…this post was started on Thursday 20th June, but due to personal circumstances, I couldn’t post it that evening; I had been dealing with some bad news. So here it is…my last night before I became a stay at home mum!
It’s that time again, bedtime for babies! Tonight, to celebrate ending my five year career in teaching to become a full time mum to my two wonderful girls, hubby has bought a selection of Mexican treats to remind me of our honeymoon in the Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Emelie’s middle name, Maya, comes from this place name, as it holds such lovely memories in my heart; it’s where we found out we were pregnant with Orlaith. We were a week into an all-inclusive, gourmet feast of a honeymoon, at Azul Sensatori when I knew things were a little unusual. I bought the test on a Cancun bar crawl that we had paid $100 each to attend, although I never touched a drop of alcohol because of my ‘instincts’. They were right, the next morning, the test showed I was pregnant with our first child. She was Orlaith Grace, ‘Grace’ coming from the title of ‘Amazing Grace’ which we had played at our wedding the week before finding out!
Emelie therefore took on Maya from the honeymoon…
I had no idea how much my life would not only change, but become completely different once I had had a baby…having two changes things even more. But the only thing I am certain of is that it has no way changed it for the worse. I adore my children, adore their father, who is my best friend and feel that together, as a family, we can conquer the World if we needed to. Isn’t that what being a family means?
So tonight I reflect on how I feel this time on my last day of maternity leave: proud of my achievements; brave for making the decision and most of all, elated to have clawed precious time with my girls while they are still so incredibly young.
In the pictures below, I’m sure you can see the difference in my eyes. One is filled with grief and sadness beneath the smile, the other filled with strength and hope. I made the right decision!
This is Orlaith Grace Roddy, 10 weeks and 6 days.
This is Emelie Maya Roddy, 6 months and 14 days.