Six short years ago, I fell head over heels for a guy in a bar. To be fair, it was only happy hour (does that make it better?), and it was a charity date auction in which I volunteered my perpetually single self to be put on display. I had nothing to lose, right? Apparently, Mr. C didn’t want to lose $80, but slyly decided to chat me up after hearing the words “sold!” awarded to some other guy. Whoever he may be.
4 short years ago, we were married. We have always been quick to life changes. We bought our first home and brought our first son into the world all before celebrating our 2nd anniversary. That being said, we took time to live. Time to learn how to be parents (though this is an ever-evolving skill), time for The Mister to work his tail off to graduate with his MBA, time to plan a trip of a lifetime to reconnect as a couple in Ireland, and finally, time to enjoy our little guy. He has definitely brought us more smiles and laughter than tears and frustration, but as he is approaching two and a half, each day brings its own set of unique challenges. Like I said, parenting is an ever-evolving skill that I don’t think anyone truly masters.
You may have caught me mention our “first son”. That’s right, we are expecting to bring our second son into the world before Halloween! This will officially turn our home into boy territory, and this girly-girl is embracing every minute of it.
Upon learning this great news, we made the decision as a family that I will no longer be working that full-time job of mine as a teacher, but will instead take the year to stay at home with my boys. I know that it is an amazing opportunity for all 4 of us, and I am excited to take on this new challenging role. I will admit that I did feel a twinge of emptiness when it came time for teachers to report back to work this week. It is a job that I am good at, and a role that will always be instilled in me, as I raise my own children.
This year will be full of reflecting on my career, as I watch my toddler grow into an even sweeter, smarter little man, all while adding a newborn to the mix. After the whirlwind of the past 4 years as a family, it’s okay that I’m not sure what the future has in store. At least that’s what my heart is telling me. The life-planner in my brain is still trying to catch up with my heart.
If you’ve followed my silly little blog thus far, with its few and far between posts, stay tuned. I am planning to revamp and start anew with a new site. I will link it when I’m ready…I just need a little inspiration first 🙂 Until then, here is a look at our little family of 3 in June, when I was 22 weeks along, and still looked cutely pregnant.