Zoe’s Birth Story – Part 1

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while and I realize it is coming nearly 5 months late however, I would like to have a recount of my thoughts and feelings to share with Zoe someday.

We spent our last Saturday as a couple sans baby celebrating the union of one of my college roommates. Congrats Megs and Brent!! We boogied on the dance floor, made silly faces in the photo booth and I ate both kinds of the cupcakes. But we didn’t stop there, after the wedding fun start to wind down, we head to a with my college roommate Ashley and husband. It was the perfect last night as a couple.

With all of my college roommates in town for the weekend, I wanted to spend as much time with all of them as possible and made plans to meet Heather and her fiance Tom at the Union for an ice cream/coffee date on Sunday (June 4th) afternoon.

June 4th happened to be a rather warm and I was feeling brave, so I set out to the pool to visit EJ and take a dip to cool off. I remember mentioning to EJ that I was feeling a little different but that it was probably just my body naturally getting ready.

I’ll back up for a second to let you know that my official due date was June 7th, however I wanted to hold the baby in until atleast June 9th and then I wanted it out. That was EJ’s last year of the school year and logistically it would have made our life alot easier if the baby was born after June 9th. Not to mention that one of my client’s campaigns was launching on June 6th and I wanted desperately to be able to launch all of my tactics myself.

Okay back to June 5th. After the pool, I showered and got on my way to meet Heather. As I parking the car (getting out of the car) I felt fluid, but I honestly thought that I might have peed my pants. Don’t judge until you’ve been 10 months pregnant, anything is possible at that point in pregnancy. It was one of those moments in life when you have a fairly in-depth conversation with yourself. I’m was telling myself that it couldn’t be my water breaking bc only 30% of women’s water actually break to start labor. It couldn’t be my water breaking bc I had work tomorrow……bc it would feel more like a gush of water (sorry dudes)…..lots of talking myself out of what I sort of already knew at this point.

A quick trip to the bathroom confirmed what I had been hoping was just nothing…..not nothing. This was it…..labor was imminent, however EJ was in the middle of a soccer field without his cell phone.

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Don’t Call It A Comeback

or that is exactly what you should call it. I know….I know. It’s been awhile and that is putting it nicely. While I’ve missed my little blog and creative outlet, a few things have changed since my last post.

I went from growing a baby…..

To meeting my amazing, breathtaking, heart stopping daughter and becoming a mother.

Zoe Elizabeth Johnson

Zoe Elizabeth

It is hard to put into words how amazing motherhood feels. I love waking up every morning to my wonderful husband and smiling daughter. (Feel free to gag) The past 12 weeks (only one week of maternity leave left 😦 ) have been some of the best days of my life and I’ll cherish them. I never really believed that motherhood would come so naturally, but it has and I have the world’s best support system when I do have questions.

And guys, I’m in love with this little girl. < —- Just in case anyone was still wondering. 🙂

I know there are many bloggers out there that want to keep their blogs the same after various life changes, but I’m not one of them. I want to expand my blog musings and share more “mommy” related posts as well as what it will be like to attempt a work/life (oh yea and school) balance starting next week.

I’ve also been kicking around new blog ideas….which would change GG completely. One of those ideas would be to create a shared blog with my sister. We would share our unique perspectives on healthy living. We live very different lives, yet we remain very close and one thing we bond over is healthy cooking, exercise and (now) motherhood. Would people be interested in that? Is anyone even out there? Bueller?

Regardless, I’ve missed writing tremendously and I can’t wait to share my randomness thoughts again.

My next big goal is get back into shape and get back down to my pre-pregnancy weight. I’m taking things slow though and trying to keep in mind that it took 9 months to put the weight on. (I’m also debating adding a section to the blog, showing my progress towards that goal. Any interest? Be honest, it won’t hurt my feelings.) Also, I don’t want to do anything drastic that could affect my milk supply. Basically, it is all about balance and I’m trying to navigate my new normal. I hope you stick around .

I’ll leave you with another pic of my Z-monster.

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She is super proud of herself. 🙂

L

Cha-Cha-Changes

I don’t really have an excuse for the lack of blogging the past 8 months. There were a lot of things going on these past 8 months with school and work (I switched jobs), etc that needed my focus. I missed blogging and they are many recipes that need to be shared and stories to be told.

I enjoyed having a creative outlet and I miss it but I’m not sure Glorious Greens will be the same. I only blogged for about 5 months before my long break so I’m not sure yet what it will be.

One of the many reasons that I think, rather that I know this little blog of mine will start to change is that in a matter of weeks (5 wks until the official due date) I’ll be starting a new chapter, life as a mom.

7 months pregnant

I apologize for the awful quality but it is the most recent photo that I have with me, when the urge to blog struck.  I’m so excited (and terrified) to begin this new journey with EJ and I can’t wait to meet Baby J. I can’t find the right words to describe how I feel when I stand in the middle of our nursery and think of what lies ahead, there just aren’t words.

The blog will most definitely include posts about stepping into this new role, motherhood, babies,  etc.  I would like to start including homemade baby food recipes once Baby J is ready for solids. I will continue to post recipes and stories, but perhaps I’ll be more selective and forget about the posts just to post.

Stay tuned.

Leanne