I’m so excited that you’re here! My name is Connor, and I began A Poppy of Color as a way to document and share all of my tips, tricks, trials and triumphs that I’ve gone through and learned on my journey to and through mothering my daughter, Poppy. However, I’m also going to be writing about other Lifestyle topics, as well! Hopefully the title of my blog makes a little more sense now!
About the Girl Behind the Blog
Well, as I said before, my name is Connor! I am a FEMALE! I’ve been needing to clarify that for almost my entire life due to my name usually being used for males. I’ll never forget when I got my dorm assignment my Freshman year of college, and they paired me with a boy, ha! Nonetheless, I’m 23 years young, living with my fiance Nick and daughter Poppy in southern Portland, Maine. We’ve been spending the last 4 months of our lives settling into parenthood, and figuring out how to readjust our previously very crazy, outgoing social lives into that of new parents – we couldn’t possibly be happier. That’s where this blog came in. I’ve been wanting to start this since the middle of my pregnancy, and finally have gotten around to turning it from an idea into a reality, and I’m SO excited to have an outlet where I can share all that I learn during my journey through motherhood, and I’m even more excited to hear from you guys! I know we’re going to be able to learn a lot from one another!
A little background
Okay, so I was born and raised in Maine in a tiny little town called Readfield. Even when I tell people from Maine, in neighboring towns even, that I grew up in Readfield I get the most confused look. It seems as though nobody knows where it is! It’s such a tiny town, where everyone knows everyone, and where your graduating class was about 100 people.
Yes. One of THOSE towns.
After graduating from High School, I went to the University of Maine to study Psychology and received my bachelor’s degree in 2015. During my first year the University of Maine is when I reconnected with my (now) fiance, love of my life, and now, father to my daughter. Let me tell you a little bit about our story.
Nick and I met when we were 15 years old.
Yup! But we certainly haven’t been together that whole time. His best friend Adam at the time, and my best friend Alysha (still my ride-or-die, favorite lady on this planet to this day) were dating. Alysha and I were together All. Of. The. Time and the same went for Nick and Adam, so naturally, we met. And we spent a lot of time together. I wish so badly that we had a picture of us together during that time (we both looked SO DIFFERENT)! But I’ll leave you with this photo from our maternity shoot taken in October, 2016 (:
However, their relationship came and went, and so did we out of each others lives. Until we reconnected when we were both living in the same town during college when he was 19, and I was 18. As he likes to say “She came over to my apartment one night, and she never left”. Almost five and a half years of being together, and I couldn’t be happier.
We got engaged August 20, 2016
After spending several hours hiking (at 7 months pregnant, mind you) Nick sat me down on a rock ledge over beautiful crashing waves. We sat and talked for a while, and just as we were about to leave, he hugged me, got down on one knee and asked my to be his wife. I laughed and cried so hard. I was so surprised and happy. A nice couple near by saw what was going on, whipped out their camera and took photos of the whole ordeal. They stopped us on our way off the rocks, and asked for our address so they could send us the photos, but we still haven’t gotten them! But that’s okay – it’s all singed into my mind pretty well. After that, we stayed the night in our old college town, had a wonderful dinner, and spent the next afternoon at the casino (hoping for some good engagement luck!) however, walked away empty handed (go figure). It was such a fun weekend, nonetheless, and definitely ranks high on my list of greatest days of my life – aside from the day my daughter was born.
9 days past her due date!
She was definitely nice and comfy in there! I was due October 30, 2016, and oh my goodness Nick was hoping for a Halloween baby so badly! His obsession with “spooky season” is really unmatched. However, our due date came and went, and eventually I had to be induced. You can read about my birth story in the blog, however, let’s just say it was intense and fast and wonderful and scary all at once. So fast, however, that Nicks mom missed the birth, and my Mom came in in the middle of me pushing. It was insane, but SO wonderful. Then at 7:36AM on November 8, 2016 we welcome beautiful Poppy Leigh Lemay into the world at 6.13 lbs. I’ve never imagined being so in love with anything in my entire life.
So, what am I up to these days?
So, since having Poppy, Nick and I decided it was best for our family for me to quit my day job and stay home with Poppy during the day full time. Soon, however, I’ll be going back to working a few nights a week. While it was a tough decision, I couldn’t imagine missing all of this time with her. Our logic was, I can always go back to work, but I won’t ever be able to get this time back with her.
On top of settling into parent life, Nick and I are planning our wedding! We picked and secured our venue before we had Poppy, so that was a HUGE weight lifted off of our shoulders. We figured once we had her it would be hard to go venue-hunting, so we made sure to get that out of the way ASAP! In September of 2018 I’ll marry the love of my life in one of the most beautiful barn-settings I’ve ever seen, and I absolutely can’t wait! While there’s tons of planning to do, I’m still anxiously counting down the days (and trying not to stress out too much!)
We’re also entertaining the idea of buying a house next year, and setting into what we want to make Poppy’s childhood home.
In the mean time, I’m just enjoying my time with my (now 4 month old – where does the time go?!) beautiful, perfect baby girl.
I can’t wait to hear from all of you, and I hope you enjoy my journey, and everything I share!