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"Before you know it she'll be in school," a friend said, looking at my two-day-old daughter. At the time I thought it was a ridiculous thing to say; I couldn't even think a week ahead, let alone five years! But now, only a year later, I realize the truth of those words. Children grow up literally before your eyes.
Only a month or so after being born a baby can smile and can quickly recognize voices and familiar faces. Before long, the baby responds with cooing sounds and can hold an object. Not yet six months old and the baby laughs . . . begins to sit . . . learns to stand. And, in the blink of an eye, a year has passed and your tiny, vulnerable baby is almost a toddler.
So much change packed into such a short period of time can make it hard to remember what happened when. This album is designed to help you record these important developments month by month of the first year of your child's life. It's something you'll treasure and, as your child gets older, he or she will enjoy looking at it with you.
Not only do children change a great deal in that first year, so do their parents. For many the birth of a child, especially the first child, is a life-changing event. It's not just our lifestyle that changes but often our whole outlook on life. A child stirs powerful emotions; a love as profound as this is full of joy but also many fears. The quotations included in this album try to capture these feelings by giving expression to the spiritual dimension of becoming a family.
The famous words of the medieval Christian mystic, Julian of Norwich, serve as a consoling mantra for all new parents: "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well."