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Friday, November 21, 2014

Mackson is 3 Months Old

 
Baby Mackson is 3 months old.
(I'm really behind writing this, considering he turned 3 months old on November 2nd)
 
Mackson is the best baby, I don't know what I did to luck out like I have.


Mack still loves the tub! When he's crying or tired but it's too early for him to go to bed, I will turn the water on in the bathtub and he immediately stops crying. No matter how tired he is, he would rather be in the bath than sleep. He splashes so cute, and looks shocked when the water hits him in the face and grins that big gummy smile that just kills me.
 
He also loves showers. I was in the shower one night and he was crying with Spencer. Spencer brought him in the bathroom and he heard the water and calmed right down. We stripped him down nakey boy and put him in the shower with me and he LOVED IT!
 
Sucking on his little hands are still his favorite thing. It's been really fun to watch him discover his hands more and more everyday. If they aren't in his mouth, his tiny hands are trying to hold his bottles, or he touches my arm softly as I'm feeding him. He's been good at holding things like his little pacifiers, his little blankets, my fingers while he falls asleep, and it's the most adorable thing ever when he holds his own hand.
 
He's still wearing newborn clothes, but he only fits into Carter's brand because he's soo long. Any of his 0-3 month clothes drown him, and I'm excited for him to grow a little bit so we can utilize the rest of the cute clothes in his closet. His little belly is rounding out and his tiny legs have gotten so long!
 
His favorite face is his "surprised face" he opens his mouth as far as he can and takes a big breath in and sighs. The last few weeks he has been making the cutest kissy lip face, and his favorite noise to make is "kkkkkkkkkkk" over and over. The last few days he's discovered he knows how to spit. Spencer thinks it's hilarious, so I have a feeling that one will be around for a while.
 
He loves talking and making noises, but if I record him and play it back to him he gets SO EXCITED. He will kick so hard, coo, and wave his arms around. His favorite thing is the mirror, and loves looking at the cute baby in the reflection.
 
He's lost most of his hair and I love it. I love his almost-bald head, even though I loved his full head of hair previously. For now, I like him bald.
 
Mack is a trooper with our abrupt schedule change since I've had to go back to work. He sleeps through the night, wakes up to eat, is such a good boy in the car driving to my mom's house, and sleeps again once he's in his crib there. I couldn't ask for a happier baby waking up at 4 to eat, and again at 6 to leave the house. It makes the start of my day so much easier.
 
Mack still doesn't love tummy time, it wears him right out. It's exhausting being a baby. If he's having a hard time falling asleep, tummy time does the trick. He's got such a strong little neck considering he could hold it up as a newborn. He's so aware of what's around him and will look side to side, up and down.
 
I love it when we are driving in the car and I look in the little mirror he has by his car seat. Sometimes we'll make eye contact and he just smiles so big.. It's made me get all teary a few times. He definitely knows who his mama is.
 
He has a special love for his grandma who watches him during the day. He's absolutely goo-goo-gah-gah for her and It makes my heart so happy. He also loves his pink gma great, and great papa. Papa pokes Mackson's belly and says, "You're a good baby! You're a good baby!" and Mackson smiles SO BIG!
 
We've almost got him to belly laugh, but not quite. He squeaks just a little bit but stops right before the big laugh happens. I've tried everything. Until it happens, I'll just keep looking silly trying.
 
It's been so fun to watch him grow and be more aware of what's going on around him. I'm soo blessed to be his mom, and I honestly couldn't ask for a better baby. When people at work say, "How are you waking up in the night with a baby and making it to work in the morning?!" People are shocked when I tell them he's been sleeping through the night since about 8 weeks. I've been told multiple times to never have more kids because they'll never be as good as Mackson hahah
 
I often miss being pregnant. Okay, every single day I miss being pregnant. But the joys this tiny tot brings me are incredible.
Thanks for being my little buddy, Mack.
Mama loves you!
 
