Hmmm..... I may have not been able to follow my own steps, but that's why I'm laying them out for you!
I did get overwhelmed.
I did get all-consumed by my colicky newborn son.
I didn't make time for anything or anyone besides him.
I'm just now starting to see the clouds parting on this overwhelming haze.
But, let me update you on the last 14 months of my/his life.
Born on March 13th, 2014 in Wilmington, NC. It was one of the most wonderful and exciting experiences of my life. Such a fun and powerful process! What Mom can tell me they didn't have at least one moment, either in pregnancy or during birth, where they felt super-human?
One day old and he was so aware! He looks so peaceful there. Little did we know that within a few weeks he would have serious colic and be a very unhappy camper for a while.
We all got very limited sleep and really just took what we could get, where we could get it.
He went through a giraffe phase.
He spit up, a lot.
He was diagnosed with Acid Reflux.
A lot of people may say that it's "not New York", but it's actually closer to Manhattan than most of my friends in Brooklyn are. We can be in the city in 10 minutes. So, yeah, we're not in NY, but we're closer than most!
After the move, we started to settle in and get back to the things we loved about NYC. Pretty soon Thanksgiving arrived and we went to enjoy it with my father's family in CT.
Here's Remi & my dad enjoying each other's company at dinner. This was also one of the first times that Remi got to eat real food and not just baby mush. He was about 8 months old. And of course, he loved it!
Remi got his photo taken with Santa at the Garden State Mall in Paramus, NJ. Honestly, I was a little disappointed that he didn't freak out. Those photos of kids crying in Santa's lap are priceless.
After that, we decided that it was time this little boy took his first international flight! So, we spent December and New Year's in Italy.
This was our visit to the mural of the Last Supper in Milan and Remi slept through the whole thing.
This was our train ride from Milan to Florence.
We hired a professional photographer to take some photos while we were in Florence, but they didn't turn out quite as we had hoped.
Remi's first time opening a Christmas present. He was SO excited!!
This was on the porch of our apartment in Florence. Remi had such a great time.
After an Italian Christmas & New Year's, we came back to NJ and I started working on my Jewelry again. It's been a long time, but it's been so nice to get back into it.
While working on my Etsy page & my Facebook page, I also started planning Remi's 1st birthday. The only thing I forgot to do for his birthday was take photos! We have a few, but I really wish I had hired a photographer, so we'd have more moments captured. There were about 30 people there, the party started at 1pm and the last guests left around 9pm. It was definitely a fun party, a little too much fun for some. ;-)
We recently celebrated Mother's day and my husband's birthday (his birthday is May 10th) on the same day, so that was very womp-womp. Neither of us really felt celebrated. I told Greg that next year, we have to celebrate them on different days. So we can each feel honored. Here's a video that Greg made for Remi's 1st birthday/Mother's Day. Get those tissues ready!
So, that about sums up the last 14 months of our lives. Now we're contemplating another move. But I'll get into that in my next post.
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