I turn 30 on Monday. It's a birthday that carries a lot of weight for most people. There's so many "30 things to do before you're 30" lists floating around that I've always admired and felt inspired by, but now that the day is here, I'm feeling like I should mark it in some way other than cake and balloons. Maybe not balloons. This year, celebrations are different than in previous years. Being pregnant has forced me to look at celebrating in a different way - and I suppose it will always be different going forward with a little person to look after.
The list I've decided to make for my 30th birthday is one of looking forward, not behind. It's a list of wishes, hopes, goals for my unborn child. Not just for this year, but for the rest of his or her life. Might be a little corny, but my priorities are shifting! Suddenly, writing a new recipe each week doesn't seem that important. But don't worry - there will be plenty more recipes to come...
30 Wishes For My Baby
- A healthy life, starting with a healthy childhood.
- Love, in all its various forms, in abundance.
- Adventure-seeking and curiosity for the many wonders out there in the world.
- A creative outlet that becomes a passion.
- Appreciation for art & music (a family requirement!)
- An appetite for nourishing and exciting foods with an eagerness to learn how to prepare them.
- Friends who stay loyal from the sandbox to the first apartment (and beyond)!
- Fresh, clean air.
- Fresh, clean water.
- A strong and equal connection to both America and England, and your transatlantic family.
- A thirst for knowledge.
- The understanding that you'll always be supported by your parents.
- A healthy sense of competition and sportsmanship.
- Respect and moral understanding.
- Enjoying playfulness and humor every day.
- The ability to laugh at yourself and be silly.
- Excitement for travels, whether its down the street or across the ocean.
- The ability to cope with the lows and appreciate the highs.
- The confidence to stand up for yourself.
- The importance of a family dinner, around the table, no distractions.
- Healthy movement, every day, in whatever form you choose.
- The value of a deep breath every now and again.
- Patience and the ability to trust in the belief that what will be will be.
- Plenty of days running around in the sunshine.
- A contagious laugh.
- Love and respect for all living things.
- A childlike enthusiasm for Christmas that doesn't fade with age (just like your Dad).
- A heartbeat just as strong as when you were 16 weeks in the womb.
- Ambition, drive, and a long list of life goals for motivation.
- A smile that lights up the room.
That's not too much to ask, right?