Every first I’ve had being a mom to Graydon has been a fun, exciting experience. My first Mother’s Day was no exception.
We kicked off the weekend with the most beautiful sunset. Usually, by the time dinner is over, cleaned up, house picked up, Graydon bathed, nursed, and asleep in bed, I’m exhausted and just want to go to bed…even though I always end up staying up much later than I should. Friday night Tim had a gig and Graydon wanted an early bedtime. After putting him to sleep, I noticed how bright the sky looked coming in through our windows. So I did what every exhausted mom does, and grabbed a beer and headed to the front porch for some alone time. I got to enjoy this.
A gorgeous sunset (iPhone pictures don’t do it justice), a cold Shiner Bock, and a quiet front porch all to myself. Happy Mother’s Day weekend to me! The sunset got prettier and more vibrant as it went down.
Saturday, we celebrated Mother’s Day with our little family of three. I’m starting to like our new tradition of celebrating on the eve of holidays. Since Tim is gone so early for church on Sundays, he wanted to make sure we had family time without rushing to and from somewhere. He took Graydon to run errands for a little while in the afternoon, so that meant I got to shower and get ready in peace and quiet ALL BY MYSELF…that was a gift in itself! Then we had dinner out as a family and Graydon gave me his present…
He slept almost the entire time at dinner! We haven’t been going out to dinner much lately since it’s so close to bathtime/bedtime, which doesn’t always make for happy baby in the evenings. Nobody wants to hear a cranky boy while they eat. Tonight was a good night though!
When we got home, it was time for Mother’s Day gifts. Starting with the card. Thank you facebook for this awesome idea that was going around this last week. There was a sweet note from Tim and one from Graydon. Then he added a few picture collages of mommyhood. I’m looking forward to reading all of the sweet notes that will fill this book through the years.
Tim has been talking up this next present for almost a month and telling me how awesome it is, which just makes me nervous. I had no idea what he was up to. Honestly, I was a little worried and didn’t want to get my expectations too high. I’ve been known to have unattainably high expectations. Therefore, I told him I knew what it was. I decided it was the most outrageous thing I could think I possibly wanted…a baby polar bear! And for a month I told him how excited I was to meet my polar bear cub each time Mother’s Day came up. For the record, not only do I want to see polar bears in the wild, I want to pet one. I already have a tundra buggy expedition all picked out where we’ll spend a week in the Arctic…someday. I know the petting part is a little unreasonable, but for now, it’s a running joke in our house.
Well, it wasn’t a polar bear, but it was pretty much totally awesome. He presented me with a charcoal drawing of one of my favorite pictures of my boys.
Isn’t it awesome?! I mean, the detail…WOW. Incredible. He has a super talented friend that has been working on this for me. I love, love, love it and can’t wait to frame it for my office.
This is the picture it’s modeled after. Graydon was exactly 3 months old and we were cooking dinner one night when I took this picture. LOVE my boys. This moment is so precious to me.
As if he didn’t do enough already, I received my first piece of birth stone jewelry as well. This James Avery ring is just the right size, small and thin against your finger, for everyday wear. It’s also stackable, so I can add anther ring…or two…for future babies. I like that my boy has a pink birthstone for me to wear.
Sunday morning we were up early for church. I hated to do it, but I had to wake up my boy so we could get into the car. It’s often a rough day since church is during his morning nap. If he can get a little nap before we go, that’s always good.
That afternoon we had my mom and sister and family over to celebrate the mothers.
I was my mama’s last little surprise…baby #5!
This cutie made me a mama, and life has never been the same.
Tim cooked and I got to choose the menu. Homemade pizza. From scratch. All of it. Even the dough and sauce. And yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting. Mmmmm!
We call them TimGiornos. 🙂 The pizzas turned out amazing! I should really blog about it, but I have no idea how to make them. I’ll have to ask the chef.
I have a confession. I had leftover cupcakes for breakfast the next morning (and the day after that) with my coffee. Totally guilt free!
Finally got a picture of the three of us, but I had already changed and Graydon was stripped down after getting banana all over himself.
This is probably my favorite picture from the day. In comfy clothes, holding my sleeping baby. This is what my role as a mama looks like most days. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
My first Mother’s Day was perfect! I’m going to cherish this first celebration of being a mama. It’s the best thing I’ve ever gotten to be.