writingmeg Last Mother's Day, my first, was an absolute blur. Oliver had been home from the NICU for two nights -- which meant we'd barely slept for two nights. I was a wreck ... or a zombie, more accurately. I did not enjoy it. I felt sick and overwhelmed. I did not yet feel like a mother -- still peeking around to see when the "real" parents were going to swoop in. So this year? I'm going to relish in being so far from that broken shell of a new mom I was last May -- feeling now, more than ever, that we've made it. Gifts are sweet, but totally secondary. Though THIS Flowerbomb lasts much longer than actual flowers, @tesla1876 ... just sayin'! @influenster @viktor_and_rolf #flowerbombaddict #sponsored 18h

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writingmeg "We're not that hungry," we said. "Let's just split a large -- we'll have lots of leftovers," we said. 2d

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writingmeg Our treats on display! Loved this beautiful set-up at @sammyoohh's wedding. #latergram 3d

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writingmeg Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Johnson! Lovely wedding, lovely night 4d

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writingmeg 124 wedding cupcakes for @sammyoohh complete! Key lime and vanilla with coconut. Good night. 😴 5d

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writingmeg This is definitely why we lowered his mattress. #babyjail 1w

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writingmeg Baby's first baseball game. Must be there with Grandpa! 2w

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writingmeg It's taken some convincing, but he's coming around to the bookish way of life 2w

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writingmeg Creamy lemon pasta with spinach, mint and peas. Delicious #blueapron meal -- especially for someone who can barely chew! (Recovering from dental surgery.) Won't pretend like I didn't eat it all! #blueapronmeals 2w
  •   coffeebookchick @writingmeg I love these meals! I'm with Hello Fresh and love it, the menu changes and the ideas! (And I hope you feel better soon ) 2w
  •   joanneeatswell Haha I'm making the blue apron grilled cheese from this week tonight! 2w

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writingmeg Vintage circus stampssssss! I adore these. Check it out, @katieraej7! 📬 2w

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writingmeg Ollie's first birthday blow-out was tons of fun, and someone doesn't know what to explore first. He's less partial to the boxes and paper than he was at Christmas, so actual toys now have appeal! 2w

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writingmeg Oh, you know, just a bunch of Kermit eyes on a Wednesday night. Nothing to "see" here! 3w

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writingmeg This time last year, as my husband says, "Things were really happening." Just an hour to go until Ollie arrived. Thank you all for the kind words and birthday wishes! The rain stopped mid-afternoon and we had a great day with our 1-year-old. Little guy was a wee bit overwhelmed and NOT a fan of his first cupcake, but sleeping soundly now! 3w
  •   whitelilacphotography Happy birthday, Ollie!! I still owe you an email to firm up a reschedule date. 3w
  •   jenmerry Yay! Happy birthday sweet Ollie! 3w

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writingmeg Cupcakes for the little man. Trying out my Kermit eyes to prepare for Saturday -- success! 3w

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writingmeg A year ago today, I was waking up in Baltimore to the news that we would be welcoming our son that Sunday. Sixteen hours later, Oliver was here! As time goes on, I think less and less of our early start and dwell only on my gratitude that he is here and healthy. Ollie is joy itself, and we love him so very much. Happy first birthday, my sweet boy! And happy (giving) birth day, body -- women are amazing! 3w

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writingmeg Um ... ? 4w

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writingmeg "I don't know what to do," I said. The nurses were kind; they knew what I needed before I did. "Why don't you read to him?" Books are how I have always made sense of the world -- and I knew which one to bring to the NICU. I adored Eric Carle's beautiful books as a child, so I made "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" his first story. I didn't know if it would make any difference, me reading aloud in this hushed and heartbreaking place, but it did -- to both of us. My son, born 8 weeks premature, will turn 1 on April 12 -- the same day beloved author Beverly Cleary will turn 100. The @washingtonpost is asking for our favorite childhood reads, and this is mine -- now accompanied by this priceless moment almost one year ago. #firstreads 4w
  •   tiftalksbooks Exactly what @whatsheread said! 4w
  •   avidreader25 Beautiful. I put so much thought into what Sydney's first books would be. I picked Love You Forever and On the Night You Were Born. Books matter! 4w
  •   lexilooo This is absolute perfection, Meg 4w
  •   ohmamamyers So, so precious. Congrats to mama, and happy birthday little buddy!! 3w

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writingmeg Double rainbow right outside the office! I could literally see where it began. BRB, gold-hunting. 4w
  •   allisonardel I am not surprised to see this today! And please throw some to your adoring IG friends. 4w

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writingmeg It's not every day you have lunch with a mermaid... 4w

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writingmeg The last of the cannoli poke cake from Mom's birthday. Honestly, surprised it made it this long! Easily one of the most delicious things I've made. Will get recipe on the blog soon! 4w

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