It has been a really long time since I wrote.  And I hate that I have let it slide.  It’s been almost two years since my last entry, and in those 2 years, Mason and Mia have changed so much, I got a new job, and we welcomed a new baby to our family.

The last time I wrote, it was September 4, 2013.  Mia was 9 months old and Mason was 2 1/2 years old.  I was working for a small company in Ferndale doing marketing consulting part-time.  Life was plugging along as we knew it, until I got laid off at the end of October 2013.  I immediately started applying to jobs, and was hired in April 2014 by a staffing company to fill a marketing coordinator position full-time.  I had been home for 6 months at that time with the kiddos and was terrified about returning to work full-time.  How hard could it be?  They loved being at their preschool and I knew they had a great time, but I knew deep inside my heart would be hurting.  And I was right.  Chris took the first week after I started (I started on a Thursday – April 24 to be exact, our 5 year wedding anniversary) to stay home with the kids so we could save money on daycare that week, and every day I left them, I was miserable.  I wanted nothing more than to be home with them.  However, when I was home with them, I was constantly stressed out and they always seemed to want to be back at preschool (they attended part-time before I went back to work).  But it didn’t matter.  I didn’t like my boss and didn’t want to be there.  When Mia got sick at the end of May, and my boss said I couldn’t work from home or take any vacation (I didn’t have much to use anyway), I decided I would just quit.  We had made it this long without me being in the work force full-time, and I felt like such an idiot for going back.  Well, my boss needed some help still, so she offered for me to stay on part-time, at least through our biggest event of the year, which is a yacht cruise in July.  I said that was fine, and dropped to part-time work out of the office.  It was a lot better for me – a lot less stress – and I still got to work and contribute to our home.

Chris and I had discussed possibly wanting a third child, although we thought maybe we would space the third one out further than Mason and Mia were (they are 20 months apart).   We initially thought maybe we would try in 2016 for another baby (are we crazy?)  Well, one day at the end of May, when I was about to head out to the gym, Chris said “hey, let’s just try now instead of waiting.”  I was elated!  I loved being pregnant and was super excited to add a third to our family.  I honestly never thought about having more than 2 kids ever, until Mia arrived.  When she turned 1, I honestly didn’t get the feeling of being done, and I always thought I would get this overwhelmingly finality of “yup, this is the last kid!” but I didn’t have that with Mia.  I knew we would have one more.

Two months later, on July 25, 2014, the same day I found out I was pregnant with Mason in 2010, I found out I was pregnant for the third time.  We told our friends and family through a photo taken by our amazing photographer, Karidan at Kaye’s Photography in Flint, when I was around 11 weeks pregnant.  Normally I tell everyone who is within ear shot minutes after peeing on the stick, but we wanted to wait awhile this time – it was fun keeping a secret (especially since Chris didn’t think I could).  We also didn’t want to find out the gender this time either.  However, I confided in my sisters and also learned my older sister Lindsay was due 3 weeks ahead of me!  We decided we had to do something cool to tell my mom we were both expecting – so we made these cool shirts for the kids that said “March is the New July”.  The meaning behind it?  July is an insane birthday month for our family (4 birthdays).  Well, now that two new babies would be arriving in March, that would make the March birthday count up to 4 birthdays as well (Chris & Mason have March birthdays).   We sent Mason, Mia and Michael into the living room wearing them, and my mom was so confused at first.  But then she totally got it and was BEYOND excited.  She has doubled her grand babies since this time last year!   Two weeks later, my sweet nephew Owen arrived (5 weeks before his due date!) and I became an auntie again!  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – being an auntie is the absolute best!

The next months flew by.  At work, I changed bosses and went back to full-time in October.  I was enjoying the work and the kids were enjoying preschool – we had found that perfect balance.  Mia turned 2 on November 28th and we had such a fun party for her – Candyland style.  Lindsay and I got to take some cool maternity pictures along the way, too – we both weren’t finding out the gender!

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Before we knew it, Christmas was done and over with and then Mason’s 4th birthday was upon us in March.  He had made some friends at the preschool so we decided to have his party at a local lego studio called Brick It Up.  I couldn’t believe how much fun it was and how happy he looked to be running around with his friends.  They even served pizza that looked like legos!

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Mason’s birthday party was the first day of my maternity leave.  Baby D would be arriving on March 30th, and we were all as excited as could be.

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