On June 21, 2017 - I found out at 3am that I was pregnant with Eisley, I spent the next few hours texting Jessica because she was the first person who I thought to tell (besides Dustin of course.) I can’t tell you how sweet it is that exactly one year later, Eisley got to meet her Aunt Jessica and Uncle Alex, she is so loved and seeing Jess with her really hit my heart so much in the best way.
It may not be the best photo, but it certainly is one of my favorites. The way our little girl looks at you, it’s clear to me that you are a natural at this. The way you care, love and raise her up is just the best. And she will know so much love. I remember at first you said you were concerned that you wouldn’t be able to do this right, but look love - you’re doing it! We are so lucky to have you, and we love you to the moon and back. Happy Father’s Day, Dustin.
So Eisley has been 4 months for a bit now but I forgot to post this photo, so far since our last update, our little mouse has - went to Walt Disney World for the first time and met Mickey and Minnie! (No tears either so it was a huge win) - Grown an inch and a half and is now 24.5in long - Still has a gigantic head (94% percentile) - Has discovered her hands and has decided that they are quite the delicacy to eat - Loves to “sing” (meaning she likes to holler the top of her lungs until we pay attention to her) - Is trying to hold her own bottle 😭 - Likes to greet us with a big smile in the mornings, which is my favorite part of the day. - Went into the pool for the first time (she wasn’t sure how she felt about it) - Working on the head and neck control but still it’s kind of a weeble wobble - her hair is getting redder by the day! This month has been fun, and we’ve been cheering her on as we see her developing more of her personality. I can’t wait for the next few months but would love it if time would slow down. #jumer365 #ohmyeisley
Disney for us, has always been about celebrating imagination, enjoying a never-ending childhood and the victory swell of the Hero’s song. It’s all of those good things we want to impart on our daughter, to share with her that happiness. And to show her that although there is bad in this world, there is so much good. And that good should be celebrated, defended and shared with everyone.
This is 30. Messy, loud, hilarious, and packed full of “learning as we go.” And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I always felt like an imposter on mother's day, as I didn't have children on this Earth to celebrate. And yet I felt the need to honor them, as I was their mother, even though I never got to meet them. It made me hate mother's day, because I couldn't reconcile the pain I felt and the joy I felt for my friends as they celebrated their children. I’ve spent today enjoying this change but my heart aches for my friends who are mourning their children or waiting for their chance to hold their child. I decided long ago that if I was ever lucky enough to become a mother to a living child (through adoption or pregnancy,) I would try to celebrate the joy of motherhood every day, not just one day a year but still, having this day, this first official mother's day, has been pretty amazing. Eisley, you made me a Mama, and for that I'll always be grateful. I hope I can be the mother you deserve because you are the greatest gift I've ever been given.