Who I am

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother. – Lin Yutang

Here I sit, baby monitor on my right, cookbook and cell phone on my left. This is how my “alone” time looks. I’m alone, but not really. I have to be constantly aware of my sleeping baby because Baby J depends on me to comfort him when he cries, protect him from the shadows, and, most importantly, feed him when he’s hungry. This is who I am. I am the watch-woman of the night…and of the day. I swear my reflexes are twice as fast as they were pre-pregnancy.

Though I am a mom, I am also a wife, a Christ-follower, a daughter and sister, an aunt, a friend, one of heck of an Excel whiz, a crafter, a seamstress, a lover of pie <3, etc. Being a mom doesn’t wipe away the rest of my identity. In fact, if done right it highlights my strengths within my role as a mom, and it helps refine me in my other roles. I become more efficient, knowledgable, patient, and seasoned. It’s so easy to overlook how being a mom enhances the other components of my life. I’ll be the first to admit, it’s most often because I’m dwelling on my lack of sleep or the boogers all over my shirt.

Well before I became a mom I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to go to school for two years. Fifteen years later, here I am, and I’m so happy I am because this is where life happened. This is where I met my husband, said no to a second date, met him again, said yes to marrying him, and where we had our miscarriage followed by a second pregnancy that gave us Baby J. This has been where life happens, so it’s my happy place a lot of the time. When you’ve been somewhere fifteen years, it’s hard to not call it home. It’s seen my best days and my worst, and the Bay still loves me just the same.

I hope you will join me here as I share my first time mom secrets and tips. Some posts might apply more to those in the Bay Area, but many will be universal. Please enjoy!

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