Ali and Matt are about to have a baby.
This was the cake I made for the celebration at her baby shower this past August.
And as I sat there watching Ali open up all of the beautiful presents for that little peanut growing inside of her belly, I started to think about all that life has taught me through being a parent these past fourteen years, and what I might share with Ali if asked.
For starters, I’ve learned that your body is not ALWAYS your own.
Sometimes it belongs to much, much smaller little people.
That sleep is a beautiful, magical thing that should never be taken for granted again.
That sometimes one will go to much greater lengths than one has ever truly believed for the sake of their own (and everyone within a three mile radius’) sanity… which may or may not include putting a pacifier into one’s own mouth that’s been dropped on the floor of the grocery store, so as to rid it of any germs before popping it back into their baby’s mouth.
But there it is.
I’ve also personally learned that my life is not my own. That it isn’t all about me… and that is a really good thing.
That hugging my babies daily isn’t just because THEY need it.
That the simple little word “Mama” can drive me nearly insane or turn my heart to mush… depending upon how and the frequency with which it’s used.
That fear is a very real, dangerous thing and that when left unchecked, can turn me into something unrecognizable.
I’ve learned that I can be stronger than I ever imagined in my weakness.
But I think most importantly I’ve learned how real it is that one little teensy tiny human being can bring me to my knees while at the same time filling my world with more joy and love than I could have ever imagined.
And that I’d go through every heartache, trial and tribulation involved, over and over and over again just to get to spend one more day with my child.
‘Cause my world has been so completely transformed and I’ll never be the same again.
So yeah… I’ve learned a few things along the way.
I wonder, though, if a soon-to-be mom is quite ready to hear all of that. It may be just a little too overwhelming for a hormone-flux capacitor (aka, pregnant mama) to take in.
So instead, I just enjoy watching her excitement as she opens her presents…
praying for grace, and mercy, and wisdom for her and Matt as they strap on their seat belts.
‘Cause as they’ll soon find out, it’s gonna be one wild ride. Xx
Some work in progress photos:
Full, step by step video tutorial on how to make this structured elephant and how to blow sugar bubbles are both now on Cakeheads.com!
Affiliate links to some of the tools used in the making of this cake:
- Sugar Shapers and smoothers (use code “SHAWNAMCGREEVY10” to get 10% off)
- Makins Texture Sheets set
- Bright White airbrush color
- heat light/bulb
- heat light clamp lamp
- chef’s torch
- simi cakes isomalt tiles
- Sugar Blowing Kit
- silicone bowls