Friday, April 22, 2016

Mom Life

So I am pretty sure that when I was pregnant, I had these thoughts, dreams, and ideas of what motherhood would be like.  And then when that baby comes, it is so different.  Different good.  Your outlook on things is different.  Your priorities are different.  Your give a shit factor-different.
That tiny human just changes it all.  And it is amazing.  Yes, I just started a sentence with And.

I just read this article on motherhood.  My instant though was "Holy shit, this lady nailed it".

Worth the read.  I sent it to my DH and said "Don't even walk through that door tonight until you read this.  I am having a day".  It was a hard day.  Irritable baby, and when you work from home, you don't get much done.  It was just exhausting.  But I wouldn't have it any other way.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

3 Months!

My little one is already 3 months old.  Yes, I suck at posting on here.  Mostly because it takes time away from a sweet baby girl.  She is asleep now.  Yes:) Morning coffee and blogging!!

3 Month Old Smiley Baby!!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

2 Months Already?!?

So I have been a bit behind in the world of motherhood.  Our little girl is everything we could ever hope for.  She is already two months old, and it seems like she was born yesterday.

She is sleeping well at night.  Loves her doggies.  Cries like a pterodactyl.  Just started to suck her thumb.  Has the most beautiful spikey red hair and blue eyes.  I can't wait to continue to watch her grow!!

Here are a few photos...enjoy!!

Photo by Rebecca Gould

Her first smile captures on film

2 months old!!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Welcome to the world little one...

39 weeks, and 4 days later, we finally met you!  Olivia Maeve, you are everything we wanted, dreamed of, hoped for, prayed for, and loved.

She graced us with her roar to the world on January 15th!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours.  Praying for all those who have to sacrifice these holidays with working. From service men and women, to doctors and nurses, to police and firemen.  Thank you for standing the watch.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Holiday Thoughts

This post was on my FB page yesterday.  

"The holidays can be a rough time of the year for folks. Whether they have an illness, lost their job, are suffering from something you don't even know about or could understand-this quote says it all. I have seen so much suffering this month amongst my friends. I pray that everyone overcomes their struggles and has someone to lean on."

I have family members and friends who have lost jobs.  Friends who have been diagnosed with untreatable cancer.  Friends who just need someone there for them.

We all have our demons.  We all have our issues.  They may not seem "big" to other people that are suffering, but they may be big to the person it is affecting.  Maybe that lost job is the first rejection they have ever had.  Maybe they can't provide for their family.  Perhaps that illness was just the breaking point of that person.  Who knows.  It is really easy to judge.  It is tough to understand.  Forgive.  Accept.  

This holiday season, reach out to those suffering.  Reach out to everyone.  You never know what battles people are facing each day-and they might just NOT tell you about it or advertise on FB, etc.  Be kind.  Always. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Holiday Traditions!

Holiday traditions have always been pretty sporadic for me being Active Duty.  I have realized that for the past 5 holidays, I have always gotten Mike an ornament.  So, boom, a tradition.  I got him one this year too.  Perfect for our first tree!!

The past 5 years!
2010 I spent the holiday with my middle brother's family in Chicago.  Mike and I just started dating.
2011 I spent with Mike and his family.  I flew in from Newport, RI
2012 I spent out at sea.  It was terrible.  No mail for over a month.  We literally celebrated in January
2013 I spent with Mike, he proposed that week!  I flew in from Jacksonville, FL
2014 I spent with Mike.  Our first Christmas as husband and wife!  I flew in from Jacksonville, FL
2015 I am spending with Mike, his family, and my family.  Yay for finally living in Chicago again!

We are starting a new tradition this year regarding gifts.  I know that gift giving can be stressful.  We also try to do little things for each other.  Making a favorite meal, surprise flowers, greeting cards with a special note, etc.

Our gifts are now broken into categories.  We did it this way to make it easier on us, and for when our princess arrives.  We would rather have experiences than a house full of things.

We broke it down to an item we want, need, wear, and read.  Simple enough right?

The wants are items that aren't necessarily practical.  I want a cleaning lady.  He wants a video game.

The needs are items that are practical such as an art kit, or accessory for a computer, etc.

The wear are items such as clothing, jewelry, perfume.

The read are items like books, or magazine subscriptions.

I wish I had thought about this sooner.  I kind of want to do this for my nieces and nephews bc shopping for them is a huge headache.  I never know what they want.  EVER.  So I just buy them stuff, that they probably don't want, need, wear, or read.  Eh.  I think Mike and I gave each other fair lists this year, and I look forward to doing this for our princess next year.  That way I am not buying her 30 outfits for Christmas.  :)

What are your favorite holiday traditions?