Happy New Year

Well, here we are. My first post of 2017. What in the world took me so long?

Things in a word have been…busy. 

Did you notice the new blog layout? I’ve finally made the switch on my social media accounts to “Bringing up Byrds” and have been updating the website mostly on my own. [I am so thankful that I have a computer literate husband that can fix all my tech mistakes ;)] If you notice something that is broken or in the wrong place or something like that – please let me know! 

Mid-January, I took off for my first weekend away from the babies. I met up with some friends in Los Angeles and we spent a few days at Disneyland and participated in the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side! I say participated instead of run because, well, let’s just say I seriously underestimated how much harder 13.1 miles would be at 22 weeks pregnant. But! I finished! More on this later 😉

Back in Hawaii, Alex and the kids got to spend the whole weekend with Papa! We passed each other in the air (literally) both ways so I didn’t get to see him but I really enjoyed all of the photos and videos that Alex sent to me while I was gone and I’m so glad that they all got to have some quality time together. 

I’ve been making an attempt to get us on a better schedule as far as naps and housekeeping goes. Slowing down, being more intentional with our time and soaking up as much of Lyla and Simon’s sweet little personalities as I can. 

Mid-February we took our first family vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort and had an amazing time. While there, we were lucky enough to see more family who was vacationing at the same time and got to catch up with great friends who live there now. It was dreamy and just what the doctor ordered for these Byrds. 

Speaking of doctors, we all caught something nasty on the way home from vacation and it hit me especially hard. So hard that I earned myself an extra “vacation” in the ICU for 6 days. It was scary, and obviously not ideal, “…but the Lord stood by me and strengthened me” (2 Timothy 4:17) and I am beyond thankful for that. 

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Life Update

Oh hey there. It’s been awhile. 

I bet you’ve been wondering what these Byrds have been up to, huh?

If you answered “yes”, then you are in for a treat. If you answered “no”, I’ll see you next time 😉

Alex had a birthday and we celebrated with cookie cake, a “birhday” banner (it came like that) and a painted elephant. Thanks to some great friends, mom and dad got to sneak away for dinner which was a nice treat. 

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We celebrated our five year wedding anniversary with a quiet dinner at home and dessert picnic on the beach. Five years, 2 kids and a million life experiences later I am still so in love with my best friend. He’s a good’un.

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My birthday was last week. I played with the kids at the beach all morning and had a nice evening out with Alex. 

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Last, but certainly not least, we announced to the world (ok, our Facebook friends) that we are expecting Baby Byrd numero three next May. AKA #thirdbyrd.

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This pregnancy has been kicking my butt – physically, mentally and emotionally – which is why things have been pretty silent around here. Slowly but surely my energy is starting to come back (yay) and I have been finding myself craving some sort of out outlet so I think I’m back (double yay)

For now at least 😉 

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summer vacation

 

The Byrds are heading to the mainland.

We have a long list of loved ones to visit while we spend time in Michigan and California – almost as long as the list of food we want to eat that we can’t get in Hawaii (you think I’m joking) – and are looking forward to all of it!

It might be quiet on the blog front for a few days but I’ll be sure to post updates when I can. You can also follow along on Instagram if you find yourself missing us that much 😉

Until then, here is a peek at our Michigan trip last year. 

Byrdmom, out! 

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its a boy

We had our anatomy scan over the weekend and found out that baby Byrd #2 is a boy!

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We are over the moon excited to be giving Lyla a brother at the end of the year. I’m still in shock because I was sure it was another girl. So much for that mother’s intuition I always hear about 😉

The three of us took turns being sick last week, so it was refreshing to see our little guy up on the screen healthy as can be. God is good! 

As excited as I am to meet our new bambino, I’m sort of freaking out too. I don’t know how to be a boy mom – help! All you experienced boy mamas (and dads) out there – any advice?!

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Baby Byrd Number Two

If you follow along on Facebook or Instagram, you might have seen our big announcement over the weekend. But in case you missed it – the Byrd family is growing. We are expecting our second baby this December!

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For all of you who sent your congratulations, thank you. We were floored by all of the love we received and are so thankful for each and every one of you! It really means a lot to know that we have the support of our family and friends.

Physically, this pregnancy has been pretty similar to my first. Aside from a few nights of nausea, I haven’t had any episodes of the dreaded morning sickness. I also haven’t had any intense if-I-don’t-get-this-now-someone-is-going-to-get-hurt cravings, but I have been requesting a lot of iced tea and Gatorade. My biggest symptom by far is exhaustion…zzzzZZZ

Emotionally, this pregnancy is a lot different.

The excitement level is higher. We now know first hand just how amazingly beautiful bringing another life into this world is. How rewarding it is to watch your baby grow and hit milestones. How special it is to build a family. Knowing that we get to do that again is thrilling.

