My babe is a year old.

Wow. How quickly the last twelve months have gone by. Over that time, she has given me so much joy, more than I could have possibly imagined. I can barely even remember my life before her. But it hasn’t been easy. She needs so much time. Constant attention. It never ends. I give and I give and I give, but then sometimes I just can’t give anymore. I mentally shut down and want nothing to do with her. For hours – even days at a time – I’ll straight up ignore her. Yet for not one moment do I ever stop loving her. I swear. Momma just needs a nap. And a cocktail.

Okay, you can wipe that judgmental look off your face. I’m not talking about a real live kid. Come on, though, I bet some of the parents out there know exactly what I’m talking about. Am I right or am I right? But my “babe” is my blog, and she turns one year old this week. I couldn’t be any more proud had she ripped out of me after thirty-six hours of labor.

Ugh. I remember how nervous I was as I posted my very first blog piece a year ago. The idea of writing about the two cities I love was exciting; the reality of it, nauseating. Would anyone actually read it? Would I be mocked? Or worse – ignored? I had no idea what to expect, yet was certain of one thing; I was gonna do this on my own. Just like Jamie Lynn Spears. I love my friends and family, but truth be told, didn’t really expect their support in this endeavor. Not because they’re a bunch of Jerky McJerkisons, but because we all have crazy busy lives to live. That iCal fills up pretty fast. Kids to get ready for school. Pets to walk and feed. Presentations to finish. Therapy sessions. (Admit it.) Grocery shopping. Laundry. Dishes. Bills. And don’t forget to DVR insert your favorite TV show here! Plus, what’s the haps on Facebook? Twitter? MySpace? Does anyone still do MySpace? It’s exhausting just to write it down. So after all is said and done – the kids are in bed, Fido is fed and the laundry can wait ‘til tomorrow – who has the energy to read? The New York Times. The Washington Post. The Onion. These are worth perhaps a few minutes of your time, but even that’s pushing it. Needless to say, I came out of the gate already jaded as to who would even care about this little blog of mine.

Now as some of you may know, I have a hard time admitting when I’m wrong. About anything. Ever. I’m just rusty because it so rarely happens… Heyo! Seriously, though? It’s a problem. Case in point? Trivial Pursuit. Maybe you think it’s just a fun board game to play after dinner with friends. I do not. I don’t even bother playing with other people anymore. That’s a waste of time. Instead, I will sit there for hours, reading the questions to myself and uttering a smug “Yes!” as I flip each card around to confirm my guess. And when I’m wrong? That’s a typo, right?

Yet over the last year, I have never been so wrong in all my life.

I figured I might have a friend or two that would send me their well wishes. The courtesy “It’s great! Good job.” That’s the polite thing to do. Like the compulsory, “Hi. How are you?” when meeting someone for the first time. Or pretending like you don’t totally notice when that same someone shakes your hand with a disgusting, sweaty palm. Somehow it’s even worse if you see them wipe their hand on their pant leg before the handshake. Because they know. Gross. What I did not expect was the overwhelming outreach of encouragement and generosity that has flooded my life over the past twelve months.

For the record, I will never, ever tire of the “It’s great! Good job.” It will always be warmly received in my home. And to the rest of you… Thank you for graciously guiding me through the incredibly confounding world of internet tech (Phi). Thank you for donating your precious time and talent to design my very first logo (Carla). And thank you to those who have been faithful readers each and every week (too many to name). If this is your first time reading my blog – welcome! And if it’s your last? That’s okay, too. I still appreciate the time you gave me. Jerky McJerkison. Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who has pushed me to do more and dream bigger. Your love and support mean more to me than I could ever adequately express. Humbled. Grateful. Amazed. These few words don’t even come close. I just hope that you got a little something in return. A smile. A laugh. Perhaps a guffaw every now and again. If so, then it’s all been worth the late nights and labor pains… Not the stretch marks, though.

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10 Responses to “Go Shawty, It’s Your Birthday”

Awww….loved it!

October 21st, 2010

I always read your blog via RSS feed in Google Reader. Today I used the FB link to actually stop by and have really been enjoying your updates! I’m using your tags to jump around and re-read all my favorite posts.

You are such a descriptive and conversational writer, Anna. Happy 1 year Birthday, tcd!

October 21st, 2010

Thank you, sweet girl! You were definitely on my mind as I was writing it!

October 21st, 2010

Thank you so much, J! Your kind words mean the world to me. I hope you and the fam are doing great, can’t wait to see you all! xo

October 21st, 2010

congratulations and happy birthday! Love we have such a fun writing ‘thang’ in common and can share/bounce ideas. Your writing is so personal and fresh – love it! Hugs lady. Next writing session needs to happen soon.

October 21st, 2010

Thank you much for the kind words, Shawna! And I totally agree, having fellow writer friends is a wonderful thing! 🙂

October 22nd, 2010

Congrats. Keep up the good work, and never forget about the rest of us in the Windy City when you make it big out in Hollywood.

October 23rd, 2010

Thanks so much, Rob! And no way could I ever forget about Chicago or the awesome people that live there! 🙂

October 25th, 2010

Happy blogbirthday! I´ve read a few of your blog posts the last few days,m and it´s really entertaining. And I have to say I absolutely agree with the time thing, it´s almost embarrasing how much time I spend reading/watching the onion! 🙂 Congrats, you´re doing great work, and just wanted to say you´re loud and contagious laugh is one of the things I remember the most from my month over at Framework. Yes… you could hear it from any corner of the office 😀

November 21st, 2010

Rafael!! So good to hear from you!! And thank you so much for the kind words re: the blog. I really appreciate it. Hope all is well back home; I know the FW crew thought the world of you and your beautiful work! And guess what? You mentioning my laugh of course made me laugh. 😉

November 22nd, 2010