Everything has Changed

img_20160912_085428“When I first felt her stirring inside of me, I was consumed with a terror that felt as old as life itself.  Only the joy of holding her in my arms could tame it.” – Suzanne Collins | Mockingjay
In case I haven’t mentioned it, Nola’s birthday is this coming week, and I’m all kinds of nostalgic about it.  I’m still having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that it’s been an entire year, yet at the same time, it feels like so much longer.  It’s hard to imagine a time when she wasn’t here; our lives sharply divided into before and after.  So much of that day is a blur, and I know it will only get worse as the years go on.  So in honor of her last days as a baby, I’m revisiting that terrifying, chaotic, magical day when our little firecracker made her debut.

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Firsts

IMG_20160901_162214Today is September 1st.  To many people this date signifies a lot of things: the unofficial start of Fall; football; Pumpkin Spice; boot weather.  This year, September 1st means that in a little more than 2 weeks, my first born baby girl will be a baby no longer.  The first birthday looms just around the corner.

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10 Months & watching

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Romper: Tea Collection | Bow: Little Poppy Co
10 months of laughter, snuggles, sleepless nights, milestones, tears, diapers, bottles, puffs, rattles, Nick Lachey lullabies.  10 months of worrying more, and loving so much I feel as though my heart could explode.  2 more months and my baby’s age will be measured in years, not months.

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Summer Swims + New Perspective

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This weekend, we took Noly Poly to her first pool day at the water park!  After some initial protest due to the cold water, she settled in and LOVED it!  She spent the entire time just giggling and splashing her hands in the water.  I think we have a little fishy on our hands!  It’s so exciting to see her discover brand new things that I’ve taken for granted a long time ago.  Experiencing life through your child’s eyes is such a gift – imagine if we all approached our every day lives with that much enthusiasm!  Continue reading