When I last left off, (two whole months ago!), I was having a little too much fun acting crazy with my big belly, which is a completely fun prop before it exhausts you. Sadly, the writing waned as I was tying up loose ends at work, getting the house ready and trying to enjoy the last bit of selfish me-time for awhile by taking naps, going to the movies and just doing whatever I wanted.
Henry Andrew was born in February, and we are counting ourselves very lucky to have a happy and healthy baby boy. I think he’s already a little flirt, and is making friends and charming women and men alike wherever he goes. Mike and I were so excited to finally meet him, and it’s so cool to see what a sweet dad Mike is becoming. And to see someone who had never changed a diaper become a pro in a few short weeks!
I was so very lucky to have my mom stay with us for five weeks to help during this exhausting yet very special time in his life, especially since Mike didn’t have much time off work. I was grateful for her support, advice, cooking, cleaning, for another set of hands to hold the baby, for hands to hold me if I was overwhelmed, and to see the magic of my mom becoming a grandparent and falling in love with this little boy.
Apart from the intense new motherhood experience, I also had the opportunity to work on some design and illustration work. A friend and I did some virtual interior design for a client in New York City, and I did some watercolor illustrations for a fabulous local designer, Caitlin Wilson. It was boot camp in terms of figuring out free time with a new baby, but it also helped me to reconnect with the part of myself that is “Marissa” and not just a source of nutrition and love for a new human. Please refer to the part where my mom was here for 5 weeks lest you think I’m pretending to be a super-mom.
Some days I felt like I never left the sofa while feeding the baby. Though I spent many hours gazing into this baby’s sweet face, I also watched all three seasons of Downton Abbey. Yes. It is all it’s cracked up to be, and I’m already missing it!
Mom and I baked three chocolate chip cakes in five weeks, and got hooked on no-knead sourdough bread which my Aunt brought for us with a starter. We balanced it out by making some bright colored salads with the first of the gorgeous spring vegetables. I am so excited for Spring!
The weather has been cold but sunny in Philadelphia, and we’ve been taking Henry on walks in the neighborhood. We have some friends in the neighborhood who occasionally join us, and I have been treating myself to hot chocolates at our local coffee shop as an extra incentive to get outside! He loves being carried around in our Baby Bjorn and will fall asleep for entire hours it seems.
I did finish knitting a baby sweater for lil Hen before he was born. It’s way too big, but he looks pretty cute wearing it at around two weeks. It’s crazy how quickly they do grow and how their faces change. He already looks entirely different than in this picture. We’re enjoying him and adjusting and learning every day.
I’m not sure how much I’ll post about Henry or being a mom on here in the future, but wanted to show my face and introduce you to our little boy. Thanks for being my virtual friends, and I look forward to reconnecting on this space with you all in this coming year.