I thought it would be fun to participate and of course divulge a little bit about our life. Remember when I said it's not all rainbows and sunshine?
Let me venture back a bit to when we first had Caroline...times were tough. We were both physically and mentally exhausted-drained from no sleep, crazy because she had colic and cried all the time during the evening hours, weren't having time together as the couple we used to know...and I remember thinking to myself "is this what we signed up for"?
Marriage is hard work, it's a constant struggle and we have issues just like everyone else. For me, I thought having a baby would be the icing on the cake, and would make life perfect, but in those first few weeks and months, we fought a lot. We fought about stupid stuff...washing bottles, who had to get up for those middle of the night feedings, changing the "blowout" diapers, the normal parenting stuff. I thought our so-called "normal life" had gone down the drain and I assumed it would be like that forever...just one argument or disagreement after another and I was scared I would never get back to our "happy place".But just like that, things changed...we started getting into a routine, we learned to communicate better, and we focused on parenting as a team effort, not a battle we needed to fight alone. To be honest, it helped talking to other friends and family members who had gone through similar struggles, too... it relieved me to know we weren't crazy, and that stuff like that TOTALLY happens when you have a baby and you've got balls flying around everywhere.
We are lucky in that Jeff and I know that no matter what happens, we're in this together. Through the good times AND the bad, we made vows to one another to honor each other the rest of our lives and that isn't something either of us take lightly. We have learned to communicate better and to focus on our family first. And a lot of that is because of Marie and Mark, AKA Nashville Marriage Studio. They have been a saving grace to us...a way for us to honestly talk about our issues, our strengths and weaknesses, and what works for us as a couple. I can't thank them enough!
With that, I wanted to tell y'all about an event they are hosting on 2.16.13 here in Nashville. It's called Vowentines and it's an evening for young couples to renew their vows no matter how long ago they were first said. You'll get a chance to celebrate your journey since you said "I do". Here is a link to their site with all the details.