And so it begins…

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Did you ever wake up and wonder what happened to the last 2 years? That’s where I’m at right now.

Two years ago I was still a single gal, enjoying my summer and looking forward to getting married in the fall. At 30 years old, I’d had a chance to live my life – I’d graduated college, traveled the world and had time to get established in my career. I figured the transition to married life would be a breeze. I’d had my “me” time and was ready for “us” time. I was also looking forward to starting a family – what could be better than being a new wife and mother?

I married Will on October 24, 2009. We had a lovely honeymoon in the Southern Caribbean and settled down to married life, hopeful that we could become pregnant in the next year or two. On December 24, 2009 we got our Christmas miracle – our new family was rapidly expanding. Wow, things do change fast!

Fast forward two years to present: I’m married to the love of my life and we’re both head-over-heels in love with our outrageously adorable little boy. Life is truly good. However, there’s a little part of me that wonders what happened to Laura? In my quest to excel as Will’s wife and Gavin’s mommy, I realized that somewhere along the way I’ve lost sight of me, the individual. And that makes me sad.

So here it is: my quest to figure out how I can be the best wife and mommy possible while still holding on to my identity as an individual. What’s my plan to accomplish this? I’m going to run a half marathon. Never mind the fact that I’ve never run more than 5 miles. Never mind the fact that I’m hopelessly out of shape after a high-risk pregnancy riddled with bedrest and emotional trauma. Never mind the fact that I don’t even like to run. I somehow got the idea that this was the way to go so I’m pressing forward.

Laura. Wife. Mom. Runner?

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2 responses »

  1. Beautiful first entry…good luck in all you hope to accomplish. As a Mommy too, I know its easy to lose yourself in Mommy-hood…its a touh balancing act, one I havent mastered myself yet. Mine are 7 and 2 and overwhelming almost always…but there is no other place that I’d rather be drownding. :o)
    Love the idea of a blog, been contemplating it for a while…maybe you inspired me a little!

  2. I can relate to a part of this…the part that wonders what happened to “me” along the way. The biggest difference is that I have to look back 13 years instead of 2. It is easy to sit back and regret never taking time for me; I’ve often been the only guest to a pity party thrown by myself for not realizing my childhood dreams. Being mom to a houseful of kids is crazy, hectic, overwhelming…but it is also quite entertaining and most rewarding! I, too, have started training for a race, and you are a huge part of my inspiration. My body is not what it used to be 5 kids ago, and that makes this all the more challenging, but reading about other moms pushing themselves helps keep me motivated. You are an amazing woman with so many accompishments. I wish you all the best as you train for your races…you’ll do great!! I look forward to reading more about your journey as a runner!! Good luck to you!!

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