Grace was born at 35 weeks, one month premature and one month after we moved into our first home. It was one of those days that will live on so vividly in my memory for a long time. I went into work in the morning for a meeting, hit Costco in the afternoon and was nesting like a crazy mama bird that evening. Bryan was making his aaaaamazing tacos and when I went to change into something more comfortable, my water broke. Not in the way it does in the movies, but something much subtler that had us questioning what was even happening, and definitely had Bryan in complete denial. He was not happy about the idea of leaving his tacos to rush down to the hospital only to be sent home with a large triage bill.
Thankfully, my Mom who is also a nurse and who happened to be at our house, was thinking more clearly and gently told us that we needed to go to the hospital. She was also the one who brought Bryan his tacos to the delivery room hours later. Sure enough, the next afternoon on May 27th 2017 at 1:23 p.m., our 5lb 10oz 19in tiny baby girl came into this world surprising us all with her timing as well as her strength. Although she needed some help eating, she did’t spend any time in the NICU and we took her home two days later. And blink… in less than a month, I will have a 2-year-old daughter.
That first year is hard. Learning to navigate the world of new motherhood, balance work, home and your marriage all on so. little. sleep.. It is tough. But the best things in life are usually things you worked really hard for and let me tell you this; it is completely worth it. All of the love, the wonderful, unconditional, you never knew about before, type of love. And it will just be the best thing. Holding your tiny baby on your chest for the very first time, watching her grow and develop into her own little person, seeing her face light up as your amazing husband chases her down the hall, hearing her giggle so hard you have to remind her to take a breath.. and that first time she runs straight into your arms, wraps her arms around your neck and folds her head onto your shoulder. Soak. it. all. in. These are among the sweetest joys in life and are so worthy of celebration. Whether you drive your family nuts with a picture perfect themed party or you celebrate with just a few close loved ones–just be sure to celebrate.
partyware & decor: witty bash // photos by: blue wesley // gracie’s flower crown: fancy free finery // gracie’s top: (similar) // gracie’s tulle skirt: gap // galvanized tray & serveware: target // macaroons: Nutmeg Bakery // photo back drop created by my amazing best friend Emily Rodriguez
A note to Grace: Sweet girl, you are so strong and always have been. You are incredibly smart but most importantly you are kind. Even in your early years, you are the best hugger I’ve ever known and your kisses make everyone you love’s heart skip a beat. My hope for you as you grow is to explore, to see the world for all the good and the bad that is, but to never lose sight of the good. Never be too discouraged to notice all the beauty and the good going on around you. As Mr. Rogers mother told him, whenever there is a true catastrophe, “always look for the helpers, there will always be helpers.. if you look for the helpers, you’ll know that there’s hope.”