Norah & Co. is… our family! Norah is the tiny one in the picture; she’s 1, she runs the show and so, *Norah* & Co. Louis is my boyfriend, partner, Norah’s dada, whatever you want to call him (no, *gasp*, we’re not married). And I am Gena.
We’re young, newly graduated from university, moved to a new city, bought a house, had a baby… all in the same year. What were we thinking?
When Louis and I met, it was only 9 months later that we came back from a celebratory trip to Ireland and I had a funny feeling… I took “a test”, and 9 months after that, Norah Jane was born. It was beautiful and confusing and jolting, and still is.
Now, Norah is 20 months and we’re all settling more and more into our roles as parents, partners, and growing baby. Snuggles, blowouts, food strikes, giggles, first words, long nights… we’re in it for the long haul!
What is Norah & Co?
Well, this all started out as my place for memories, documentation, mom things… but I recently started working full-time and decided I wanted to make this space public – why? Because. I know that I am not the only one.
I am not the only one who has no clue what they’re doing. I know that Louis and I aren’t the only young parents who exist. I know that I’m not the only one who feels overwhelmed by the day-to-day, the unknown, parenting, the monotony of stay-at-home mom-ing (which I did for the first 18 months), the mom-guilt that comes with taking a full-time job, by the increasing amount of love I feel for my baby (am I going to explode?!)… I also know I’m not the only one with postpartum depression or anxiety.
Come here for the “me, too” in all of this, and come here for ideas, and come here to connect, and above all else, come here to smile.
So, if all this ends up being is a blog and a channel of memories for us, and for future Norah, and for our family and friends, that’s already more than I could’ve asked for. But if it also ends up being a place that even one person comes and says, “I’m not alone”… Life. Changing.