Words can not describe how thankful and excited I was to be celebrating Mother's Day this year with a baby in my arms. So, so, so thankful. With that, I was pretty emotional the whole weekend. What can I say? Our journey leading up to Ellie + being a mom has made me a huuuuuuge softie. Yes, I will tear up/cry at just about anything now. I kept finding myself holding back happy tears, praising God for the gift of Ellie and my new role of mom. I am still in awe of the fact that I GET TO BE A MOM. Seriously, 8 months into this whole mommy thing and it still feels surreal. You can bet I lifted up many prayers on behalf of the women--friends and strangers--for whom this Mother's Day was not a joyous occasion.
I didn't need or want a big to-do over me. Being a mom is an enormous gift, blessing and privilege on its own. But I'd be lying if I said I didn't appreciate some extra pampering and down time this weekend. :)
|My first Mother's Day card. "Signed" by Ellie of course.|
Saturday morning we went to the park as a family so Ellie could enjoy some time on one of her new loves, the swing. It was a beautiful morning and Ellie was (mostly) all smiles.
Oh, my heart. Seeing this little lady smiling and giggling fills my heart with an immeaurable amount of joy.
|Please don't judge for the sun + bald baby + no hat in the photos above. At the end of our park fun, Ellie kept doing this and pulling her hat off.|
Saturday afternoon we went to a gender reveal party for some good friends (Yay! Another girlfriend soon for Ellie.) followed by dinner at my parents house.
Saturday evening Chad offered to get up with Ellie on Sunday morning and give her a bottle so I could sleep in. I thought about the generous proposition for about .002 seconds and then declined because it would just mean I had to pump when I got up. I loathe pumping and will avoid it at all costs. I was thankful Ellie gave me a little bit of time to "sleep in" and didn't wake up until 6:45 on Sunday morning...a rarity right now!
Chad woke up with us and kindly made me my favorite tea and immediately started helping out with stuff around the house. I'm so used to getting up early with Ellie while he sleeps in a little so it was so nice to have all that extra help.
We really wanted to make it to church on Sunday morning but sadly it just wasn't going to work out with Ellie's napping, nursing, and plans with family that afternoon. So after Ellie woke up from her morning nap the three of us went to one of my favorite coffee places for one of my favorite coffee drinks. Bliss.
|My little coffee date.|
|Seriously, I can't handle the cuteness. And I think this may be the first pic of all four grandkids on Chad's side of the family.|
|My heart. So thankful for this little lady.|
|Family pic after brunch.|
So there you have it. Mother's Day 2013. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend as well!