12.03.2014

This is 30.

This morning at 8:30 a.m. on the dot, I'll be 30! (Fun fact: Caroline was also born at exactly 8:30 a.m. We are soul mates like that.)

At 8:30 a.m. today, I'll also be in the process of getting our very last ultrasound for baby Ainsley at our high-risk O.B. (We'll have one more at our regular O.B. later this week or early next.)

At 8:30 a.m. during said ultrasound, because a woman's mind never stops running, I'll also be going through a list in my head of things I need to accomplish today. I'll be mentally jotting down a to-do list that will need to take place before our second doctor's appointment at 1:00 this afternoon.

Mop the kitchen.

Pick up Dreft and orange juice.

Vacuum the guest rooms.

Check on the status of the wall monogram for the nursery. 


Not exciting things, by any stretch, but things that need doing. And I'll do them happily because I've waited so long to be in a place in life to do them.

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I'm not sure what I thought 30 would look like, but I like my life so much more than I ever did when I was a scared, naive 21 year old, (though that 21 year old thought she was big and bad and brave...little did she know...)

As I woke up this morning on the couch -- yup, it's that stage of late-pregnancy where sleep-sitting on the couch is more comfortable than trying to roll out of bed every 20 minutes to pee...

Where was I? Oh, yes.

As I woke up this morning, I heard my husband making coffee. I heard Caroline singing in her crib. I heard Ari, our German Shepherd, "greeting" his dog neighbors through the fence. I heard the low hum of our dishwasher, scrubbing away the sauce from last night's spaghetti dinner.

The spaghetti dinner where Stephen and I laughed so hard at Caroline that we had tears in our eyes. Because it's a hilarious thing to watch a toddler eat spaghetti.

I heard the dings of text messages coming through from my family and friends - the people that sweeten my life so much.

I hear the sounds that fill my every day and make me realize that the best days are being lived right. now.

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This year's birthday celebration certainly won't be the wildest or most extravagant. It won't consist of drinking champagne or wearing a sexy little dress. (Though I fully intend to do both those things after this kiddo gets here because FUN.)

But it will consist of sharing some kisses with my husband. It will consist of putting up the last of the Christmas ornaments with Caroline taking them off the tree no sooner than they're hung. It will consist of getting to see the last 4D ultrasound images of our sweet second daughter's face before I meet her in the flesh. It'll consist of me thanking God for all the birthdays leading up to this one - all the experiences and not-so-easy years that make me appreciate this stage of life so much more.

Today's birthday will be the best yet.

If this is 30, give me more.



30 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday, sweet lady! 30 is fabulous and it looks great on you! It's so wonderful to hear how happy you are in life! Sparkling apple cider CHEERS!

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  2. Happy Birthday and enjoying see that baby during your u/s today!

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  3. Wishing you a very happy birthday, Leslie! 30 is off to a wonderful start for you, and it's just going to get better, I'm sure:) Loving this post today!

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  4. Happy birthday, pretty girl! I hope you have a fantastic day and that 30 is absolutely beautiful for you! xoxo

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  5. Happy, happy birthday sweet friend!

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  6. Such a sweet post! Happy Birthday sweetheart!

    Xx
    Dallastyleblog.com

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  7. sounds pretty fantastic to me! happy birthday! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  8. Happy 30th Birthday! I was terrified to turn 30 in October, but it really isn't so bad when you have such special people to share it with :)

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  9. Happy Birthday. I promise 30 is the best.

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  10. Beautifully written! Happy 30th birthday! My mom has always said that "your 30's are the best years of your life!" :)

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  11. Happy Birthday Leslie! It is also my birthday today- I am 34:) I have to tell you my thirties have been the best years of my life- welcome to a wonderful decade!

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  12. Happy Birthday Leslie! 4 months til I turn the big 3-0!

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  13. Happy Birthday Leslie! I had my first baby at 30 and the time has just flown by as I sit here at 38 with two kids. Life is amazing isn't it? Enjoy your day today!

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  14. Happy 30th Birthday! This is sure to be an amazing year!

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  15. Happy Happy Birthday! I hope you have a fabulous day with our sweet family! Love reading your blog! You seem like such a sweet person with an amazing heart!
    Xoxo,
    Amanda
    www.heaveninahandbagblog.com

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  16. Happy birthday - you are beautiful inside and out!

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  17. Happy Birthday!!! I hope it's the best yet.

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  18. Happy Birthday! I turned 30 right before my 2nd daughter was born. Its a great age to be!

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  19. Happy Happy Birthday Leslie!!!! So enjoy reading your blog & following on insta!!! Have a fabulous day!!

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  20. Such a great reflection of life today. I absolutely loved this post!

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  21. Oh, happiest of birthdays to you sweet friend! You crack me up with your story-telling, and I love it. :) I just turned 33 on the 17th of last month, and let me tell you, life is grand in this decade. Many blessings to you and your sweet family now and always!

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  22. Happy birthday, sweet girl! I hope it's a wonderful one! (And this post was beautiful. I turn 30 in August and am in the exact same stage of life and could NOT be happier about it. We are lucky, lucky gals.)

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  23. Happy birthday, Leslie! I love your zeal for life :)

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  24. Happy birthday!!!! I hope I look as good when I'm 30! ;) (Things aren't looking so great as I pulled out 6 white hairs yesterday...)

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