A SPLASH OF BEAUTY

IT TOOK ME 33 YEARS BUT I FINALLY FOUND MY FAVORITE MASCARA! THANKS TO MY FABULOUS AND FAMOUS FRIEND POOR LITTLE IT GIRL MY LASHES ARE FOREVER CHANGED. I’M NOT BEING DRAMATIC, THIS MASCARA IS AMAZING – YOU HAVE TO TRY IT!! NO PRIMER, EXTENSIONS, LINER, OR CURLING IN THIS PICTURE. JUST IT COSMETICS MASCARA.

CLICK ON ONE OF THE PICTURES ABOVE FOR A LINK TO PURCHASE THIS AMAZING PRODUCT ONLINE (THIS BRAND IS SOLD AT SEPHORA).  I PURCHASED IT IN PERSON AT THE PARK ROYAL LOCATION IN WEST VANCOUVER.  GO GET THIS AMAZING PRODUCT – YOU WON’T REGRET IT!

THIS WEEK I REALIZED MY BABIES ARE NO LONGER BABIES. ON WEDNESDAY CHARLIE HIT ME WITH A “HIGH FIVE – TOO SLOW” AND MY SWEET LITTLE THOMAS IS SHOWING SIGNS OF BEING READY FOR POTTY TRAINING. THIS REALIZATION OF MY BABIES GROWING UP HAS ME THINKING BACK TO THE FIRST DAY MATT AND I BECAME PARENTS. WE THOUGHT WE WERE PREPARED BECAUSE WE HAD A LOT OF EXPERIENCE TAKING CARE OF OUR NIECES. BUT NO AMOUNT OF BABYSITTING CAN PREPARE YOU FOR THE FIRST NIGHT YOU BECOME A PARENT.

CHARLIE WAS BORN AROUND 11PM ON VALENTINE’S DAY. THE  FEELING OF FINALLY HAVING A BABY TO HOLD AND INTRODUCE TO MY FAMILY GAVE ME A LOT OF HAPPINESS AND ADRENALINE AFTER 28 HOURS OF LABOR. BUT I WILL NEVER FORGET THE NURSE WHEELING ME INTO OUR HOSPITAL ROOM SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT. MY FAMILY WAS GONE AND IT WAS JUST MATT, CHARLIE, AND I IN A HOSPITAL ROOM. I HADN’T EATEN OR SLEPT IN OVER 36 HOURS AND ALL OF A SUDDEN I FELT LIKE I WAS HIT WITH A TON OF BRICKS AND A TIDAL WAVE OF ANXIETY. I WAS TERRIFIED.

FLASH FORWARD TO OUR FIRST DAY HOME WITH CHARLIE. SWADDLING, FEEDING, AND PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING BABY RELATED SEEMED SO SIMPLE WHEN OUR NURSE WAS EXPLAINING IT TO US IN THE HOSPITAL. TURNS OUT IT WAS THE OPPOSITE OF SIMPLE. THAT FIRST NIGHT HOME WE ENDED UP GOOGLING EVERYTHING FROM “HOW TO SWADDLE A BABY” TO “IF MY BABY IS SLEEPING ON HER SIDE COULD SHE ROLL OVER TO HER STOMACH AND DIE FROM SIDS?” AND THE FIRST TWO WEEKS AT HOME WERE INCREDIBLY HARD. EVERY NIGHT AFTER MATT FELL ASLEEP I WOULD GET PUNCHED IN THE STOMACH BY ANXIETY. I WILL NEVER FORGET MEMORIES OF HER AND I WATCHING THE WINTER OLYMPICS AT 3AM WHILE I NURSED HER AND WONDERED IF I WOULD EVER BE A NORMAL PERSON AGAIN. 

