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A New Wedding Date.

September 2, 2016

Happy Friday!! Well, Crew and I are finally getting into our own little routine and finally catching some sleep at night – #allthepraise ! It’s funny though – the minute he goes down at any point during the day, I rush to whatever it is I need to get done: writing, laundry, dishes, probably more laundry… and then some more (#boymom), all while scarfing down some food and luke warm coffee – because the second he wakes up, I can’t wait to snuggle him. I loved Chelsea’s post the other day about how we can do a lot of things, but we can’t do everything. And from one new mama heart to this brand new mama heart, I needed that reminder. So yesterday, as Crew began to nap, I fixed myself some fresh hot coffee and sat down to catch up on blog reading – letting the dirty dishes and laundry (and this blog post) wait. And just those 25 minutes of taking care of myself and resting – it made the world of difference! Self care is self care, and no matter what life chapter you’re in – it’s always important.

Napping EG

What’s everyone up to for the long holiday weekend?! If you’ve been a reader around here for awhile, you already know my love of weddings. I love all things weddings (especially if it’s a family member’s wedding because let’s be honest – anything goes, especially with my family). But I’m an even bigger fan when I get to be a guest (vs. being in it) – I get way too nervous about all the details when I’m in them… which is really fun for everyone. (I almost hyperventilated when my sis-in-law was about to walk down the aisle.) So when I can just go and cry through the vows and celebrate the happy couple and eat all the cake and interpretive dance to Michael Bolton by myself in the middle of the dance floor because my amazing husband tips the DJ to “just find it in your library”? I mean, does it get any better?

Turns out, yes. It does get even better.

me and crew FF EG

Because now I have this little buddy to do all of these things with. (And um, YEAH – Crew has already been introduced to Michael… as if you’re surprised.)

We’ll be heading to Indiana this weekend to celebrate the marriage of two of my favorite people, my cousin Ryan and his fiancée Claire, and also to introduce our sweet boy to my bffs. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat (embergrey) to follow along in our midwest adventures! I have some really fun posts to share with you guys next week, including another JORD wood watch share! (If you missed my last one, catch up on all the beauty here)

Have a great one, guys!

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  • I totally love weddings. My aunt is a wedding cake maker (among other things) and those are my favorites when she asks me to consult her or help her-whoooo!
    And in studying my Masters program, self care is the #1 thing they stress. My job gives us 40 hours after 6 months and an additonal 80 at a year (thats 120 hours of vacation a year) not including sick or personal. The mental health field encourages this.
    I am so happy you made fresh coffee and still had a moment for you. Because I am not a true mom, Indont get how hard this concept is, but I stress self care.
    You + Crew = Adorable and a Half!!!

  • I bet your friends as SO EXCITED to meet your son!!! You are seriously the cutest new mother 🙂 I’m glad you’ve started to show yourself a little grace 🙂 I have a feeling you’ll be needing that for the next 18 years! lol! (Also, all his little outfits on SnapChat and IG are SO CUTEEE!)

  • Take care of yourself, mama. I’m STILL having to learn that lesson, so I’d say you’re doing a great job. Can’t wait to see pictures of your little man at the wedding!

  • So agree with you about the self-care. I’ve been a mom for almost three years now, and I’m still learning that lesson the hard ways some days. About three weeks ago, I was in such in a rut, but couldn’t figure out why, so one day I made everything else wait and just had some me-time in the morning. I ate breakfast at a normal pace, watched some of the news, read some blogs, all before my daughter woke up. It only took about half hour or so, but gosh that made such a difference in the rest of my day. So you’re right: self-care is self-care no matter what stage in life, and we’ll do well to remember it. Have fun at the wedding! Can’t wait to see pics 🙂

  • I really need to grasp how important self-care is. I am so glad for your new adventure as a mom. It is a beautiful thing.

  • Ah, he’s just so dang cute!!!!

    Self-care is so important. Something I’m learning as I try to maintain my job, my hobby, and my life. 🙂

  • My young mom self was so stupid and didn’t realize this soon enough! Enjoy it all momma.