I'm taking a one-day break from my self-imposed Birthday Week theme to give you a last-minute warning that next week is the Official Day in the Life Project week! Time to fire up your camera batteries and clear those memory cards!
The above photo is taken from my 2010 project. Little Pea is just barely 6 days old. My project is filled with photos that scream of sleep deprivation, pain pills from delivery, and the mass chaos that comes from having a brand new little person joining your family. My 2010 project is a little difficult for me to look at because I still see it as "The Day Before." The next day I was readmitted to the hospital with a potentially life-threatening complication from delivery. It started months of doctor visits and testing. As I'm coming up on the anniversary of that day, I'm still struggling to separate the joy of Little Pea's arrival from the the terror I felt that next day in the hospital while separated from her.
I'm grateful that I have this day documented before all those months of worry started. I'm grateful I have one day's worth of photos that show our new little family while we were still only just worried about how to soothe a newborn's cries.
When I complete my 2011 project next week, I really feel like it will be closing that awful chapter of my health history. I'm going to be bookending the last year with two separate days that will show what really matters to me--my kids, my husband, our family. Those are the things I want to remember about Little Pea's first year.
So if you joined me last year, I hope you'll consider doing it again this year. The comparison from year to year is what makes it all the more meaningful.
If you watched from the sidelines last year or are new to my blog this year, I hope you'll consider joining us! All you need is a camera of absolutely any kind. (Yes, even your cell phone would work!) I wrote extensively about the project over a series of posts last year. You can catch up here but I'll also share some thoughts and tips on it during the week of the project to keep you inspired. I just wanted to make the announcement so you have the chance to psych yourself up for it and look at your schedule to pick a day.