The Year that Made Me Who I Am

I cannot believe it is September 2017.

In September 2015, we weren’t even ready to try to get pregnant.

In September 2016, our baby was born.

And now I am the mom of a one-year-old.


The lowest point of the year was three months in when I told my wife “I hate who you are as a parent.” I don’t, and I wish I could take those words back.

The highest points of the year were the firsts – first smile, first roll-over, first crawl, first word, first waving hi. –PAUSE FOR SOBBING—

Biggest surprise is how happy I am. I expected post-partum depression and a lot of work and stress and honestly, motherhood has been amazing to me so far. I am so, so happy.


Where Little Miss Is:

  • Has two teeth
  • Can crawl, cruise, stand, and almost walk
  • Loves dogs
  • Doesn’t like banana
  • Gets fussy when she sees me because she wants to nurse
  • Goes to bed around 6:30 and sleeps about 12 hours!!
  • Smiles when she sees her Nana
  • Has very cute thigh rolls
  • Is tiny
  • Entertains herself for long stretches of time reading board books very seriously… upside-down


Where I Am:

  • Further advanced in my career by lightyears than pre-kid
  • Grateful that Little Miss is so easygoing
  • Looking to add some more work time away from Little Miss into my life
  • Sleeping through the night 🙂
  • Amazed at how freeing each step of independence is (she can feed herself food and drink and doesn’t rely exclusively on my boobs for nutrition so I can spend longer periods away)
  • Looking forward to communicating and interacting with Little Miss in more and more ways
  • Not looking forward to tantrums
  • Excited and terrified for her to walk any day
  • In love
  • Tested
  • Stronger
  • Genuinely so happy
  • Lucky and thankful


Where My Marriage Is:

  • Tested
  • Stronger
  • Different
  • Less sex (duh)
  • Less time together
  • Trying to conceive a second child
  • Spending all our time away from Little Miss talking about how amazing Little Miss is and looking at photos and videos of her
  • Solid



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