Thursday, July 22, 2010


Hello all! Such adventures, such incredible journeys and such overwhelming newness. Andrew accepted a job in Philadelphia a little over a month ago. William was born shortly after. We spent a week packing up our little apartment while tending to the needs of a newborn (I'm so glad I could find his diapers). Then Andrew made his way to Philly to start his new job while I trekked to Minnesota to spend a little over a week with my parents and family. William and I then flew to Philadelphia, solo. Now, a week later I feel like we're finally getting some sense of a routine again. We're still up to our arm pits in boxes, but we're making it, slowly but surely. We couldn't have done it without the incredible support and help of so many dear, dear friends and family. We made it because of YOU, thank you so much!

With all of these changes I find myself stretched to the limits. I keep trusting that I'm not given more than I can handle. I find joy in the half hour cat naps I get during the day, the coffee Andrew makes in the morning, and William's ridiculously cute half-grin. I'm taking it one day at a time. I have half a mind to start a separate blog to chronicle the thrills and chills of new-mommyhood, just for those out there who are going through the same thing--I'll keep you posted. It's a strangely exhilarating and terrifying time for me and I seem to do better if I reach out instead of pull inwards. I'll still post here on Red Otter--I need a spot to post all the beautiful things I find out there.

I'm already looking forward to catching up on your blogs--I've been out of the loop for so long. In the mean time, I'm sending out buckets of love!


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Melissa said...

This is such a busy time in your life. I remember when mine were still tiny babys. Its so hard to find time to do all the things you want/need to do in a day. Take your time and spend as much as you can with William, it flies by so fast...

Emily said...

Wow, big changes! Congrats on the move and your hubby's new job! You are a strong, resilient woman! I know you can do it!

Debra said...

Julia~ This is a lot all at once. Such a new and exciting time for all of you. Things will calm down, you will make lots of friends and get more familiar with your new surroundings. What a great outlook you have and what a wonderful time in your life. Take it easy, rest when you can and enjoy every second darlin' and remember- we're here for you.

Callie Grayson said...

julia! a lot going on! I didn't realize you were moving to PA!!
I actually will be driving through PA on the way to NY with my mum and dad!
hope all is well with you, and again congrats on sweet william!

bronwyn said...

I can't believe you moved with a new born! It was almost a month before I even left the house for anything other than a doctor's appointment. The first few months feel so topsy turvy as it is. Wow. That is impressive. Congrats on all the great changes.

picciolo said...

what a busy time for you all, I bet it feels good to all be in the same place again. I hope you settle into your new home quickly
: )

Karen said...

Congrats on being a Pennsylvanian now! I think you'll like it :) I was one for about four years and the hubster and I hope to move back there again soon :)

Laura said...

Congratulations on the arrival of your little baby Otter and the big move! I hope you are finding time to just be, blogland will be here when ever you are ready.

Laura x

cindy said...

hi sweet girl! the mayhem is over and now you will settle into your new life as a trio in a wonderful new city, albeit a bit hot. things will straighten out and up and you'll be fine. i'd love to read your blog about mommyhood. i think your gentle heart would give us a lovely view. xo, c

knack said...

wow friend...that is a lot to take in all at one time!

i'm so glad to hear things are leveling out with the move....hope the hubs enjoys the new job!

take care, and just enjoy this time....we'll all be here:)

Anna Liesemeyer said...

Take all the time in the world to recover and soak up that sweet little baby!
So many big changes for you!
Much prayers your way!

risamay said...

Congratulations (belated) on the birth of your son. Wishing you all the best!

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

Julia, I can't believe you've moved to Philly! What giant changes all at once. And William is the most beatiful beautiful baby!!! I'm thinking of you and sending you lots of love!

{I've been out of the loop too but am trying to get back :) with my blog reading}

xo Mary Jo

Vintage Simple said...

Oh, I've been out of the blog loop as well - and I see your summer has been so full and busy..! New baby, new town..!

Well, I'm thinking of you, dear friend and sending you a big hug.

much love,