With only about a week until my due date, the reality of just how insane my life is about to get is starting to hit me a bit. I’ve had it easy up until now. HB is nearly 14 and is such a help with Maddy. Their 12 year age gap is unfortunate because I would have liked for HB to have the experience of having a sibling close in age.
My brother Matt and I are 2 1/2 years apart, having always shared an incredible bond and closeness. However, also having a 10 year age difference between my own sister and I, (as well as a 12 year gap between myself and my two youngest brothers) I know that at some point your ages become just a number.
As we grew up Erin and I had different stages of our relationship. Once I was very much her caretaker and my mother’s “right hand man.” Then I moved from North Carolina to New Jersey when Erin was 8 making it incredibly difficult to have much of a relationship at all except during the 3 or 4 times a year when I would come home to visit. Flash forward 16 years later, both grown. Now we are friends, confidants sharing with one another the trials and tribulations that life throws our way. Despite the different stages that our lives are in even now, we still manage to be able to truly relate to one another as I know that one day HB and Maddy will also.
In about a week or so, I will go from being a mother of two daughters in totally different stages of their lives, to being the mother of three children with two of them under the age of two, at least for several weeks until Maddy reaches her second birthday. This should be interesting for sure! But I’m as excited as I am nervous and I cannot wait to meet this new child. I can’t wait to find out if it’s a boy or a girl. Will it also be the spitting image of Mike, just like Maddy is? Or will this one take on my darker features? All these questions are about to be answered in just a short time and I am so ready!
As you can imagine, I’m about to have my hands very full as our family makes this transition. We’ll be sleep-deprived, cranky and overjoyed all at once. During this transitional period I’m sure I won’t find myself in the kitchen beyond making meals to sustain us during the insanity. So you will be seeing some guest posts in addition to some posts by me. I’ve chosen four ladies who I know you will enjoy reading. They all are incredibly talented writers and cooks.
The first of these four wonderfully talented bloggers is Barb of Creative Culinary. I’ve mentioned her in numerous #baketogether posts and she’s also one of the masterminds behind #goaterie which I participated in. You’ll also be hearing from Carrie of Poet in the Pantry. You all should be very familiar with her these days since over the last few months she and I have been tackling our mutual list of new culinary projects that we wanted to try in our #FirstontheFirst posts. Next, you have Wendy of La Phemme Phoodie. She’s a Jersey girl like me and has become a friend of mine through the world of food blogging. Last but certainly not least we have another Jersey girl, Lisa of Jersey Girl Cooks. You may remember I did a guest post for her a few months ago and she so kindly agreed to make a guest appearance here as well.
These lovely ladies will be making sure you have excellent content to read while our family adjusts to the arrival of our new baby and I will be back in action just as soon as I can. I’ll be baking with a baby in my arms and a toddler hugging at my legs in no time. In the meantime, enjoy the wonderful words and food that I know these lovely women will be bringing to you.