Today is my 30th birthday! I’m saying hello to a new decade with a full heart and open mind. Today I’m sharing 30 things, in no particular order, that are making me happy right now.
Alas, a New Year is upon us and with it, resolutions and plans to make the next year better than the last. 2017 was a wonderful year for us with the birth of our first baby, but for many, it was a struggle. There were lots of crazy things that happened all over the world with politics, terrorism, natural disasters, and national tragedies. These things put a lot of our own struggles and worries into perspective. I feel luckier than ever to have a healthy family and to be able to be home with my baby and do what I love daily: be a mama and a creative.READ THE POST
The last few weeks since Charlie entered the world have been the most challenging and rewarding ones of my life. I think any parent will tell you the same thing. I haven’t slept. I’ve been peed and pooped on. I’ve sobbed uncontrollably about a spilled casserole and have doubted my capabilities as a mom. I’ve stared at my husband and wondered how it is that us women have to go through SO much both physically and emotionally to bring life into this world when all they have to do is hold our hand through it and avoid saying I’m tired until further notice.
As hard as it’s been, it’s also been the best, most life-changing experience. I’ll battle through the sleepless nights for a healthy, growing baby. Charlie is absolutely amazing. I see both Eric and myself in him and wonder what he’ll be like in the future. I love his soft coos and smiles, though I know they are merely coincidental facial expressions at this young point in his life. He has already grown and changed so much since his birth and as much as I’m looking forward to his future milestones of longer stretches of sleep and holding up his own neck, I’m going to miss his teeny tiny size. It’s hard to describe the visceral joy his little hand wrapped around my finger brings me. Having Charlie has forced me to look at the world in a new way. I applaud all the mamas and papas out there and have a newfound appreciation for parenthood. I take back any judgment I’ve ever passed now that I understand what it means to give in, sometimes, to get through. We all do our best.
Good Morning and Happy First Day of Autumn! Can you believe it’s here? You might not with the hot temperatures across the country but just knowing that today marks the start of my favorite season is enough for me. Because I know what’s coming. And I can take pictures of pumpkins, drink pumpkin spiced lattes, light pumpkin spiced candles, bake pumpkin recipes, and not feel weird at all for having my house decked out in fall decor. Which it actually is not right now as there is baby stuff EVERYWHERE. And lots of giraffes. But we’ll get to that.
On the first day of my favorite season, it’s easy to reflect on all the blessings in my life. I hit this wave of happiness during this time of year that lasts through Christmas. There is so much to celebrate and so many fun adventures ahead. Plus with a little baby due any time now (seriously Baby D, any time), life feels kind of surreal.