three years ago

I wrote this post one year after this photo was taken:

 

Today is three years since that photo was taken.  I am less emotional about seeing this than I was the first year after, but this anniversary still brings a lump into my throat.  It makes me reflective and grateful.  Anna’s birth was profound and life-altering.  It also marked the beginning of the greatest challenge I’ve faced in my life so far.  Three years after Anna’s birth, I feel grounded again.  I feel ready to start an exercise routine; I am able to stay up late and watch movies with my husband and not feel ill the next day–because I sleep at night, because I know how to live with two children instead of one, because there is room for me now.  Life is comfortable.  I like it that way.