One Perfect Moment is all about those moments, big or small, that make you wish they'd last forever. Those moments you want to stop in time, when everything feels perfect, even for just a split-second. Snapshots of the mind. Moments to treasure forever.
A Royal Princess.
I must admit to being a little bit excited about the birth of another royal babe. So excited in fact that I ended up being awake till the early hours of Sunday morning, waiting to see the Princess make her debut as she headed to her new home.
I was working on my Tafe stuff and was just about pack up for the night when I clicked over to Sky News and they were saying that the Duke & Duchess would be leaving with their baby girl within the hour. So of course I stayed up to watch. I was going to be tired anyway, what difference would another hour make.
I was watching when Prince William arrived back from picking up Prince George so that he could meet his sister. I must admit that seeing them walk in to the hospital together was the moment I started to tear up.
All I could think about was the moment I first saw Punky after Zee was born. I hadn't seen her since Sunday night, and it was now Tuesday evening. Despite the fatigue after a 28 hour labour, I could not wait to see my big girl.
A few days before Zee was born I broke down while I was talking to J my Doula, and confessed that my biggest fear about having another baby had nothing to do with the labour & delivery, or how I was going to cope with two small children under two, but in how Punky would be effected by the new arrival.
I needn't have worried.
Punky was shy when she first saw me. I'd be away from her longer than ever before in her life, and hospital's can be a scary place for a little one. She walked in, with her hair in pigtails, looking a million times more grown up than she had when I tucked her in to bed before I left for the hospital 2 days before.
Dave lifted her on to the bed and then bought Zee over and she stared at her with interest. I don't think she could quite comprehend what it was before her. That this little bundle, that so resembled one of her dolls, was actually alive, and moving.
I will never forget that moment when I first saw both my girls together for the first time. My heart felt like it was the size of Jupiter, and fit to burst with all of the emotions I was feeling. Creating a family with the love of my life, bringing these two beautiful little Princesses in to the world, it's the best thing I've ever done.
The sheer joy that comes when a new soul joins us earth-side is universal and awe-inspiring. Humbling. There is no better feeling in the world than those first few days with your new baby and family. It's like being wrapped in a warm, fluffy blanket of love, and no matter the aches, pains and fatigue, it feels as though that blanket of love is big enough to envelope the whole world.
As I watched the Duke & Duchess walk down the steps with their precious cargo and jump in to the car, homeward bound, I felt the tears at my eyes again. The memories of my own first night at home as a family of four were fresh in mind, and my heart was bursting with happiness for them, knowing too well the happiness they were heading towards.
Whether a Royal Princess or simply a Purtell Princess, the love and bond of family is the same. I know they will be cherishing these perfect moments exactly the same way I cherish mine.
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