Friday, February 22, 2013

High Five for Friday {1}



{1} One of my best girlfriends from childhood had a baby girl!  Loved meeting sweet Caroline on the day of her birth! In love with her already...

{2} Evening snuggles with my baby boy have become my favorite time of the day!

{3} Throw back Thursday was in honor of my Granddaddy, whom we lost two years ago this week.  Miss that man every single day.  

{4} Took little Max to meet his new buddy, miss Caroline!  Loved having a little baby swap time with our kiddos!  Hard to believe we played with our dolls and now we're playing with real babies...and they are ours!  HA!  Our 10 year selves would be so happy to know this is what the future holds.

{5} Someone has decided that his thumb is better than a paci. Let's see how long this lasts...

Linking up with From my Grey Desk for HF4F!

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Enjoy your Friday, friends! 
XO

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Obsessed with, or Depressed by, Downton

Anyone else obsessed with Downton Abbey?!  This show came to us from across the pond and has been a huge success! Something about the dramatic family/staff dynamic, set in a fascinating time period {WWI} combined with fabulous outfits and British accents.   

Love. This. Show.

They have, however, managed to make me cry harder this season that any other.  

SPOILER ALERT

Killing off two of the main characters?! {one in an incredibly real and dramatic fashion} It's just been a tough season to swallow!  Never-the-less, Downton has been saved from destruction, Bates is home with Anna and Mary has a sweet new baby boy, so I guess you can't say it was a bad season at all.  My friend Allison posted these two gems on Facebook this week and I just had to share with any fellow Downton fans...

And this is my favorite...especially if you the always-sticks-in-your-head tune by One Direction....





Since season three has just ended, I will be drowning my sorrows by watching every episode {on DVR} again, and maybe again

Happy Wednesday, Friends!



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Monday, February 18, 2013

Month TWO!

This month....

DIAPERS:
Wearing size 1 diapers and, until this week, you had no blowouts.  You were so kind to your Papa and your Mimi and gave them both your first two blowouts in this size diaper :) 

CLOTHES: 
Wearing all 0-3 month clothing now.  Many of your pants are still too long, but your belly sure does fill up the tops!  Thankfully, you're not too squirmy when you're being changed, but I am sure that will change!

MEASUREMENTS:
Weighing in at 10lbs 10oz and 21 3/4in long, Max has certainly been eating well & growing strong!  The "official" percentiles given have only changed a bit since last month: 20% weight, 10% height and 75% head.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
You are holding your head up SO well! Dr. Royal told us you have "incredible tone" and you're strength is great...you can thank you Daddy for those genes!  You're also now starting to stand in our laps when we hold you up.  You're getting so strong and growing so well!

LIKES:
Cuddles with anyone (but especially mom & dad), playtime on the mat under the music and lights, KSU Choir rehearsal with your Papa, eye contact & bath time...you love bath time!! 

DISLIKES:
We found out this month that your tummy does not like milk protein that momma gives you, so for now, you don't like diary {unless it's momma's milk!}.  You also don't like being alone for very long or when you're hungry!

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

First Day Jitters

To say I was nervous about going back to work would be a HUGE understatement!  I was not nervous about seeing people at work, or getting back into my projects, or even fitting into my clothes (ok, maybe a little); I was nervous about leaving this adorable fella' all day long.  

We are so blessed to have family watching him all 5 days during the week, but even still, I knew I was going to miss him like crazy and feel guilty for getting back to the {work} grind.  About 3 weeks before I headed back I started to panic.    

How was I going to do this? Getting up early and leaving him somewhere else, with someone else!   

What if he forgets who I am? We have formed such a great bond, what if this breaks it?   

Is this really worth it? Can't we just go live in a tent on the beach somewhere and call it a day?!  

Each day led to new thoughts and new reasons to get upset and worry about the future.  Luckily for me, I was {and still am} surrounded by encouragement.  Family members and friends alike who prayed for me, encouraged me and talked me off the ledge.  What I am doing right now is exactly what I should be doing.  Where I am right now is exactly where I should be.  How we're choosing to look after Max is exactly how we should be....regardless of what anyone else thinks. 

So this past Sunday night, as I packed Max's bag, my lunch, my work bag and my pump {a whole other post of it's own...}, I knew what I was doing was right.  I held my sweet boy extra tight all evening, and gave him even more kisses than usual.  He reassured me that the bond we have could not be broken, not even by 8 hours spent by him at someone else's home while I worked.

When I woke up Monday morning, I knew I was covered in prayer, and I felt it.  I cried a little on our way to my sister's and then again after leaving her home, and that was it.  He was beyond happy to be with his Aunt Ash & cousins all day, and we are SO blessed to have them to watch him!


I arrived at work and was warmly welcomed by my friends...


And was provided awesome updates by Aunt Ash throughout the day...

When 4:30 rolled around, my awesome husband brought my sweet little man to me at work so I could show him around to my colleagues, and I was in heaven.  We can do this, I thought.  This is our new normal, and we can {and will} make it through! 


And at the end of the night, all we did was snuggle on the sofa.  This is a bond that can never be broken.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Valentine's Day Craft

Not going to lie, I had many pinterest crafts that I was sure I would do on maternity leave.  Yeah. Right.  I did one.  ONE craft.  You might say I was distracted. 

On to the craft...
see how easy the distraction is?!?

Found this on Pinterest and knew I had to have it on my mantel!  
 
So I headed to Hobby Lobby (favorite craft store ever!!) and picked up their 8' cardboard letters & two shades of yarn {I chose two shades of pink with one solid red}.
Then I started wrapping.....
and wrapping.....
closed letters, such as the 'O' are time consuming! 

Viola!

I opted for the straight across look for our mantel, but either way is adorable!

So there you have it...my one completed craft :)
 

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