Thank you so much for visiting the Bundle of Joy Community Blog! I’m so excited to be joining this group of fabulous mamas as a contributor and I look forward to sharing a little bit of my journey with you.
Allow me to introduce myself! My name is Alix and I am a 28 year old first time mom-to-be. I grew up in a small town on Long Island about an hour east of Manhattan with my parents and younger brother. If I wasn’t at the beach, bouncing between part-time jobs and school, or spending time with my closest friends, you could find me on the stage singing and acting in all the school plays. These days I save it mostly for the shower, but still love my creative outlets! Though I no longer call New York home and have grown fond of southern style, there will always be a special place in my heart (and room in my freezer!) for a New York bagel. They really are the best!
I first left the northeast in 2008 when I packed my things and started freshman year at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. It was there, in the same dorm, I met my wonderful husband Richard. After college we soldiered through a few tough years long distance while in graduate school (Richard in New Orleans while I studied art history at Georgetown) before he joined me in DC, which we have called home ever since. It has been so exciting to see the city change over the years and being able to take advantage of everything it offers. We have loved the District but are always dreaming about our next move and where we want to raise our growing family. Location TBD, and we are definitely open to suggestions! :)
As I mentioned, I love expressing myself creatively, which makes running a small flower shop in the heart of the city a dream! I enjoy making arrangements by day and painting or photographing flowers for my online business by night. I feel very lucky that I get to make beautiful things and work with my hands each day.
Full disclosure, I am a little giddy writing this post as I just got off the phone with my OB to schedule my mid pregnancy ultrasound. I cannot wait to find out if we are having a boy or a girl! I have a feeling it’s a boy but almost everyone else in my life is convinced it’s a girl. We shall see!
I am currently 16 weeks pregnant and just starting to show. My husband is also finally starting to believe that it’s all really happening, though he keeps accusing me of pushing out my belly when I tell him to look at how much it has grown. (I’m not pushing it out.. to be clear!) For me on the other hand, the pregnancy has been very real for the past 3 months. Without getting into all the messy details, just know there was... a lot of vomiting, and not always at the most opportune times (ie. mid conversation walking down the street... in the flower pots just outside my front door... pregnancy hormones are no joke people!). If you’re currently in the thick of all the nasty first trimester symptoms, just know there is a light at the end of the tunnel!! I finally started feeling like myself again last week and let me tell you, finding food appetizing after months of barely being able to keep down plain toast feels amazing.
Our due date is October 25th and I am overwhelmed with excitement, nerves, joy... all of the emotions (!) at the thought of meeting our little one in just 6 more months. I feel like I have been doing so much research about pregnancy but should probably start transitioning into reading about... everything that happens afterwards. Please send any good book recommendations my way!
Thanks so much for reading a little bit about me, I can’t wait to share more of my experiences with you and I so look forward to watching this community grow and evolve. Xoxo!