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Ashlee is Mama of one darling boy. A 28 week early bird, now 1 and some change, doing beautifully. She lives near Chicago with her sweetheart husband and French Bulldog. She's a thinker not afraid to get her silly on. Babywearer, veggie queen, photography nut. Before the domestic days Ashlee was pursuing a future in developmental psychology but has happily shifted gears in favor of staying at home and couldn't imagine doing anything else. In her free time (ha!) you can find her whipping up babyslings, holding down the fort at Mama Speaks and spotlighting as an Itsy Bitsy Yoga Instructor.

Hello World

We ventured out on Friday... as a family, for the first time really. We go the doctor and Target and the grocery store now and then, but we still hadn't really taken Xav out and about yet. So we packed up half our house and headed over to Great-grandma and grandpa's for a visit then decided to head over to Good Friday service at church (my first time at church in 4 months!)

It was amazing (... and stressful, and tiring, but amazing nonetheless.) It was great to see everyone and be part of the outside world again. I felt like it solidified our family unit, we were out there ALL together for the first time. I got to be a proud mama and after all these months show off my beautiful boy... I smiled and smiled and smiled.

It was difficult though - I hadn't yet had to deal with people (while well meaning I'm sure) tell me how to care for my child. That was a bit nauseating but I'll get used to it :) And while Xavier is a big baby now people don't realize how fragile he still is and that he can't be smooched and poked like most little ones... it's hard always being on guard and keeping distance, declining advance without hurting anyone....

We're learning though and I'm sure as with all else, it will become second nature soon enough. Tomorrow is Easter and while I'm not sure I'm ready quite yet, but we're going to go at it again...

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