So I am forever grateful for this beautiful bundle of joy that is part of our lives now. Little Rosie is truly the happiest person that ever existed. She is a little miracle and brings only good things to our family. I can’t even begin to count how many times a day I hear myself saying to her older siblings things like “isn’t she just adorable?”, “doesn’t she make you so happy?”, “don’t you just love her to bits?” She is adored by us all. She fills every day with love, cuddles, and wonder. At the moment she is at that fascinating stage of life where she can start to express her wonder in everything she see’s or experiences. Little things that we take for granted fill her with fascination or excitement.
Her second birthday was a bit of a let down. The poor child caught the chicken pox a few days before her birthday so we put it off for a while. But we had to celebrate it a few days later as it is getting so close to Christmas. She opened her presents slowly, lacking in energy or enthusiasm. However she enjoyed the birthday cake and us all singing happy birthday to her. We had a mini party – just the six of us – and ate sweets, cakes and party food. That pleased her :-) I don’t want her to grow up any more. I like her at this age. She’s just so precious.