My baby turns one in a couple of days.
When Juliette turned one, I was 10 weeks pregnant with Molly already. This fact (wonderful surprise though it was) really helped me deal with all of the conflicting emotions surrounding Juliette's first birthday. I was mentally relieved somehow that I would get to do this baby thing again...because I wasn't ready for it to be over. Like any first-time mom, I was equal parts bursting with pride and wanting to dissolve in tears over this child whose infancy was ending. It was all very emotional and like I said, I was pregnant (wonder if that had anything to do with it?).
This time is so different! Molly is still such a baby (in the best way!). Jules probably was too at her birthday, but she was the biggest kid I'd ever had when she turned one, and I thought at the time that she was "so big." But hello! Molly still needs me a lot (duh), and her signs of independence are relatively few compared to her very busy and opinionated older sister. Plus, now I know how much FUN comes after the first birthday.
I'm also not quite as wistful for thinking "a year ago, I was still pregnant at this time" blah blah blah. It's still fresh enough in my memory to not quite miss it... yet. :)
So, we're putting together a little birthday party for little sissy (which I will share, whether or not it comes together as I imagine)..."Molly Madness," if you will.