September 15, 2016

Welcome Back Kotter

Woah.  More than two years since I have written a thing.  Say whaaaaaa?  Why you ask?  Because this….

Violet Stefania was born on December 19, 2014.  A true Sagittarius, Violet made a very dramatic entrance into the world via rushed C-section. OK, who am I kidding, Sagittarius? She is my daughter, of course her birth was dramatic.  Long story short, straight out of Grey’s Anatomy, Violet had decels.  I thought we both might die for realzies and into the OR we went.  It was the best worst day of my life and nothing has been the same since.


We are kind of making the same face here, she looks like a beautiful little alien!

A few months from her second (SECOND!?!?!) birthday, and I only just now feel somewhat “normal”.


Motherhood is an adjustment people.  Thanks to Pinterest, I expected all unicorns, rainbows, cute baby smiles and poop that smells like flowers. I mean, TV moms lose their baby weight, go back to work, AND sleep through the night when the kid is like a month old.  Well, TV lies.  LIES!  Sure I knew people with babies and of course, I had my beloved nephew Leo.  Those relationships gave me a glimpse into motherhood.  But no one tells you the truth.  Or maybe they tell you and pregnancy hormones give you selective hearing, sight, and ummm smell.  Either way, nothing and I mean NO THING can prepare you for motherhood until you are in it to win it.


So anyway, I am back and with a new blog design no less!  I can’t promise daily posts but I will have new content a few times a week and maybe even a series or two. Creativity is only bound by my free time otherwise known as the half hour it takes me to eat lunch at my desk.  It took me a week to write this.


PS, Stefania is a real name.  It’s the female diminutive of Steven in both Polish and Italian (I’m a quarter each) and a nod to my maiden name.  My mom thought I made it up.  Apparently, she thought this until Violet’s baptism in June 2015.  Turns out the priest’s mother is called Stefania.  For six whole months my mom thought Violet’s middle name was a made up word.  Nice.  For the record, we pronounce it the Polish way, Ste-fan-ya.

PPS, if you don’t know what Welcome Back Kotter is, and/or never saw it referenced on an episode of Friends, you are too young to read this blog.


  1. Great first post Emma! Love seeing photos of my most precious goddaughter!!

  2. Yay! So excited to get “Emma time” again!!!

  3. I’m glad that you are back doing something for you! Can’t wait to hear what’s on your mind.

  4. Mom Godfrey says:

    Enjoyed this!! You have a flair for writing. Between you and John, Vivi has good writing genes. Looking forward to more posts.

  5. Thanks Everyone for the positive welcome back

  6. Lovely photos Emma, and you definitely have a flair with the English language ♡

  7. I loved all of this! You had me laughing due to just how relatable this was.
    She’s so precious but also looks to keep you pretty busy! The twos are a lot of fun! Can’t wait to read more 🙂

  8. Sarah Schick says:

    Welcome back, indeed! You continue to be inspirational <3

  9. Love photos and sweet commentary. I feel so young as I was mystified by the Welcome Back Kotter reference.

  10. Albert L. Godfrey, Sr. says:

    Well done Emma. So happy to see you back. The pictures are gorgeous. She is growing so fast. Love Dad G.

  11. Welcome back Emma! For those of us who are “faceless” (not on Face Book) your blog is a great way to stay in touch. Love to all. Aunt Nancy

  12. Joseph L Stefanski says:

    Emma, This is very brave and good! You can do this! You are awesome!
    Uncle Joe

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