XOXO

Monday, November 17, 2014

Boobie Smoothie

SO I saw a recipe on Pinterest for Lactation Cookies. 
..That's right. Cookies that boost lactation. I feel entitled to eat these (and lots of them) after giving birth. It's fair, right?? I was curious about these lactation cookies and started reading the ingredients and realized the secret ingredient that really isn't so secret, is Brewers Yeast.

I also saw multiple recipes for smoothies using brewers yeast and decided to make my own. I should have been better at measuring out my ingredients for the sake of this post, but I wasn't planning on doing a blog post about it until I realized how good tasted it.



SO, here goes.
My recipe for a "Boobie Smoothie"
 
1 banana
a handful of oatmeal *great for lactation*
a handful of raspberries
a handful of spinach
Almond milk 
Honey flavored Greek yogurt
1 heaping teaspoon of Flax Meal
1 heaping teaspoon of Brewers Yeast *great for lactation*
a dash of vanilla extract 
crushed ice
 
Blend well. & Enjoy. 
 
I thought it was really sweet and delicious, plus has some great benefits for me and baby!
 
*Side note: I got brewers yeast at a specialty health and nutrition store locally. It was on the shelf listed as "nutritional yeast"*
I'm excited about experimenting with more smoothie recipes!

XOXO

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fashion Friday

Lately I've had a full-blown love for dressing up graphic tees. I found this J'ADORE tee at Old Navy & had to have it-I love the structured black & white.
 
When it comes down to it, I will pick jeans over pretty much anything
(unless Lululemon Wunder Unders are one of my options.)
I took it upon myself to make the executive decision that Friday's are casual Friday's at work. No one approved this, but no one has told me not to either. HA!
 
Today's "Casual Friday" look includes my favorite pair of skinnies, a graphic tee, open half-blazer jacket, my favorite statement necklace and vampy red lipstick.


 


 
 
Graphic Tee: Old Navy *On Sale!*
Half Blazer Jacket: Bohme
Skinnies: American Eagle
Statement Necklace: Bohme (similar HERE)
Lipstick: Tannin by BITE
 
 
XOXO

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Today

Today just doesn't seem fair.
Being a full-time working mom is literally the hardest thing I've ever done.
 
I drove routinely up the dark street. 
It was snowing outside & my parent's driveway was white.
It was the coldest morning yet dropping Mackson off & he scrunched up his little face as the snowflakes lightly hit his cheeks for the first time.
 
The house was dark & so still.
My dad who usually greets me excitedly at the door was still snoring down the hall.
I took the blankets off of Mackson layer by layer and lifted him out of his seat.
He was SO warm and flopped right over on my shoulder with the tiniest little sigh.
 
He whimpered for a second as I laid him in his crib.
Then he flopped over on his left side & covered his little face with his arm, just like usual.
Sucking away on his little binky.
Then he was out.
 
I stood there silently after I kissed his little warm head & whispered how much I love him.
The house was still silent. Dad was still snoring.
It was 6:30am & everyone was sleeping.
But there I was awake as could be, not quite wanting to start my day yet.
 
I stood there thinking about how today just isn't fair.
It's cold outside & I still want to be in bed too.
I wanted to scoop Mackson up in my arms & kiss him a thousand times over.
But instead I gathered up my keys & my coat, & left my heart laying there in the crib.
 
I walked down the steps without a baby carrier & without Mackson.
It seemed just a little colder outside & the driveway was covered with just a little more snow.
I probably cried a little bit & wondered if it ever gets easier.
Today just doesn't seem very fair.
 


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Passion for Plum

Passion for Plum


This fall it seems like Plum is EVERYWHERE. And I love it. 
It's a color that looks good on everyone and it goes with so many different color options. Plum ANYTHING is a great staple item for Fall. 

Here are just a few of my favorite items I'm finding in Plum. 
Can we talk about how amazing those shoes are??

