I am honored to be a part of the Bundle of Joy Community and to be joining this incredible group of moms in sharing our stories and learning from one another!
First, a little bit about me…
My name is Kristen Beilein and I am very new to the title of “mom,” just about 8 weeks to be exact. As those of you with children can relate to, having our son Tommy has truly changed our world in the most amazing ways possible. On the other hand, I’d be lying if I didn’t say the past two months have been a bit of a whirlwind (hence my late intro post, apologies!)
My husband, Patrick, and I live in Syracuse, NY where we met four years ago. We fell in love quickly and starting a family was always a large part of how we envisioned our future together. We got married last June and while we weren’t sure how long it may take us to grow our family, we were delighted (and yes, a bit surprised) when it happened very quickly! There are certain moments that you can remember so vividly and telling Patrick our news is one of those for me. I will never forget the smile on his face and the love in his eyes when I told him that he was going to be a dad.
I was born here in Upstate, NY but I haven’t always lived in the freezing cold. I enjoyed four amazing years at the University of North Carolina where I played lacrosse for the Tar Heels alongside my best friend and older sister, Kelly. After college, I moved to NYC where I worked in Merchandising for Ralph Lauren. After about a year and a half, I realized I was in search of a new challenge and moved out West for a job with Nike at their World Headquarters in Oregon. I fell in love with the charming city of Portland; everything from the local farmers markets to my girlfriends who made 6am runs together the best part of the day. I learned so much about myself during those years as I grew my career in Product Development and Brand Marketing, but the one thing I missed dearly and knew I could never duplicate in Oregon was family.
Fast forward to 2014. I moved back to Upstate, NY and pursued a personal goal of working for myself. I started a consulting business where I could focus more of my time on the work that I loved and while it’s hard to believe that it’s been over 3 years since this new beginning, so many wonderful things have happened since taking that leap…engaged, married, and now blessed with our baby boy. We are incredibly fortunate to have two amazing families and I feel very lucky to be living just miles from my mom and siblings here in Syracuse. It is a dream to be able to call my sister up and meet her for coffee or take our kids to the playground together and see her two little ones love on their new cousin Tommy. We coach our High School lacrosse team together which has been such a fun adventure and brings back the best memories of playing the sport that we loved together. Patrick is a college basketball coach which will likely take our little family on a journey of living in different places but for right now Syracuse is home, and we love that.
Being a first-time mom has been the most rewarding, intimidating, tiring and overall the most incredible experience of my life. Patrick and I often find ourselves staring at his little face (he started smiling last week and it is the most amazing thing, ever). I am definitely a ‘planner’ by nature but if there is anything that pregnancy and motherhood have already taught me, it is to embrace the beauty of uncertainty.In full disclosure, I don’t even know exactly what going back to work will look like for me in these next few months but for now, I am soaking up every minute with our little guy and we will figure that out as we go.
I look forward to sharing more about my experiences as a first-time mom and learning from you all. I have already had many ‘rookie’ moments and am about to embark on a flight to Tampa with the little guy in t-minus 12 hours so I will have lots to report back on about flying with an infant (prayers please!)
Thanks so much for letting me introduce myself and I can’t wait to grow this community together!