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AND BABY MAKES SIX!

I'm Erika Ward

Over a decade ago, I exchanged my corporate life in building construction for an opportunity to enhance your personal home via decoration and renovation.  My mission? To help busy professionals make their homes their sanctuaries.

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Last week I ran into one of my favorite clients (all of you are my favs, really) and she was shocked to see my growing baby bump. I remember posting the news on the BluLabel Bungalow Facebook Page, but completely forgot to blog about it.

Like most people when they learn of our news she asked, “How many kids do you have already?” We have three children under the age of 6. I won’t pretend for a moment that it is easy.

During our engagement, my husband and I agreed that we wanted to have six children. We came to this conclusion before we even had the first kid which turned out to be twins. When the third child came along we decided to call it quits, or so I thought.

It was earlier this year while having breakfast that my husband requested a fourth child. I nearly choked in mid-chew.

We just got into a groove of having three, so how would we incorporate a fourth?

Truthfully, adjusting to motherhood was a challenge for me. I often envied the other mothers I saw at playgroups who appeared to be in parenting bliss while I kicked wood chips in boredom while stealing peeks at my watch every 10 minutes waiting for our ‘meeting’ to end. It wasn’t until I incorporated some ‘me’ time into my schedule that I began to enjoy myself at the playground, birthday parties, or anywhere there were a slew of kids.

Don’t get me wrong, I love children and the joy they bring to one’s life. As a new mom I quickly learned that they require more care than you could ever imagine.

Hats off to the single mothers out there! You ladies are tougher than nails!!

As mothers we tend to get reprimanded or labeled as a bad mom if we have ‘negative’ feelings associated with motherhood. I tend to be very honest about my feelings and probably a little more than my husband cares to know. I came to realize that the negative feelings derived from not taking time to nurture myself and my personal interests. I can’t stress enough the importance of not losing yourself in the midst of it all.

From time to time, I will share with you some of my simple pleasures here on the blog along with my usual posts about design. There’s so much more to my life than just design and I could use another outlet to write about it without starting another blog.

As I take time to live life to the fullest and without regrets, I hope you will also share with me ways you take time for yourself. Let’s start now…

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Hi, I'm Erika.
Your Design + Happy Healthy Home Advocate.

Over a decade ago, I exchanged my corporate life in building construction for an opportunity to enhance your personal home via decoration and renovation. My mission? To help busy professionals make their homes their sanctuaries.

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