The fear is also higher the second time around. Some days I feel like I am just getting the hang of this whole “being a mom” thing and then I realize that in six short months I will be a mother of two under two and think omghowamigoingtodoit?! Rationally, I know I will figure it out. Two will be our new normal and we will find our groove. But some days I just can’t wrap my brain around it. (I can hear all you moms with two or more laughing right now – that’s ok) Oh, and that whole giving birth thing? I can’t believe I’m doing it again! Hopefully this time it will be less traumatic (for all parties involved).

Lyla and her sibling will be 18 months apart. In some ways, I think that age gap is perfect and in other ways it makes me feel all sorts of guilty. Did she have enough time with just the two of us?! She has such a sweet heart and soul and I know that she will be an amazing big sister but it still makes me sad sometimes. It’s hard to imagine there being enough room in my heart for another little munchkin! I’m pretty sure every mom struggles with these feelings whether they are expecting number two or number seven (right?!) so I just keep reminding myself that giving Lyla a brother or a sister is such a blessing and really, I can’t wait to watch them grow up together.

Already this pregnancy is flying by. December will be here before we know it, so I am trying to make sure that I soak it all in – the excitement, the fear, the love, the exhaustion. It’s all part of this beautiful little thing we call life and I’m so thankful for it.

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stay at home mom

Today I became a full-blown stay at home mom. 

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After my maternity leave was up, I had an awesome opportunity to return to the job that I love very part time. We’re talking one day a week. It was great.

See, I never really wanted to leave our sweet girl. It didn’t feel natural. But I really loved my job, and honestly going to work was like taking a mini vacation every week. So I went back. And for the past six months I have been able to enjoy the best of both worlds – working a job that I love and being a mostly stay at home mom to Lyla. 

But now, the very part time isn’t a possibility anymore and it was time for me to go part time for reals. And in this season of our lives, it wasn’t going to work for our family.

It was a hard decision to come to which is something I didn’t really expect. For as long as I can remember, Alex and I had always wanted me to stay home with our children while they are small. Plus, I love being a mama. 

Opportunity to stay home + loving being a mom = easy decision, right?!

On paper it looks like it should have been the easiest decision ever. It wasn’t. (but I was never good at math, so maybe that’s why)

You always hear how parents sacrifice so much for their children. And I always accepted that as a truth. But it took me almost ten months of being a mom to really understand it.

The sacrifice looks different for every parent, and will undoubtedly come at different stages of their children’s lives. Some sacrifices will be bigger than others, and there will never be just one. 

Leaving my job to stay home with my daughter full time has definitely been the largest sacrifice I’ve made thus far. It means letting go of something that I worked so hard for – a job that I had dreamed about and made into a reality. Letting go of my weekly commute which had turned into my much-appreciated alone time. Letting go of my oh-so-stylish costume (ha)

As hard as it was to make the decision, once the decision was made I felt peace. I would do anything for my baby. And let’s be real, I worked hard for this job too 😉

Parenthood is the most amazing, scary, wonderful, surprising, interesting, special thing in the world. And I’m loving every second of it. 

P.S. *sap alert* I am so thankful to have a supportive, encouraging husband who seems to always be on the same page as me in the big book of important life decisions. He makes life so much easier. Love you, babe.  

P.P.S. Aulani peeps, please stay in touch! 

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the byrds are staying put

Wow. What a weekend. 

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you may have seen my announcement that we were moving to Utah. 

Well, you can disregard that post.

Here’s what happened:

Alex had been job shopping for a while and all of a sudden we were flooded with offers. It was exciting, overwhelming and a little bit scary. We prayed for clear minds as we weighed our options. We spent time researching the prospective cities. We looked at homes, schools and recreation activities. We prepared ourselves as best we could. 

At the end of last week, the pressure got to us and we made a decision. We were going to move to Utah. The cities we looked at seem great on paper – a perfect place to raise a family. The cost of living is cheap and the terrain is beautiful. Alex would start in two weeks.We were excited. Kind of. 

Then Saturday came. We started calling real estate agencies in Utah to find a home. We got price quotes for the shipment of our truck and household goods. Alex and I went to “our” beach to say ‘goodbye’ follow by lunch at our favorite restaurant.

And people, I could not keep it together. I was having major commitment issues. Even though there were lots of positives about the move on paper, I didn’t feel like they were our positives. Luckily, Alex and I are [almost] always on the same page. 

We spent the rest of the afternoon looking at places here and crunching numbers. We did some serious soul-searching. It was stressful. Ohhhh so stressful. We were feeling like we were making the wrong choice and were worried it was too late to back out. 

Alex talked to his career manager, the same one that he had already turned in his two week notice to just the day before, and found out that they were happy to put the breaks on his discharge paperwork. 

What.a.relief. 

Even though it was unbelievably stressful, I’m glad it happened the way it did. It was humbling, and the whole experience put things into perspective. We had to re-evaluate is most important to us and what is best for our family. Big life decisions get so much harder to make when you have a little one to consider. 

Without a doubt, we will come face to face with more decisions like this in the future.Next time, I will hopefully know the right questions to ask, and will be more prepared for the emotions that come with these types of decisions. 

But, for now, these Byrds are staying put in Hawaii. And we couldn’t be happier. 

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