Wednesday, March 2, 2016


It was 4 years ago today that I found out I was going to be a mom. 4 years since my life completely and totally changed in the most incredible way! Jason and I had been married just under 4 months, and I had a belated Valentine's surprise planned for him. I had a room booked at a Northern Minnesota resort and a wine tasting scheduled. Our plan was to start trying for a baby after my brother's wedding which was coming up that October. For some reason, on my way home from work on that Friday, March 2nd, I got the urge to take a pregnancy test. I had no symptoms and truly no reason to suspect I was pregnant but I just felt like I needed to know for sure before I left for a wine tasting. And sure was positive!

Every moment of my pregnancy felt so surreal. I just couldn't believe I was actually pregnant, that there was a real baby growing in my belly, that this baby was a little girl, and that I was really truly going to be a mom.

My little love was stubborn and just did not want to come out. My due date came and went and the anticipation of giving birth and finally getting to meet my baby was enough to drive me pretty close to insane. Finally, the day before I was supposed to be induced, labor started. It was a long 16 hours of contractions and an hour of pushing but then at 1:07am on Thursday, November 15th 2012 my Kenley Kouris was born.
The first few weeks of her life were tough, exhausting and such an adjustment but even through the tougher parts of becoming a mom, I felt so happy and so in love with this little human.

These past 4 years feel like a total blur. They have gone so fast and Kenley has grown so much but I can truly say that every day is better and each age is more and more fun! We have already made so many incredible memories as a little family of three and the joy that our daughter brings us is unmatched.

Watching my husband become a dad has been one of the most incredible things of my life. I never had any doubt that he would be a great dad but I could have never expected the bond that he would have with our daughter. These two are best buds and two peas in a pod. It warms my heart in the best possible way to see them together and I hope their bond is always this strong.
Throughout my life I've dreamt of doing so many different things and seeing so many different places, but through my passions and aspirations there has always been one thing I knew for certain and that was that I wanted to be a mom. So much of motherhood is challenging and it's definitely not always glamorous, but boy do I love it. I love it more than anything else in the world. I look at my daughter now at 3 years old and cannot believe she is the same little nugget that looked like a jelly bean the first time I had an ultrasound or who loved to kick me in the ribs any chance she got. I am so in awe of her and so in love with her, I just truly don't know what I would do without her.
So today, as I prepare to welcome a second baby and attempt to wrap my head around that, I celebrate the one who first made me a mom and remember back on that day 4 years ago when I was in complete and total shock, panicked and scared and I thank God for my life's greatest blessing....getting to be a mama.


P!nky said...

Oh my goodness, that was four years ago? Get out of here. I remember reading your blog and being soooo surprised and excited for you when you posted about lil K. Wow, time sure does fly. Happy mom-a-versary to you sweet friend, you are an incredible mom!

Jenn said...

Time flies, doesnt it? These photos are such a fun way to look back and remember that special time!

Kayla MKOY said...

Well goodness! This about brought me to tears!!!! You and your husband clearly love little Kenley like CRAZY!!! :) I love it.

Also can I just say that maternity picture of you on the ground? Amazing!!!

Leah McPherson said...

Our timelines are almost exact - I found out in late April! Time flies and sometimes too fast for my liking! Happy mom-a-versary!

Unknown said...

Brought me to tears. Such a sweet post and I love looking back at pictures.
xo m

Courtney@PancakesandSparkles said...

Can't believe how fast time has gone! 4 years ago what?? Such a sweet post and those pictures are ones to treasure forever!

Erin LFF said...

This is so sweet :) I remember that first announcement post so well! I have loved following along on your journey through motherhood and toddlerhood and seeing your family grow♥ Cutest family EVER.

Lisa @ Naptime Chai said...

A day definitely worth celebrating!! Happy four years <3 (Also, I love the pics in this post - so full of joy!) -- Lisa | Naptime Chai

Kari said...

I love this Mom-versary! Ugh it makes me all levels of emotional!

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