Excitement!

11 months of cuteness!
In just eight days my sweet baby girl is turning ONE. Say what?!? I cannot believe it has been a year since our family was completed by her birth and yet it feels as though she has always been a part of us. The joy and love that little person bring into my heart is at times just too much to handle; I can literally feel my heart stretch with more and more love for her each and every day. Being her mama is the best gift I have been given; she has taught me and her dada so much about love, the world and ourselves and it every day just brings more fun. Happy almost birthday my baby girl!

On Saturday we will celebrate amongst our Boston friends and family with a Sophie the Giraffe themed party (of course); it has been so much fun to prepare for the day and I can't wait to have everyone over to eat, sing and celebrate this awesome year. It really, truly takes a village to raise a child, and the party will be a reflection of all of the people that have helped us get to where we are through babysitting, advice, whispered road trips with a sleeping baby, early dinners to accommodate Maddie, everything that has helped us to be the confident parents that we are today. To all of you: THANK YOU; we could not have done it without you, and Maddie is a lucky kid to have so many people to love and care for her.

Sunday morning we fly out to Reno to see our West Coast family and celebrate with them and do Thanksgiving together. I have not been to Reno for Thanksgiving since I moved to Boston seven years ago, so I am really looking forward to it. Watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with my own mama is long overdue, and I am excited that Maddie gets to see her Grandma while eating her first turkey dinner!

So excited for Thanksgiving with Grandma!

With this guy by my side, everything is better.
Things have been a little difficult for our family lately; two family members have been diagnosed with some pretty hefty illnesses, our little niece was born early (healthy and beautiful as can be, though!), money being a little too thin, our nanny share family needing replacing and both of our jobs requiring a lot of our brainpower. I am able to deal with all of these things because I know that it is all (mostly) temporary and Matty and I are really good at identifying struggles and how best to work through them together. I feel really, really lucky to have a husband that I can lean on and can lean on me back so that we hold each other up and work towards getting to the other side of the difficult times, always better and wiser than before. We recently started working with a financial adviser and had a great interview with a potential family with whom to share our wonderful nanny; and really, at least we have finances to be advised on and a wonderful nanny with whom to share and at the end of the day when I am snuggled in bed with my husband and my baby girl on either side of me, I know that there is nothing we can't get through together.

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