It's been a very long time since I've shared anything in this space, but one of the things I want to be more intentional about this year is taking the time to reflect, process, and be thankful for the chapters of my life, and I've found that writing is foundational to that practice for me. It slows me down, connects me to the moments I sometimes miss, and also, strange as it is in this digital space, sometimes creates community in these shared experiences called life, and I've missed that.
As I begin this journey again I have to start with the most obvious change in my life: our family grew by one little human! You can see a little vignette of my nine months of pregnancy over on Instagram, but for me this time around I felt very private, and even a little reclusive, so not much of that time made it out into the digital world. Growing a human can do some seriously strange shit to you and I think this time around I was able to just accept that. The tiny human on the other side is still worth all of it, even if I did spend half our 2017 spring trip to Italy being best friends with a toilet and some nausea medicine. And on that note, I'd like to introduce our little Roland Ryder Unkle. He was born on December 1st, 2017 at 12:27 am (after the shortest, craziest, 1 1/2 hours of labor, which stands on the exact opposite end of the spectrum to my experience bringing Jane into this world), and weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces, 20 1/2 inches long.
This first month with our little guy has been crazy (hello first Christmas!), beautiful, and renewing in so many ways. For me, as a parent it's so easy to get lost in the day in day out work of raising these little people. To only begin to see the hard parts and forget to see the crazy wonderful thing that is a new life, growing into adulthood, and what an incredible privilege it is to be a part of that process. Since I mostly work from home these last few years have been a struggle with the balancing act that is being present while also getting all the things done and I'm so happy to have the chance to be pulled back into perspective. To savor these tiny moments again because this time I know how fast they'll be gone. So, welcome to the world Roland Ryder, we're so so glad you're here!