Household Mag.


MotherhoodHailey AndresenComment

This year has been one for the books. Since last Thanksgiving Zack and I found out we were having a baby, Zack landed his dream job, we moved to New York, met a few new pals, I started Household, gave birth to our baby boy, celebrated our second year of marriage, and are hosting our very first Thanksgiving today.

As I write this (on the Saturday before Thanksgiving) I couldn't be more grateful. I will always remember this year as the year we started our family. The year that we took big risks and received huge rewards. That's not to say it's been easy every step of the way. Leaving everything we knew in Phoenix this March was one of the hardest things I've had to do, and hell it's still hard. There are plenty of days I just wish I could call my mom to come babysit Owen so I can run an errand, blow dry my hair, or get some work done. But all in all our support system has reached its way across the country and taken care of us in ways I never thought possible. The love each of our families and friends who are essentially family have for Owen and for our little family is overwhelming. Distance can very easily pull people apart, but I have found that it pulls you closer to the people that matter most. And for that I am so grateful. 

Living in Brooklyn and New York in general has been such an inspiring experience. There was a huge part of me that was terrified to be in a huge city as a new mom, but I'm in such great company here. I have met so many incredible moms and friends that make this whole process that much easier. I have truly benefited from living in such a go, go, go kind of place as a mom. Because of this environment, I've been fortunate enough to grow not only as a mother, but as a creative as well. Having that individual growth has been a key ingredient in my happiness this year, and I am proud of myself for working so hard to achieve it.

Balancing motherhood, creativity, work, friendships and marriage has it's challenges, but I would be lying if I said it didn't have it's rewards. Living this life with Zack has been better than I could have ever imagined. We have traveled a long way to get to where we are today, and I couldn't be more proud of him or us. Still best friends after all these years and living in our favorite place as parents to the best little boy. We did good my love. 

Speaking of doing good. Owen. He has changed my life in the best way possible. If there's just one thing I'm thankful for this year it's that little guy. (Sorry Z!) In his two months of life he has taught me what it means to love and care for someone beyond measure, how important it is to relax and go with the flow as a mother, and how to be present in a whole new way. He fills my heart up with love each and every day. He makes me want to be a better person so that I can give him everything in life. And i'm not talking about material objects. I can only hope to teach him as much as he will continue to teach me through our lives. So happy to have our newest teammate. 

This year will be nearly impossible to beat, but I'm up for the challenge. And more than I'm up for it, I'm thankful. 

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!