Full Heart.

I've never been a big Valentine's Day person. It's a nice holiday and I'm definitely not one to complain about flowers and candy (thanks dad!), but I've never made a big deal about the day.  Usually I mostly ignored the holiday or spent it with my girlfriends eating chocolate and watching Grey's Anatomy (such a guilty confession).  Last year James and I celebrated Valentine's Day together, and it was all very sweet and nice, but to be honest we were both still a little freaked out and shocked that we were in college and about to become parents. However, this year is different.

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James and I at the end of out Senior year, last spring. I was 7 months pregnant here.

This year is different because I've never before had a heart quite so full.  So much love has entered my life and in such an unexpected way. Not only do I have a lifetime with my adorable son and the undying support and love of his father, but I also have never felt closer to my family and friends.

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This photo was taken by my friend, Alyssa, at the party after Jamesie was baptized. 

It is so true how in the toughest parts of your life, the people that matter the most are the ones that stick by you, support you, and build you up. When James and I told our families that we were going to become parents, we received nothing but love, support and guidance. Thank you. We love you all so very much. Our friends, as well, lifted us up - and those that didn't... we left those friendships behind. Life is too short to surround yourself with people who don't care for you when you need it most. This past year I found my true friends, and I know I wouldn't have made it through senior year without you all. For that thanks and I love you guys :)

James and I are going to his parents home in Boston tonight for the long weekend. We plan on spending our Valentine's day with each other and his siblings, while his parents enjoy a well deserved date night. James's parents, Mary Ellen and Jim, are two incredible people - they give everything to their children and their genuine love and caring nature is felt by all who know them.  I feel blessed to have them in my life and as grandparents to my son.

I really can't think of a better way to spend my own Valentine's Day than with James's siblings. The energy and utter delight the kids have is contagious, especially when you have the excitement of a holiday.  Kids make Valentine's Day way more fun and loving. I also so enjoy witnessing their love for their nephew, my sweet Jamesie. He loves them as well - always watching and observing - he is completely fascinated by the big kids.

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Soon after having Jamesie, I realized how important it was to prioritize time with James. Our relationship has grown so much stronger since becoming parents, but we still need our time together - and to feel like normal 20-somethings for once (what is normal anyways?) Even if it's only for a little while - talking at night after Jamesie has gone to sleep, or sharing small moments together on the weekends doing various activities or errands - it is so important for us to have that time. Our Valentine's celebration will be a  dinner out next week - just us two in the city after he gets off work. This year, Valentine's day is really something to look forward to after all.

Full heart.