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On March 25, Grace Rose celebrated her first birthday. It’s amazing to realize how much she’s grown. She’s a bundle of joy who loves to crawl all over the house! The past year has been quite the adventure for Alex and me as new parents. Grace’s first birthday was a chance to look back on all the other firsts we’ve had as a family. was the lack of sleep. She’s always been a quiet baby, but when she got hungry in the middle of the night, she’d let us know. From sleepless nights to diaper changes, there were plenty of new challenges to adjust to. But all the joyful moments made them more than worth it. When we brought Grace home from the hospital, the first hurdle
As a new mother, one bit of advice I received a lot over the past year was to cherish all the little things. I’ve come to realize just how important that is. Her first toothless grin, her first giggle, her first tentative crawls — these moments seem like they were only yesterday. And yet, she has already grown teeth and is more mobile than ever. She still does plenty of giggling, though! As I’ve been creating these memories with Grace, I’m grateful that I’ve been able to continue doing the work I love. I became a physical therapist because I love working with patients, and forming those close-knit bonds is something you don’t often get to do in other medical fields. I returned to Kinetic last May, and
Alex’s parents live just down the street from us, and they’ve been incredible. Beyond the parenting advice and support they’ve given us, their willingness to babysit Grace while we’re at work means the world to Alex and me. And, of course, I’d be remiss if I left out the incredible support of my Kinetic PT teammates. They’ve done so much over the past year to make my work-life balance manageable and have shown so much support in and out of the office. Thank you all. It’s been an incredible, stressful, wonderful, and fun year. Motherhood is truly an adventure. I can’t wait to see the person Grace grows into over the years, and I’ll be sure to treasure every moment along the way. –Amanda Kranz
“HER FIRST TOOTHLESS GRIN, HER FIRST GIGGLE, HER FIRST TENTATIVE CRAWLS — THESE MOMENTS SEEM LIKE THEY WERE ONLY YESTERDAY.”
Planning Grace’s first birthday was definitely one of these moments. How do you plan a birthday for a 1-year-old, you ask? Well, Grace may not be able to talk yet, but her little stuffed elephant is her absolute favorite toy. So we threw her a jungle- themed party, complete with some new stuffed friends for her elephant!
it’s been a pleasure to continue working with my wonderful patients and team members. I’m so glad I was able to balance my life as a professional with my life as a mother. Finding that balance would not have been possible without all the love and support we’ve received from friends and family.
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