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an anniversary

Today marks the first year anniversary of Baby Meets City. Wow. Honestly, it's difficult for me to wrap my head around the many changes that have taken place this year, all having to do with our resident sweetie pie, Baby S. She is the reason I started this blog and the motivation behind all posts. As I've mentioned before, I'm also grateful that this outlet provides me with a reason to write again, which I hadn't done in some time. And the best part? Blogging is lotsa fun. I've had some exciting opportunities this year as a result of Baby Meets City, and I look forward to what the future will bring.

I've decided to celebrate the happy occasion with a bottle of champagne new blog design by the fabulous Heather and Kate at Smitten Blog Designs. We are still tweaking a couple things, but I'm pretty excited to have a fresh new look. Cause we all need to update the 'do every now and again, eh? I'm also using this platform to undertake a new project, which I'm really excited about. You can read more about that here. Rather than bore you with all the minutiae of how motherhood has changed my life (I realize this info is thrilling for immediate family only), I thought I'd share my very first post for a walk down blogging lane.

A Blog Prologue
So... Baby S hasn't actually arrived yet. With less than a week before my due date, Husband and I are finding it pretty hard to think about anything else but Little One's impending arrival. Looking around our cozy (translation: tiny) apartment, I still find it hard to believe that there will be another person joining us soon... but the SUV stroller (on lend from a very generous friend), swing, perfectly sweet crib and old dresser converted into changing table beg to differ. Oh, and the fact that the stomach and I can't get off the couch unassisted.

We are beyond excited while nervous/anxious/overwhelmed at the same time; can you tell we're first time parents? Just referring to myself as the "M" word is a tough one to tackle. Oh, the responsibility... the decisions... the worry that will manifest once this child appears. Whew. Husband reminds me to breathe and hormones prevent me from thanking him for this sage advice.

There are plenty of people who've wondered aloud HOW ON EARTH we could possibly raise a child in the Big Apple. This does wonders for the confidence, let me tell you. I do understand, however, that unless you live here it would be difficult to imagine. I have to mention that the sheer number of strollers on the street causes me to sigh in relief... and no, I don't think I ever noticed their abundance until I became pregnant. The truth is, I do feel that despite the obvious "spacial issues" and traffic noise that may indeed keep the baby from sleeping at times, I think NYC is a very livable city for families. I look forward to taking our child to the Museum of Natural History, Central Park, to book fairs and Broadway shows. He/she will grow up with an understanding of other cultures just by virtue of living in the melting pot that is New York City. That makes me happy. Now, it's entirely possible that we'll get fed up with the lack of space and begin to actually yearn for a lawn mower, driveway and close proximity to Target. It is possible. But for now, in this time and place, we are urbanites looking for the best way to raise our baby in this great metropolis.

The adventure will begin soon... and I do believe (hope) we're up to the challenge.

A year later, Baby S is soon approaching her 1st birthday. I think we've proven to ourselves that we're up to the challenge. As for the adventure, well, there's a new one every day!


dusty earth mother said...

Sweet! Happy anniversary, mama!

Alexia said...

I'm liking the new look of your blog. Looks great!!

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