Livia

I blog from Utah at livwrites.com and hope it takes me places.

In July 2010 I had my daughter and now find myself a full-time mom. My husband and I didn't plan on that, but the opportunity presented itself and we took it. I both love and hate being a parent- love it because this little girl is AMAZING and a blessing; hate it because it's hard and I hate not being perfect at something. Overall, I am grateful for the opportunity to be a parent and to have my husband at my side.

Blogging has helped me make the transition from the coorporate world to the mommy world. I've found a lot of support through social networking and I know I couldn't do this parent thing without that outlet every day. We recently moved to the Salt Lake City area for my husband's job and we're expecting a son in 2014.

My Blogs

Fourth of July

It was approximately 80 degrees the morning of the fourth, but Aspen, Lincoln and I braved the great outdoors anyway. We headed to the park with the trike and the stroller and tried to enjoy being in the sunshine... even though it was almost too hot to breathe.Linc wasn't in the mood to relax, so I did laps around the playground while Aspen tried out all the slides ....more

Blooms

The day I got home from the hospital, I noticed that a flower had opened up on one of my hollyhock plants. It was a wonderful welcome. I have loved seeing my plants flourish this spring and I'm especially glad these hollyhocks are thriving ....more

Newborn Photo Shoot

I dressed Linc in a pair of PJs that used to be Aspen so I decided I had to document it. I'm really glad I did because the lighting in my bedroom was perfect for an impromptu photo shoot. He's still at the stage when he reflexively holds my fingers whenever I put them in his hand ....more

Side-by-Side

Aspen // Lincoln As you can see, Aspen was a bit more skeptical about life on Earth when she first arrived. Lincoln, on the other hand, is more chill. I think Aspen was a few days old when her photo was taken, and Lincoln was about two weeks ....more

Two weeks in

I'm surprised at how well I made it through the last two weeks. It wasn't until yesterday that things started getting sketchy. But the things that are stressing me are normal.. ....more

Plus One

For our anniversary this year, we have a new baby. So... I didn't plan anything ....more

A postpartum update

By this time after bringing Aspen home from the hospital, I was having pretty regular breakdowns. I remember crying at night while holding her, just wishing and begging that she would sleep. She wasn't fussy, she just was WIDE AWAKE ....more

It's your lucky day - board and batten update

In the midst of having a baby last week, Kev got a lot done in our room. While I was in the hospital, he went home and moved our bed into our room and put the rocking chair in the nursery. That way, when I came home the next day I...more

Tackling Breastfeeding ... again

I have a complicated relationship with breastfeeding. Things did not start well with Aspen. In hindsight, I can see that a lot of it probably stemmed from her time in the NICU, and being bottle-fed without my awareness ....more

Aspen meets Lincoln

The highlight of my first full day in the hospital was seeing Aspen and Lincoln meet. I wanted nothing more than to sleep all morning and feel rested for Aspen's afternoon visit, but apparently every staff member in the hospital had to come into my room first and do something that day. I don't remember being bombarded by so many people when Aspen was born; just the occasional nurse would check my vitals and the pediatrician would come update us on Aspen in the NICU ....more