Judson is 3 months old!

Judson- Here we are again, another month. This might have been the quickest month yet. You're more alert these days and you lock eyes with me and … [Continue Reading]

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taco tuesday, lightened up

It's no secret that we love Mexican food around here. I'm certain there are a few local restaurants who know us by name. But, we've been trying to eat … [Continue Reading]

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Judson’s Birth Announcements & an update

I'm embarrassed to say that I just mailed out all of Judson's birth announcements. I've had them for well over a month, but I just couldn't get it … [Continue Reading]

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a busy bag for the big sibling

Before Judson was born I put together a Big Sister Bag for Braylen. I wanted her to be occupied in the waiting room and I wanted her to have things to … [Continue Reading]

i don’t have a picture of that

Admittedly, I take a ton of pictures. There's an abundance of photos from day one, of both children. I don't think my photo taking obsession really … [Continue Reading]

Judson is 3 months old!

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Here we are again, another month. This might have been the quickest month yet. You’re more alert these days and you lock eyes with me and give me the biggest smile so many times during the day. You coo and make the cutest baby noises, you move your mouth in funny ways to get the sounds to come out. We always laugh because it looks like you’re trying so hard to tell us something. You love your big sister, and she adores you, too.

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You have your fair share of content days, and we don’t have to guess what you want when you’re fussy. You only get mad when you’re are hungry or tired. Feeding you or getting you to sleep will always solve your problem.

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We love you so, baby boy. You make our days sweeter and our hearts fuller.

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At two months:
  • Eating- you eat every 2.5-3 hours during the day. You go down for bed after eating around 9:00, some nights you sleep until around 6:00 AM and sometimes you still wake up around 2:30 (like clock work), you sleep until 9:00 after your 6:00 AM feeding. Then your schedule is consistently eat, play, sleep for the rest of the day. We follow Moms On Call and it works like a charm, except for the whole your still not sleeping through the night thing. 
  • You started sleeping in your crib, with the sound machine on.
  • You love to be rocked.
  • Your head control is excellent and you try your hardest to get out of tummy time by rolling over, but we’re not quite there yet.
  • You still love bath time.
  • You love the mamaroo, your swing, your kick and play, and a recent new addition is the Fisher Price seat that you like because you’d rather be sitting up. You hit at your toys and try your hardest to grab them.
  • You’re still exclusively nursing, and doing so well.
  • You’re still on the fence about the paci.
  • You love to be talked to, you hold eye contact and coo and smile back at anyone who sits and talks to you. It’s still our favorite thing to do.
  • You weigh between 13 and 14. We’ll find out for sure at your next appointment.
  • You wear a size 2 diaper (but not for long) and 3-6 month clothes.

And here’s a quick look back at the past three months:

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And a comparison with your sister at 3 months, I see a few similarities.

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taco tuesday, lightened up

It’s no secret that we love Mexican food around here. I’m certain there are a few local restaurants who know us by name. But, we’ve been trying to eat at home more, and I’ve been trying to shed this last baby weight. So, in an effort to have my favorite food at a fraction of the calories, we’ve lightened up taco night at our house, and it was a huge hit.

Here’s how I gave taco night a healthy makeover:

Taco Shells- Use wonton wrappers to make mini taco shells. Simply lay them over a cooling rack and bake at 400 degrees until they are start to brown and crisp up. This was Braylen’s favorite part, she normally eats a deconstructed taco, but we let her create her own mini-taco’s and she ate several of them. Wonton wrappers come to about 20 calories a piece!

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And they make the cutest little taco shells!

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Taco Meat- If you’re a ground beef lover, trade it out for shredded chicken to make things a little more healthy. Just put several chicken breast in the crock pot with 1/2 jar of your favorite salsa and a pack of taco seasoning. Cook on low for 4-6 hours depending on the amount of chicken. When you’re finished shred the chicken (put in the your stand mixer for quick shredded chicken).

Fresh Ingredients: Use fresh ingredients such as guacamole, tomatoes, lettuce, cilantro, and red onions (I skipped those, but I know some people love them on their tacos).

Greek Yogurt: Switch out your sour cream and serve it with Greek yogurt for a healthier alternative.

Skip the cheese: I know, I know, it’s the best part. But, I promise if you load it up with toppings, you won’t even miss the cheese!

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I’ll go ahead and tell you, these little tacos are addicting, but you won’t feel guilty for going back for a second helping.

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Judson’s Birth Announcements & an update

I’m embarrassed to say that I just mailed out all of Judson’s birth announcements. I’ve had them for well over a month, but I just couldn’t get it together long enough to get them addressed and in the mailbox. The good news is, it’s done and I’m so excited to share them on the blog.

I used photos from our hospital session and Judson’s newborn session with CB Photo and Design.

