On Being Thankful

11 weeks out from delivering our beautiful girl, I find I have been really down on my body.  It doesn’t even look like it did before Cricket… not even at the same weight.  Things don’t fit the same.  I don’t feel the same.  I look at it and it looks like the body of someone else, someone older and doughier.

I took 10 weeks of maternity leave full-time, and 2 weeks part-time from home.  These 2 weeks have been an eye opener… I struggle to get work done, and keep Cricket taken care of.  To pump and feed.  To do laundry and clean house.  To make delicious and nutritious meals…  Working full-time and caring for an infant will be no joke.

I haven’t found time to exercise while on maternity.  A few walks here and there…  Some strength training spattered in there as well.  I don’t imagine it will be better when I get to working full-time in the office again.  And that makes me so sad because I truly wanted to start out with habits during this transition in our life that I could share and show Cricket.  It makes me feel like I’m failing her already.

And then I thought about how lucky I am to be where I am at with my body.

Because I have a beautiful baby girl, whom I love more than the world.

Because I am so lucky that my body carried and delivered her to us.

Because my body provides her with milk and comfort.

And I am so thankful for those things…

And for this girl…
best day ever
1 week old
so little... so tired
Lady
Smirky

Happy 30th Ashley!!

I’m that kinda good friend who posts TO.THE.WORLD when something monumental, like… oh say… your 30th birthday occurs… No need to thank me Ash… You’re welcome! 🙂

Ashley sent me a text Tuesday, which I didn’t get until Wednesday seeing what I was up to (asked on Tuesday for Wednesday), I didn’t get in time, so she asked on Wednesday about Thursday.  I couldn’t believe my luck!!  Ashley’s birthday is one week after mine, although she was born a year (Okay technically a year minus a week) before I was!

This morning after I did my exercising (yoga, walking Theron, strength training) and got my house in order, the Mother unit and i went out to get fruit and cheese to have for snacking… while we drank Sangria (great idea mom!!) with Ashley to celebrate her milestone!!

What a happy and young looking 30 year old!!

My mom almost hid out of view. 🙂  

Ashley and I drinking her birthday wine and me wearing the pretty scarf she got me for my birthday.

XOXO Ashley!!  To a wonderful year ahead.  I’m so glad I was able to help celebrate the birth of such a wonderful, strong and inspiring woman!