Somehow this little blog is about to turn two! And, it is about time that I get back at it. I’ve been debating about the direction of this blog. The original intention was to share photos and stories with family and friends who live far away and want to keep up with our growing boys and our lives. While I like sharing and love hearing that people enjoy the photos and stories, it does take a bit of time and energy.
Like I said, life has changed a lot since my last post in my second trimester. Camdon was born and life has been a whirlwind. We expected life to be more work with two children and we expected that priorities would shift for a bit. I feel incredibly fortunate to have enjoyed a lot of time at home with my new little guy. I know that many women do not have this luxury and I am deeply grateful for the ability to do so. I am thankful for my exceptionally supportive husband, who has given me the time and space to focus on my role as a mom. And, I am always mindful of the flexibility our business has allow us. Returning to work has been an interesting balancing act. Doug and I talk about work all the time, so while I might not physically be in the office or out in the field everyday, I still know what is going on and can work on projects from home or with clients in a way that works with our family’s schedule.
Donovan’s first seven months were total chaos. Looking back, I just laugh to myself as I remember how much we did. As if becoming new parents was not enough, I job searched and accepted a new job. We traveled to Alaska. we moved to Florida. I started working full-time (and commuting to work for the first time in 3 years…living on campus had its perks!). I was pumping five days a week. Doug was restarting his real estate business and learning a new area. We bought and moved into our first home! We were out of our ever-loving minds. Only now, as I look back, do I really realize how chaotic it all was! But, it was what we had to do and we did it. Life seemed hectic and frenzied at the time but somehow, it really wasn’t all that bad.
Camdon’s first seven months have been the exact opposite. We had a nursery ready for his arrival. Our house is thoroughly kid-proof and most of our projects and to-do lists were accomplished before he was born. We knew what to expect. We had been through the new baby transition before. We knew what to do. We knew our resources. Our family was close by and were an amazing support! We planned for time as a new family and what work would look like. We only planned one big trip to Wisconsin to celebrate two wonderful women who both turned 90!
With any new baby, life was filled with lots of highs and simultaneously, plenty of lows. Taking care of two children at one time is no joke! And nursing is freaking hard at the beginning, even if you have done it before. Also, nursing a baby and keeping a two-year-old happy and safe is not an easy task. Amidst the daily struggles and growing pains, so many special moments occur. I knew they would all fly by before my very eyes, so I worked extra hard to just be present. To be in the moment as much as possible and to remember as many details as I could. And, even with that mindfulness, I still sit here typing and wondering how seven months has really passed by.
So, I’m going to catch you up on the months that have passed. I think I left off in October of 2015…so I might shorten some of the stories and there will be fewer pictures. I think I’ll add a few more blogs about life. Not just what we do, but some reflections on what is on my mind. And, you might see more about work on here because work and our life is pretty intertwined. As always, I’d love to hear what you think.
Here are few pictures of the boys in the cutest shirts from Auntie Yaya!
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