Friday, March 22, 2013

Mason James : 7 Months :

We have hit the 7 month mark and oh, how much fun we are having! Mason, I cannot tell you enough how much you continue to amaze me. All that you are learning, all that you are soaking in with those huge blue eyes.  

You are a pro at sitting up. Rolling around is your current mode of transportation. You still love to jump like a wildman and your puppy stuffed animal always makes you laugh. Napping (even eating at times) isn't always a priority when there's a whole world to explore. If you hear anything, you don't hesitate to investigate. 

The doctor is happy with your weight gain now and you are eating solids twice a day, which you love. You have tried quite a few different foods so far (peas, green beans, zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes, plums, avocado, mangos, bananas). You have even been snacking on cheerios and puffs.

I must say Mason, your smile and laugh, bring joy to my heart and I can't help but respond in kind. Any time you see me or your Daddy, that sweet little grin appears. You have even started raising your arms up a bit for us to pick you up. Definitely not turning that offer down! You are a perfect mini version of your Daddy. You may have started out with dark hair but now your hair is much lighter, some might say you have a strawberry blonde tint. So handsome!

Despite you not always wanting to nap, I can usually count on you to fall asleep in the car. This particularly happens when we are on our way home during the week.  You play hard at school so as soon as we are on our way, you are out. 

You have become even more talkative and have so much to say at times. I'm teaching you to say MaMa. You haven't said it yet, but you really study my lips when I'm saying it. Other times, you just like to stare and take in your surroundings.

Mason, my love for you has no bounds. You hold such an important place in my heart and now it's hard to imagine life without you in it.  After you have fallen asleep while nursing, I just hold you. Take in that sweet baby smell while I still can. Snuggle you up close to me and whisper my love and my prayers for you. 

We love you sweet boy.

Best friend to be

As I mentioned in a previous post, it is important for us to invest in our friendships.  To keep in contact through the years even when everyday life gets in the way. 

Ad and I met our freshman year of college when we joined the same sorority and became sisters.  We have seen each other through everything, from being really random as roommates through more serious moments of heartbreak. We have stood by each other’s side during our weddings and we have welcomed the births of our sons. Her and her family even made a special trip down to celebrate my big birthday which was exciting because I do not see them near enough.

About a month ago though, Hubby, Mason and I took a road trip up to visit them.  Ad’s little man B turned 2 and it was time for our boys to meet.  (And conveniently that same weekend was the National Farm Machinery Show so of course we had to attend.)

B and Mason hit it off (well as much as a 6 month old and a 2 year old can). B is such a lovable little man and he instantly welcomed Mason with open arms. B read to Mason, brought Mason his toys, hugged on him and even bulldozed him (Yes, that is exactly what it sounds like.) And what do true friends really do...clear toe jam from little toes. Yes, B helped Mason by clearing the unwanted toe jam out. 

Through all this, Mason just smiled and watched, learning all that he could from B.  

I just loved soaking all these little moments in.  Seeing our boys together. When Ad and I met all those years ago, we had no idea of what the future would hold for us. No idea that in time, we both would have little boys. Future best friends. Just like their mommas. Two little boys running around, letting their imaginations soar. Getting dirty, while farming or building things. I see so much for B and Mason and I can't wait.  

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Treading water

This blog is a chance for me to share updates into our lives as new parents, to share with everyone what a cutie we are raising and just other random life happenings. This blog is also a place where I hope I can be real and share.
To share my struggles and to know that I’m not alone. That sometimes juggling motherhood, being a wife and still maintaining a sense of self is hard. Some days I feel like I’m barely treading water, overwhelmed with the constant loads of laundry, cooking dinner, organizing at least some of the chaos of our home while taking care of Mason. My mind racing with everything that I want to accomplish, my to do list long. And how does that turn out for me…let’s just say not too many items get marked off. I’m the queen of saying…Oh I need to do this, I need to do that. Yup, usually doesn’t happen which ends up frustrating me and creates a sense that I’m lacking at times. Some days I’m just tired of the monotony of cleaning bottles and pump parts. And some days I’m just plain tired, not necessarily because I’m sleep deprived from waking up with Mason, but mentally.
Being surrounded by all the social media these days probably contributes to my struggles. It is easier to play the comparison game. To see how other moms seem to have it all together because I know I sure don’t.  
Please remember that I DO love being a mother. I DO love being a wife. I am grateful for all that I have, some days I just have to make more of a conscious effort to remind myself because it is so easy to get bogged down.     
I know that time with Mason is precious now, that he will not be a baby forever, so I am trying to focus on him, on creating those special memories of us as a family…
but I would appreciate some order to our home, maybe a table without the random piles on it. It would be a start…

Friday, March 1, 2013


Today, I celebrate my 30th birthday. It's hard to believe this "milestone" birthday is already upon me.

Here are a few things I have learned throughout my twenties:

1.  Don't get caught up in the idea of planning out your life. It will always change and go in another direction when you least expect it.

2. Change IS good and may be exactly what you need.

3. Reminiscing about your college years will happen, you'll laugh and even cry from the memories and that's okay.

4. Hold tight to your friendships. Invest in them because when everyday life happens it's easy to let them slip.

5. Listen to your parents. They do know what they are talking about (most of the time :).

6. You can consider your mom one of your closest friends.

7.  I miss naps. Seriously.

8. It is important to live on your own and become self-sufficient.

9. On the other hand, it's not the end of the world if you live with your parents for a bit after college.

10. Have confidence in all that you do.

11. You are stronger than you can even imagine.

12. Your priorities shift. Going out becomes staying in which is perfectly acceptable.

13. Travel when you get the opportunity, especially to another country.

14. Getting out of your comfort zone will strengthen you.

15. Sometimes all you can do is laugh, or cry, or even both.

16. Organization is not my forte despite my best intentions.

17. Nothing prepares you for parenthood. You have to experience it for yourself.

18. There's alot that I still want to learn.

19. There's nothing like waking up with the love of your life every morning.

20. It's the everyday little acts that make a difference.

21. Motherhood is my calling.

22. Hand holding never gets old.

23. Slow down and enjoy.

24. Babies grow way too fast.

25. What truly makes my house a home is my family.

26. I can live with a deer head in my living room.

27.  My body is amazing and I need to remember that my stretchmarks are evidence of my greatest accomplishment.

28. Questioning God does happen.

29. Don't miss an opportunity to share your love.

30. God has never strayed. He has stayed right beside me through it all.

I know I have learned even more from this past decade of my life, but I wanted to share the main ones that came to mind. There are regrets, but I try not to waste my energy. The past cannot be changed. I can only move forward and move forward I have. 

My life is special and each day I am purposeful in reminding myself that I have so many reasons to be thankful. Being 30 is another day in my extraordinary life :)  

Thumbs up for birthday celebrations!