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A Week of Gratitude

Happy Saturday!  I’m checking back in because I want to document a little bit of this week.  A year ago this week we found out that our little family was growing.  I knew I was pregnant before taking the test.  It’s strange…I was traveling for work and wanted to wait for Matt but when we talked at night I told him I had never been so sure of anything.  I just felt it, which was such a welcome feeling.

I’m a pretty private person (sounds odd coming from someone who blogs) but I really didn’t share our journey of wanting kids with many people.  I don’t know exactly why…but I think women often take on the guilt burden in many fertility issues even if there is no diagnosed issue, as was our case.  I’m also a pretty upbeat person, but these were some very dark months for me.  Now that Jack is here it doesn’t seem like it was that long of a wait but 19 months of praying and hoping for your little miracle is very trying.  We were prepared to undergo major fertility treatment but our  Jack decided to make his appearance.

And even on the sleepiest morning, I go into his room overwhelmed with so much gratitude.  Overjoyed doesn’t even come close to describing how I feel that he is all ours.  And to some very special friends out there praying for your little bundle of joy please know I’m praying along with you on your journey.  I know you too have a lot of love to share.

Before I get too heavy with emotion I thought it would be fun to do a quick look back at the last year.  Matt was so great at documenting the pregnancy through photos.  The fruits/veggies showed Jack’s size for that particular week.


Isn’t the female body amazing?  I was more appreciative and amazed with my body over the last year than I would have ever imagined.  I am so grateful that my body could grow such an amazing little human, and I am so grateful that I was able to bounce back.  Today’s 5K was so much fun!

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Please share something you’re grateful for this week in the comments!

Friday Favorites

I like hearing about new products that are fun or that make life a little easier.  I thought I would share a few of my favorite things with you as we head into the weekend.  (No worries – I was not in any way compensated to write about these products.  These are just my honest opinions.)

  1. I love my Aerolatte milk frother.  Coffee at home is a little more special with frothed milk.  Yum!  I hoped I would get my $20 use out of this and definitely have.  You can froth any kind of “milk”(cow’s, almond, soy, etc.) and get great results.  I bought mine at Crate and Barrel but it is available in a couple of different stores.frother
  2. I know nursing mommies often have a love/hate relationship with a breast pump.  I can’t imagine what I would have done without this beauty.  I would consider this a fitness “must” for any mom.   Early on this pump enabled me the freedom to go for a run before Jack woke up.  No way to attempt a run whilst full of milk.  (sorry if that is TMI)  And now that I am back at work I am so thankful that I can still provide milk for Jack during the work day and that we can resume our normal routine when I’m home with him.  This double pump is efficient and really easy to use.  Full disclosure:  Some of you may remember that I interned with Medela in college.  Because of my experience there in seeing the wonderful innovation and hearing product reviews I knew I had to have this pump on my baby registry.  Off topic, imagine having “breast pump” on your engineering resume…and think about the typical engineer demographic.  Sometimes those conversations started a little awkwardly.MPNSA001-02
  3. Bobbi Brown Beauty Balm.  I go through phases were I am really into beauty products and times where that area takes back seat.  I (strangely) have longer mornings now but am not really willing to cut into my giggle, singing and picture time with my little ham.  I love that this product is a moisturizer, sunscreen, and foundation all in one.  I love the result AND it saves valuable time for my mornings. (For reference I use the “fair.”)
  4. And my favorite baby (not available in stores)3.28.13

Any products you’re loving lately?  Have a great weekend!