Okay, not quite, but it sure seems like it when looking back. Our little Fio (named after his daddy and his grandpa) was born on my birthday, June 9th, after over 30 hours of labor, weighing 7 lb, 7 oz and measuring 20.5 inches long. The last six weeks have been occupied with adjusting to the new baby and our changed lives. I have to say that being the eldest of twelve and the years of babysitting experience in no way prepared me for the demands and duties of motherhood. The first days and weeks were overwhelming to say the least. I found myself staring at our precious son often knowing that there will come a day when I will wish for these days again when he is so preciously small. Bittersweet feelings and memories of our bygone single days are now being replaced by feelings of immense responsibility and love for the tiny man. You know how people say that you can't "un-see" something once you've seen it? Well that's kind of how it is when you have a baby because I can't imagine life without the little guy no matter how tough it gets.
I don't wish to rewind or fast forward my life but I do wish I could put life on pause every once in awhile so that I could savor the little moments with him a bit longer. Little Fio is now over a month old and has changed and grown so much. He has begun to recognize Fio and I, smiling and even trying to respond to our one-sided conversations with him. It's hard to believe that I became a mother just over a month ago because it feels like it all happened yesterday and yet at the same time like forever ago. I thought my life started to go by quicker when I married, that pace has increased now that we have a child.
Since my absence from this space has been consistently extensive in-between posts, I always come here wondering where to start and how. It seems like there is so much to share and somehow I have to find a balance in order to smoothly slide back in here despite the seeming void. I mentioned awhile back that Fio and I had taken on a sugar-free lifestyle and it's been almost 3 months since we had begun. In that time, we managed to do roughly 60 days of no sugar before it started to creep back into our diet. Now we are on the road traveling again and staying completely sugar-free is tough since we eat out often, but we do the best we can. To clarify we did not go back to our old habits of consuming sugar filled goodies; we stay away from the obvious culprits (candy, snacks, and sweet cereals to name a few) and instead indulge in some dessert after a dinner or frozen yogurt on a hot day. This is not the end of the endeavor mind you; the change in lifestyle for even that short period of time did not leave us without some "side effects". I'll share more on that next time but for now, little Fio misses his mama!