What a seriously crazy couple of months! I am finally coming back up for air from our move, having a baby and the whirlwind that comes along with now being a mom of three. And when I say crazy, I do mean wonderful. While these past couple of months have been trying, I am now able to see the rewards of everything we worked towards this past year.
A year ago is when we first started thinking about buying a new house. This story is a long one so I will save the details for a separate post, but in short we approached someone to see if they would be willing to sell their house. When we were finally told yes, we put ours on the market and after a year of major ups and downs we were finally able to move into our dream home. The crazy part is, it is currently divided into a three family home and we are only living in the first floor apartment. I definitely have a vision of how we will transform the house back to its original glory as a single family home, but this is going to be a long journey. A marathon one might say, certainly not a sprint. Good news is I plan to document it so follow along!
With a bigger house on the horizon last fall we decided it was a good time to grow our family. It all seemed like the perfect plan. Get pregnant, buy a house and move. However, I ignored everything I have ever heard about how horrible moving is and didn’t think twice about the timing of everything. I thought “Not Us” and “I am going to make it easy.” Well let me just say all the planning in the world does not make moving easy and when you add in being 9 months pregnant at the end it makes it miserable. I packed for months upon months as I kept getting more and more pregnant. I had no idea how we were able to fill so many boxes when our home didn’t seem all that large or overwhelming. I forgot how much 6 years and two kids later makes you accumulate. Rud started labelling every box “crap we never use” “christmas crap” “kids crap,” and even with donating items and passing toys and clothes onto friends and family we still had so much (excuse my language again) C…R…A..P to move. Then once we got into the new house I had to start unpacking everything. You might say duh to all of this, but honestly moving drained us and I was not prepared. Good news is we had a two day “vacation” planned when we were all done. Yup, it was onto a short stay at Northern Westchester Hospital next for the birth of Tanner.
Tanner Frederick Niles was born exactly one month ago, a couple of weeks after we moved into our new home. Yes, things have been a little hectic, but this little guy has made it all worth it. He has been so good right from the start. Without sounding too cheesy, he really is the missing puzzle piece that has made our family complete. Kingsley and Ford look at him with so much love, and while I do look back at them with a wary eye unsure of what they may try to do to him next, I know these two are going to be the best older sister and brother ever.
Now at one month in I am starting to feel a little bit back to normal. I was lucky enough to have had an easy delivery, which has allowed me to be a lot more mobile and be able to get out of the house a ton. We take little Tanner everywhere. Restaurants, parades, carnivals, graduations, birthday parties… you name it and he has been. For me this has been a huge factor in feeling good. While some days it is certainly hard to motivate to get out of bed after a sleepless night of breastfeeding, I know myself and know that being around people and most importantly friends and family make these harder days so much better.
I still find it hard to believe sometimes when I look around that we got here, that we were able to somehow overcome all the obstacles that were involved in buying this house. There were so many moments when everyone told me it would all work out or everything happens for a reason and I refused to believe them. Here we are though and we are ready to be a family of five and we are ready to conquer this 1900’s labor of love. That all being said I plan to blog more about our family, our renovation and of course jewelry and fashion! I’m sure with a few bumps along the road I may be able to master this whole mom of three, jewelry designer, general contractor persona I have taken on and I hope you will follow along. Don’t forget you can also follow along on Instagram!
* This is Kingsley’s Pre K Graduation! How did she grow up so fast and how do I have a daughter going into Elementary School!? Her Adorable dress is from a local store here in Katonah, &James. And I seriously hope that this next chapter in her life does not mean losing her matching bows (that might be when I really cry!) For her graduation, I wore this cute ruffled top and am thankful it fit over my growing chest. Its a popular style and different versions are sold through many retailers, but this inexpensive one does the trick for getting the look for a lot less. To top it all off I added some Madame Mathilde Bobble Earrings! Thanks to Ford refusing to pose with us this is the best family photo we got, but I kind of love it. This is us!