sweet readers (anyone who is still out there! hi mom & dad!) -- thank you so much for your patience and understanding over the past few months. i have missed this space & am so grateful to finally be posting! our family has some really exciting news -- we're expecting a baby this november!!!! (or, if you're ellie, possibly just pancakes).
like my pregnancy with ellie, this one has been really hard. it has also been really different, because we have ellie around -- which is both the greatest blessing because she is a hourly reminder of why this is all more than worth it; but also needs a lot of energy -- and so whatever i've had to give, which most days hasn't been much, has gone to her. i'm 17 weeks and turning a corner -- it's hard to put into words how grateful i am to be having better days -- with more to give to ryan, and ellie and well, to life.
i have some posts i'm eager to write -- on the early weeks of this pregnancy (including some funny ellie girl stories), some new thoughts on surviving morning sickness for any of you who might be sick as dogs like me, strawberry picking and an ellie update (somehow she is almost two and a half!). i began this blog right after ryan & i were married (now almost 5 years ago!) and so many of you have literally watched our family grow. thank you for your love, encouragement -- and for showing up, here, time and time again.
as i told my sweet friend allison, when i was realizing i was getting closer to some better days & the chance to write here again: "it'd probably be a good idea to keep expectations low, as in, i'm still puking, setting off my own house alarm (while ellie is in time out) and going through the starbucks drive thru braless -- so, i'm going to write, i'm just not sure how often ... and about what!"
i will show up and do what i've always tried to do: tell good stories. if parenting has taught me anything, it's that babies bring lots of good stories.
welcome to our family little one, we can't wait to meet you!
p.s. a little explanation of the video above: every other time i've asked e what's in my belly, she's said "baby!!" but, of course, the one time i video tape it, she decides it's pancakes. ryan & i loved the unscripted response too much to post anything else for this announcement!