A lot can change in a year! (Swipe right). Not going to lie, I did two sets of one year photos. One before the haircut and one after because I knew he would look so much older once his side mullet was gone 🙊☺️.
I love you I love you I love you. And i don’t even care that i forgot to hide the shutter remote for this photo. I love it and i love you. That is all.
The celebration was small and that’s OK. I have never really liked celebrating my own birthday, not because i don’t like getting older but because the idea of people getting together to celebrate ME makes me feel very uncomfortable. Idk what that says about my personality type, but even writing this I get that uneasy feeling I get when I think about what it would feel like to have a birthday party. As Cole’s first birthday approached I realized that in the years ahead we are going to have to find a balance and take cues from what he wants and what best fits HIS personality when it comes to celebrating his birthday. This weekend was kind of a long slow small birthday celebration weekend. We didn’t have a huge party but we did sing and there was cake and a candle and he was surrounded by lots and lots of love.
I love this video that @hlundstedtoneill took, so much 💕 and I’m realizing, watching it, that I can’t really tell who is saying what (or which one of us is laughing). Apparently when we are excited (or talking to a baby) our voices sound exactly the same 🤷🏻♀️
365 days of more love that I even knew was possible. Happy birthday little man. ☝🏼🎂💕
Admiring the Valentine he had almost 0 role in creating (except for being the hand model... Im the one who did all the hard work 🙄😉). In all honestly it was pretty easy to cut out a hand print and a heart and glue two pieces of paper together... but do you what’s even easier???? Sending a Valentine’s Day card to one of the kids staying at @luriechildrens hospital. All you have to do is use the link in my profile to quickly fill out a card and the awesome people at Lurie will print it out and deliver it to one of the kids. It’s kind of like how Cole just had to let me use is hand, and then i did all the heavy lifting 😏. But seriously the goal is to deliver more than 15000 cards, so please consider taking 2 seconds out of your @instagram browsing to put a smile on a kid’s face 💕☺️ (feeling extra generous? Spread the word by sharing this post in your story, or sharing the link in your own profile! The more the merrier!!!) #handsfuloflove #letthekids #luriechildrenshospital #valentinesday #kidsvalentines #ideasforkids #funforkids #doitforthegram #lifegivingsquares #chicagomom #chicagokids #lifewithms #invisibleillness #childrenshospital #dogood
I was supposed to be spamming the insta world with photos from Florida today, but instead I’m sitting in the middle of a polar vortex staring at photos of vacations passed. These gems are from our 2013 trip to Hawaii, on a hike down in to a valley. The climb back up proved to Cody I am nothing if not a stellar athlete (seriously though it almost killed me...) but the views were worth the near death experience (to be clear... near death for me. He wasn’t even winded 🤨). Swipe right to see why the photos in the travel books convinced me to risk my life 😉
Remember when you thought yesterday was cold?? HA! -20 isnt so bad if it gives you an excuse for extra cuddles. Also, I’ve had our heat bumped up 4-6 degrees warmer than we usually have it (in case the furnace goes out, it’s better to have a higher starting point so it takes longer to get to dangerously cold temps inside, i guess?? 😬), but I’m worried now that I can never go back to that indoor 66 degree lifestyle 🤷🏻♀️💸 #polarvortex #chicagoiscold #cabinfever
Slowly but surely piece by piece by piece. I took this photo a few weeks ago and now we have two different/new side tables next to the couch. It’s almost been a year since this space became usable again, and I’m so glad we’ve taken our time and gotten to know the room and what should go in it instead of impulse buying furniture and decor. It does not look this clean on a daily basis because there’s usually books thrown everywhere - but it feels like home 💕 #homeremodel #bucktown #chicagohomes #rowhome #myhomestyle #myarticle #ourarticle #roomandboard #lifewithms #mswarrior #ocrevus
Truth time. I had a lot of anxiety about starting this guy on solids... I felt kind of like I had no idea where to start and that google was failing me by giving me too many opinions... and the gagging... omg the gagging. It was enough for me to want to keep him eating purées forever (I’m not kidding). So every time he eats a new food successfully without choking or having an allergic reaction (this fear is new, after the egg thing a few weeks ago), I feel a sense of accomplishment 🙈 hence this video- we did a mini bagel with one half cut into tiny bite size pieces, and the other half whole. I watched like a hawk as he scarfed down the whole side like a total pro 🙌🏼 anyone else celebrating the mini successes in parenting today? If not, you should!!!
I hate winter, but if I have to live with snow this is not a bad window to watch it from. I guess it is kind of pretty 🤷🏻♀️ PS anyone looking to move to Bucktown and want to be our neighbor?? Two places in our little row home community are for sale! Message me and I’ll send you the listing 💕
Here is a very real photo. It is from a week after Cole was born. #Postpartum is hard and on top of that, I was dealing with a whole lot after my #multiplesclerosis diagnosis less than a month earlier. I don’t remember what i was crying about here - it might have been the line from hook where one of the kids says that his happy thought is his mother 😭 - but this was just one of many, many tearful moments in the weeks before and after Cole was born. After my diagnosis I would sit in the shower, super pregnant, and just cry. It was hard in that moment to find something to be grateful for. Fast forward to tonight, a year and a day after that diagnosis - we had the best weekend and as I was putting Cole in his sleep suit I was overcome with a wave of endless gratitude. I walked downstairs and with tears in my eyes told Cody, im grateful for everything. Even the hard stuff I can find something to be grateful for. A year ago I’m not sure i would have thought I would ever be in this mindset, but here I am. I believed that i would be OK, that i was strong and would work through it, but i could not have imagined such gratitude. This is all to say, whatever you’re going through - hang in there. You’re going to be OK. Days will come and go and some of them will be easy and some will be oh-so hard, but just know that that wave of gratitude is on the horizon just waiting to crash over you. 💕 #honestmotherhood #motherhoodrising #motherhoodunplugged #mswarrior #lifewithms #livingwithms #msmama #multiplesclerosisfighter #mssociety #letthekids #chicagoms #ocrevus #northwesternmedicine #chicagomom #sharetheeverymom #mamatribe #ihavems #legitmomstyle