XOXO


Monday, October 6, 2014

Great Papa

Growing up I spent lots of time with my grandparents gma Renee and grandpa Lew, otherwise known as Pink Gma and Papa. My pink Gma got her nickname because she's always so pink. She uses her pink lipstick and rubs it on her cheeks and smears it around for blush, it's adorable. I don't think I've ever seen my pink Gma without pink lipstick on.. I guess it's kinda her trademark.

The last few years my papa has been so sick. He smoked for years and years (and somehow managed to hide it until my mom told me as an adult) he's had multiple heart surgeries, many of which the doctors told him he had a slim chance of surviving them. I can't tell you how many times pink Gma has called to say "you might want to come visit tonight.. I don't think he will make it through the night" ...somehow he always seems to pull through because years later he's still kickin! He's stubborn, He's extremely weak, and has spells where he can't see, can't walk or talk, and doctor after doctor can't figure out what's wrong. He's had quite a few really nasty falls which have landed him in the ER in the middle of the night and he's always bruised up which has pretty much confined him to his bed. 

Rewind to last November when I found out I was pregnant, and my due date on Papa's birthday! Spencer and I planned on telling our families at Christmas but we were so worried papa wouldn't make it to Christmas. Papa and I spent lots of time together and I was laying on his bed with him one night when he started crying and told me how hard it is to get old. How he hates not being independent and he enjoys being able to watch his kids and grandkids grow up. He then told me how much he wanted to see me have kids and be a mother. Little did he know I was weeks away from breaking the news to him. I visited with him almost everyday and watched his health closely in case we needed to tell him before Christmas. 

On Christmas Day we told my family we were expecting a little peanut. Papa was so happy he cheered and clapped his hands and waved his cane around. It was perfect! Papa loved watching my belly grow and told me he had never seen a more beautiful pregnant woman. {which really meant a lot after hearing pink Gma say "wow you are getting LARGE AND ROUND Aren't you!!"} Papa would laugh and laugh when I would call his name from the other room and poke just my large belly far enough around the door frame for him to see it. He would put his hands on my big belly and feel Mack kick and tell me how excited he was to meet him. 


When I had Mack and took him over to meet papa and Pink Gma for the first time I walked in with tiny baby in his carrier and papa just cried and cried. He laughed like I had never heard him laugh and he clapped his hands over and over. I had never seen him so happy! He calls me often during the week to see how the baby is doing and tells me "Mack has the prettiest perfect round head!!" The love that Mack's great Papa and Great Pink Gma have for him makes me so happy. I never met my great grandparents and the pictures I have of Mack with His are so special to me, and hopefully they will be just as special to him. 


It sucks seeing your loved ones grow older and struggle with everyday tasks. I'm SO happy and so thankful Mack has met them and gets to spend lots of time visiting. 


family love is such a special, beautiful thing.

 XOXO 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Mackson is 2 Months Old

My Baby is 2 months old as of yesterday... is this freaking real life? 
I can't believe how fast time has gone.. and I could cry when I realize how soon I'll be going back to work. Boo! 



Mackson is such a good boy! This past week he discovered his tongue and sticks it out lots. 

He eats every 3 hours on THE. DOT. 

He's been sleeping around 8-9 hours at night! {which makes me feel like a new woman!} he hates nap time right now.. Hopefully that phase doesn't last long. 

He wakes up SO happy and loves being held by mom. 

In the mornings after he eats he likes to be in his swing in the kitchen to watch bunny winston hop around. 

He decided he loves bath time and I might soon regret teaching him how to splash water everywhere. 

He loves to coo and squeak and sigh. He tries hard to laugh but it comes out more like a big deep squeaky breath. He will get it down soon enough. 

He likes to suck on his fingers which now makes for lots of slobbery onesies! 



Today he has his 2 month check up and cried the whole time. He weighs in at a whopping {haha} 8 lbs 13 oz which puts him in the 3rd percentile. 

He is now 22 inches long and in the 26tg percentile. Tiny baby! 

He hated his shots {who doesn't hate shots..} and has been sleepy and cuddly ever since his appointment. 

We love this ITTY bitty baby so much and can't believe how fast time is flying by! 

XOXO