You say it’s your birthday

Today I turn 27 years old. I do not lament aging, though I suppose it’s easy to say that when you’re only 27. But even at this age, I see friends post on Facebook on their birthdays about how “old” they feel at 27 or 28. I don’t feel that way at all.

My baby-making years have only just begin (don’t worry, I’m thinking three tops). I feel good, healthy, happy. I’m old enough to feel settled, but still young enough that most of my life lays ahead of me. My early 20s were fun, but I’ve always felt like I’ll hit my stride in my 30s. I’m looking forward to 30 in just a few short years, and I think the best is really still ahead.

I know there are many of you out there reading who have never left a comment (I see the hits, but don’t have the comments to show for it!). I wanted to ask you a favor for my birthday. Please say hi! I still don’t have many local mom friends, so I count you guys (not just moms, but all of you reading) in my support group. Tell me something about yourself or just say hi. Don’t be shy!

I’m off to get out of the house with my baby on this lovely day. Then I’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and an adult beverage after the baby is in bed. I hope all of you are feeling this good!

29 thoughts on “You say it’s your birthday

  1. Olivia

    Hi! I’ll admit I am one that does not comment here much… but I definitely read your blog! I feel the same as you do (but at age 35), that I do not feel “old” at all. I am surrounded by my children, my husband, family and love and… what more can you ask for in this beautiful life?

    Have a great birthday today with the ones you love! :)

  2. Karin

    Happy Birthday! As a 30 year old with no kids yet I definitely think you have hit your stride! I hope that I can start putting your advice into practice soon!

    Lots of good birthday wishes from NYC.

  3. Jes

    Happy Birthday! I’ll be 30 in a month or so, I feel no where near as settled as you or Kacie though! I hope your day is great!

  4. Rebekah

    Hi, Karen! I have really enjoyed reading your blog the last couple years or so. My first baby, also a beautiful boy, was born just a few weeks before yours. I resonate strongly with many of your posts, and often cry, laugh, or some combination of both as I read. We had decided to use econobum cloth diapers just a few days before I saw your post on making the same decision. On that occasion and many others, I’ve been affirmed and encouraged by your writing. I’m sorry I haven’t responded in kind! This first year is so hard, we all need all the encouragement, support, and community we can get. That first birthday is coming up quickly for both our sons, though! I hope your birthday is wonderful. I’ll be 28 in a few months, and I’m also rather excited to be nearing the next decade of my life, especially as I anticipate what life as a wife and mom will look like then. Maybe there’ll be a bit more sleep involved?!

  5. Jen

    Happy Birthday! Here’s to a great year ahead! In my 20’s, life seemed to move a lot slower than it has in my 30’s. Hope you remember to stop and smell the roses. :-)

  6. B

    As a reader, but not commenter, Happy Birthday. As someone a little older than you, and going to have my first kid, I’ve enjoyed reading about yours, and some of what I’m in for!

  7. Caitlin

    Happy Birthday! I comment here once in awhile. I have really enjoyed reading your blog, especially the tips and explanations from your own life. I’m recently married and looking to have kids in a couple of years, so I’m also really enjoying reading about your adventures in parenting!

  8. amber

    Happy Birthday!!!! I adore your blog! I stumbled upon your wedding posts as I have been researching how to plan my wedding on a budget! You are so inspiring! I hope this year is your best year yet…..Much Love from California!

  9. Cathy

    Happy Birthday!!!! I was 28 when I had my first baby. I turn 44 on Saturday. I am excited. It feels each year just gets better. I have been married 23 years and still feel giddy about my husband and I have two of the greatest teenagers. I have been fortunate to teach adults part time in the evening so I can homeschool my kids. Life is good! It is fun to read about your journey and I look forward to reading much more.

  10. Kayla

    Happy birthday! I’m 27.5 and due with my first in February. I do feel old sometimes, though I think that is for 2 reasons: 1) I’m not in as good of shape as I was when I participated in sports in high school. 2) We are still attending the campus church that we went to while in college. Hanging around lots of college kids makes me “feel” old sometimes, haha.

    But you’re right, there’s a lot of life ahead, and we’re so excited to start our family! :)

  11. Erin

    Happy Birthday! I celebrated my 32nd on Oct. 6. I enjoy your blog. I hope you realize that you are a very lucky woman. You realized young enough, to make changes for a better future. My hubby and I are still working on that part. Your blog has been a great inspiration. Thank you. :)

  12. ZC

    Hi Karen, Happy Birthday. I read and enjoy your blog, but don’t comment. I am a first time mom too and my baby boy is just days older than yours. I am a little older than you (33) and hope to have one more baby next year.
    Are you making any plans for your baby’s first birthday celebration? I am thinking about what we’ll do for our son’s birthday.
    Hope you enjoyed your Bday!

  13. Jennifer

    Happy Birthday! Mentally I don’t feel my age, but physically I do. Sometimes I wish they would mesh a bit more – of course on the younger side of things.

  14. Ashley

    Happy Birthday!!! I always looked forward to 32. I have no idea why, but it just seemed like a great age. I am now 35 and don’t feel the least bit old. Have a blast all year long and love your life. :-)

  15. Kasey

    Happy Birthday – a few days late. I never feel as old as I am. And as a gift to you, since I think you are living near my old neck of the woods, there is a huge kids consignment sale coming up., and since Judah’s under 1 you can go to the new mom’s day
    The wife of a friend from high school blogs all the big sales :)

  16. Hanelene

    Happy birthday! I have to say, notwithstanding the ridiculous amounts of white hair, my thirties have been fabulous. Not stress or worry free, but fabulous.

  17. Trish

    Happy Birthday Karen! I hope you had a lovely day. I read your blog regularly but rarely comment. I am a 35 year-old mom of one, divorced, and a few short years ago I was drowning in debt. Your blog was one I found during my journey to a debt-free life… thanks for sharing your insight, ideas, and for providing inspiration to so many loyal readers. Oh, and of course for sharing so many lovely pics of your sweet baby boy!

  18. Cheryl

    Happy Belated Birthday!! I am 39 and while I don’t feel it, every once in a while I do shock myself when I look in the mirror! LOL ;) I have definately enjoyed my 30’s and expect to enjoy my 40’s even more! Thanks for sharing so much of your life and pictures of your precious little guy with us!

  19. Brittany

    I’m a frequenter, even if not the most timely of readers :)
    Hope you had an awesome birthday, Karen, (and an awesome lasagna, haha) and hope to see you again the next time I come back! X’s & O’s

  20. Haley

    Happy birthday, Karen! I found you through the Wall Street Journal a while ago and have been a reader ever since.

  21. Bobbi

    Happy Birthday Karen (very belated). I just found you again and am enjoying catching up. My baby girl and her husband are expecting their first in January so we are all excited! Many happy years to you!

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