Mother's Day has looked really different each year in our house. The first year we celebrated I was pregnant with Jay and we had a a low key day of church and naps. The following year Derek got super sick and so I spent the entire day taking care of him, and our nine month old baby. The year after that I was pregnant with Em, and we had just gotten her final diagnosis and all the anxiety that went along with that, so we weren't really in the celebrating mood. Last year, Derek came down with round two of the Mother's Day plauge, and so I was back to waiting on him again, but this time I was taking care of Jay and Em as well.
This year though, Mother's Day seems so much more special then years previously. I have two amazing kids. Em has been doing amazingly well with her physical therapy. Jay has really let go of a lot of his anxiety over the last few months... and while I don't particularly feel like I have this entire motherhood thing down at all, I just feel so grateful that I get to experience motherhood at all, especially with these two kids by my side.
This year I'm praying that no one is sick, I hope that our day starts off with a great morning at church, followed by an afternoon where everyone takes a nap, maybe Derek makes his killer Fettuccine Alfredo for dinner, and if Em doesn't take 5 hours to fall asleep that night, all the better.
One thing I'm really hoping for is that Derek will be on board with everyone wearing coordinating outfits to church. This year I've teamed up with Gymboree for their "One Big Happy Mother's Day" celebration, to share with you some of the pieces from their new spring line, and I crossing my fingers Derek will match the kids and I with no complaint.
I'm a sucker for all things plaid on Jay, and so when I saw this button down shirt I knew it was a must. And then of course I couldn't resist the little crab printed shorts and the boat shoes. The sunglasses though were all him, he couldn't resist those. Naturally Em had to match so I snagged their eyelet dress for her with these matching hair ribbons, and she just looked so, so cute. I was super impressed with the quality of Gymboree's clothes too, which shouldn't be surprising since they've been making quality clothing for over 30 years now.
This post was created in partnership with Gymboree. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post was also written before my announcement last week, so please bare with me as I finish up sponsorships and transition to this new phase on the blog.