Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Oh, hello there!  It's been a minute year, hasn't it?!  I realize that I pretty much abandoned this thing for an entire year.  I didn't intend to, but, well, life happened.  A lot of life. A whole new life, in fact!

Meet Dylan.  (born March 1, 2016)

To back up just a bit...right about the time I abandoned blogging, we got the surprise of our lives and found out that I was pregnant with this little guy.  Don't get me wrong, it was the most welcome surprise I can think of, but it was still a big fat SURPRISE.  It took us 3 years (YEARS) to get pregnant with Lilly when we were trying, so I really honestly never expected that it could happen all on its own without any intervention.  Matt and I had discussed the possibility of another baby several times, but were still very much on the fence.  Ok, I was on the fence.  Matt has always wanted 2 kids, but I wasn't so sure.  I mostly just had zero interest in going through the drama of trying to get pregnant all over again, plus I was a very happy only child, so I was content with our family of three.  Welp, the universe had other plans!  One day in June of last year, I thought I was coming down with the flu or something.  My stomach just did not feel right, I felt sick, but hungry, but nothing sounded even remotely good to eat, and I was tired.  SO TIRED.  It took me all day to realize that I have felt all of this before, and oh but it wasn't the flu.  The next morning I took a pregnancy test (3 actually) and sure enough...SURPRISE!

Life pretty much completely changed from that moment on, and my head has been spinning ever since.  I would love to say that I am going to take the time to go back and post about all that has happened in the past year, but we all know better than that.  So I'll put it in a nutshell:  I was soooo sick for the first few months of pregnancy, I'm still not sure how I survived.  Exhaustion, all day nausea and a toddler at home just do. not. mix.  Speaking of the toddler, she had a busy summer of dance lessons (which she LOVES), many trips to the pool and the lake, and started her first "school" in the fall (a Kids Day Out program at a nearby church, one day a week). We also found out that Matt's sister was pregnant too, due 10 days before me!  I somehow made it through all of the craziness while trying not to puke 10 times a day, and then we decided to buy a house!  We spent most of the fall searching for the perfect home, and finally found it just before the holidays.  We moved 2 weeks before Christmas (while I was once again super pregnant), and had a couple of months to settle in before Little Man made his entrance into the world, 2 weeks before his due date.  He is now almost 3 months old, I'm at the end of my maternity leave, and I'm still in awe at how much things have changed but how amazing this little guy is and how perfectly he completes our family.

{all photos by Janean Grey Photography}

So, I'm going to make an attempt to revitalize the old blog.  I don't know that anyone actually reads this thing anymore, but I'm ok with that as it's always been mostly for me anyway.  It's just a little place to document life as it happens, and one of my favorite things to do is go back and read old posts, so I would really like to try and get back into the swing of somewhat regular updates.  I would like to go back and post about Lilly turning 3 (THREE!  Can you believe it!?) and Dylan's birth story, but other than that I'll just try to pop in here and there with updates on how life as a family of 4 is going.  I can tell you now, it's pretty much just a whirlwind all the time, but I welcome the chaos and feel so thankful to live this life.

Well, here we go again!  Welcome back? See ya soon?  Something like that. :)