introducing...

Why, hello there! I've missed you guys. I'm not even going to think about the date of my last post. Or try not to. Errr...November 14, 2014... Well, goodness. Life has certainly changed.

Like going from this:

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To this:

Honestly, I don't even know where to begin. I've thought of coming to this space often, especially when I needed a moment to catch my breath and just try to make sense of this new life. This parenthood stuff is the real deal. But there was (and still is) always something to do! Writing took a serious backseat to sleep, showers (!), and snuggles on the couch. But, slowly and surely, in the unfamiliarity of this all, I've taken to the kitchen to find the familiar. In fact, I've been cooking more than ever. And I got myself a little sous chef!

Perhaps the writing will come next. It's there in a sense; you could scroll for days under the Notes app on my phone titled "Recipes to Blog". At least I've progressed from the back of napkins and the scraps of paper of yesteryear. But they're all just sitting in there, probably taking up storage space on my phone and preventing me from taking more photos of my child. (This gem of a message: "Cannot take photo. There is not enough available storage to take a photo." is a daily inconvenience.) Someday, right? Someday I shall free those little recipes!

I know it's all okay. I've taken this time to focus on some really important things - things I feel good about. I won't regret slowing down for awhile, and I can already see that these baby days are positively fleeting.

With that said, there's so much to say, and it can't all be said right now. Really now. I'm at a coffee shop at 6:00 in the evening, sipping on a latte (decaf, I'm afraid), dinner plans are not even in the picture yet, and I'm due to nurse in 1 hour. So, let's start with his name. Yes, a name is a good place to start.

Introducing Crew Phinney Huseman. Born January 20, 2015 (just two days past his due date) at 7:39pm, weighing 7 pounds + 1 ounce and measuring 19.5 inches. Now, I know most of you already know this since you see me in real life or follow me on Facebook or Instagram or something like that. But, for those of you who only know me through this little space...well, this is news, I guess! He turned 7 months old last week, and we couldn't be more in love with every bit of him.

When I left off, I told you I'd "do my best" to post more updated pregnancy photos soon. Oh, bother. I'm afraid I did nothing of the sort. So, let's forget the "soon" and catch up a bit! These were taken last December by kristal joy photography.

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Aaaand now I miss pregnancy. Ha!

I'll be back soon (do I dare say that?!) with a post to share more of our newborn photos and tell you a few things about our little guy. Then maybe we can catch up to real life and get to some of those recipes! In the meantime, feel free to follow me on Instagram (my current creative outlet) under carriehuseman. I'm frequently posting photos of food I make at home or food I eat when I'm out and about the town. And you'll find quite a bit of Crew there too, of course.

Cheers!