My daughter, the light of my life, my pride and joy, Athena Ceilidh Carter, was born on April 2, 2012. She came into this world with a joy that surpasses anything else in life. Her tiny coos and infectious smile warm my heart and soul. I could spend hours watching her sleep, move, or look at me.
When I met my husband, I experienced a love that changed my life. I was a better person just for knowing him. I felt like I could accomplish anything and all of my dreams were possible. Athena is the accumulation of those dreams. The rest of the world became a blur in the background and my family was clearly in focus. She was more important than a lifetime of bucket list adventures. My life had a new meaning. I was a mother!
Many of you have been offering your well wishing and hinting about posting pictures, but I wasn’t ready to share her with the world. She is my precious gift and I wanted time to have her all to myself. Thousands of pictures and beautiful moments later, I’m opening my heart and my blog with the introduction of Athena.
Some people assume that once you have children, you’re adventures life is over, but I’ve experienced piloting a biplane, a jetpack, and a glider since her birth. We also visited Sea World and moved from southern California to North Carolina with her next to us. More importantly, I comforted a crying child; I rested while she slept on my chest; I heard her laugh for the first time; I saw her smile with happiness; I held her tiny, delicate hand; and I looked into her big, blue eyes. When you’re a new mother, life isn’t over… it’s simply better.