Little Big Moments Take 25

There’s something truly magical about watching a friend transition into Motherhood. About looking at her baby and thinking, “holy cow, you MADE that.” The girl I used to trampse around the city with and do crazy things at random college parties is now this full on Mommy to the happiest, sweetest little boy. A testament to how well she has embraced this new calling.

I’ve always known Christine was something awesome, but to see her parent with such ease and enthusiasm was really inspirational.

She plays the role of Superwoman very well, balancing a baby on her hip while she simultaneously unloads the dishwasher, heats up homemade soup in the crock pot and sings silly little songs that make the baby laugh. But she’s also honest enough to say, “It’s awesome, but I’m tired.” To talk about the real side of Mommyhood, the tough parts, but to know it’s all worth it when your motivation looks like this…

And there’s something so awesome about loving on your friend’s baby. Alex and I had the best time playing Aunties for the weekend, and my heart has just expanded to make room for this sweet little man.

The friendships, the laughter, the conversations, the love…it’s all still there. It just looks a little different now. And the ‘different’ is good. So, so good.

For example, this is us hitting up the newest “It” spot. No cover charge…

And we’re still into kissing boys…

Of course we make sure we hit the gym after a girls night out…

And coffee chats are still the best way to catch up on each other’s lives…

There is one thing that’s very different though…

Instead of calling “Shotgun”, now we call “Backseat!” And it’s easy to see why…

Say It Ain’t So

I’m so so sad to officially announce that the fabulous, amazing and super fun Pam101 is leaving Washington, D.C. to move back home to Pittsburgh. Now, I’ve known for a while that Pam101 was ready to make the leap, return to her roots and be back home with her awesome family that includes a too-cute-for-words niece and future-heartbreakin’ nephew, but now that the time is actually here…I’m super bummed.

I’m so aware that friends like Pam101 don’t come around often. She’s the type of girl who is always up for a dinner date or movie night, she goes above and beyond to throw fantastic dinner parties (hello, royal wedding watch party), and when you call her desk 911-style because you’re crying in the work bathroom and need your makeup, she comes to your rescue in record time (true story). From ballet dates, to NYC adventures, to twilight movie marathons, to the infamous 6lb milkshake challenge…and there’s more, just search Pam101 on this blog…I’m sad to see Pam go because of all the fun things that go with her. But hey, the only thing constant is change, right?

When I stop being selfish, I truly am happy for this new chapter in her life. And I know it’s not a goodbye, but rather a see you later, and hopefully one that will see us eating Primanti sandwiches and shopping the strip district. Tonight we’ll celebrate with champagne, mussels and frites at the always delightful Bistro du Coin in Dupont. I can’t promise there won’t be tears 😉

Oh life, you are so darned transient.