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Mother’s Day 2013
Real life: It takes a bit of work to get this kid to sit still.
Tim woke me up with freshly baked cinnamon rolls and treated me to sushi after church. He loves me well.
The little lady is starting to assert her personality more and more. She is getting more fun, more demanding, more vocal, and sadly for me, she is making up for her lack of mommy time during the day by waking up more at night. This too shall pass, I suppose, and I can’t say that I don’t love the extra snuggles.
Have you ever walked into your place of business and, before you can even say “Hello,” run sobbing into the arms of a coworker? That was just the start of my awesome first day back at the office.
April was an incredibly intense month. We packed up the band and headed to Colorado to record our first full-length record. Immediately after, I flew with Liv, by myself, to visit my family in Texas for a week. (My daddy hadn’t met her yet, so it was an incredibly sweet time.) Two days after we returned, despite all of our hopes and prayers, I had to leave my little girl at home and head back to work.
I wasn’t prepared for the heartbreak. I had to go home early because I got nothing accomplished other than bursting into tears every time anyone smiled and said, “Welcome back!” I was able to pull myself together for day 2, but I can’t even let my thoughts linger too long on that first day without getting emotional. Thankfully, her daddy is home with her, so I know that she is being loved well, and despite my jealously, I am so glad that he is getting this time with her.
She has already changed SO much in 3 months. I am the proud mama to one of the happiest people on the planet. Her joy is infectious. She is a great sleeper. Though we’ve had some interruption in her schedule since I’ve been gone during the day, she still only wakes up once or twice a night. She is TALL. She is already too long for a lot of her footie outfits. She is as active as we thought she’d be, based on her flailing in the womb, and she is always having dance parties on her play mat. She’s starting to figure out that she can touch and manipulate things with her hands and feet. Believe me. I get it. All of this seems so simple and unimpressive, but watching a little lump become a person is an incredible experience.
In two weeks, after 6 months of being loved on by our dear friends, the Rudds, in their awesome basement apartment, we are headed back to the city. We found a great little duplex in the Sugarhouse area, and we’re excited to make it home. There’s a Jewish deli around the corner, and we are already hankering for some matzo ball soup.
Life is good. It always looks different than we thought it would, but we are well taken care of.
March 19, 2013
Life is good. I think I’m getting this mommy thing figured out. Honestly, it took about two weeks before I came out of my shell shock and settled into the idea that I wasn’t living someone else’s reality. Life is totally different, but it is so good. I can’t imagine anyone loving her better than her daddy and I, and we are so happy to have her as a part of our lives.
How can you not love that face?!
I’ll eventually have time enough to sit down and put this new life into words. For now, here’s a little peek into my day to day.
The Lone Bellow is filling the hole in my heart that The Civil Wars left empty.
This bridge will take you to church, y’all. Do your ears a favor.
It’s been awfully quiet in our camp lately, but we’ve been working away behind the scenes on a brand new album, while Hope’s been growing a baby. Both that baby and that music are just about ready, and we need your help to get this thing off the ground. (The album, folks. The album!)
We’ve launched a kickstarter to help get us into the studio, and we’d love for you to be a part of it. Take a look, pick your favorite incentive, and we’ll have this album in your hands by the time that summer sun is shining down on your freckled cheeks.
|—||shane hipps, author of selling water by the river|
Full term and fully baked at #37weeks today! She’s just fattening up from here on out. Getting so excited! (at University of Utah Hospital)
Every picture we post of ourselves can’t be adorable, can it?
This is how we rang in 2013: happy and tired.
At midnight, we began the official one-month countdown to Liv’s arrival, and the cartilage in my nose decided to join in on the party by doing its best to expand along with my belly. We are happily settled in our new space, with little more than finishing touches and baby stuff to set-up. Life is certainly surreal at the moment, but we have been soaking up this last holiday season as a twosome, and I have been savoring every spare second I get to myself.
Instead of resolutions, a friend of mine posted the 5 words she’d like to define her 2013. Knowing that we can’t control our circumstances, but we can control how we carry ourselves through them, I decided to join her. Here are mine: Gratitude, Joy, Patience, Balance and Hospitality
Here’s to all this new year will bring!