Recently my mind has started to wander to the “what will be…” of welcoming our new baby into the world. I’m thinking about labor & delivery; planning care arrangements for Roman; and contemplating the seemingly endless decisions that we will make once I go into a labor and in the months following baby girl’s arrival. There really is so much to think about. In today’s world, we are faced with multitudes of decisions from the moment we begin trying to conceive, all the way until our little ones grow into big ones.

As Roman has grown from the teeny, tiny little bit pictured above into the rambunctious toddler that he is today, the decisions haven’t gotten easier. I suppose that I have settled into my role as a mother some and that I have gained some small measure of confidence along the way. But deep down, I am still scared all of the time — always questioning each decision that I make. Am I doing the right thing? Is there a right thing?

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating — being a parent is the most difficult, and the most rewarding, endeavor that I will ever undertake.


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