Wednesday, October 26, 2011

blog your heart


I have been reading Stephanie Howell's blog for a long time now and love it.  I love the creative inspiration.  I love her stories about her 4 precious girls.  But more than anything, I love how honest she blogs.  Her blog is about creativity, her scrapbooking, and her girls, but more than anything, it is a place to be honest and share her heart.  I have been so inspired by her posts over and over again and have decided to participate in her blog your heart challenge.   All I have to do is blog what is on my heart and blog honestly.  So here goes...

1.  I love being a mom.  I love my little boy more than I thought possible.  I am so thankful for him and for the opportunity to be able to stay at home.  Sometimes I go a little stir crazy so I'm working on ways to get out of the house and have adult conversation.

2.  I'm not super happy with my post baby body...although who is?  I am in Weight Watchers and I love it (post to come about a little make over I gave my tracker).  But it's also hard.  I'm not getting fast results.  I also joined Stroller Strides this week.  It's a great program where you work out in the park with other moms.  There is also a coach so she pushes us and has the work out planned.  

3.  I'm learning to give myself a little grace with #2.  I just had a baby.  It's going to take time.  

4.  Jonathan's reflux is acting up again.  He hasn't been eating well for about a week and a half now.  It's scary because of our experience when he was a month old with him not eating and gaining weight.  We are starting him on an additional prescription today so I hope that helps.  

5.  I can't tell you how much I love fall weather.  The rain and clouds yesterday??  DIVINE.  

Ok.... I think that's all for now.  Thank you for reading!!  

Monday, October 24, 2011


I've been wanting to share pictures of our nursery here for awhile but can't even begin to dream of doing it better than The Why We Love Photographers.  They captured J's room perfectly.  More importantly, they captured the love we have for our boy.  Check it out!  They are fabulous.  Go here.

*** Update:  I need to give a huge shout out to my friend Beth who helped so much with my nursery.  Thank you!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

a to z

This is an old picture of me from last fall enjoying my first pumpkin spice latte of the year.

So I've seen this list around the blogosphere and thought I'd participate!

A. Age: 28
B. Bed size: queen
C. Chore that you hate: cleaning the bathroom
D. Dogs: Nope.  They actually kinda scare me.  You never know what to expect!
E. Essential start to your day: A kiss from my love and then smiles and cuddles from my boy.
F. Favorite color: to wear?  Grey.  I've also been loving orange not on my person but everywhere else.
G. Game: mmm.... probably Ticket to Ride.  Maybe catch phrase?  or celebrity?  
H. Height: 5'8"
I. Ideal Day: Matt at home so our little family can be together.  A walk and some coffee.  Cuddles with my boy.  Time to craft.  Finish it off with a movie.
J. Job title: Stay at home mom
K. Kids: 1!!  A sweet little 11 week old baby boy.
L. Lives: in Pasadena.
M. Movie: Father of the Bride.  For Halloween, Matt and I have scary movie nights and my favorite by far is Misery.  
N. Nicknames: El, Boo, and all sorts of funny names that Matt gives me.  My brothers always called me homegirl and sometimes still do.  Ha.
O. Overnight hospital stays: Ughhh....  don't bring it up!  As you all know, we were in the hospital for 3 days and nights figuring out Jonathan's weight gain issues.  Of course, we also stayed overnight in the hospital when we had him in August.  That one was happy.
P. Pet peeves: People correcting you when it isn't necessary. Mean people.
Q. Quote from a movie:  mmm.... "I said Good Morning, Gill."  -  What About Bob.  That one isn't my favorite but it was the first one that popped into my head.
R. Right or left handed: right
S. Siblings: Andy and Peter
U. University: Azusa Pacific University
V. Vegetable you hate: Celery.  So gross.
W. What makes you run late: Everything.  My own brain - I always think I can do so much more in a small amount of time than I can.  
X. X-Rays you’ve had: On my arm when I was in 6th grade.  I fell off a trampoline (while just trying to get down, mind you) and had a hairline fracture.  
Y. Yummy food that you make: I love to bake.  Pumpkin cookies are a favorite.
Z. Zoo animal: Giraffe!!!

If you all decide to participate on your blogs, leave a comment so I can read your list!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

two months

Our little babe is two months old already!!  I seriously can't believe it.

So at two months, our little guy...

... is smiling a ton!!  Unfortunately he didn't smile at all during this photo shoot but he is such a happy boy!  Whenever I get him out of the crib he greets me with a big smile.  melts. my. heart.

...weighs in at 11 pounds 9 ounces and is 22 3/4 inches.  He is in the 50% for weight (huge relief after his slow start to gaining weight) and length and 75% for his head.  Yup, he's got a big head.  It's for all his brains.

...recognizes his momma and dadda.  He knows our voices and responds to them.  When I start talking, he'll turn his head to find me.  He still loves to "talk" with me.

...has reflux.  Not fun.  Poor little guy.  We have him on medication now and is doing MUCH better.  He is eating about every 3 1/2 to 4 hours and is taking down 5 ounces.  Good boy!!

...still LOVES his bath.  Dadda tries to get home by bath time every night and they both just love it.

....holds up his head while burping.  Baby boy has a strong neck holding up that beautiful big head! starting to sleep a lot longer at night.  Sometimes he gives us 5 - 7 hours of sleep!!

...still loves his swaddle.  When he is ready to go down for his naps, I swaddle him up and he gives me a little smile. spending more time on his tummy.

...grew out of his newborn car seat insert and went on his first road trip to San Diego (more on that later).

be still my heart....