So much has changed since I originally began blogging almost a decade ago, I thought it would be useful to write a whole new about me post as I begin my journey back into the blog world.
Here's the skinny on who I am now. I'm a first time mom to an amazing 15 month old who I will generally be referring to as Little Biko in my blog or LB for short. Biko is part of our own language in our family. Originally, it was our code word for love as in we would just say Biko instead of love to end conversations on the phone since it sounded much more professional when I was at work especially when managing high school age kids. It then morphed into our special word for our family as in how is the baby Biko doing. Now that my little one is no longer a baby(excuse me while I tear up for a moment about how fast she is growing up.), she has now moved up to Little Biko status. I will also refer to my other half as Daddy Biko or DB from now on as well.
Here is our family when LB was not even a day old:
We originally began our journey into parenting with me as a working mom and DB as a stay at home dad. I left my job as a restaurant manager to become a stay at home mom, and DB is working. Since we've always been a one income family, I've learned along the way lots of thrifty ways for us to make things work. Some of these tricks such as cooking meals from scratch, canning food in season, crafting, couponing, and learning the ropes of buying and selling through consignment sales have actually become rather enjoyable for me. My goal is to have the best quality for our family without acruing debt along the way.
DB is an audio engineer and musician, so we definitely put an emphasis on music and movement. This was DB and LB playing the guitar together on her 1st birthday. She is his mini me, but at least I can take credit for crafting that headband.
We are huge babywearing advocates and practice a parenting philosophy that I would say is closest to attachment parenting. This means that almost every picture of me since she was born is me wearing her like this one.
I was diagnosed with PCOS as a teenager, so getting pregnant at 36 was a happy surprise. However, I have a 15 month old when several of my high school classmates are becoming grandparents. I am often the oldest mama in the mom groups I've joined. Between having friends who were often out of touch with all the new baby trends and being an incessant researcher, I generally turned to the internet whether it was via Facebook forums or blogs for advice. Now, I want to add my experience to the mix and hopefully help or at least entertain some other moms with my take on the journey that is motherhood these days.
Some things haven't changed a bit even though my taste may have matured some. I still love photography and have even gotten into painting as well. I love crafting in general especially knitting and beading. I am a Pinterest addict who had the unrealistic goal of working of knocking out way more pins once I became a SAHM. I'm still a vegetarian. I can't believe it's been almost 20 years. Having a little one who is lactose intolerant though has added more vegan meals into my repertoire. I'm still in recovery having celebrated 12 years clean last June. I'm still a life long Virginian and consider myself a southerner at heart. We actually live in the suburbs outside my alma mater, University of Mary Washington.
So, expect to see recipes, tips on how to save money, crafts, product reviews, my experiences as a FTM, and hopefully we all learn something along the way. I look forward to hearing from others as I make my way one day at a time.