Teddy’s Birth Day.

“I decided to name you Teddy Abbott after your two maternal great-grandfathers and two of the greatest, most loving, kind, and genuine men I'll ever know. The WWII generation of really good men-- I figured you needed one hell of a strong name and although they are big shoes to fill, I have no doubt in you, my little love warrior. I may have given birth to you, but in many ways, you and your sister are the ones who breathe life into me, everyday....”

11-Months & Happiness.

“I think you changed me more than I ever thought possible—or maybe you made me stop long enough to catch my breath, actually see life's bigger picture, and giving me the best reason to stay true to my heart. In many ways, I’ll be your mentor in the things you need to learn about life—but in reality, you may be a bigger mentor to me...”

Paris, Syria, & Humanity

“I think I’ve kissed you a thousand times since I first read the words across my screen: another terrorist attack, more innocent lives lost. Today I’m one of the lucky ones, I just get to hug you extra tight today as you smile absolutely oblivious to the reality of the world outside your door. One day, I will need to rationally explain to you why these events occur, why there is so much hatred and fear in a world filled of people just like you and I...”

Post Partum Depression isn’t always “Depression”— [A Story of Post Partum Anxiety]

“I look at you and I’m constantly in awe that I’m your mother. Despite the hardships endured the past year, I have never been so happy. Everything I thought was so important before you, suddenly doesn’t seem as important anymore. Maybe it’s so many life transitions all at once, I’ll never know, but I do know that being your mother is the most important job in my life—and you, my health, your father, and your fur-siblings are my number one priority. All else can wait. What a ride, but the most beautiful ride I’m lucky enough to experience...”

Saying Goodbye to our “First Home.”

“Goodbye to our first home that helped us cultivate a strong, nurturing marriage "team" and gave us two amazing dogs, and you, our beautiful, albeit crazy active baby girl—and all the memories in-between. It’s been the perfect home for 5 years and a little stressful one for the past year, but one I’m both saddened and happy to leave behind...”

My Little Intuition.

“We are so proud and happy to be raising you alongside our two beloved dogs. I think they will teach you so many valuable lessons, starting with the most basic and necessary: love, responsibility, humanity, compassion, and empathy. I also hope growing up with dogs allows you to see life through their eyes, and see past the superficiality of people, to see people and assess situations by their type of intuition, which is all too often more accurate than our own. They see goodness in raw form, I don’t know how, but they do...”

Moments.

“At the end of each day, I recognize that I have more than I’ll ever need and those before mentioned hesitations were just that, unnecessary hesitations. It was my own lack of confidence to be a mother or maybe the need to feel that everything needed to be perfect that got in my own way, otherwise, I would have had you oh-so-much-sooner. We may not be in a house yet, but you’re here, happy & healthy, so to me, that’s a ‘perfect’ time and condition...”