I’m so excited to share that on February 2nd, at 2:41 am, my husband Troy and I welcomed our baby girl Sonoma Genevieve Ivona Michaud into the world. She arrived like her mother - fashionably late and has long legs like her dad. We are all happy, growing together, and unbelievably in love.
Troy and I are excited to get to know her and have been enjoying every moment of newborn snuggles, sounds and love.
I’m a proud mama so of course, I have some pictures to share (of course).
I’ve been meaning to send this message for literally weeks (pretty much since she was born) but having a baby has rocked my world in more ways than I could have ever fathomed.
Now, there have been so many shifts and transformations I’ve gone through in the past 4 weeks that I couldn’t possibly share them all here but I wanted to share this one with you.
Something can be simultaneously ordinary and incredibly profound.
Pregnancy, labour, delivery, and parenthood all fall into this category.
The first time you feel your baby kick or hiccup in your belly, your heart sings and it feels like absolute magic.
It’s totally cliché but there is nothing like the moment when you first meet and hold your baby.
And the amount of work you put in as a parent, day in, day out – and mostly night in and night out – is actually insane. Already, I recognize how much effort parenting is and I’m still an absolute newbie.
But it’s all worth it when you see your child thrive, smile, grow and develop.
In all these moments, it’s hard to imagine anything any more profound or incredible.
Now - here's the mind-blowing part:
These moments happen every day, all the time, all around the world.
Women have given birth for millions of years.
Every day, mothers feel their babies wiggle and kick inside.
Every moment, babies are being welcomed into the world.
Every night, exhausted parents tap into every ounce of strength and love to persevere to morning… or the next nap time.
In a lot of ways, pregnancy, labour, delivery, and parenting is totally mundane. Routine. Everyday.
And at the same time, each of us have our own experience that is deeply personal, soulful and powerful.
I love this perspective because it is a beautiful reminder for each of us that all that matters is our own experience in life.
It doesn’t matter how many people have gotten a certain level of education before you. What matters is the effort you put in, what you learned, and the feeling of achievement you have.
It makes no difference how often businesses hit the 5-figure (or 6-figure) monthly mark. What matters is the moment you do and realize you’ve created a successful business.
Who cares how much faster someone else ran a marathon, was promoted to a Director, or won an “Entrepreneur of the Year” award?!
It doesn’t take away from the hard work and dedication you put in.
By remembering this, your champagne will be every bit as bubbly.
Your sense of self and confidence will grow.
And your life will be filled with powerful, profound experiences that are meaningful for YOU. (Because honestly, no-one else matters).
The truth is, I have transformed. I feel like a different person.
No matter how many women have come before me, I have shifted.
I genuinely want to be present and enjoy my baby so my to-do list just doesn’t matterlike it used to. In time this will change. Or maybe it won’t.
All I know is that right now, I want to spend every moment enjoying Sonoma. Between feeding and sleeping (her and me), I also want to snuggle her, play with her, read to her,sing, and do tummy time together.
So I’m taking the next few months to spend as much time with baby girl as I can. I’ll still be popping into your inbox periodically to share wisdom and tips to create meaningful work AND a fun-filled life.
Because I just want to be with my baby and my new expanded family as much as possible, I won’t be replying to non-urgent emails and I’m not currently accepting any new clients.
I will absolutely be back and am excited to work with more amazing clients like you starting this summer. If you’re interested in coachingtogether in the future, be the first to know by hopping on the waitlist here.
I appreciate your patience and support so much <3
Ordinarily – and profoundly yours –
PS. Here’s a few pics of my sweetheart, Sonoma