Wednesday, November 6, 2013

One Year

It's been a year.  One year since my prayers were answered and my wish to become pregnant came true.  It was on this day last year that I learned I was finally going to become a mommy.  I learned that my husband was going to become a daddy.  I learned that our family was going to be growing by two tiny little feet.



And, oh what a year it has been!  What I didn't know last year was how much I would grow as a wife, as a daughter, and as a human being.

I have grown to love my husband in such a different way.  It's not better, or worse, just different.  I feel like we have a better understanding of one another and much more respect for each other.  We have had to learn to communicate more effectively as tiredness, stress, and anxiety took it's toll on each of us.  I have seen the man I love take on tasks and roles that I never imagined him in.  And he's done it all with grace and enthusiasm.  Actually, in thinking about it, I DO love him more than I did when we got married.



I have always been thankful for my parents and all that they have done for me and continue to do for me, but since becoming a mother myself, I am in awe of my parents.  Bringing a life into this world and becoming a parent is not for the faint of heart.  It takes teamwork, determination, patience, and love to be a successful parent.  I have learned so much from my mom and my dad about the parent that I am striving to become.  I am beyond grateful for the love and support that they unconditionally gave me and continue to give me.


Since becoming pregnant and ultimately a mom, I have grown as a person.  I have learned to listen and learn from others' opinions even when they do not match my own.  Everyone is entitled to raise their child the best way they know how, and every parent deserves respect and encouragement while doing so.  I am learning to trust my instincts and believe that everything happens for a reason.  I am learning that even though life does not always go according to my plan, with a little work and a little faith, it will all turn out alright with time.


This has been one of the fastest years of my entire life, and I feel like the years will only continue to fly by.  I am still in awe that in one year, I grew a baby, gave birth, became a mom, and lost my entire heart to one tiny little being.


I can no longer imagine my life without my baby's sweet smiles, loud screeches, and silly raspberries.  It is amazing watching him grow and learn every single day.  He is the best thing that has ever happened to me.

Monday, September 23, 2013

3 months!


Dear Little Man,

This last month absolutely flew by! You have been such a joy these past few weeks.  Your smiles light up my world and I love you so incredibly much.  It is amazing watching you discover the world around you.  I love you tons and bunches, boo.

Love,
Mommy


Likes:  You love your play mat with the piano at your feet; you kick and play lots of fun songs with it.  You also like to flirt with yourself in the mirror, but only on your piano play mat.  You enjoy going for walks in your stroller, but it almost always lulls you to sleep.

Dislikes:  You dislike being burped and scream as soon as you have finished a bottle.  However, once you burp, you settle down almost immediately.

Sleep:  Knock on wood, sleep has gotten better!  You go to sleep between 8:00-9:00 pm most nights.  Luckily, all we have to do is put you in your basinet with your sound machine/light machine and you fall asleep on your own.  Sometime around 12:00-1:00 you wake up fussing and come sleep in bed with us.  Most times, you don't want to eat then, but sometimes you are hungry.  You are usually up around 4:00-5:00 am and are one hungry boy at that point!  You then go back to sleep until about 6:30-7:30 am.  During the day, you take random naps ranging from 20 minutes-2 hours.

Food:  Feeding is getting better, too.  Apparantly you had a milk intolerance and that was part of the reason you were so insanely fussy and had crazy amounts of spit up!  Mommy feels terrible that it took so long to figure this out.  :o(  But, now that we know, you are on a hypoallergenic formula that you and your tummy seem to like a lot better.  We tried soy, and all that accomplished was making you really constipated.  Poor little guy!

Milestones:  You rolled over from your tummy to your back for the first time on September 5, 2013.  It then took you another week or so before you did it again and showed off for both Mommy and Daddy this time.  You are now smiling consistently at people when they talk to you and look directly at you.  You also babble and coo and love to chat with Mommy.

Height/Weight: The last time you were weighed you were 13.3 pounds and 23 inches long.  Your little thighs are getting so chubby and I love to kiss your chubby cheeks!

Clothes: You are growing like a weed!  Every time we do laundry, we are packing up a few outfits because you have outgrown them.  You still fit into some of your 0-3 month clothes, but are mostly in 3-6 month outfits.

Adventures/Celebrations: You went to two different chili festivals and enjoyed a wonderful day apple picking.  




Friday, September 6, 2013

Flynn & Friends

When I was pregnant, I started doing prenatal yoga.  I had never done yoga before, but was looking for some form of exercise that didn't make my giant self weep in pain.  I ended up loving the yoga class and made some really great connections with other expecting mommas.

One of those expecting mommas had twin boys one day before Flynn was born.  She has been a great source of encouragement to me, both while pregnant and as I struggled with becoming a mom.

Yesterday she and her sweet little men came over and we enjoyed a wonderful playdate.  Well, as much a playdate as three tiny babies who are nearly eleven weeks old can have.

(My little guy is in the middle)

Mostly my momma friend and I enjoyed chatting about life and our babies.  I am so thankful to have someone in my life who is on this mom journey as well.


Linking up with Sasha at The Mushy Mommy!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Proud Momma Alert

Flynn has kind-of-sort-of been working on tummy time, but isn't a big fan of having to hold his big ol' noggin up for any length of time.  However, on Monday night when I put him down for tummy time, I noticed that he was holding up not only his head, but his chest as well.  I was pretty pumped about that accomplishment and hollered for the hubs to come check out our little miracle baby and his new skill.



