I’ve been working towards this post for a long time now, because, well, I’m the mother of a newborn! Gone are the days of hours wasted online. Now, my days are spent snuggling with an adorable little human, nursing 24/7, and paying bills and texting with one hand. I’m also working on mastering the art of babywearing. So, what happened on the day that the blissandblessings.com/curlsdotnu family expanded plus one? It’s a story for sure!

Dear Leo, 

You came into the world weighing 8 lbs, 12 oz and at 21 inches long on November 21, 2016 at exactly 2 p.m. I couldn’t wait to meet you, and didn’t know you were a Leo until you arrived. Before you came, Daddy and I got your nursery ready and had our bag packed. I knew you were going to come early! I left work on a Friday and went into labor early on Monday morning. Before that, I managed to grocery shop, go see “Fantastic Beasts” with Daddy and Grandpa, clean the bedsheets, and take a hot shower before I knew it was time to call the doctor. They didn’t think I was ready, but I knew better. You were going to make a grand entrance regardless of the fact that I was a “first time mom” and you weren’t “due” until December 1. When we got to the doctor, one of my favorite midwives told me I was already at 8 c.m. She said, “You’ll be holding your baby within two hours, MAX!” 

Boy did that kick things into high gear. We made our way to the hospital and I walked in like a champ. Amanda, my other favorite midwife was there and ready. For a while, I swam in the tub and then it was time to start pushing. Holding on to a towel and using a birthing bar I thought about how badly I wanted to meet you and pulled ALL of my hypnobirthing knowledge. Your little shoulder got stuck under my pelvic bone and Amanda turned you around and out you came into the world. When they wrapped you like a little burrito and placed you on my chest I didn’t know what to say. I felt like I had known you forever. 

Now, we’re going on yet another adventure together. I’m learning to read what you want and need, and you’re learning how to live in a very different world. Two months have flown by and I can’t believe that I get to hang out with you each day and call myself your Mama! I might not be perfect at this parent thing yet, but I’ll do everything within my power to make sure you’re happy, healthy, and safe. 

Love always,