I was so excited when Abbey emailed me months ago inquiring about this little Saturday series. I’d visited her blog several times and am always mega impressed with her writing, her beautiful pictures, and her general layout. She seems to be nailing this blogging thing, and I have grown to thoroughly enjoy her content. I hope you love her too! Meet Abbey.
Q: In three sentences or less, tell us a little bit about who you are.
A: My name is Abbey; I’m a wife to Daniel and a first-time mom to a sweet little girl, Kensington. I spend mornings with my little one and I work part-time in a doctor’s office in the afternoons. In my free time (do moms even get “free” time? 😉 ) I enjoy taking and editing photos, going to Disneyland, reading as many books as I can, writing, and drinking all the coffee to make it possible.
Q: When and why did you start your blog? What are your favorite subjects to write about?
A: I started my blog two and a half-ish years ago totally on a whim. I’ve always enjoyed writing and I thought it would be a fun way to get some thoughts out there and maybe connect with a few new people. And it became so much more than that! I love to write about positive, real things. Whether I’m writing about my daughter, a new recipe, or my favorite book recommendations, I try to write from an optimistic and authentic place because I feel like that is so important in our world today.
Q: When I think about your blog, I immediately think about your gorgeous daughter and all the pretty pictures you take of her. Tell us a little bit about your babe! She’s the cutest!
A: Thank you! Her name is Kensington Grace and she is absolutely the joy of our lives. She is five and a half months old and full of personality. She can go from being a little fireball into being the sweetest thing in about 2.5 seconds flat. I lovingly call her my little sour patch baby (you know, sour then sweet?) Whatever her mood, we feel like we hit the baby lottery with this one. She makes everything that we do just that much more special and I feel so lucky to be her mom.
Q: What about motherhood has been harder or easier than you anticipated?
A: The hardest part for me so far has been making the decision to go back to work, and I actually expected this to be one of the easier things! I have always been a very independent person, and one who needed to have her own things. Before I went on maternity leave I would talk with my coworkers about how I just knew it would be so easy for me to have a baby, spend a couple months at home and then jump right back into it. It totally did not happen like that though, and as much as I enjoy where I work I still have to talk myself into going on a lot of days.
One thing that has been easier than I anticipated is the lack of sleep. We’ve actually been very fortunate to have a baby who sleeps through the night about 98% of the time (knock on all the wood) but even when she was a little younger, I was always just so happy to spend any time with her that it didn’t matter to me what time of day it was. I’ve somehow still managed to get us both up, dressed and out the door looking mostly presentable each day so I’d say that’s doing pretty well.
Q: Mothering an infant can take a lot of energy from you – mentally and physically! What are some of your favorite ways to recharge?
A: I love sitting down with a good book, or an episode of my favorite TV show (any This is Us fans out there?) and a glass of white wine at the end of the day when our little babe is down for the night. If I feel like splurging on myself a little bit I’ll go and get my nails done or have a massage, but since becoming a new mama I find it harder to justify luxuries like that when there’s always something new I’m wanting to buy for the baby. I’m slowly but surely learning the delicate balance between all that I want to give to her and what I need to give to myself.
Q: Where should new readers start on your site?
Let’s Have Coffee: http://www.ohdearabbey.com/2017/09/lets-have-coffee.html
My Blog Will Never Fit Into One Category: http://www.ohdearabbey.com/2017/03/its-okay-to-not-fit-into-any-one.html
Things You Should Always Make Time For: http://www.ohdearabbey.com/2017/10/things-you-should-always-make-time-for.html
Q: Where can we find you on social media?
And just for fun…
- Ice cream cone or snow cone? There’s a place near our house that puts a scoop of ice cream in between two layers of snow cone and it is AMAZING. But if I had to choose just one I think I’d have to say ice cream cone.
- Tennis shoes or sandals? Sandals.
- Cups in the cabinet: Right side up or up side down? Regular cups right side up, coffee cups right side down. Why? I have no idea.
- Card or board game? Board game. Monopoly has always been our in home date night go-to.
Thank you so much, Abbey!
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