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The First Year of Parenthood, Part I.

Jacob turns 11 months old this week and since he is getting closer to his first birthday, I obviously am a very seasoned parent now ( riiigghht HAHA). Who I am I kidding…I’m still that mom who questions everything- why does he want to jump out of his high chair?? He is making a funny noise, is it asthma?! Am I putting him to bed at the right time? Is it ok for him to eat corn? Why is he stillll waking up in the middle of the night?!….. The list goes on and on.

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Here are some things i’ve learned in the first year of parenthood:

  • You’re going to be thinking of your child all the time. Let me give you an example- I was in target the other day checking out at the register. The cashier was ringing up all of my baby items, along with wine and some things I needed for our house. What I heard the cashier say was, “ When’s the birthday for your little one?” So I told her “ welllll he is about to be 11 months old, he turns one soon, we’re having a birthday party in the back yard, yada yada yada. She looked at me kinda strange and said, “ No… Mam, What’s your birthday for the wine??” “OHHHH” I said with an ackward laugh..”for the wine”. Oops. I guess with all the baby stuff she must have known I was well over 21. My excuse was baby brain.
  • The love you feel for your child is so strong. People said all the time that as soon as Jacob gets here I was going to feel a love for him like i’ve never felt before. I must say this is true. Every time he gives me that little smile, giggles, kisses my cheek, it melts my heart.
  • You’re going to need coffee and lots of it. Our son is an early bird. He likes to start his day somewhere between 5:30 am and 6:00 am most days. Most of the time I don’t mind because I love seeing his smile BUT I am still a zombie without my coffee.
  • Just when you get used to one phase, another one comes. As soon as Jacob started crawling I thought our lives changed so much, until he started to stand and pull up on everything. I am enjoying this phase because I know walking comes next! I feel like at each stage the more and more baby proofed our house gets. Soon, our whole house will be bubble wrapped.
  • You’re going to get frustrated. I can remember vividly the first time I got frustrated with Jacob. I felt guilty but it’s only human nature. Just remain patient, calm and count to 10 and if that doesn’t work then WINE. I always remind myself that he is only going to be this young for such a short time period and to soak it all in.
  • Being a parent knocks the laziness right out of you. At least it did for me. I feel like I am always on the move chasing after my little man. I even work harder in my professional career. I have more of a motivation to do the best I can do for my family. They are my motivation.
  • The relationship with your spouse or partner will only get stronger. Seeing Brian with our son makes my heart flutter. They are just so darn sweet together. Our bond has gotten stronger having to make hard decisions together, making new memories and sharing the love for our son.
  • Things are going to get gross and you’re not even going to care. I remember having poop, spit up and boogers on me all at once. When Jacob was younger, he would spit up while we were out and we would just call it “mommy perfume.” Trust me, I thought I was going to be so grossed out with all of it, but really you just roll with the punches and say “ it’s just part of it.”
  • You’re not going to get your pre-pregnancy body back right away. I really thought that after I had Jacob that most of the weight was just going to fall off. “It’s just water weight” is what I would say. Welllll 11 months later and NOPE. I’m still about 10 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight and about 20 pounds from where I want to be. Weight Watchers has helped me to lose about 20 pounds this year.
  • Nobody knows what the hell they’re doing. At the end of the day, we’re all just trying to keep our child alive. No one’s way of parenting is better than another. It’s just what works best for you and your family so don’t get bogged down in judgement from other people.

Happy Sunday!

May 3, 2014-One of the Best Days Ever.

Two years ago, May 3, 2014, was a very special day. It was a perfect day in my eyes. The sun was shining, it was warm outside and just a beautiful day in general. It was Brian and I’s wedding day. A day I will never forget, we were surrounded by the people who we love the most. Disclaimer: I’m about to get real sappy on y’all. I can’t help it, i’m sentimental, it’s just who I am!

Two years have gone by as fast as a blink of an eye. There have been new beginnings, memories made, dear love ones lost and a sweet baby boy was born. A lot has happened in the past two years but I can say one thing for sure, my love for Brian has only gotten stronger. There have been times that have tested us and times that have made us laugh so hard that we’ve cried. With every day that goes by, it only gets better knowing that I have my love, my rock, my best friend by my side. Happy anniversary, Brian. Here’s to us and many more years of pure joy.

