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Watching Ava Grow: 9 Months

Watching Ava Grow: 9 Months

Some days you just need to breathe, believe, trust and step back to witness the incredible strength of your tiny miracle
— Julia Toivonen

Tue, Aug 9th 2016. Ava Elise at 9 mo + 6 mo corrected// sitting up, still feisty and strong, always smiling, attempting to crawl.

On November 9 2015 we were blessed to have our 2.1 lb little girl earth side. She was perfect then and she is perfect now. I can't believe it's been 9 whole months! Yesterday morning she said "da-da" for the first time. Guys, you have no idea how that feels to watch your child acknowledge you as a parent. She's said mamamama but not mama yet. But hearing her say those words to her papa was just as sublime.

A few updates on Ava. We were initially worried about permanent hearing loss in both ears earlier this year, but with continued visits to her audiologists we found that eventually the right ear opened up. The left was more stubborn and our audiologist recommended tubes to take care of any blockages in the ear. Right before this recommendation took place she asked us to come in again to do a double check and you guessed it, her left ear opened up. It is wonderful to see what God is doing in our child and in our hearts as a family and I am so thankful for the gift of healing and renewal that I've gotten to experience time and time again this year.

I'm also thankful for this blogging journey. It started in late January and it is paying off. In more ways than one. First off, this has been (and I can not stress this enough) my outlet. I love to see all your comments and your messages but if I can be selfish for a minute blogging has been the most useful writing prompt I've ever had. I don't post all of my thoughts but the ability to have a platform in which I can be heard and be my authentic self is a gift. That in itself prompts me to do more reflecting and soul searching. The truth is, I won't be the same person I am today this time next year, and I don't expect to be. This medium has allowed me to document this process for myself and my daughter. Secondly, you guys know that my primary job is taking care of Ava Elise. It's been humbling to see this hobby (if you would call it that) turn into what could be a life. If you would like to see a blog post on how I started and some of the tools I use just let me know. As a SAHM it feels good to be able to contribute to our growing family in new and creative ways.

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Before I go off on a tangent I just want to say thank you to everyone that has subscribed, followed, shared, laughed or cried with LBM. Thank you for avidly supporting our journey and watching us as a family grow. This has been the hardest and best 9 months of my life. I know I say it a lot, but it's the truth. Nothing can replace the love of a child for you and the love you have towards them. It is emblematic of Christ's love for us, it is renewing and it is absolutely transformative.  And as I #watchavagrow, I find that I am too -- as a woman, as a wife and as a mother.

xo,

Dana

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