I've been in real estate for almost 9 years. Real estate was my passion. I was a workaholic. I took, and still do take, every transaction very personally. I become friends with many of the buyers and sellers. To this day, I get excited for a buyer when they submit an offer and it's accepted. It doesn't matter if it's a $100k condo or a $400k house, the excitement is the same.
Then, 15 months ago, there was a shift...
Two years ago this month, I got pregnant. I didn't know until some time in April that year. Once through the first trimester, I blogged to the world about my pregnancy. I blogged on my birthday that year to announce the sex of the baby. It was a great birthday present to find out on that day.
Then, my water broke, and off to the hospital. Nothing to do except to lay in bed, and the hospital had a wireless connection, so I blogged to the world that I was in the hospital. After Alyssa was born, 9:54 am on November 16, 2007, I was blogging again to announce her name as we didn't have one agreed to until she was almost 2 days old.
Then, I had 4 appointments the week after she was born. Oops, I found out why they want you to take it easy for 6 weeks. It was hard for me to slow down, so I went at about 80% of my usual pace...
Somewhere in between all the cooos and giggles, I realized work wasn't as important as I always thought it was. I now had someone that hung on my every word and I needed to be there for her.
She did start daycare at 10 weeks old so I could work, but I was there for her first giggle, her first laugh, her first rolling over, her first crawl, her first standing up without hands, her first steps, her first words, her first everything... and I love every minute of it! We play hookie every so often and spend the entire day together.
Even though I have other "passions" like wakeboarding and volleyball and anything sports related, my true passion is now being a Mother to my daughter, Alyssa.
These are some pictures of her throughout the year. It was hard to find narrow down to favorites, but these are definitely a good group to show her different personalities.