Has It Really Been A YEAR?!

I remember being preggers... the anticipation, the fear, the excitement, the unsolicited advice (lol)! It seemed at the time that the day would NEVER get here and I would be pregnant forever. Then the big day came, and my baby boy was in my arms. I was so completely overwhelmed with emotion that I couldn't even LOOK at his sweet little face without bursting into tears. There's honestly no real way to fully describe it. Even though every mom I knew at the time had tried to warn me, I was NOT prepared. 

Now here we are, less than a WEEK before his 1st birthday and I'm wishing I could freeze time. I mean, HOW are we already here? Again, I find myself overwhelmed with emotion. I've heard other parents (including my own) say "don't blink" and "before you know it, he'll be off to college!". Until now, I shrugged and smiled and thought to myself "you're only saying that because you get to sleep through the night uninterrupted". And yet, as I sit here typing this, I'm choking back a few stray tears. My baby is almost one and it feels like just yesterday we were headed home from the hospital as a family for the first time. If there's one thing I've learned in the last year, it's that time stops for none and that solid advice from other moms is invaluable. 

So give me yours! Looking back, is there something you wish you'd done differently with yours? Would you work less? Play more? This mama is just trying to soak up as much time with my baby as I can.... before he's not a baby anymore.