Currently | March 2017

I can’t believe it’s already almost the end of March and I feel like it’s still February! This year has just flown!

Here are a few things that are currently going on in our lives:

Grateful that we finally finished our kitchen remodel. It was a disaster zone all of January and February, but it it so perfect now! I will be sharing a before and after post soon!

Loving my new kitchen! My favorite parts? The farm house sink and huge pantry! I’ve got everything unpacked and organized (finally) and I still have empty cabinets!

Reading The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. This is a good, emotional book… Not quite my favorite style but I’m enjoying reading it during nap time. I tend to enjoy more suspenseful stories thrillers.

Watching All the Sesame Street with Teddy! I get excited when they air a new episode we haven’t seen before!

Trying to get into Spring mode. Colby works such long hours that it can be a shock to the system to suddenly never have him around. It’s made me quite grumpy the last few weeks!

Cooking all the favorite staples around here- we’ve had burritos and chicken and hamburgers! It is so nice to have a functioning kitchen with countertops, running water and a stove!

Ordering I kitchen helper for Teddy! It’s a enclosed stool that allows toddlers to be safely at kitchen counter level. I think he will love it! And hopefully I will be able to make lots of goodies with his “help” in the kitchen!

Obsessing over Spring cleaning… Getting the yard all fixed up again… My baby boys awful cold!

Enjoying getting outside with Teddy. I’ve let him get super dirty in mud twice so far! He loves it!

Marveling that it’s already March! Did I already say that?

Thankful for finally getting the kitchen done. It’s SO NICE to be able to cook at home again.

 

Teddy | Thirteen Month Update

Teddy turned thirteen months old at the end of February and I can almost see him learning new things everyday! His world is growing and he’s constantly on the go- exploring and figuring out things constantly.

This month, he officially started walking. He still prefers to crawl (and he is quite fast), but he will take five or six steps when he is in the right mood. He hasn’t quite mastered his balance, but he’s getting closer everyday. In the mean time, I’m enjoying him being lower to the ground and a little less mobile.

This month, we traveled with my parents and Jamey to Oregon to visit my brother and his family. Teddy got to meet two of his cousins and had a great time. He loved Nathan (who is two and a half) and spent most of the weekend falling him around.

It’s so funny watching him with his cousins. He is obsessed with the three older ones and loves playing and watching them. We also have three younger babies in our family (holy baby boom!) and Teddy could care less about them. He might try to pull their hair (or rip their bows out), but he has zero interest in them otherwise.

At his last doctors appointment, Teddy weighed 20.8 pounds and was 31.5 inches tall. He’s still very skinny, but seems to be shooting up weekly. We’ve retired a lot of his pants because they are too short and are now dealing with baggy bottoms again. I’ve learned to only buy pants with adjustable waistbands, but they can only do so much! He’s currently wearing 18 month pajamas, but 12 month everything else.

Teddy’s sleep schedule has been a little weird the last few weeks. He desperately wants to drop his second nap, but usually gets overtired in the evenings and ends up being restless. About half the time, he will sleep from 8PM-8AM with no wake ups. The rest of the time, he will wake up sometime in the early morning and cry until I nurse him. I’m still tweaking his schedule and hoping to get us back to sleeping all night- every night.

Speaking of crying, this kid can be quite sassy! This was taken a few days ago when I dared to take my lens cap away from him! He completely melted down. It’s sad and hilarious all at the same time. It’s hard being an adorable one year old with big emotions!

Teddy is on the go and I’ve learned I need to be ready for anything. In the last few days, he’s learned to open my camera bag, turn off the television, and OPEN THE DOOR TO THE MOVING TRACTOR. Thankfully, his Daddy had him strapped in and nothing bad happened, but holy cow. He’s earned a new nickname lately- Tornado Teddy! Every day he seems to discover a new way to find trouble and I feel like I’m just running from one mess to another.

At thirteen months Teddy:

  • Nurses three times a day.
  • Eats everything. His favorites include- mac & cheese, raisins, and applesauce pouches.
  • Loves being outside!
  • Is obsessed with Elmo and Sesame Street. I recently ordered him a bunch of Elmo books and now he carries them around and pretends to read! So cute!
  • Loves when I cheer for him after he walks!
  • Will seriously search out the remote. He’s like a little blood hound!
  • Is still paci obsessed. Ugh.
  • Has visited Texas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oregon, Nevada, Grand Cayman, Mexico, and Jamaica.
  • Loves traveling! He’s beginning to be a pro at flying even!
  • Is a pro at making car noises. He’s even started yelling “choo choo” whenever the train passes the house! Cute!
  • Isn’t talking a lot, but babbles all the time. From time to time, Colby and I will think he’s actually saying something, but we aren’t making it official yet. This morning, it sure sounded like he said, “wow!”
  • Can understand a lot of words though! Especially, “what is that in your mouth?!” Nothing makes him take off crawling quite like that phrase! Haha.

