The newest addition to our family arrived in March in the form of a petite, wide-eyed baby girl. Change and new things have become a part of my every day routine. Some changes have been challenging, but I’ve been surprised at how many of them have been positive. Here are two things that have surprised me so far about parenthood…the good kind of surprise!
- Everything does NOT change. Before becoming a mom, I’d heard many forms of the warning, “Nothing is the same after you have a kid! Everything changes!”. The intention behind these comments is probably to warn new parents about what a HUGE change having kids is. Of course, my ISTJ personality probably took this a little too literally and was bracing myself for waking up on an entirely new planet after we took baby girl home from the hospital. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this was not the case. Parenthood IS a huge change, but many, many things have stayed the same. I still enjoy jamming to the same songs in the car, the Midwest weather is still temperamental, I still laugh with my husband over the same inside jokes, our church still has the same liturgy, etc. And to me, that is a big sigh of relief.
- Including God, but… God’s character does not change. However, I have seen him work in so many new ways since becoming a mom and that was a wonderful, surprising “change”. I knew he was strong, but now I have felt his strength fill my bones day after day and night after night, when physical rest has eluded me. I knew he was a protector, but now I have seen him keep my daughter alive for over three months when I had no idea how to take care of an infant. I knew he was a provider, but now I have seen him give us food for weeks through our church family when I didn’t have the energy or brains to even make a sandwich. I knew he loved to give his children good gifts, but now I have seen the sparkling smile he created in my daughter and I can’t imagine gazing on anything more beautiful.
I’m sure these are just the first of many surprises and lessons that God will bring my way as I continue to feed and care for this new, tiny human that we have the privilege to call our own.
What has God taught you so far this year?