Typical Teddy

Sometimes, I capture pictures that just completely capture someone’s personality. Well, these shots are basically Teddy at four months.

He is obsessed with rolling over on his belly. He then squeals, coos, and talks until he gets tired and then fusses for me to flip him back over. I’ve caught him rolling belly to back on the video monitor in his crib, but he doesn’t ever do it during the day.

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Speaking of his crib, he somehow manages to move all over it in the night… He rolls and kicks and moves his hands all about. These days, he is typically going to be around 8:30 and then sleeping until 3:30 when he eats for about twenty minutes before going back to bed until 7:30. It’s a very nice routine!

I always thought six month babies were the most fun, but I am really enjoying four months. Teddy is so expressive and smily right now and we are loving it. I’m so glad I have these pictures (plus hundreds thousands of others) to remember this stage in life!

Motherhood Truths

Theodore is now four months old which means I’m basically a professional at this parenthood thing. Not really. I am still faking it, but I do average at least six hours of sleep a night and my kid smiles at me, so I feel like an old pro some days. Over the last four months, I have realized so many things about being a Mom and loving my little boy.

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1.) Clipping a newborns nails is basically the scariest thing in the world. Seriously. And you have to do it every three days because they grow so fast! My first grey hair will be because of Teddy’s fingernails.

2.) You might be terrified the first time you are left alone with your new baby. What if he won’t stop crying? What if you can’t take care of him? It’s okay. You will figure it out and it totally gets easier.

3.) Breastfeeding takes so much time. In the beginning, all I felt like I did was nurse Teddy. All day long and then most of the night! Just when I thought I had it figured out, he would go through a growth spurt and the constant nursing would continue! Thankfully, it gets so much easier. Until then, settle into a comfortable chair and watch some Netflix while your baby eats.

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4.) You will experience a new dept of exhaustion. After a twenty hour labor and two nights of no sleep, Colby and I were half dead when we left the hospital. I was on strong pain pills that made me even more tired! Colby will admit it’s the most exhausted he’s ever been and he survived cancer and bailed hay for years. When you are that tired, everything is hard. Take it one day at a time and try to remember it doesn’t last for forever. One day, you will get a full night of sleep again and feel like a total rockstar.

5.) My hearing is super powerful now. If Teddy happens to turn over in his crib, I wake up. And he sleeps in his own room across the hall! It is the craziest thing! Somehow, fatherhood has made it where my sweet husband can sleep through a baby screaming in his ear though. Ha!

6.) Your husband might dare to ask you how the baby slept after a really rough night. Try not to kill him. You will want him around.

7.) When Teddy came into this world, I suddenly became okay with all forms of bodily fluids. Boogers? I pick them. Eye goo? No biggy. I actually once woke up and realized I had baby poo all over my arm and had no idea how many hours it had been there. Oh well.

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8.) Watching Colby fall in love with Teddy has been one of the most special things. We made this adorable little boy together and are so happy he’s ours.

9.) I long for alone time to take a bubble bath or edit pictures. When I get that time, I miss my baby boy like crazy and check up on him constantly. It drives me nuts!

10.) You might find yourself celebrating and mourning every single milestone. Part of me is so proud of Teddy when he masters a new skill, while the other side just wants to pause time forever. It is going so fast.

What did you find surprising about motherhood? Has anyone else woke up with baby poo all over there arm? Just me? Ha.

Teddy’s First Lake Trip

Over Memorial Day Weekend I took Teddy to the lake for the first time. I was a little nervous about how he would sleep in a new place, but he absolutely rocked it.

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He met a ton of new people and charmed them all. Everyone always comments on his big blue eyes and notices how stinking happy he is all the time. I have this theory that babies can’t cry when they are outside and Teddy proved it last weekend. He talked and cooed and people watched like a little pro. He skipped a lot of naps, but somehow managed to stay happy and slept great at night.
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We went out on the boat two afternoons. Teddy wasn’t a huge fan of his infant life jacket, but he was happy the entire time we were moving. He just looked around and took it all in. I predict we will be heading out on many more outdoor adventures in the next few years with this little guy.

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On Wednesday, he had his four month check up and vaccinations. He surprised the pediatrician with just how chatty he was. He measured 14 pounds 3 ounces and is 25 1/2 inches long. His shots were no big deal and he cried for maybe five seconds afterwards. He was pretty tired and cranky the rest of the day, but seems back to normal already. His doctor told me we could start solid food now and I plan on starting the introduction in the next week.

Life with Teddy is so much fun. A weekend away takes a little more planning, but he is so adaptable and manages to roll with the punches. I can’t wait until our next fun weekend!

Slow Down Time

Today marks sixteen weeks of being Momma to the cutest little boy I know. It is absolutely crazy to me that my tiny newborn is now a rolling, smiling baby. I’ve been working on his baby book this week after he goes to bed and I am shocked that he was ever such a tiny thing!


Theodore is one of the happiest babies I’ve ever been around- especially when he gets enough sleep. And he has been sleeping like an absolute champ this week. He typically goes to sleep around 8PM and sleeps until 8AM with a short feeding around 3AM. He’s also been taking at least one good nap every day this week when he used to only take short catnaps while I hold him.

I suddenly feel like I have a ton of free time! Having a little time in the evenings to take a bubble bath, edit pictures and clean my kitchen makes me feel like an entirely new person.

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Teddy is going through such a fun stage developmentally. He has mastered rolling in the last week and now flips himself over to sleep on his belly every time I put him in his crib. He also babbles constantly and is so close to giggling. He loves being outside and studies the world around him with serious intensity.

I am so blessed to be his Momma. I cannot wait to see what he learns next.

Corn Planting 2016

Corn planting is always my least favorite time on the farm. The hours are ridiculously long, the work is hard and I get so lonely! Colby and I tend to spend a lot of time together in the winter and it’s quite a shock to the system for him to be gone sixteen hours planting.


This year, I’ve had the added stress of learning to solo parent while Colby is working such long hours. It’s been rough, but I’m proud to say ten days in we have adapted quite well and are doing fine.

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Teddy LOVES riding in the tractor and spent one afternoon this week riding with Colby while I mowed the lawn, took a nap, and did some chores around the house. I had seven hours to myself for the first time since Teddy was born! It was glorious, but I was so happy when he finally came home! I pretty much crave a little alone time and then miss my baby when I finally get it. That’s motherhood right?

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He’s still waking up frequently at night, so he’s stayed with Colby twice after I brought out dinner and slept in his car seat. I got a few hours of uninterrupted sleep and Colby got to spend some time with his favorite little boy. I was a little concerned when Teddy was cooing and smiling when they got home at 2:30AM, but he settled down and went to sleep rather quickly.

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Speaking of cooing, Teddy is quite the talker. If he’s happy, he’s generally gibbering and cooing about something. This morning, he starting humming while I was nursing him! It was adorable and pretty much made all my annoyances with breastfeeding evaporate. I’m interested to know if he will grow up to be a talker!

I spent my first Mother’s Day in Amarillo with my parents while Colby worked. My mom ran a half-marathon, we did a little shopping, and ate lots of delicious food. It was a very nice day.

At this point, I think Colby has about seven more circles left and will hopefully be done with corn planting by the middle of next week. Then it will be time to put in all the sorghum, but I’m hopeful that won’t take quite as long! I will be happy to get planting season behind us…