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Mother's Day 2014

I was never one of those girls who envisioned having a baby. It just wasn't something that I envisioned for myself. In high school, I knew I wanted to go to college. During college, I knew I wanted to get married. And once I was married... well, we'd enjoy our time together for at least 5 years before we even thought about that. Oh, and we would definitely have a puppy or 10 first.

And then life happened...

I found out I was pregnant on Valentine's Day 2012... Peanut was our little Valentine. I had a thousand and one ideas about the kind of mother I'd be. I even told my sister after reading this article that I was going to be "Probably a mix between the Under the Radar Mom and one that they didn't really put on there that just posts insanely cute pictures of her 'lil baby peanut." 

And then Peanut came...

Her delivery was a whirlwind, and I was told I was the textbook definition of "precipitous labor." That translates to she wanted out likerightnow and greeted the world less than 30 minutes and 2 pushes later...

That was the beginning of throwing out any pre-conceived notions I may have had. (...and we've been chucking them out the window ever since!) I was never really good at rolling with the punches or adapting to change, but this whole motherhood thing has changed all of that. I mean, really... who imagines ever having to tell your little (let alone anyone...) that we don't put cheese in our belly button?!?

...but being a Mom is incredible, scary, fantastic, frustrating, and awesome all rolled into one! You never know what the day is going to bring, and I've learned to be okay with that. Some days, you're counting down the minutes until bedtime when you can get a break. Other times, you're just marinating in the moment while they're snuggling you, giving out hugs at random, or kissing everything they own. 

Either way... she's the coolest little person I know, and I'm so blessed to call her my daughter. I fell for her faster than I knew was possible, and I love her more and more with every day that passes. She's a stinker, 100%, but she's my little stinker, and that makes all the difference in the world! If anyone has taught me how to seize the sparkle... it's definitely this little squirrel!

And now, please excuse a little bit of a mommy-daughter photo bomb...

Thanks for making me a Mama, little Peanut... I love you!!! :)


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