Hi, my name is Lisa Williams and I am a wife and new mom. Although that is the most important part of me, it isn’t all that I am. I'm from the beautiful Fraser Valley of British Columbia, and I currently live in Winnipeg Manitoba.
I am a bit of a homebody, but I love spending my time with family and friends. I love walking our dog Topher on bright sunny days, and blaring my music in the car and singing loudly (and slightly off key) as I drive down the highway with the windows down. Curling up in my bed or on the couch and watching guilty pleasures like The Bachelor and pretty much anything on the food network & HGTV is one of my favourite pastimes.
These things have changed a bit, since becoming a mom. I spend even more time now with my family and friends, but now this time is usually spent talking about my son, or my friends kids & of course mommyhood. The baby is always greeted first, and then eventually they realize I am there, and they say Hi to me too, but its okay I LOVE it.
I still love taking my dog for walks, but now our walks are accompanied by a stroller and a baby, and they get interrupted every now and then when I hear a fuss coming from inside the stroller. I still love blaring my music in the car, only now blaring means, keeping the volume at a reasonable decibel so as not to wake my sleeping baby.. and again, gets interrupted when I need to make silly sounds or sing silly songs to keep him happy until we get to our destination.
Curling up in bed or on the couch to watch my favourite tv shows also still happens. Just a bit less frequently, and usually not until after our baby is in bed, sleeping soundly and the messy house is cleaned up. I didn’t know it was possible that this favourite of mine could be made better, but when my little guy falls asleep on my chest, and snuggles so sweetly into me, it makes me love relaxing & watching my favourite shows even more. In fact all of these things I love, have been made better because of him & definitely a lot more interesting :)
I have wanted to write a blog for years now, ever since blogging first took off I thought about writing one and sharing my life as a woman. Sharing my hobbies, my interests and my passions and dreams.
Then once I got married to my husband Mike, I thought about writing about the #wifelife, and then again once I found out we were expecting, I thought about sharing my pregnancy journey & life as a wife and new mom. My hope always was to inspire women to be who they want to be, to encourage them to not be afraid to fail. I hoped to connect with other women and show them that there are others going through the same thing, or at least very similar journeys and that they are not alone. For some reason I always procrastinated or second guessed myself.
To be honest, I think I was afraid to fail.
Our son was born this July, and about 12 hours later he was diagnosed with Down Syndrome or Trisomy 21 (more about that in my upcoming post), it was a very emotional time for us, and definitely a different journey than we were expecting.
Once we recovered from the shock of his diagnosis, accepted our new fate, and settled into parenthood, my desire to share our story with a blog was reignited. But again.. I hesitated and would go to sleep at night thinking about everything I wanted to share and say, yet I never put any words on paper.
My final inspiration came after my little sister gave me her Grade 12 ELA essay to read. The topic, Courage. (you can read it here)
After reading her essay, and her perspective (and bawling like a baby), I decided that I couldn’t wait anymore. I HAD to be that Courageous woman she wrote about, I HAD to share my story. I HAD to let others know that having a child with Down Syndrome is truly amazing and such a blessing.
That YES, your journey will be different than it would having a ‘typical’ child, and the route you take may be more scenic, but enjoy the ride & the views, because it isn’t any less beautiful of a journey. If anything it is more beautiful, more enriching, and teaches you so much.
Take COURAGE because if you just found out your baby is going to be born with Down Syndrome, or if you were like us, and had a normal pregnancy with no reason to be concerned, and got the diagnosis after your baby was born, you are one of the lucky few because now you have More to Life & More to Love <3