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This weekend I will celebrate my first Mother’s Day!
I have mixed emotions as we head into the weekend. I am super excited to get my first little Mother’s Day gift from Lily’s daycare even though she has no clue she made it 🙂
Also, I think this holiday will be even more special to me though for another reason…celebrating my own Mom; now knowing the feeling of being a mother myself.
A lot of people say, they’ve never really thanked their Mom for everything she’s done for them through their life, but it really hits you hard when you’re looking down at your own little baby and realize that your Mom once held you in her arms and worried about the little things, like you are now, and laughed and cried as she watched you grow up.
I almost want to say “I’m sorry” for all the tough times, and for leaving to go to college and for ever being mad at her for anything that I got in trouble for because now I know the type of unconditional love that she has for me. I feel that for my little Lily and it is so strong and powerful.
So this Mother’s Day I want to make it extra special for my Mom; or Nani, as we now call her for Lily. She’s not only the best Mom, but now, shes also the best Nani. Side note– It’s a great feeling seeing how much your Mom loves her grandchild and how excited your parent’s get when they get to hold and play with them.
I am also excited to celebrate all of the challenges, scary and overwhelming feelings as a new Mom. They’ve only made me stronger and more confident as a parent.
We’re all figuring it out and doing our best and that’s all anyone can ask for.
Being a Mom is also the best feeling in the world and I am ready to celebrate with a mimosa and my family all together!
Happy Mother’s Day, Moms!
<3 Katie Ryan
This past weekend we had a wedding in Jacksonville, FL and we had so much fun!
I was a little stressed as the weekend was approaching knowing that it was our first weekend away from our baby, the longest we’ve been away from her. Even though it was my mom watching her and I knew she was going to be totally fine! I knew I would miss her….a lot. I even questioned if we should be going or not, but tickets were purchased and the house was paid for…so we were all in.
We packed her bag and double checked she had everything, which is A LOT, and took her over to my parents house to drop her off for the weekend. I was fine. I went through all of her things with my mom, who probably thought I was crazy, and told her what to do every minute of the day. Side note- my mom does daycare and has been watching babies for almost 30 years…and she watches Lily all the time. BUT, I HAD to say it anyway haha. #NewMom.
It was right before we left that I teared up a little. I don’t even know why. I think it was a little anxiety, that I wouldn’t be close to her, or that she would miss me and wonder where we were, or maybe that she would do something cute or new and I would miss it. So I kissed her 100 times and then Tim pushed me out the door and reminded me that she would be fine.
Once we got to the airport and got busy with going through security, I was fine. I was even excited at that point that we were going somewhere warm AND that I could sleep in the next day and just relax. It has been five months since we had her and sleeping in sounded AMAZING.
Of course, I text my parents all weekend wondering what she was doing. My Mom also sent me pictures of the fun things that Lily was doing and face-timed with us, which made me feel even better.
It felt great to just chill and hangout with my husband on our weekend date once I let go and realized I knew she was in great hands and there was no use in worrying about her.
We had a blast and ate great food, stayed out late, went to our friends wedding, and caught up with good friends.
I’m so glad we went. I know I said a couple times that I wasn’t sure if I was ready to leave her for an entire weekend yet, but I think it was the right time.
She has a great weekend, too! I’m not even sure if she missed us!
I know when we got to the house to pick her up she was excited… she smiled so big and reached her arms out for us, and of course I held her the rest of the day 🙂
Now, I totally think it’s good to get away and have some “me”/ “couple” time whenever you get the chance. It give you time to re-set and get some sleep…which is needed!!
<3 Katie Ryan
So many things change from month to month with a growing little one. We are having so much fun with our Lily girl at 5 months old and can’t believe how fast she is learning and trying new things.
Since last month she can now roll over both ways, she is sitting up on her own, talking NON-STOP (jibber jabber, of course- although she might be saying Da-da), trying new foods, playing with toys,
sleeping in her own crib through the night and growing like a weed; I am going through clothes so fast for her! and, she loves blowing raspberries.
As much as I said each month has been my favorite with her…this month has been so exciting.
Looking back, the newborn stage is so hard and tiring and I barely remember some days…we were just going through the motions.
Five months old is great for so many reasons- it’s fun to watch Lily learn new things, but she’s still my little baby with a squishy face and chubby thighs that I can carry around. I’m enjoying this stage for the next couple of months before she starts crawling, walking and running around, and life gets even busier.
Who knows, i’ll probably say I like that stage even more once it gets here!
Also, with the warmer weather and spring/summer holidays coming up, I can’t wait to experience all of the fun “firsts” with her like Easter, the beach, the pool, family events and everything in between.
Katie will be sharing the story of becoming a new mom!
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