So…I had a baby and that’s where I’ve been lately. But, this face.
It’s been the most incredible six months of my life. The most incredible, the most heartwarming, the most challenging. Every cliche they say about parenthood is true. Every single one. And just when you think you have a handle on things, they change. And sometimes drastically – once breastfeeding clicked for Caroline and me, she refused to take the bottle and has never returned to it. Cue me taking an extended leave of absence from work and teaching our baby how to drink with a straw and from an open cup. Months four and five were a difficult time for our family and everything took a back burner to Caroline – work, blogging, socializing. I couldn’t be away from her for longer than three hours, as I was her sole food source until she started eating solids regularly and making progress with the cup. But here we are, and she is amazing. She now eats and drinks with skills usually reserved for older children and although these were born out of necessity, it’s pretty awesome to see. Our girl is pure joy. Unbelievably smart, funny, strong-willed, sweet, and silly. My heart explodes every day. I am grateful for every minute, every moment.
I’m getting ready for what will soon be our new normal. Caroline will be back at school full-time, and I’m returning to a promotion at work, a role that I couldn’t be more excited about. 2016 holds so much promise and potential, yet I also feel a strong sense of content; as long as my family is healthy and happy, everything else is just icing on the cake. I’m beginning this year with gratitude and humility, as these six months have taught me beautiful lessons of both.
So what does this mean for the style letters? Well, I’ve missed you, that’s for sure! I’ve missed this, writing and sharing style inspiration as I find it. I can’t promise weekly posts or a regular schedule, but I hope to visit this space at least once a month. I’m excited for an upcoming Bloggers Who Budget feature (work wear for less coming your way on MLK Day!), and I have a few post ideas up my sleeve. Thank you so much to everyone who has stuck by me these past few months, following along on social media and swinging by here on the rare occasions I did have something new up! Your support and enthusiasm for the style letters make this what it is, and I can’t wait for new adventures this year.