I can’t believe its been almost nine months since Lilyana was born. She’s growing up so quickly. She’s started crawling, she’s eating solids, she’s starting to vocalise a whole lot more. Her personality is really starting to form and at the moment, it’s looking like the apple has not fallen far from tree, either one of them!
It seems like only yesterday that we brought her home, a helpless little thing that couldn’t do anything but lay there. Spring forward 38 weeks and she’s now a little person all her own. She’s very headstrong, very persistent and never sits still, even when she’s sleeping.
Most of my adult life, I’ve been told that you don’t know real love until you have children. I didn’t really understand that statement. To be honest, for a little while after she was born, I didn’t know what I was supposed to feel. I loved her, but I was completely unaware of just how deep that love would go. Today, I can say with absolute certainty that she is the centre of my world. I miss when we leave her with Cindy, I love to watch her clumsily lumber around the house.
The journey so far has been incredibly challenging, but so much more rewarding than I could ever have imagined. I couldn’t begin to imagine the challenges that are to come, and if she’s anything like her mother and father, she will present us with many, many challenges, some which will bring us to our knees, but I look forward to those challenges. I look forward to watching my beautiful daughther blossom and grow. I look forward to seeing what she chooses to do with her life, the sports she decides to play, the academic direction she excels at and the career she chooses to follow. I look forward to seeing the woman she becomes.
For now, I will enjoy the beautiful gift that is fatherhood. I will cherish the moments that so fleetingly pass us by and the memories that come with them.