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Jacob Turns One!!

I’m still trying to figure out how this is possible. This has been the fastest year of my life. It feels like I went to sleep with a newborn and woke up with a one year old. Don’t get me wrong, we have had our fair share of long days and nights. While we were in the moment time went by so slow but looking back it went by like the blink of an eye. I guess they say time flies when you’re having fun.

Jacob now has his own little personality and quirks. Here are some facts about him at a year old:

Teeth: he has 6 teeth and more are coming in.

Likes: Smiling. Clapping his hands. Playing “boo”. Splashing in the water. Kissing Mama and Dada. Kissing his bunny. Saying “Dadadada”. His toys that make noises. Being chased after. Sitting outside in his blue chair. Swinging. His bunny.

Dislikes: He hates when anyone leaves the room. Staying still. His changing table.

Favorite foods: Green beans. Carrots. Strawberry yogurt. Grilled cheese. Applesauce. Sweet potatoes. Watermelon.

Words: LOVES to say Dada. Mama. Guuuhh ( we think this means goose). Sign language for the words “milk” and “more”.

Here is Jacob at about a week old:

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Thank you Heather Creed Photography! <3 <3 <3

 Here is Jacob at almost one:

Thank you Brooke Christl Photography! It was really hard for us to choose which pictures to post! They were all so good! 🙂

Happy birthday to my little man! I am so happy to be your mama. I love watching you grow up!

xoxo!

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.

Four Letter Word- #!?$

Fear can completely cripple you, deprive you of happiness, and keep you from going after your hopes and dreams. Not only that, but did you know that fear can make you physically sick?

Each time you feel fear, it triggers something called the “fight-or-flight” stress response in your body. If there is a cumulative buildup of the stress hormone, it can lead to disorders in our automatic nervous system. This can cause IBS, headaches, high blood pressure, etc. I don’t know about you but this makes me afraid of fear! How is that even possible?

The time that I feel the most fearful is at night, right before I fall asleep. Sometimes I can lay there and the thoughts of my deepest fears creep to the surface. It’s not the darkness that causes this fear, it’s the silence of the night. When I start to worry and let the fear come in, that’s when I start praying. I pray that my husband comes home safely after his shift, I pray for my son, I pray for my family members and friends, I pray for peace. If all else fails, I turn on Nick at Night and watch episodes of Full House, Friends and Fresh Prince of Bel Air until I drift off into sleep.

I like to call fear a four letter word because I tend to make situations ten times worse in my mind because of it. I can get myself all in a tizzy worrying about things that are out of my control. What I’ve realized is that most of the time you just have to let go and let God take care of you. Let your faith carry you.

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Happy Monday Y’all!

xoxo,

Lauren

My New Normal

I always knew that when I became a parent my life would completely change forever. I didn’t really know what to expect until I was fully in it though. You forget your old ways and habits and create new ones. I have most definitely created a new normal for my life.

The old me would roll out of bed by 7 am to be at work at 8 am or so. Now I wake up to the cutest alarm clock at about 5 am. The old me would cry, complain and beg for just 5 more minutes of sleep. Now I cry and beg for just 5 more minutes with Jacob. Don’t get me wrong, 5 am does come way too early sometimes but to say it’s worth it would be an understatement. The early mornings are seriously my favorite part of the day.

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When I found out that I was pregnant, I was more worried about life with a newborn than I was the actual birth process. What I didn’t know was that natural instinct truly is a real thing. People told me all the time that it would just come natural to me and they were right. The old me was scared to even touch a newborn, or any baby really. I was scared I would break them.  I got the hang of this momma thing pretty early on. #gome

Seeing Brian interact with Jacob is the sweetest thing ever. The old me thought I loved Brian then but now seeing him with our son has made me fall in love with him all over again. He doesn’t have to work hard to make his “mini me” smile. He is a great role model and daddy for our son. I just had to brag about him. P.S. — Every time Jacob sneezes, Brian says “ oooo Goodness” and for some reason I think it’s the cutest thing ever.

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Baby weight. No, I’m not talking about the sweet chubbiness of Jacob (he is becoming more chunky every day). I am talking about the extra chubbiness of his momma. I know it took 9 months to put on this weight but dang I wish it would have magically fallen off my body once Jacob came into this world. Two hundred thousand percent worth it though and I am always a work in progress. Weight has been something that I have constantly battled and I know I will for the rest of my life. I have some experience in gaining and LOSING a lot of weight, so I know it will come off with time and work.

Having a new tiny human in our world has added so much joy to our lives. It has also added a LOT of stuff. Each room in our house has a little trail of things that remind me of Jacob. A blanket here, a boppy pillow there, a cute little single sock laying on the floor, bottles in the sink, and a burp cloth by our bed reminds me every second of how lucky we really are to have this miracle in our lives.

I cannot imagine my life any different. Yes we have our moments of brief frustration and feelings of “this is parenting thing hard” but I wouldn’t change a thing. I love being Jacobs’s momma and I just had to tell the whole wide world.

Happy weekend! 🙂

XOXO,

Lauren

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