One year ago today i found myself heavy, uncomfortable, excited, anxious and scared. I was past my due date and was praying to go into labor already! I couldn’t wait to get this baby out and meet her. I remember rolling over to get out of bed and so much discomfort. I had tons of pelvic pains because she was so heavy. My stomach was insanely large and tight and I just wanted to give birth.
Fast forward till now and I cannot believe I have been a mom for nearly one full year. It has been the most incredible and difficult year thus far. I literally cannot equate this year to any other year of my life. I am so happy that Emma is alive and so are we lol. I mean it’s been THAT real. So many ups and downs, so many tears – sad tears and happy tears alike.
In the beginning it was a huge struggle getting used to being parents. Jonathan struggled with becoming a dad and bonding, I struggled with all the responsibilities of keeping it together period. I remember us waiting so long to have a baby because we wanted to be “ready” ha! I laugh now thinking back at the notion of being ready to become parents because you’re honestly never ready, I think. Don’t get me wrong, I am very glad we waited to be financially ready and I think we were as ready as one can be to be parents and we were still honestly not ready. You’re entire life changes, not so much bad because its not, but a simple thing like eating becomes difficult. It is a very weird thing when you become parents because everything you were accustomed to is no longer a thing. You eat, breathe, think, dream about your child.
This year has brought us closer as a family, we’re a unit :). We have grown closer than we have in our years of marriage. We have been through super tough times and super exciting times. Boy what a year it’s been!
So I work in the city every Tuesday and when I got home last week my baby girl was waiting for me standing by herself on our lawn!
Standing. By herself, no help!
Where is time going? Of course I didn't even try to get a picture because I was so focused trying super hard not to cry on our lawn lol.
Why is time going so fast?! I just can't get over how bittersweet this whole parenting thing is. Sorry, I know I sound like a broken record but come on, any other parent would tell you the same thing.
How cute are these two?!
I am knees deep in getting everything ready for Emma’s first birthday and it is such an exciting time! My bff/Emma’s Godmother is all the way in it with me because she’s absolutely fabulous and is an absolute amazing party planner.
Going into this I knew I truly wanted a cutesy, DIY type of birthday. Absolutely nothing crazy over-the-top and something that I would love for years to come. She has helped me bring my vision to life, she has sat there and listened to me and helped me weave through the thousands of Pinterest saved pictures lol. I cannot wait to see it all finally done and come together and I just can’t believe my baby girl will be one so very soon.
We went with a fairy/enchanted garden theme and quickly found that there is nothing that went with our little mood board. Everything we found to buy was either too gawdy, too bright and crazy or too big kid for a first birthday. This led us to go the DIY route and I couldn’t be happier! I can’t wait to share some pictures with you guys 🙂
I used Minted.com for the invitations and am in love with everything. The quality is phenomenal and I was able to get the envelopes addressed for free and that just really makes a huge difference. You input all the addresses into the website and choose who to send it to from that list and you’re done! Super simple, and I got them delivered so quickly I was blown away.
Can’t believe she’ll be one in 1 month!
Ok so this past weekend I had plenty of outings with the family and I think I am now pretty equipped at handling a full day out with my 10 month old in a pool/beach situation. I quickly found that there are definite essentials you need to survive a full day out of the comfort of your home and into a pool. Wanna know what those essentials were for me? Read on!
Things to pack:
- Wet bag
- Lots of snacks
- Insect repellant
- Sun block
- Diapers + Wipes
- Swim Diaper
- An outfit change (or 2 🙂 )
- Water, water, water!
I love Babyganics products, they are definitely a favorite because they are good for baby and good for the environment. We try to only use natural products on Emma as well as eat as much organic as possible because lets face it, you are what you eat! Everything we used for these outings can be found at BuyBuy Baby and Amazon. Hope you guys had a wonderful 4th of July weekend!
Do you ever feel really lost and go on a Google rage? Yea, me too.
I’m a new mom to a little sweet thing called Emma Grace (I know soooo original 🙂 ). I have googled stuff about babies since way before I was pregnant. I am a ‘super planner’ as I like to call myself and I planned and planned everything down to the minimalist of things regarding having a baby. Did things go according to plan? Of course not!
It took me longer to get pregnant then I anticipated and when it was time to push my tiny * huge * baby out I ended with an emergency c-section. Emma was born 10lbs 9oz and I have loved every single little roll ever since.
I don’t have many ‘mom friends’ but the ones I do have, ask me everything since I was the first of the last bunch to have babies. So in essence, I am Google.
Do I know exactly what I’m doing all the time? Nop.
Do I try my very best? Absolutely
I work from home and thought it would be easy (wrong) but I do absolutely love having basically every day with my babe. My husband works at night so our schedules are completely opposite and we are very much completely opposite persons.
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Until next time