My name is Sarah R. and I am a 31-year-old working mama who lives in Connecticut and I am thrilled to be able to connect with you mamas here on The Bundle of Joy Blog! My husband and I have been married for almost three years and have a sweet, spirited (ok, strong willed!) 18-month-old daughter, Ellie, who we adore. I work as a high school special education teacher at my former high school and, while it can be a bit awkward having my former teachers as colleagues, I really do enjoy what I do! I also work with middle and high school students through two youth theater programs and this serves as a great creative outlet…though I’m not sure how continuing to do these things will work after our second babe joins us this fall!
I’d rather clean than cook and, luckily, married someone who has the opposite preferences. Otherwise, we might be surviving exclusively on take out! My husband, Steve, and I met playing bar trivia with mutual friends, and after a group ski trip and some nudging, we started dating. Steve is my saving grace, not only as a person, but especially as a mother. He is my partner in all things, from caring for our daughter, making dinner, taking care of the house and yard, etc. My second pregnancy hasn’t left me feeling so great, and he has been my hero in helping everything to run smoothly while reassuring me that I am not a complete failure.
After we were married, I had a lot of anxiety surrounding starting a family. After watching friends struggle with infertility heartbreak, I was convinced that getting pregnant would be difficult for us too. . However, much to our surprise (read: shock), we got pregnant very quickly and I had a wonderful pregnancy with Ellie. She joined us in November 2016, after a labor that left me feeling strong, in-tune with my body and with her, and showered in love. To the expecting first time mamas-every mother’s labor is different, challenging, and beautiful in its own way, but I can assure you that a wonderful labor and delivery can happen; In fact, I’d relive that day over and over again if I could!
Ellie was an easy infant who slept and breastfed like a champ, and just as we started to believe she had inherited her dad’s easy-going and mellow disposition…she turned one! She is now a hilarious, opinionated, little girl with a big personality and is truly the greatest joy in our lives. She adores other children, is very inquisitive, and is currently quite interested in going to “sit” and read a book or go “ouuusiiiide” to see if there are birds or flowers in the yard. I’ll be honest and say that while Steve and I can’t wait to welcome our newest addition this fall, there is a big part of me that feels a bit sad that this time as a cozy family of three is coming to an end. In this spirit, I’m focusing on making wonderful memories with our girl this summer before she becomes a big sister and our hearts double in size.
Motherhood is the wildest ride of all time. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a mama and the day we had Ellie was easily the happiest day of my life. That being said, I never knew I could feel so many conflicted emotions all at once. The fear, guilt, and constant second-guessing of parenthood, mixed in with all that happiness, pride, and love is simultaneously the most difficult and amazing experience of my life. Lifting up and supporting other parents is something I am passionate about, and I am beyond thrilled to be a part of this community.Without a doubt, I can’t wait to share this journey together! XOXO