A year ago, I thought holding a tiny newborn all hours of the day was hard work! Now that sounds very realigning… if only for a day or two!

 

Little Lovebug!

This kiddo and I had a quick photoshoot yesterday to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

He was crawling/toddling around like crazy, trying to grab my camera and kept turning his face away. I worked hard for these shots! And I love every single one of them!

I hope you had a fabulous Love Day with your family!

Teddy | Twelve Month Update

You guys, my baby boy is officially one! A year ago today, I was in a hospital room watching a marathon of Fixer Upper on television! I must admit, today is already much more enjoyable then being in labor for twenty hours!

We headed out for a little birthday photoshoot this morning to capture the special day. He was way more focused on checking out the vehicles passing by to smile!

Here’s our weekly pictures from the last month:

I am so glad that we captured these weekly pictures, but I’m also a little relieved they are over. For the last two-ish months, they have been a battle to keep Teddy still enough to capture a semi-cute shot. He wants to roll around and take off!

This has been a great month for our family. We’ve been keeping busy with kitchen renovations and went on our first family vacation. We cruised out of Galveston and visited Grand Cayman, Jamaica, and Cozumel. Teddy loved playing on the beach and splashing in the pool! He ate a ton of sand in Jamaica and tried a ton of new foods, too.

Everywhere we went on the cruise Teddy made new friends. I’ve never felt more popular in my life. Haha. He was a really good traveler. Normally, he sleeps awful when we are away from home, but he totally loved his crib on the ship. He has been waking up once a night now between 2-4AM to nurse before going back to sleep. I’m not sure if he’s teething, going through a growth spurt, or if it’s a sleep regression, but I’ve just been getting up and dealing with it. I figure if it continues, we can do a little bit of sleep training in a few weeks!

Teddy is still nursing about four times a day! My original breastfeeding goal was six months and there was a time when I wasn’t sure if I’d make it that long! We stuck through it and now it’s just so easy that I’m in no hurry to stop. Weaning seems a bit difficult and stressful and totally more then I want to deal with right now. I’m hoping that he weans himself in the next six-ish months!

Teddy got his first haircut right before our cruise. I worried he would look like a big kid, but he totally looks like himself afterwards- just a little more handsome!

He still isn’t walking, but he’s a pro at cruising around the furniture and has started standing independently the last few days. I think he could start walking later today if he wanted, but I am totally fine with him not! He’s fast enough just crawling!

I’m not sure of his height and weight (his 1 year check up is next week), but I think he’s grown a lot in the last month. He wears all 12 month clothes, although his footie pjs are getting a little tight. His jeans are all baggy around his waist, but we just deal.

At one year Teddy:

  • Loved playing in the water on the cruise. I think we will be going to the pool a lot this summer.
  • Enjoys watching Sesame Street. It’s really the only show that keeps his attention and we love it!
  • Waves all the time! I think he might have said “bye, bye” once!
  • Has recently became obsessed with his paci. I am not looking forward to breaking him of that habit.
  • Loves buttons of all kind- remote, toys, phone, etc. He just wants to push the buttons.
  • Can’t resist dancing when a catchy song comes on. It is so cute!
  • Loved the song/dance show on the cruise. He set there all fascinated watching and dancing.

Man, I am one lucky Mama!

 

Currently | January 2017

One of my New Year’s goals (I’m not big on resolutions) was to blog more often. Obviously, I’m already failing at that since it’s over halfway through January with zero blog posts!

Oh well. I have already shot what is sure to be one of my favorite series of pictures for the entire year!

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Grateful that we are leaving for vacation in less then a week! January has been such a crazy month for us and I need a little relaxation and a pina colada!

Reading The Last Kinda Words by Tom Piccirilli. I’m only about half way through but I’m hoping it speeds up soon or I won’t be recommending!

Loving cold brew coffee, editing old pictures, & the slightly slower winter pace on the farm.

Watching  Colby and I just started “Is O.J. Innocent? The Missing Evidence” on Information Discovery this week. It’s interesting and already is leaving me with so many questions!

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Trying to survive a massive kitchen remodel. We are on day eight and I’m doing okay. Of course, that could change at any second especially if today’s work involves a jack hammer. Jack hammer days are always hard on the sanity!

Cooking absolutely nothing unless you count warming up a bagel. There are some benefits to not having a stove installed!

Ordering supplies for Teddy’s First Birthday party! I’m still in denial that he’s almost one, but that’s another blog post all together.

Obsessing over farm house sinks, the perfect backsplash, how to style a fireplace mantle, and basically everything design related to our new kitchen!

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Enjoying working on my 2016 Project Life spreads. It helps that I was chosen to be on Becky Higgins digital Project Life Creative Team! It’s a pretty good gig!

Marveling at how fun almost one year olds are! Teddy loves being chased around and has the sweetest giggle right now.

Thankful that I set down and made time for this little blog post. I now feel like I’m rocking those 2017 goals!