Today is Iris's fifth birthday. Iris has wanted to be five ever since she could understand what a birthday was, and today is the day. I gave birth to Iris in our home next to my husband, surrounded by my midwives and my closest friends. Her birth was the most difficult and rewarding thing I have ever done.  I can say without hesitation that having a natural birth and realizing all of the power that my body and mind possesses is what gives me the strength and confidence to do what I am doing today. When I feel overwhelmed by life, or business I ask myself "Is this harder than giving birth in the dining room"? The answer is always, always a very firm "No." Designing a new collection? No sweat. Writing a book?  Not a problem.

For that I have Iris to thank. And everyday she teaches me a little bit more about how to love, how to laugh and how to be a better mother. 

I love you sweet girl, happy birthday. Today you are FIVE. 


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