Today I put him down for tummy time like usual and sat down on the floor to chat with him and keep him company.



He started his side to side rocking and then all of a sudden just flipped right over!  Little man blew me away by rolling from his tummy to his back!



I clapped and cheered and he gave me the biggest grin.



I then scooped him up and plopped him back on his tummy, after which he then rolled over two more times.

Following the big excitement, he then sprawled out on my chest and took a nap.  I love moments like this.



I'm so proud of my little guy and so happy that I was able to witness one of his "first" moments.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Lacing Up the Ol' Sneakers

A few weekends ago, my awesome Mom and I walked in a 5k with the Flynn man.



This was the first race I've done since Flynn was born and I learned a few things...

One...walking is frustrating!  I wanted to go faster and found it irritating watching everyone run while I walked.



Two...this momma is out of shape!  My legs were embarrassingly sore just from walking 3 miles.



However, I am looking forward to walking and/or running many more races with my sweet little boy!


Sunday, August 25, 2013

2 months!



Dear Baby Boy,

Another month has come and gone; another month that simultaneously flew by, but dragged too.  You continue to amaze me and drive me crazy.  I love you more and more everyday and can't imagine my life without you.  As much as I long to be able to put you down for any length of time, I soak up the time that I can snuggle with you; I know that someday you will be running around like a big boy and won't want to snuggle with me anymore.  You little baby coos, gasps, and smiles are the absolute best and make me feel like a million bucks.  I love you sweet, little Flynn.

Love,
Mommy




Likes:  The toys that hang from your play mat are your best friends.  The one that lights up is your absolute favorite and you will wave your arms and give it big smiles.  Since you like lights so much, we bought you a light/sound machine to hang inside your crib/bassinet.  You are fascinated by the pictures it projects up on the ceiling.  The ocean sound is the one that calms you the best.

Dislikes:  You dislike being put down, which is making mommy very tired!  You insist on being held at all times, and while the snuggles are nice, this mommy needs a break.

Sleep:  When you are being held, you sleep like a champ.  Your longest stretch has been five hours or so, but you more typically go three or four.  When we dare to put you down, you freak out within 15 minutes and refuse to sleep.  So you basically sleep on our chests or  in our arms.  The only exception to this is is when you fall asleep in the car; for some reason you will sleep for awhile in your car seat even if it is in the house.  

Food:  You are a hot mess when it comes to feeding.  I'm pretty sure you are suffering from some type of acid reflux, which is making all of us miserable.  We are continuing to feed you on demand, and you have yet to settle into any type of feeding schedule.  You eat anywhere from 2-6 ounces at a feeding.  Some days you are an eating machine and it seems like all we do is feed you, and other days you barely eat at all.

Milestones:  You have started cooing and smiling at me, which is pretty much the cutest thing ever.  On days when I have just about had it and want to run away, one of your smiles makes it all worth it.  I don't think this is exactly a milestone, but something worth mentioning...you lost all of the hair from the top of your head this month and are now rocking an old man hair do.  It's a darn good thing you have a such a cute face...

Height/Weight: Your two month well visit isn't until Monday, so I'm not entirely sure.  Our guess according to a home scale puts you at about 12 pounds.  All I know for length is that you are growing out of a lot of your 0-3 month clothes due to your long body!

Clothes: We said good-bye to all of your new born clothes this month, and some of your 0-3 month clothes!  You are mostly wearing 0-3 month and 3 month clothes.  Your arms and legs are starting to get pudgy, but they are still fairly skinny looking in your clothes.

Adventures/Celebrations: You met two of your uncles this month and it was so fun seeing my brothers interact with you.  You also met some of mommy's college friends and they were smitten by you as well.  Daddy and I took you to your first baseball game, where you attracted lots of attention for being so cute.


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Summer Adventures 2013

Last summer, it seemed like every weekend we had an adventure planned.  This summer, every day is a new adventure in survival :o)  However, we have managed to sneak in a few fun outings before the weather gets cooler.

Towards the end of July we went blueberry picking.  It was a perfect day: not too hot, not too cool.  The sun was shining and the view was spectacular.  Flynn slept through his first blueberry picking experience, but oh well, there is always next year!


With the blueberries that we picked, I made blueberry oatmeal cookies.  They were delicious!


In the beginning of August we went to a pulled pork competition at an apple orchard. It was a free event (with the donation of a canned good), so it was perfect!  We spent the afternoon tasting different kinds of pulled pork and walking around enjoying the beautiful weather and views.


We also went to a local ice creamery where the hubs ate the biggest banana split ever!  The servers claim it has over a pint of ice cream.  Of course, he finished his banana split before the rest of us even finished our single scoops of ice cream.


In mid-August we took Flynn to his first baseball game!  He did well for the most part, and seemed to enjoy looking at all of the bright lights in the stadium.  We ended up leaving in the eighth inning because we had an hour and a half drive home and it was getting late.



Other adventures this summer include mini golf, cheering at a half marathon, and many family picnics.  While this summer is incredibly different than previous summers, I'm learning to enjoy my new life with my little family.