This Stage of Life

I know a lot of moms love the newborn stage and say it was/is their favorite.  

I’m happy for those people, but I wasn’t one of them. 

I was so exhausted (and I really really don’t do well on that little sleep), my boobs hurt, I was sore from pushing out a baby. And while I did love smelling her newborn smell and having snuggles 24/7, it wasn’t my favorite stage.  

I’m really loving this stage. Everyday Von is learning new words and new things. She loves to have dance parties and snuggle in the morning. Her favorite thing in the morning is to go to the fridge, try to open it, and ask for chocolate 😂 girl, I got you. Just after we we breakfast.  

I love how she smiles at me, hugs me, and gives me random kisses. I love that she falls asleep in my arms for most naps and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  

We read books and dance and laugh a lot. We also both cry sometimes.  

Today we played with this little dog we have. I would chase her with it and say “woof woof woof” and then she would say “woof woof woof” as she ran away laughing.  

I really struggled in the beginning of being a mom.  

Now I'm trying to enjoy this stage that we’re in and that’s my goal for every next stage of life.  

There are hard and beautiful parts of every stage, and I want to be better at seeing more of the good.  

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Mom and Sis Came to Visit

Growing up I got to see my grandparents every week. One lived about 10 minutes away and the other about 15. 

I never realized how blessed I was to play with my cousins every Sunday or hug my grandparents weekly.  

As an adult who lives in a different state, I often miss those Sunday afternoons.  

The feelings of love and home that came with it. The feelings that I always experience every time I’m there.  

As a mom, I want Von to feel that love, security, and home feeling wherever we may be.  

Even though she doesn’t see her extended family members every week, we still get to see them often. 

On Tuesday my mom and sis drove to the airport (at 3am) only to learn that their flight was canceled. Major bummer. Thankfully they were able to come today instead. (Well, yesterday, since you’ll probably be reading this Friday)

We hung out, they took Von to the park while I had a work meeting. We watched You’ve Got Mail and had McDonald’s for lunch. We tried to get Von down for a nap but she refused so we went to the library and grabbed a few things from Target I needed for dinner.  

It was a simple day.  

A beautiful day.  

Von played and played and played and loved every second of time she got with my mom and Kenna. It was the best.  

Hugging them as they left for the airport tonight was hard, it always is, but I know I’ll see them again soon. 

I’m feeling super grateful for the sacrifices my family makes to be able to see us as often as they do. In some ways they bring pieces of home here, and in some ways I’m making home right where I’m at.  

 

 

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