I survived!

First day of work--check! For anyone returning to the office after maternity leave I highly recommend going mid-week, half days and having the little one stay with dad. Makes it much more tolerable!! Plus having awesome co-workers helps make you want to be there. But still...there's nothing like hanging with the little one.

Fun at Oak Park Mall!

Please note aviators are ages 4-7. And that's years.


In the words of Will Smith

Tummy tummy tummy time.
Time to hit the floor and unwind.

Three months old!

Blurry picture but you can still clearly see how happy Charlie is to be three months old today! Best 90 days ever! We love you baby boy! Stop growing up so fast!


Winding down

Last Saturday I couldn't pull myself from the bed. Once I did get up and I took a shower, tears streamed down my face. For some reason, the reality of maternity leave winding down hit me like a ton of bricks that day, and I couldn't help but cry.

I can't believe that two weeks from today I'll be returning to my first job as a PR professional. And while I love my career and most importantly, the people I work with, my new title as mom is more fulfilling than any promotion I've ever received.

Going back is going to be so hard.

But, I'm vowing to myself to enjoy the next two weeks. I get so weepy thinking of not spending 24-7 with my baby, but when my eyes start to well up, I quickly try to redirect my thoughts to the fact my time with Charlie isn't going away, it will just be a little different. Until the day actually comes, I'm loading up on fun activities to add to maternity leave memories: play dates, Gymboree, the zoo. And simply relishing just holding him in my arms for hours while he snoozes. The dishes can wait.

My friend mentioned a quote when she went back to work, and it was just on the Today Show this morning.

“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

― Dr. Seuss

Such great advice from one of the greats. (Two greats when you count Shannon.) I'm trying my hardest to live this. So hopefully instead of seeing me sad, you'll see me grinning larger than life, simply overjoyed for the time I've had over the past 12+ weeks. It won't be easy, but then again, what about mommyhood is?