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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.

Mama's Nest

Can you say cheese? Tuesday, May 16, 2006 |

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My First Mother's Day! |

Was amazing! I'm part of a new world and I love every facet of it. Every day is a gift, but today was spectacular - ok so I'm just a little bit spoiled! ... Xav let me sleep in (he nursed every hour from 5:30am on - normal wake up time - but wasn't ready to rise until 8:30!), we took a nice long bath, then my hubby brought me my favorite breakfast in bed along with cards and gifts galore! (and I discovered Xavier has great penmanship for a 5 month old :) )

Then we made it to church (on time I might add) and were able to visit with family and friends. Next we were off to Grandma/Grandpa Allen's house to hang out with them and David's Mommy... and along with all the love there my amazing little brother made me the best strawberry shortcake (my favorite) from scratch! Then back home and into our pj's for pizza, Survivor and a massage... and Louis (my little love from Austin) called to wish me a Happy Mother's Day, sing me a song and hold the best conversation in all of his 3 year old goodness!

It was picture perfect except that I wasn't able to see my mom who was sick... do I really get one of these every year?! I almost felt human again!

I love being someone's Mommy, getting to see the world for the first time all over again through his eyes ... I've never been happier... ... it fits like nothing ever has.

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Hello Friday, May 12, 2006 |

Wow, I just realized it's been 10 days since I've posted- I began this blog with ambitious thoughts of blogging each day (sure!) and while my head has been swirling with thoughts I just haven't been able to find a quiet moment to set them free. I only have a second now but wanted to say hello. Life is great, busy as usually. Xavier and I had a laughing contest the other day! For several minutes straight we just stared at each other and laughed, ok so I was a sobbing, laughing mess by the end of it all, but it was the most amazing thing ever! To see him connecting and understanding so much more blows my mind and warms my heart like nothing ever has.

David recently took an apprenticeship at a friends Tattoo shop, while it's hard having him out of the house 5 days a week for the first time in a year, it is amazing to see him learning so much and immersed in his art again (his first love! :p). We were going to go on a casting call to try out for The Amazing Race tomorrow, we were so excited- the thought of travel, experience, the chance to pay off Xav's medical bills! but found out it that if chosen it requires being away for our baby boy for almost 2 months rather than the couple of weeks we'd anticipated. No way... maybe next year!

So that's my world as it stands at this moment, nothing too exciting-the X man is out cold in his sling, my hubby's resting on the sofa, and I'm off to join him ... goodnight! (Xavier weighed in at 16lbs 3oz yesterday and is 24 inches long!)

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My boys... Tuesday, May 02, 2006 |

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Seasons |

I'm going through a strange season in my life. I love my days with Xavier, and am happier than ever. But there are moments when it gets lonely and isolating and to be honest a bit depressing. Friendship has been difficult. I'm a pretty solitary person, generally content indulging myself and my immediate family, but there are moments when I crave more. Thankfully I am married to the best friend I've ever had, but he's gone 5 days a week now providing so amazingly for us... Having family around helps. There are old friends who just aren't at the same place in life anymore and then there's those who say they'll call, make plans and never follow through... I have great friends states away, but they're- well, states away and busy with their own lives. The best friend I've found lately I barely know, but feel so close to... She's the same place I am which is great, but also means there isn't much time at all to invest. I guess I'm just craving relationships, with women, who are like minded or not, but who are where I am... Or have where I am fresh in their minds...

I think we went through a bit of this when David and I got married, not that we dumped old relationships, but quickly learned how different our "old married" lives had become from the singles and dating. I'll figure it out I'm sure, once RSV season is over maybe we'll join a play group or something... Xav will be old enough for swim classes at the Y soon enough and I am amazed at how easy it has become to strike up conversation with any woman I run into with a bulge in her belly or baby in her arms.

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