THEN THE NEWBORN FOG LIFTED AND CHARLIE AND I FELL INTO A ROUTINE. I FOLLOWED THE CONCEPTS OF BABYWISE AND BY THE TIME I RETURNED BACK TO WORK 3 MONTHS LATER, OUR CHUBBY BABY WAS SLEEPING THRU THE NIGHT. THEN THE DAYS OF PUMPING BREASTMILK FOR A YEAR AT WORK AND JUGGLING BEING A WORKING MOM ENDED UP FLYING BY. AND NEXT THING YOU KNEW WE WERE WELCOMING OUR SON THOMAS AFTER A MOVE TO KANSAS CITY.  THE NEWBORN FOG WITH THOMAS WAS NOT NEAR AS INTENSE, BUT HIS BABY DAYS WERE FULL OF EMERGENCY HOSPITAL VISITS FROM RSV AND A SURGERY WHEN HE WAS 6 MONTHS OLD TO GET TUBES IN HIS EARS. 

THEN WE MOVED TO ANOTHER COUNTRY AND THE DAYS FLEW BY EVEN FASTER. AND NEXT THING I KNEW I WAS BUYING PULL-UPS FOR THOMAS AND CHARLIE WAS DOING FRONT FLIPS ON A TRAMPOLINE.  WE ARE SO BLESSED TO HAVE HEALTHY AND HAPPY KIDS AND IT’S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO THINK BACK ON WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE BEFORE THEM. REFLECTING ON THE PAST 5 YEARS OF BEING A MOM REMINDS ME OF MY FAVORITE QUOTE:

“THE BEST PART OF ME IS YOU”

BEING A PARENT IS THE HARDEST BUT MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCE. NOW THAT THE BABY YEARS ARE ALMOST BEHIND US I CAN’T HELP BUT THINK ABOUT WHAT THE NEXT FEW YEARS WILL TEACH US. CHEERS TO THOSE THAT ARE ABOUT TO SPEND THEIR FIRST NIGHT AS PARENTS, THOSE THAT ARE SAYING GOODBYE TO THE BABY YEARS, AND TO THOSE THAT ARE PRAYING THAT THEY WILL SEE THAT SECOND PINK LINE. 

A SPLASH OF COFFEE & NUMBERS

PICTURED:TWO VENTI-SIZED TORNADOES AND A WORKING MOM WITH A TOY CAR ON HER HEAD DEBATING WHETHER IT’S TOO EARLY TO SWITCH FROM COFFEE TO CHARDONNAY. GOOD THING THIS MOMMA LOVES HER CRAZY KIDDOS A LATTE 🙂

WOW – WHAT A BUSY FIRST FEW WEEKS OF 2019 IT HAS BEEN. THIS MOMMA NEEDS HER COFFEE! I AM A CPA AND THIS IS ALWAYS A CRAZY TIME OF YEAR TO BE A NUMBERS NERD. THE START OF THE YEAR IS THE ONLY TIME WHEN ACCOUNTANTS HAVE ALL OF THE POWER. WE LOCK OURSELVES IN AN OFFICE TO CRUNCH THE FINAL NUMBERS AND WE USUALLY WORK 80+ HOURS BEING THE SMARTEST NERDS WE CAN BE. THE POSITIVE PART ABOUT HAVING YOUR BUSY SEASON AT THE START OF THE NEW YEAR IS YOU BECOME SURPRISINGLY HUMBLE AS YOU ALMOST DESTROY YOUR CAREER WITHIN A FEW WEEKS OF THE NEW YEAR. KIDDING…..SORT OF..

FRIENDS AND FAMILY THE CRAZIEST WORK DAYS OF MY YEAR ARE ALMOST BEHIND ME AND I AM OFFICIALLY READY TO WELCOME THE NEW YEAR. I HAVE LOT’S OF GOALS FOR MY CAREER AND 2019 WILL SURELY BE A BIG YEAR AS I CARRY ON MY JOURNEY.

CHEERS TO ALL OF YOU TACKLING THE YEAR 2019. WHETHER YOU START OFF 2019 FUELED ON COFFEE, CHARDONNAY, OR YOU START IT FUELED WITH A GOAL TO SPEND JANUARY DRY – DO WHATEVER YOU NEED TO DO IN ORDER TO MAKE 2019 THE BEST YEAR FOR YOU. 

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