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By Lindsay Spolan Pinchuk, BCB Founder + CEO
Tonight at the BCBeauty Bash the last seven years flashed before my eyes.
The room was filled with a mix of moms and moms-to-be who have come through Bump Club and Beyond and our events through various stages of motherhood. While there were first-time pregnant moms enjoying their mocktails, it was incredible to have so many of the original BCB moms in the room as well. Especially on the eve of a very momentous day.
When I wake up in the morning, I will have a seven-year-old. SEVEN. YEARS.
While talking with some of the original BCB moms tonight (who also have almost-seven-year-old first graders) there was an audible gasp when I said that J turned seven tomorrow. Yes, it’s true, her birthday is tomorrow. She’s the original BCB baby, and one of the first of our babies, our firsts, to reach this milestone.
It feels like just yesterday we were getting ready to come home from Prentice with our new baby girl. And how can it be that two full years have passed since we reached the five-year mark?
Just like that we’re finding ourselves halfway between five and ten. So much has happened since I became a mom in 2010, yet it also feels like yesterday. It is true– the days are long, but the years so short. It’s hard to believe that in another seven years I will have a full-fledged teenager. (Can we make time stop now, please?)
My baby girl has grown into a smart and incredibly sassy kid with her own opinions, goals and dreams. She knows what she wants and she is certainly not afraid to stand her ground to get it. (Wonder where she gets that from?!?) She’s funny, caring, and on a good day, she’ll still hold my hand in the parking lot. I know that our days of this are probably numbered. To watch her grow into the person she is becoming literally takes my breath away on a daily basis.
Don’t get me wrong, being a mom is still HARD. Definitely the hardest role I have ever taken on. Harder than ever as our bigger kids equal bigger problems. But quite honestly, it is also the most rewarding. The thank yous, the I love yous, the HUGE smiles and hugs when you walk in the door at the end of the day—-makes it all worth it.
So as I always do, I filled her room with balloons before I sat down to write this post and go to bed. Honestly, I can’t wait to see what tomorrow will bring with my now seven year old. (Other than a trip to the Rainforest Cafe. Her choice, not mine.) I am still the luckiest mom in the world.
Happy 7th Birthday Baby Girl. Thank you for making me a mom, thank you for making me yours.
Lindsay Spolan Pinchuk is the CEO and Founder of Bump Club and Beyond. She started Bump Club and Beyond nearly eight years ago when she was pregnant with her first daughter, Jordyn (pictured here.) Bump Club and Beyond now hosts events in dozens of cities across the country. BCB’s mission is to connect moms and moms-to-be with the best information, resources, products, experts and each other, both online and through dozens of premier events. Lindsay lives in Chicago with her amazing husband, two incredible daughters and their super dog, Cooper.