When I saw the newborn photos, I immediately knew which one I would use on the front. I asked Kristin from Taz and Belly Designs to come up with a sweet birth announcement for our little man.

Here’s the front:

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And the back:

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 I absolutely adore the way this turned out, thanks Kristin for creating such a perfect announcement for our sweet boy.

And speaking of that sweet boy, he’s growing like crazy and we fall more in love with him each day.

Especially his big sister, these two have the sweetest relationship already, they both make each other laugh and she’ll sit in the floor with him and talk to him and make him giggle and coo.

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He loves to lay on his kick and play and swat at the toys, recently he’s started grabbing the lower ones with his little hands. I forgot just how fast they grow and change, but it already seems like he is learning new things every day. He’s developed a fairly consistent schedule thanks to Moms On Call, but we’ll still get some extra time between the hours of 3:00 and 4:00 AM.

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And tummy time? Not his favorite at all. We likes it for the first few minutes and then tries his hardest to roll over and get back to his back.

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We’re just about twelve weeks in with our little man. Twelve weeks that seem like both the longest and shortest weeks of our lives. He brings us so much joy and we’re thankful for this sweet boy and incredibly blessed to have him in our lives.

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a busy bag for the big sibling

Before Judson was born I put together a Big Sister Bag for Braylen. I wanted her to be occupied in the waiting room and I wanted her to have things to do once she came back to visit. In my head, she wouldn’t really need the bag because she was going to be so excited and enamored by her little brother. Yeah, right. That lasted all of about 20 minutes. I was so thankful to have this bag of some of her favorite things.

I started putting it together a few weeks before he was born, but I didn’t give it to her until the morning we went into the hospital.

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And here’s a look at what we included in her bag.

 

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It’s easy to create your own and highly recommend having something like this on hand when you’re welcoming another baby. Especially if your first-born will be spending time at the hospital.

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1. Crayons

2. Big Sister Book

3. Disposable Camera- This was such a treat for her, she used up two camera while waiting and meeting the baby for the first time.

4. Lovie for the new baby- I actually let her pick this out and give it to him when she met him.

5. Coloring Book

6. Kid-Friendly Snacks

7. Reusable Stickers

8. Big Sister Bag

i don’t have a picture of that

Admittedly, I take a ton of pictures. There’s an abundance of photos from day one, of both children. I don’t think my photo taking obsession really began until I had children and I become this weird photo-crazed person. I sort of self-evaluated my photo taking obsession and eventually deemed it was probably because of this whole fleeting time concept. Maybe if I have photos every day I can somehow capture this time. Sadly, it just doesn’t work that way. I’m left with a full hard drive, a full phone, and a million photo albums that sit in the closet.

Lately, I’ve come to a scary conclusion, one that I have a hard time typing on this blog because it means I’m giving it some acknowledgement. I need to put my camera down and be present more.

The truth is, I don’t need to lug that camera around everywhere I go. I don’t have to have my iPhone in my hand ready for the perfect photo op at all times.

I don’t want to be so fixated on the picture of the moment that I miss the actual moment.

Let me tell you a little story that helped me arrive at this conclusion. Last weekend, my grandmother told us the vegetables in the garden were close to being ready. Immediately, I thought of the fun I had when I was little and helped out with the garden. And of course, I thought of Braylen and how she’s just the right age to really understand what we’re doing and have a little fun with the process.

All of those are completely sane thoughts. Here’s the kicker, I thought about how I might photograph this moment. Would the sun be behind her as she was picking the perfect pea, would she cooperate while I took some photos of her bending down and picking some squash.

No. The answer is no. Of course she isn’t going to pose for a photo while she’s playing in the dirt and picking vegetables in the garden. It’s not a photo shoot, I’m not a professional photographer, and who really cares?

I don’t think I have a single picture in my grandparents garden picking vegetables. I can’t count the number of times I helped out when I was growing up. I have some funny stories. I have some excellent memories. But, I’ve never seen a photo, and I don’t need one. I remember what it smelled like, I remember how hot it was, I remember how much fun I had playing in the buckets of shelled peas and kicking dirt between the rows of corn.

Just like I’ll look back on these days and remember them fondly. I’ll remember what it felt like to rock a sleeping baby, I’ll remember Braylen in dress up clothes and nightly performance in the living room, I’ll remember these days because they’re important and they’re real and they’re ours. I won’t need a photo. Sure, the photos will be fun to look at, but when the house is quiet it’ll be the memories that I’ll cherish most.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that I won’t take hundreds of photos over the next year. I’ll capture milestone moments and small moments, I’ll capture sweet sleeping baby moments, I’ll capture first days of school and sweet smiling faces.

I just don’t want to be so caught up in the photo that I miss the moment. I’m not willing to sacrifice the perfect moment to capture the perfect photo.

If that’s the case, I don’t need to have a picture of that.

 

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