February 24, 2014

Appreciating Parents More After a Baby

I'm linking up with Jen to write 7 posts in 7 days.  It's my last seven days off before starting my job, so I ought to be able to write a post a day! ;)
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I love my parents.  Always have.  Always will.   They are so good to me, and they are so good to our sweet Oliver. 

There's just something about having a baby that's shown me a different side of them, making me love and appreciate them on a whole new level.  Now that I have a baby of my own, I see where they were standing when they brought me home from the hospital 24 years ago.

I didn't realize the amount of sacrifice that comes along with the beauty of a new life until I had a baby of my own. 

Now I know. 

I know about the constant need to put someone else's needs ahead of your own every single day without ceasing.  I know the skipping showers and the passing a baby back and forth through dinner.  I know the sleepless nights.  I know the tears and I know the struggles.  

I didn't realize the amount of love parents have for their babies until I was holding that precious new life in my arms. 

Now I know. 

I know the feeling of loving someone so much your heart could just burst.  I know the feeling that you would do anything for your child.  I know the worries and I know the fears.  I know the hoping and praying for the best in every aspect of your child's life.  

Everything I'm experiencing with baby Oliver, they experienced with me when I was a baby.  Even though I've only been a mommy for a short period of time, I feel like I already have a much better idea of the depth of my parent's love for me, and I know my understanding will only increase as I raise babies of my own.  Parenting is beautiful and messy and exhausting, but above all it's a beautiful example of selfless love.

I look at my parents and I am filled with gratitude.  The days with a newborn are just memories for them now, but for me they mean so much as I think back on what they must have been like.  Thank you mom and thank you dad. Thank you for all of the things you did for me throughout the early years of my life.  Thank you for constantly sacrificing. Thank you for doing more, more, and more for me without any thanks in return.

Your love is a blessing and you are both so appreciated. Thank you for modeling unconditional love and for allowing me to see God's love through your love for me.  

I love you and I'm thankful to be your daughter. 


9 comments:

  1. What a sweet post, Caitlin. I feel so blessed to have such wonderful parents, too!

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  2. What a beautiful tribute to your parents Caitlin!!! And it's so true, isn't it? There really is only one way to understand the depth of love your parents have for you. Because now you know. Sometimes I think about that as I'm driving to visit my parents. It's overwhelming really. Wow, they love me this much? They love and adore me as much as I do my girls? How is that possible? It's like I never knew. So beautiful really, how God grants us such wisdom in each stage of our lives. ~ Your family is precious and I'm looking forward to sharing it with you as you walk this journey and share bits with us on this blog. ~ and I'm praying daily for you as you start your first job in March... praying for your sleep, your peace, and blessings. God's hand is in this new job, I'm sure of it Caitlin. And everything will be okay. Mothers have to cover other mothers in prayer. :) xoxoxoxo tara

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    1. It really is true that you just never realized it before. Thank you so much for your prayers, Tara! They are so appreciated. I will pray for you and your daughters as well!

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  3. Your parents continue to be a blessing to you, Caitlin.
    What a wonderful job they have done with you!
    And as a thank you, you have blessed them with a sweet, precious grandson. : )

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  4. I hope your parents read your blog, because this is so nice!

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    1. I think my mom is always the first one to read my posts haha! :)

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  5. So sweet of you to recognize and write about this. And that appreciation only grows as your child does. That is such a sweet picture!! Wishing you the best in your new transition next week!

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  6. I soooooooo understand and appreciate this! After Gabriel was born I realized - wow, my birthday has always had such a different, special meaning to my parents than it did for me! When I think about Gabriel's future birthdays it makes me see (finally) what it must have been like for my parents celebrating my birth. Same goes for all the little, everyday sacrifices of love. :)

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