Let’s take a look back to one of the best days ever:

( Photography by Brooke Christl Photography. She is simply the best, so check her out!)

Here’s to all the mamas!

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! This will be my very first Mother’s Day being a Mom myself. Being Jacob’s Mama has been one of the best gifts that God has given me. He has tested my patience, filled my heart with so much love and made me learn a lot more about myself. I never fully realized how much my mom loved me until the day I met Jacob.

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Mother’s Day is a great time to show a Mom in your life how much she means to you and celebrate the person she is. Here are some gift ideas to make her feel special:

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Photo Album: Am I still the only one who collects actual photos still? Shutterfly makes it way too easy with their promotions of free 4×6 prints. I’ve accumulated hundreds of photos that need to go in albums. One of my favorite things to do is go through old photos and look back at great memories.

Bath Products: I love taking a nice hot bath to relax after a long day. This is a great gift for moms who love to soak in the tub!

Candles: I always have candles burning in our home. Different scents can help you feel relaxed and make you feel at ease. The candles from Aveda will make your home smell like a spa. Who wouldn’t want that?!

Coffee Mug: Each morning when I wake up I look forward to having my cup of joe. You could call it mama fuel because I know a lot of moms who run off their daily coffee fix.

Birthstone Eternity Ring: I have an alexandrite eternity ring in honor of my son who was born in the month of June. It’s one of my favorite pieces that I wear every single day!

A Manicure: Because who doesn’t love to be pampered and get their nails done?

Monogram: Anything monogram is always a great gift. Necklace, earrings, bags, shirts, anything monogrammed.

Her Favorite Perfume: A scent can bring back a memory or make you think of your favorite person. Whenever I smell the perfume “Angel” on someone I immediately think of my mom. I personally love the smell by Marc Jacobs, “Daisy”.

Flowers: I love having fresh flowers in my home and my favorite flower is the hydrangea. We used these in our wedding so they have sentimental value ( hint hint Brian).

Wine: I vote champagne.

Fun T-shirt: I have seen this “Mama Bear” shirt all over pintrest and I just think its too cute!

Earrings: Pearl earrings are classic and I love the idea of having a pair of earrings to remind me of a special day.

When picking out a gift for that special mom in your life, remember that it’s truly the thought that counts.

A Dip to Remember.

I can’t believe another weekend has already come and gone. All I wanted to do was stay inside, cuddle on the couch by the fire and drink prosecco. It is now Spring but it felt more like Fall outside all weekend long. Brian and I debated back and forth about what we were going to do for dinner last night, like we always do. We couldn’t make up our minds so we decided to just have appetizer’s for our meal and let me tell you it ended up being amazing.

First, we started by throwing together a bunch of fruit, cheeses, meat and humus :

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Then I started thinking, what else can we make?!? One of my favorite things to eat is chips and dip. It is my weakness for sure. Since I am on Weight Watchers, I looked through their recipes for something that would satisfy my urge to eat something bad.

I searched and found a ton of recipes that looked delicious but then I came across exactly what I was looking for- crab dip!! I put my own little spin to it and added some garlic and extra hot pepper sauce. Next time, I will add some red pepper flakes just to give it a little more kick. This was perfect for a cold windy Saturday night and paired with some pita chips, this dip was perfect and so tasty.

Weight Watchers Crab Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

2 points per serving

Serving Size: 2 tablespoons & 2 teaspoons

Weight Watchers Crab Dip

Ingredients

  • 6oz low fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1⁄2cup(s) plain low fat Greek yogurt
  • 3Tbsp uncooked onion(s), finely minced
  • 1⁄2 pound(s)lump crabmeat, fresh or canned, drained ( I used claw crab meat)
  • 1⁄2 tsp hot pepper sauce, or more to taste ( I used more like 2 tsp)
  • 1⁄2 tsp table salt, or to taste
  • 2 Tbsp sherry (dry or sweet), or sweet sherry (or to taste)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Cooking spray ( I used olive oil spray)
  • You may want to add:
  • shredded parmesan cheese on top

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325. Use the the cooking spray to coat a 7 inch dish.
  2. In a mixing bowl, place all ingredients in and stir until thoroughly combined. Next, scoop the mixture into the coated dish and bake until dip is heated through, about 20 to 25 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.

The weekend is almost gone and a new week is almost here. I hope you have a great week ahead of you!

xoxo!

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