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It’s been a while! Last time I posted on Absorbing Grace, I was very pregnant and very busy trying to pull everything together before baby arrived.
Well, the baby arrived!
I am so happy to say that everything went very well and we have a sweet little BOY, Eli!
He is now almost 5 months old (yes, it has really been that long since I’ve blogged).
Mom life is absolutely amazing…and also so, so much more exhausting than I ever imagined it would be! I thought I would be up and about within 6 weeks, writing on here, keeping the house tidy, and going out for walks every day. Ha! What I actually did was sleep, breastfeed, eat, sleep, breastfeed, take pictures of Eli, sleep, eat, breastfeed, cry, breastfeed, eat, breastfeed, sleep…you get the picture.
When Eli was three days old, my husband brought me this cup of coffee.
It felt (and still feels) very fitting!
I am learning to lower my expectations of myself a LOT and just do what I can when I can and let the rest go. I am able to stay home with Eli right now, which is a dream come true. We take life pretty slow and are trying to just savor life together. Giving birth and becoming a mother is a transformative experience. I knew it would be, but there was just no way I could have known or understood how much it would change me.
I am so thankful for my little family. With Eli here, we feel like our lives are complete. It is incredible to wake up to a little one who is all yours, who is thrilled to see you every single day. It is so satisfying to learn his cues and begin to understand him. Watching him grow and learn new skills and notice the world around him makes my heart sing. However, I am determined to be honest as I share my experience of motherhood. MOM LIFE IS HARD. Satisfying, yes. Fulfilling, yes. Hardest thing I have ever done in my life, YES. SO MUCH YES.
I’m in a season of re-learning to thrive and not just survive. Mom guilt swallows me up some days. Everything is new and finding balance is hard. Four months in, we’re slowly getting the hang of it! There literally is not enough time and energy to do everything that needs to be done, so I’m learning how to prioritize. Some days we do laundry and read books and unload the dishwasher and put dinner in the crockpot. Other days we sleep in and watch Gilmore Girls and stay in bed and eat chocolate (well, I’m the only one that eats chocolate). I am making it a priority to do things I love and feed my soul, because otherwise I am on the fast track to burnout.
I changed website hosts and moved my blog from Wix to WordPress. I updated my branding and just generally revamped everything! I am enjoying having more options for customization in WordPress, but there is definitely a learning curve! I hope you enjoy the new look! I am also expanding my reach on social media, so you can keep up with me on whatever social media platform you spend the most time on. You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!
I’m also starting a monthly NEWSLETTER!! It’s going to be awesome! You can sign up right here:
I’m looking forward to sharing Eli’s birth story with you, as well as the tools I used to help me plan for, achieve, and now write about, Eli’s birth. I did a TON of research while pregnant and some of the information was really helpful, and some of it turned out to be completely worthless. I can’t wait to share what worked for pregnancy, labor, and birth, and what is working for us now to help us keep our sanity in this happy chaos that is life!
Right now, I breastfeed exclusively. I had a natural hospital birth and I was really satisfied with it. Right now, I am a stay at home mom to my little one. I am making the choices that are right for me and my family right now. I honor and deeply respect ALL moms. I hope the way I share my experiences and choices empower you to continue to make the right decisions for YOU and YOUR FAMILY. You are the best mom to your kids and know exactly what your family needs.