We’ve rocked countless hours,
Counted life in weeks and months.
I’ve kissed your cheeks,
your Buddha belly,
your rolling thighs,
your fingertips a million times,
I turned thirty, just weeks before you turned one.
I got my first gray hair, while you grew a full head.
You’ve laughed while I cried and I you.
I’ve lost sleep, tracked milestones, snapped countless pictures, and stared at you in complete awe.
You are the best and hardest thing I have ever done.
My heart has grown and exploded with a love I’ve never known.
I have loved every minute of this first year and cherish being your mommy. Love watching you grow and learn. Love seeing your budding personality. Love your infectious laughter. Love your (still) toothless grin. Love your wispy, uneven hair.
I yearn to keep you little but am excited for what’s in store. You’ll accomplish great things little one and I’ll be here, next to you, watching, cheering, celebrating.
My baby’s first birthday is a week from today and although I have no idea how that happened, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to list my must-haves for the first year as a new mom. Since parenting is a moving target, I don’t use all of these things now but at some point in the past twelve months I’ve desperately needed each of these items and have been so grateful for their existence. Whether it was bouncing my newborn to sleep on an exercise ball (which just so happens to be a fab ab workout), soothing diaper rash or testing my breast milk to make sure it was safe for my little to drink after a glass (or two) of wine. See my favorites as a first-time mom!
I’ve put the bubbles on hiatus, and for good reason… since I’m expecting!
Our little bundle of joy is due in early August, and Scott and I are over the moon that we are going to be parents.
I found out that I was pregnant on Thanksgiving, which is very fitting for the holiday as we are extremely grateful. We surprised our families with the news on Christmas and have been slowly sharing with friends and co-workers over the past few months.. and even made it Facebook official on Super Bowl Sunday with the photo above! We kept our news private for a while which was really special, but now that I’m showing a little and past the midway point I thought it was time to share with you all.
I’m now 21 weeks and I can’t believe we’re over half way there! I can’t wait to share more of my journey through pregnancy and motherhood!
In the spirit of Black Friday, I thought I’d share a little gift giving inspiration. This Holiday Gift Guide is part wish-list, part recommendation. So here’s to finding the perfect presents for the women in your life, whether they be a Jetsetter, a Fashionista, an amazing Hostess, a Fitness Junkie or perhaps a new mom.
P.S. If my friends and family are looking for something to get me this Christmas, look no further!