My sweet friends,
I am so glad you are here! I have been a little distant lately, but it has all been for good reasons, so I want to catch you all up on what is going on in my life! April was a loooong month. I knew that my niece or nephew would be born any day, and I was on high alert. I would not go anywhere without my phone and having the ringer on high (dangerous territory in lectures, I do not recommend). I slept with my phone on full volume, vibrate and even slept with alarms going off every hour to make sure I did not miss a text or a phone call from the family saying it was "baby time". Amidst the craziness, I enjoyed the month of April and the beautiful weather it brought to us here in Georgia. While my sister was still carrying the baby and getting close to her due date, we spent a LOT of time walking and trying to get that baby here as soon as we could. We enjoyed Farmer's Markets, shopping downtown, finding boutiques and just enjoying the time together. One of my favorite farmer's markets is in Franklin, TN. It has all kinds of great food (delicious homemade donuts, lemonade and sweet tea, fresh strawberries, etc.) and the cutest things for homes (signs, hand made candles, etc.) and other odds and ends. What can be better than that? Doing it with the people you love the most! That night we had dinner on the rooftop of a great new restaurant and enjoyed family time while anxiously awaiting the arrival of that little one. The next day was Easter. We celebrated at one of my aunt's houses and went to church with my sister and brother in law.
Quickly, I was back home for school and went to an Atlanta Braves game with two of my great friends and teammates. But, even more quickly, I turned back around Nashville when I got a call saying that we had a set date of when my sister was to be induced. The night before we knew a baby would be here, my grandparents came down and the seven of us had dinner at Texas Roadhouse.
The next morning came quickly. The first thing I thought of was... "it is finally baby day". I threw on a little top from TJ Maxx and my comfy American Eagle jeans and headed to the hospital. By the end of that day and a TON of waiting, we knew a healthy baby was just delivered. Silas Mitchell Guth was born on April 20th at 3:13 PM. He was 7 pounds, 9 ounces and 20 3/4 inches long. That day, my heart discovered a new type of love. This is the type of love that makes you want to be the best person you can be, you never want to let this little person down. I held him for what felt like hours and just stared at the features on his face. Tears were streaming down my face as I held him. For the past nine months, I had been staring at his sonogram, watching videos my sister would send of him kicking, and praying about the person that he would become. To see him in real life was such a surreal moment. I will never forget it. The love I have for this dude is out of this world. I look at him and my heart feels like it could explode. How can one human be so perfect? And even more so, how can someone look a child in the eyes and not see the hands of God? That night I think I slept with a smile on my face the whole night. The next day, my heart was even more full. Christian was able to come up to Nashville to spend time with my family. It does not feel complete without him anymore. That day, I saw the way he looked at Silas and my heart could not handle the joy. I stared at them together and thought of all the fun that Christian and I, Mitch, Emily, and Silas could have together in this life.
Before we knew it, it was time to head home. And Christian deserves some serious props for this. We got in the car and my heart was broken leaving my family and sweet Silas. We got about thirty minutes down the road. It was pouring rain and our car was silent. Christian got off on a random exit and he turned the car around. Thanks to him, I got to have one more night in the comfort of my own family and knowing that I did not have to be away from Si yet. When the next day rolled around, Christian and I had our All-Athlete Banquet for school and we had to get back to finish up this semester. My dress is a Jill Jill Stuart gown. I carried a Kate Spade clutch and wore Vera Wang nude heels.
That week, we went on yet another fun little date. We got dressed up and headed out the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. One thing that I love about Christian is how he is always up for a fun and different type of date. We can do anything together and never be bored. The next day we took a day trip to the beach at a lake nearby. We sat by the water. We talked, we dreamed, and most importantly, we ate an entire Papa John's pizza. ;)
Next came one of my very favorite holidays... Cinco de Mayo! I asked Christian to come over to make dinner together... a little bit later, this sweet boy shows up at my door in a suit with a bouquet of flowers. My day was made! Also, look at my cute dog. Later that weekend, we decided to go see my favorite baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Atlanta Braves with my parents. It was a great time, and 14 innings (yes, 14) later we saw the Cardinals win! As the week progressed we moved Christian out of his dorm for this year. His room became empty and my heart felt so silly but, so sad seeing his apartment become a blank slate. As I worked on getting his things ready to go home to his parents' for a few weeks, he was at a job interview and came back so excited to tell me that he got the job! I am so beyond proud of him because he has worked so hard for it. He left yesterday, and my heart has felt pretty lonely without my partner in crime, but I know he will be back in the blink of an eye and I am so ready to feel his hugs again. Until then, I am starting summer school, holding a perfect baby in Nashville, dreaming of the days ahead, working on new content for the blog, and trying out for my second year of cheerleading at Kennesaw State.
As always, let me know if you have questions or comments about anything I have talked about. I hope you are enjoying this beautiful beginning of May.