2015 in a Bubble.

December 29, 2015

This year has been one for the books. It is crazy how much has changed in one year. I remember New Years Eve, almost a year ago now, and the excitement that I felt in my heart about our little baby in my belly. 
Our little peanut. Now that little guy is in our arms and my heart is even bigger. 
2015 was great, and I'm so excited about 2016! 

My word for 2015 was growth, and we definitely experienced so much growth in so many areas. I can only imagine the amount of growth that 2016 is going to have. Our baby boy will learn and grow so much during the year ahead and I'm excited to see our family evolve. 

God is so good and I'm so thankful for all the blessings He has given me.
I hope you all have had a wonderful year, & happy almost 2016!!!

Christmas 2015.

December 28, 2015

It was definitely a new kind of Christmas for us this year. It has been a wonderful season of new memories that we will treasure forever, thanks to our little man. We had so many days of celebrations so I thought I'd lump them all in one big post! 

We started the Christmas week with some sweet time and gifts with my adopted aunties!
It was so much fun as always but a little more exciting with the sweet babies around.
best hat ever for my BFF, so glad she loved it as much as I did!

Christmas Eve services at our church downtown before going to my grandmas!
The little guy was sleeping during most of the service.
These two guys are so cute!!!

Christmas morning in our PJs by the tree!

Some Christmas morning love for Papa G and Gigi, too!

We drove to Charlotte to spend a couple of nights with Peter's sister and her family, it was so much fun to spend time with them and just relax with family. 

& we finished the Christmas fun with dinner at Gigi's house and some gifts!
Gigi made her delicious prime rib & horseradish twice baked potatoes like always
but she really stepped it up with this dark chocolate pie with sea salt and pistachios!!

Last night, while I was trying to get that little man to sleep, I read him the first few pages of his Jesus Storybook Bible. It really hit home for me, with the end of this wonderful Christmas, and the sweet reason for it all making my heart so full.... 

"It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby. Every Story in the Bible whispers His name. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle - the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture. "

That is the reason for the Christmas season, and I pray that Solomon knows that one day. Not gifts, or a man in a red suit that brings them, but a baby that was born in a stable to save him. To save all of us. 

100 Days of Happy, again // pt. 9

December 24, 2015

81// new ornament on our tree
82// football sunday with my guys
83// naptime with my snuggley boy
84// charlie bean and his sweet Momma
85// cloth diapering, finally!
86// Christmas wrapping during nap time
87// stairs full of pretty cards
88// making lasagna with my mom for Solomon's dedication
89// baby ornaments all over the tree
90// chubby legs, crossed feet between kicks & Burt's Bees Baby clothes

Part 1 // Part 2 // Part 3 // Part 4 // Part 5
Part 6 // Part 7 // Part 8

Solomon's Dedication.

December 21, 2015

Yesterday was such a wonderful day!! We got to dedicate our sweet boy with our family and friends supporting us. Our church is a pretty large church, we have several campuses and a lot of families with babies, so we didn't think a dedication was an option. Thankfully, our small group leader is also a pastor on staff and he told us that we could do a dedication and it would be a small ceremony with our family and friends on a Sunday afternoon. That seemed perfect to us!! Small and sweet, and we could also have it at the church downtown, where we got married two years ago. It was such a sweet day. 

One thing that Chris said several times is the main thing that I have tried to remember as a parent, this baby is not mine, he is God's. I feel like I can be the best parent possible when I remember that and live by that truth. God gave us this sweet boy so we could love him and show him the amazing love of God. We are thankful for this gift of parenthood, our little man, the family and friends that surrounded us and prayed for us, and our church community that gives us the knowledge and teaches us how to be a God centered spouse and parent! So many wonderful things to be thankful for!!

After the ceremony at the church, we invited our family and friends to come over for salad, lasagna and some delicious carrot cake (made by my sweet cousin)! It was so nice to sit and relax and enjoy those who love us and love our baby boy. It made me feel so thankful and loved!!

100 Days of Happy, again // pt. 8

December 17, 2015

71// lighting the tree for the first time this year
72// the nativity set that my mom made for me when I was little, now in Solomon's room
73// when hubby cooks stir fry (stir fry-day!)
74// pizza date night
75// it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
76// preparing to hang sweet pictures
77// nursing on the couch, my favorite time every morning
78// decorating for the annual Christmas Party
79// black and white photos over our couch
80// foggy Friday morning

Part 1 // Part 2 // Part 3 // Part 4 // Part 5

Solomon // three months.

