Hey guys! I am so excited to share this first about me post with you! This blog is something that I have been wanting to do for a very long time now!
Real talk, I have been STRESSING trying to find the perfect picture of myself to place here. I don’t have one, my phone is now filled with pictures of Kennedy, and literally zero of me. I just want to start posting!! So, this is the picture I choose, because I feel cute, and next to coffee, bloody mary’s are my fav.
My name is Brittney, I am 24 years old and both a new momma, and wifey. I work full-time as an Assistant Manager at Aerie, the sister store to American Eagle Outfitters. This October will be FIVE years with the company! So, aside from a few “basic” facts such as my love for Starbucks, Target, and Taylor Swift, I have had a relatively hard time writing this portion of my about me. It dawned on me when I was sitting in bed scrolling insta during Kennedy’s nap; I think that I’ve been having a hard time giving you facts about me because I am in a HUGE transition period in my life. I don’t necessarily have an exact definition of who I am right now. I am very much still figuring out how being a mom and wife is affecting me, Brittney. Hobbies and interest that I once had, I now have very little time for. They have been replaced with dirty diapers, baby drool, and baby food making. My obsession with bad reality Television has been set aside, while the DVR now sits 79% full. Hopefully, through this blog, I will be able to find a little bit more of Brittney again.
On August 8, 2015 I married the love of my life, Kenny. The saying opposites attract most definitely applies to us. We are opposites in pretty much every sense of the word. Kenny likes crunchy peanut butter, I like smooth. Kenny is a mover, I like to sit still. He is very outgoing and friendly, the life of the party if you will. While, I often find myself feeling shy and and taking a step back from the crowd.
We also have an eleven year age gap, that for the first few years often felt like it defined our relationship, especially in the eyes of others. We often joke about how neither of us had high expectations for our relationship. Somehow, we didn’t grow tired of each other. Instead, we fell more in love. My best friend always refers to Kenny as a unicorn, meaning that men like him don’t exist. I would have to agree, I’m not sure what I did to deserve this man, but lawd am I sure glad that I found him. He is my partner, my strength when I am weak, my lover, and my best friend.
So, a few months after we were married November 10, 2015 to be exact, We welcomed our little girl, Kennedy Louise! I was so surprised when the nurse laid her on my chest and she lifted her little head straight up and looked right at me! (One of the best moments of my life) She weighed 7 lbs 9.6oz and was 19.5 inches long! Kennedy came out with a full head of hair (I had MAJOR heartburn during pregnancy!) When all of the commotion of her birth had died down, and Kenny and I were left with her alone in the hospital room for the first time, we had no idea what to do! When you take your parenting classes, or are talking to other moms, they always talk about the process of labor, breastfeeding, etc. But no one tells you what you do after all of this, when you are left alone with a brand new baby who feels so breakable.
Soon enough, we were able to get into a groove, or at least try and fake one. Here we are eight months later! It sounds so generic, but I really can’t believe how damn fast the time flies by. I don’t think you can ever really understand this until you have a child of your own. I am always afraid of forgetting those first few months, when Kenny and I lived at home in our new parent insomnia and bliss with our little girl. But, watching her grow and become her own person makes my heart so full, and so happy.
I wanted to start this blog so other mommas could have a relatable place to go and find inspiration. Often times, I find the world of social media overwhelming. Though unintentional, bloggers and other mommas Instagram accounts can often times make me feel like my life is lacking. But, my life is not lacking! I have a beautiful family, a great job, and a never ending supply of coffee. There are hard times too, Kennedy is NOT a sleeper, she fights every second of sleep. Until recently I had been waking up at 4 am every day to pump and provide breast milk for my daughter before I had to get ready for work. There are even some days when I only see my daughter 4 hours a day. I guess what I am trying to say is that being a mom is HARD, and on my blog I don’t ever want to make it seem like its not. I just want to remain true to my life and my version of motherhood.
I would also love for this blog to be a place where women and moms connect with one another. Momming can be a very lonely place, and I would love for my new hobby to help even one Momma! Full disclosure, I am in no way a professional blogger. I actually have close to no idea what I am doing! Haha. I am learning as I go, and would appreciate any constructive criticism. If you have kept reading this far THANK YOU! I can’t wait to share my journey with you guys.