Hellooo everyone! I am BAACK! After a long hiatus, I am so happy to say that The Modern Juggle is back in action!
Now, where did we leave off? Oh yeah, my pregnancy! The very last post that I shared with you all was our exciting gender reveal. And while I had every intention of continuing to blog throughout the duration of my pregnancy, into postpartum and well into our new life as a family of four, I must be honest… things (well life!) got in the way. In addition to my desire to spend every waking minute with Mason last summer – soaking in the final days of life as a family of three, I was also crippled with exhaustion, sciatic pain and unfortunately found myself viewing blogging as more of a chore and less of a passion; and for that reason I stopped. However, I am back now with exciting life changes and brand-new blog topics. YAY!
WELCOME GAVIN MICHAEL
For those of you who don’t know me personally or don’t follow my social media accounts, I am thrilled to announce that Gavin Michael Bagnoli entered this world on Sunday November 12, 2017 at 2:43 AM. He weighed in at a healthy 7.2 lbs. and was 18 inches long. Greg, big brother Mason and I couldn’t be more in love with this little guy. And now, he is a happy 6-month-old boy with the most contagious smile. He is now rolling, sitting upright, trying to stand every chance he gets and cutting 6 teeth all at once. Boy does time go fast!
One of the things that you all will notice when reading The Modern Juggle 2.0 is my blatant honesty. I will be documenting my REAL LIFE experiences – the good, the bad and the ugly and one of the first examples of that is my admission that life with two under two is no joke. In fact, having two active boys that are 19 months apart kicked my butt out of the gate and continues to challenge my will, my mental strength and my physical endurance all at the same time.
However, despite never feeling more exhausted or more stripped to my core, never have I felt more love and pride. Pride when looking at my boys, who are already best friends, learning and growing every single day and developing into the funniest, coolest little human beings that I’ve ever seen. Pride in myself as a wife, mother and homemaker and pride in how far Greg and I have come in the six short years since we first met. But I am not going to lie, it all has been an adjustment; an adjustment for me, my husband, my first born and even my friends and family, who I’ve relied on for support and encouragement over the past several months.
Since last year we’ve had several peaks as a family; from a wonderful summer filled with beach trips and adventures, to a fall packed with outings and footballs games and best of all to the birth of our sweet Gavin. We also celebrated our first Christmas as a family of 4, Mason’s second birthday in March and proudly witnessed many developmental milestones for both boys. Mason is now talking like an adult, counting to 4, identifying all of his colors and proving that there really is someone who is more stubborn than mom and dad! Gavin is now motoring around in his walker, eating solid foods, laughing, cooing and playing around the clock with his big brother.
Once we settled into our new sense of normal, I felt comfortable accepting an opportunity to revisit the workforce. I am now working from home as a part-time marketing consultant. It has been just about a year since I gave my notice in my former position and officially became a full time, stay at home mom. And while I will in every sense of the word still be a stay at home mom, I am excited to also contribute to something other than the home and put my skills to use. Much like last time, all of my work will be conducted in my home office. Mason has recently started daycare two days a week and Gavin is with me full time. Let the juggling act begin!
Thank you all for your patience over the past year as I focus on my family and myself. I hope you enjoyed this first post and I look forward to sharing much more with you in the near future!