December 14, 2015

The past month has been the most fun for our family, I think. Solomon is growing so fast and we see his little personality showing through more every day. He is silly and so happy which we love. As always, I can't believe another month has gone by, but I'm so thankful for all of these days. Even when they are long and tiring. It's definitely the best time of the year, and we love having this little guy around for it!

Dear Solomon, 

You made me such a happy momma last night!!! You started to eat without the shield for the first time. It was so unexpected when it happened so I was shocked... I was walking around the bedroom trying to get you to sleep and you started to act like you were hungry so I sat down on the bed to feed you and I thought I'd try without the shield just to see what would happen. I have been trying a couple times a day so you can practice but I always end up needing to help you out with the shield. I didn't expect much but you latched and started drinking with no problem. I almost cried! Then the rest of the night you ate with out any problems!! It was the best feeling. 

I was nervous that your first morning feeding out of the bed would be a different story but you had no problems at all. After you were finished with your meal, you just lied there looking up at me with your big eyes and seemed so happy! I'm so thankful that we are able to have these moments together and that our breastfeeding journey is still evolving and getting better, even after two months. I can't imagine the day that we stop this nursing journey. 

You found your tongue today. It's so funny, you have always enjoyed moving it around a little bit, but today was different. You constantly licked your lips like you had a pretend lollipop. It was pretty adorable. You are also smiling and chatting with us all the time. I think you save most of your smiles for daddy but he deserves them. He says the funniest things to you. 

Today while we were on the living room floor talking to you he said the sweetest thing. You were smiling at him and he asked you if you loved momma. I asked you as well and you turned to look at me with no smile. Then daddy said that it's more than just love, I was your sustenance, I was everything, so much more than love because I'm your whole world. And then you smiled so big, as if you were agreeing with him. I could have cried & I then I told him that he should write Mother's Day cards or something. We are so lucky to have him, he's a good one, that daddy of yours! 

We celebrated our first Thanksgiving as a family of three!! It was so much fun to spend the weekend with family in Charlotte and meet your new cousin. I can't wait to see all the fun you two will have in the future since you are so close in age. 

A lot of fun things are happening this month for you! You are talking so much and constantly want to interact with me and your dad. You have also realized you have legs and feet which was so funny to watch. You kept looking down with your big eyes and touching them with surprise in your face, it was so cute. Your also helping me hold your legs and feet up during your diaper changes which is so helpful, but you are also wanting to roll over and twist around while changing your diapers, which is not very helpful! Good thing you are cute.... 

We went to church last night for the Saturday service and you woke up during the middle of the service and wanted to talk. I walked outside with you and realized you were getting hungry so I went to the nursing room so I could watch the service and feed you. After the service was over we rocked and listened to the worship music.... They sang my favorite, Seas of Crimson, and you lied in my arms smiling at me, it made my heart so happy. I think you definitely know that song by now. They also sang Worthy, Worthy and I sang the words as a prayer for you. The following lyrics hit me in a brand new way.....

When You return, we'll hear the trumpet sound You'll lead us home riding on the clouds Where we will stand and sing forevermore The honor and the praise, the glory is the Lord's

It made me think about that day when God returns for His children and I prayed that you would be one of them. I know that you are not mine. I'm your mother but you belong to our Heavenly Father, and I pray that you realize that one day, giving your life over to him. That is my one desire as a mother, that my heart and my life will point you to Him. 

You started talking like crazy yesterday. You've been blabbing for a while now but this was different, you were rarely quiet. Honestly, it was only when you were sleeping! It's so cute to watch you smile and squeal and be excited to talk to us. You are still loving your hands and constantly have them in your mouth. I believe your a new baby after your third Wonder Week Leap and it's so fun to watch you grow! 

You also got to meet your friend Charlie last night. It was so sweet to see him and watch you look at him. I can't imagine all the fun you two will have together. Holding him in my arms only made me more aware at how big you have gotten. You were that small less than three months ago, just a little peanut that slept in my arms all day long. I can't believe how big you are getting.... It is flying by so quickly! 

Last night after thirty minutes of nursing and rocking you in your room, you finally nuzzled into my neck around 11:30 and you started your heavy breathing, giving me your sign that you were asleep. I tiptoed into my room next door to lay you down in the pack & play next to the bed and you snoozed away. Almost three hours later, I started to hear you cry and when I leaned over to pick you up you grabbed onto my arm. Once I had you in my arms you held on and buried your face in my chest, it was the sweetest little hug. As I laid you down beside me you kept your eyes closed but opened your sweet little lips because you knew what was coming next. You knew that I was ready to feed you and cuddle next to you, and as I did this you kept your hand on my arm the entire time and softly squeezed it. All of this made me thankful for the way you need me. My heart felt so much happiness in that moment and my eyes filled with happy tears. Who knew I could feel so much happy at 2AM?

wanting to sit up constantly but not strong enough to hold himself up!

