If you are not familiar with my blog, I purposefully do not use names in order to give us a little big of privacy.
On 2/28/2018 our lives changed forever.
BabyCPK was born.
2/28/2019 she turned 1. The Earth rotated around the sun. Her father and I changed, but not half as much as she did. From a little potato who could pretty much only cry, feed and poop to a toddler who can say "dada" and "Aa daa" (all done) and "Hello" and thinks it is hilarious when Daddy has to chase after her when she crawls all the way to DogCPK's water bowl before we notice.
We have not yet had her one-year doctor's check up, but as far as we can tell, she is very happy and healthy (fingers crossed, knocking on wood, throwing salt behind my right shoulder....or is it left?) That's not to say we as new parents haven't had our trials and tribulations. As many people have pointed out, we are not doing one thing or another that maybe we should be doing. Mind you, if we did, we'd have one very confused little girl, as so much advice has been contradictory. What Breaky and I have agreed upon though, is that we are doing the best we can as parents. BabyCPK comes first in all aspects.
One thing I have not done, however, is take care of myself. The weight didn't continue to come off after I stopped breastfeeding. If anything, it came back with a vengeance. It is important, however, to show BabyCPK that we can lead by example when it comes to taking care of our bodies, as well as our minds. Not to sound like I'm making excuses, but so much of taking care of oneself revolves around a schedule/routine of some kind. If you are involved in the esports' scene at all, you know that routine in your personal life is almost obsolete. We'd set up a very reasonable gym schedule, or system for planning meals for the week, only to be thrown for a loop when Breaky is gone for 2 weeks, or is casting from 4-8pm for 4 days in a row. That, plus some work-related stress these past few months, and I have not put my well-being as a priority.
One thing that has helped us both as parents is the fact I am a part of a "bumpers group." I wrote in detail in a separate blog post about how very important that group has been for us, and continues to be.
So all we can hope for is for all of our little family to continue to be and become happier and healthier every single day. And most of all, continue to love each other unconditionally.
On Friday, we had a great friend Dylan Jeffery come by and take pictures while BabyCPK had her cake smash session.
Some of the amazon links for some of the items used in the cake smash: