I threw up for 279 days straight (give or take a few).

I abstained from caffeine, soft cheeses, soft cooked eggs, cookie dough, beer and wine.

I was in labor for over 12 hours.

I couldn’t sit or walk without pain for a week (perhaps too much information, sorry).

But it all paid off, because I get a new holiday and I’m getting this:

Just kidding, folks. It was all more than 100% worth it when I got to hold this beautiful girl in my arms:

But it is paying off again! I am so excited! Hopefully you’ll be seeing some major improvements in my photos soon! In the meantime, you’ll find me at my door waiting for my camera to arrive.

On an unrelated note, I’d be remiss on this day if I did not mention our troops. I want to thank each and every one of our servicemen and women for all their sacrifices and hard work. The world is truly a better place because of these individuals. Especially my husband, who is a combat veteran who spent two tours in Iraq. I could not be more proud of him and all of his accomplishments.