Today is the day, you are my three month old boy! I can't believe it. As I'm typing this, I'm watching you snooze away on the monitor beside me. I see your little chest moving up and down and your holding onto your hair. You have started sleeping with your arms above your head while lying on your back during the past few days and you always hold onto your hair when you start to stir. It's pretty cute! 

Last night you grabbed onto your little ball for the first time and you played with it for a little while, squealing and yelling with excitement. It was so funny to see the excitement in your eyes. You are growing so fast and I'm trying to soak it all in, as much as I can. All the little things you are doing now make me smile... you snuggle so much, you show me that you really need me and you smile at me all the time. 

Sometimes I just want to scoop you up and feed you so I can feel you close to me and hold you like my little baby, not my growing boy who never wants to be cradled. You constantly want to stand and look around but that is fine, you are watching and learning. I'm so thankful that I get t spend my days with you and experience all these little changes. You are my baby, no matter how fast you grow or how big you get! I love you, I love you, I love you!! 

Love, Momma

and a special picture taken by Gigi when she was babysitting one night. I died when she texted me this while we were out at Peter's work Christmas party. Hilarious!!!

stats // around 14lbs 6 oz & 25 inches long
eating // he is becoming a little snacker, especially in the early morning hours from
4-8AM but we spend those hours cuddling in the bed so I don't really mind. During the day he can normally go 3 hours, maybe 4, if I'm lucky. He is also showing signs of teething which makes him a little irritable while eating. Bottles are always 4-5oz and he loves taking a bottle from Gigi when she babysits.
sleeping // he still won't go to sleep before 11 no matter what I do but naps are getting longer during the day, especially the mornings, which helps with my cleaning and laundry! We are trying to start the night in the crib and then transfer him to the bed when he wakes up for his first feeding but this doesn't always work so we are still being flexible at night.
wearing // just switched to size 2 diapers and 3-6 month clothes thanks to his chubby belly and legs! I'm planning to start the cloth diapers this week so we won't have to buy a ton of size two diapers.
favorite things // laying on the floor & rolling around blabbing, looking at the Christmas tree, falling asleep in the sling while shopping, momma singing Frosty the Snowman and eating his hands all day long.

1st Month // 2nd Month

Merry & Bright.

December 11, 2015

A few weeks ago, after a looooong conversation with Peter about paying for a photographer to take pictures of us, we decided to see if my mom could get some shots of us in the back yard since that would be free. We do have a nice camera and my mom has a steady hand most of the time! ;) Free is always a nice thing and I'm so happy with how they turned out. Peter can say, I told you so... and I still got some sweet family pictures, so we are both happy! 

I love these two guys so much and I can't wait to print some of these and frame them in the house. I know they aren't picture perfect shots like I wanted but I honestly like these even more. We aren't a picture perfect family but I love us. I'm so thankful for this life that God has given me, He is so good!!!

meeting charlie.

December 7, 2015

Over the weekend we got to meet the sweetest little addition to our clan of boy friends!
Solomon is so lucky to have so many buddies to hang out with already.

It's so crazy to see and hold little Charlie and realize that Solomon was that tiny just 12 weeks ago!! It kind of makes me want to cry but then I realize that we have so many fun memories ahead of us.

I was nursing and rocking Solomon when my friend Laura told me she was in labor by a text message. I instantly started crying. It is such an emotional feeling to know that one of your best friends is going to experience one of the most beautiful moments of her life. A small part of me was jealous in that moment, wanting to relive those first minutes of meeting my son again. Then when I looked down and saw him eating and holding on to my finger, I cried a little more, amazed at how this incredible love only continues to get bigger and better. I'm so happy for this sweet new family and I know that Charlie is going to be loved so well. He is one lucky boy!!

Proud daddy with his son! 
We love Charlie so much already and congrats to Adam & Laura, we love you, too!! 

100 Days of Happy, again // pt. 7

December 4, 2015

61// the Esther study at our church
62// sweet little quote that I love
63// cold night, hot tea and new slippers
64// pasta, pasta
65// turkey day plate
66// coming home to this sweet room for naps
67// Christmas decorations coming out
68// baby boys playing
69// Solomon's first Christmas tree experience at Gigi's house
70// brownies for our small group at our house

Part 1 // Part 2 // Part 3 // Part 4 // Part 5
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