Thanks for the great questions ladies, here are my answers! If you have any questions for me after reading this post please feel free to ask them in a comment below and I will make another post answering them!
I'm just curious how Chloe handled the move, and how everyone is transitioning. I hope you all are doing well, although it certainly sounds like you guys are having a great time in your new home. Hope you have an awesome weekend!
Thanks Stephanie! It feels really incredible to be back in Chicago. I am so grateful for my experience in Seattle but it honestly didn't feel like home to me. Chicago feels like home and I am so glad Mike and I made the decision to move back and raise Chloe here! For the most part the transition has been fairly easy, as most of you know we are living with my family for the time being until we get on our feet. I think this is a great opportunity to get to know my parents and brother and sister again but of course we are excited to move out and get a place of our own hopefully sometime soon.
Chloe feeding my parents dog Ozzy!
Chloe has handled the move amazingly, I think its helps that she is so young and adapts to new surroundings very quickly at this age. She seems happy and healthy and is loving all the attention she is getting from my family. I will say that the first few nights here Chloe did wake up often throughout the night in tears, you could tell she was unaware of where she was and I think that scared her a bit. Chloe is sleeping much better these days!
Ok because I have a boy and because most of my close friends had boys, I want to know what you look forward to most and possibly fear the most as your sweet baby girl grows up?
Great question Margaux! What I look forward to the most as Chloe grows is discovering more of who she is. I'm so excited to see her character unravel as she matures and blossoms into a woman, to find out what she loves and cares about and what she's passionate about. I pray and hope that Chloe and I will always have a strong relationship and that one day when she is an adult she will see me as someone that she can come to for anything. I have a close relationship with my Mother and I can only hope and pray for the same as Chloe grows up.
Unfortunately I do have a lot of fears about raising a girl. I'm terrified that I wont be a good enough role model for Chloe. I'm terrified that Chloe's teenage years will be really difficult and that she will make some of the same mistakes as me and that I wont know how to handle things properly. One thing not a lot of people may know about me except for family and close friends is that I struggled with an eating disorder from the ages of 14-21, bouncing back and forth between anorexia and bulimia. I am terrified that Chloe will follow in my foot steps and struggle with an eating disorder as well. It is my mission to raise Chloe to love herself and to teach her that God, the creator of life made her absolutely perfectly. I don't ever want Chloe to feel the way I felt about myself and to go through the pure hell that is an eating disorder.
I want Chloe to love herself, to feel proud and confident in who she is. I want her to know how beautiful she is and how loved she is. I want her to spend her time learning and having fun and discovering more about herself. I want her to be a kid and to take her time growing up. I will do whatever it takes to make that happen!
Thank you both for the great questions, I hope I was able to answer them for you. If any of you have more questions for me please feel free to ask me and I will try my best to answer them!