Happy Monday and the beginning to an amazing holiday week!
I have taken a long, much needed break from blogging as I have been adjusting to life as the mother of 2 + 1 of them being my first newborn. These first few months of Kannon’s life have been pretty crazy, but I feel like I am finally beginning to have somewhat of a handle on things and I’m excited to return to the blogging world with you all.
I said “life has been pretty crazy” and by crazy I mean that there have been a lot of changes in our lives on top of having a baby. I shared in my last life update with you that there have been some amazing changes for Mila which have continued to evolve in the recent months as well as many other things. I can’t wait to catch you all up!
Now grab your coffee, tea, or wine (😉) and get to reading!
We finally closed on our home on August 25th and began moving in on the 27th, which consisted of 2 very sleep-deprived parents moving with a 2 week old, a 6 year old that just started fall semester at a new school, and a first-time mom healing from an emergency c-section. Not to mention the fact that our home was supposed to be completed by the end of May. But hey, we survived it nonetheless and are finally living in our beautiful home.
We are still working on fully furnishing the house and finding decor that fits our new place. We have received a few new pieces of living room furniture and swapped out some of the lighting fixtures so far.
We are absolutely in love with living here and feel so grateful to have a house of our very own. I promise to tour each of the rooms with you once they are fully furnished and decorated.
3 Months of Kannon:
These first few months with our lil guy have certainly been eventful ones. Kannon is now 3 months old, he smiles all of the time, babbles as much as his little heart desires, has started to roll over, he laughs, and holds his head up like a champ.
Some of Kannon’s favorite things include cuddling with his mama & daddy, being outside (especially going on outdoor walks), watching football with daddy, hearing mama & sis sing to him, and absolutely loves to eat!
Kannon strongly dislikes taking baths, getting his clothes & diaper changed (most of the time), and being tickled.
Throughout these first 3 months, Kannon has gone through his first move, enjoyed his first Halloween/Fall experience, gone to his first NFL game, and endured his first cold & ear infection.
We have loved every second of watching him grow and become more & more alert and are so excited to celebrate his first Thanksgiving & Christmas in the coming months.
This girl has gone through so SO much this past year. I explained in my last life update that Mila is now spending much more time with us and she also transferred to a new school zoned to our residence. These changes have been big, but they have been such a blessing. We are so grateful for the opportunities that Mila now has and have loved being able to spend more time with her to care for and teach her way more than we were able to before. It was a long & grueling process to get where we are today, but it was absolutely worth every single step we had to take to get here.
Mila is now 7 years old, as sassy as ever, the greatest big sister, and absolutely styling with her cute mini skirts & scrunchies.
This Fall, Mila was also able to play her first season of softball. She had such a wonderful time learning a new sport and making many new friends.
Jordan has evolved in so many ways throughout the past year. He began his own general construction company, Southern Quality Construction LLC, and has worked so incredibly hard to provide amazing product & quality care for each of his clients. Jordan has always been a determined individual, but this year more than ever his determination & hard work ethic has truly shined.
Jordan has also been the best support system throughout my healing process after birth and the greatest father to both of our kids. Watching him with Kannon has made me fall in love with him even more. I can’t help but visualize the special bond they will share as Kannon grows older. Mila also adores her father and looks to him for help & guidance in so many ways.
I am incredibly proud of the man my husband has become and continues to strive to be.
I would be lying if I said that my postpartum journey has been an easy one. It has certainly been different than I expected it to be, but I feel like it’s really hard to prepare yourself for something that you have never experienced before. It’s next to impossible to know how much love, pain, sadness, happiness, anxiety, and care you will feel after you birth the person you have been carrying inside you for months & months.
Before delivering Kannon I had mentally prepared myself for the possibility of having a c-section, but I had not prepared for the pain I would feel. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to get in & out of a vehicle or the bed, how scary it would be to laugh or sneeze, or how nerve wracking caring for my incision on top of caring for my baby would be. I was very blessed in the fact that I healed very quickly from my pregnancy & delivery. Within 2-3 weeks of Kannon’s birth my incision fully healed, I lost all of my pregnancy weight (+ an extra 7 pounds), all of my swelling went down, my energy was fairly good, and I was ready & able to get moving again.
I have spent the past 2 months or so going on many outdoor walks, started a fall fitness & nutrition challenge that I’ve carried out for the past 57 days, and worked very hard on unpacking/organizing our new home while having a baby strapped to my chest most days. I have also been very blessed to be able to stay home with Kannon these past 3 months.
One day I will do a full post on my postpartum journey and advice I could give other mama’s out there, but until then I hope all of you mama’s know that you’re not alone and that this journey is in no way, shape, or form an easy one, but it is definitely the most rewarding journey you will ever be apart of.
I really appreciate you all being patient with me and continuing to support my blog throughout the years. Have a happy Thanksgiving!