Monday, November 9, 2009

My 100th post!

I am sure many of you are thinking "so what?", well it is a BIG deal in the blogosphere to get to this milestone. I think back to the beginning of the blog. I started it because my friend Samantha did one about her family and I thought it was the cutest thing ever! I love that I have these memories now. I love the idea of scrapbooks, but don't have the money or the time right now to put one together. I WANT to. Hmmm.... I feel a New Year's Resolution coming on:) Anyway, I started this blog because I became a mom. I have learned so many lessons that it is humbling. I hope you enjoy my 100th post and I hope to have MANY more!!!!

Dear Motherhood,

Where do I begin? You have been an amazing journey for me. I love being a mom. It's the hardest, most rewarding thing I have ever done. I can't lie, some of the things that I have done since becoming a mom is surprising to me. My modesty is certainly gone. I can honestly say that I never thought that I would have a conversation with my mom, husband and sister with my hoo hoo just hanging out for all the world to see. Nor my boobs for that matter. Having a conversation with my sister while a lactation consultant is telling me I have great nipples is not something that I envisioned. (Over share, I know) I always knew that I wanted my mom in the delivery room with me, but I never envisioned relying on her SO much after my babies were born. I literally needed her there so I could pee. Motherhood taught me to appreciate my mom more. She is amazing. Motherhood, you have shown me a completely different side of my dad. He has always been a great dad and an amazing provider, but now he has a new role. He is Granddaddy and to Delaney, he walks on water. I love watching them. Motherhood, you have taught me to slow down and appreciate the little things in life. I may not be able to buy everything and anything, but I can give my baby boy and water bottle and he will flap his arms like a chicken in joy or I can let my daughter flush the potty and watch her eyes light up in amazement. I have learned that coffee really is liquid gold and feel grown up now that I
have to have a cup. You have taught me that time flies by!!! I never fully understood that concept until I got pregnant. I have also learned that becoming pregnant is not something to take for granted. Yes, it happened very easily for me (once a little too easy:), but while I was basking in that joy, someone close to me was consumed with sadness and pain and I know now that being able to get pregnant was a a blessing- one I will never forget. I am so fortunate to have a husband who wanted to have more kids with his new wife. Being a mom brought us closer together. I had to lean on him a lot, which was a new concept for me. I love watching him with all of his kids. I am a mother to two little ones, but I am also a step-mom to two big ones. Motherhood- I was able to experience a little of you when I married Eric. Kaylie and Daylen are teaching me many things. I had to learn how to throw a birthday party for a kid pretty quick. I had to learn new routines with homework, lunches, practices, etc. Now I am learning all about having a teenage girl in the house! Motherhood- you blessed me with 4 kids that I get the privilege of raising and learning from. My life has changed dramatically since becoming a mom. I have learned to eat more words then I ever thought imaginable. I remember telling many people who scoffed at my organizational skills saying "that will all change when you have kids". Bologna! I would think, just because YOU can't pull it off doesn't mean I can't. Um, yeah, my bad. I also remember saying, "I will never be a stay at home mom. I love what I do and will continue". Who doesn't work now? I also said things like, my kids won't have pacifiers past the age of one, I will breastfeed until they are one, I will have kids that listen- obey. I will make sure the laundry is always done, I mean come on, HOW hard IS that? So NOW I learned to just not say anything.

I learn something new everyday and I am in awe of my kids. Watching them grow and experience new things is like experiencing it again for the first time myself. I find myself looking forward to silly things like trick-or-treating, going swimming, going to Winterhaven, or even just going to the park. Holidays now are not about us at all- they are all about the kids. Traditions old and new have become even more important and I find myself constantly thinking of new ones.

Motherhood, you are the most wonderful experience imaginable. I want to thank you for "choosing" me. My life is perfect, because of you....



My life changing moments:

October 7, 2006. The day I married Eric and became a
step-mom to Kaylie and Daylen
Octover 27, 2007. The day Delaney Grace was born.

April 17, 2009. The day Brody James joined us!


  1. Excellent 100th blog Nicole! I wish I could get back into the swing of things with blogging again. I just don't know where to begin or what to say. You truly spoke from the heart here and it came off beautifully!

  2. Amazing how life as you know it can change so much in just a few years! I remember that day at Anabelle's house "Can you have a false positive?" : )

  3. Life sure is crazy huh?? I'm glad I could inspire you in your blogging, although I think it is the other way around...I'm a total slacker now!! We need to get together sometime and let our crazy ones run off some energy!!

  4. Thanks for sharing what you did. Enjoy your kids and your hubby, I know I do. See you at church!

  5. I love your blog! :-) Thank you for sharing.

  6. Wow, so many changes so quickly! You must be a strong woman! Your family looks beautiful! a former kindergarten teacher, if you ever want to contribute your teaching tips to QuirkyMomma let me know! Many of the moms on there are former teachers turned stay-at-home-mommy's - its a great educational outlet (and helps keep the resume current)

  7. ok, call me crazy Nicole, but I think you may have gotten some dates mixed up. :) Unless, of course, Delaney was born 20 days after you got married. In which case, you don't even look that pregnant! Go you! You know that during your old normal, you totally would have noticed.

    Love Amy

  8. You have a beautiful family!

    Congratulations on post 100~

    Lisa @
    All That and a Box of Rocks


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