Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Wordless Wednesday / Houdini.

You know its time to retire the infant swing when….

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I mean really…

I put him in the swing for 2.5 seconds so I could go to the bathroom and when I come out this is how I find him. When he was a newborn I used to think “why do they put things so you can strap them in…he’s not going anywhere.”
Now I get it.
Its for when your child becomes Houdini and tries to get out of every thing you put him in. Needless to say I think the swing will retire to the attic this week sometime.

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A Wedding on Folly Beach

 

Last weekend John and I packed up the car and headed down to the amazing city of Charleston, SC for the wedding of Molly (John’s cousin) and Jeff. Its been years since I’ve been to Charleston, and so this was the perfect opportunity to get a small taste of the southern city and celebrate the happy couple all in one swoop. We left Thursday night after I got off work and let the baby sleep the whole way down there so we could wake up and be ready to explore. I will post pictures of our “touring,” but for now I wanted to share the wedding pictures! Molly and Jeff planned this wedding very quick and Molly asked me and my brother in law if we could handle the photography for her so she wouldn’t have to find someone last minute and pay a fortune. We happily, and nervously accepted the challenge. We are not professionals, we enjoy photography as a hobby, but never in my life would I imagine myself doing this for profit. It was a huge honor, and HUGE challenge for me to shoot a wedding. I definitely learned a lot! Here are a few of my favorite shots from their big night.

 

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I really am proud of how some of them turned out, and learned a whole lot with this process. One big thing I wish I had paid more attention to was the horizon line. For all you wedding photogs out there, I have a new respect for the work you do- capturing these priceless moments is nerve wracking, and there are no do-overs!

Congrats to the new couple, you guys are awesome and we love you so much! Thanks for letting us share in your special day.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Dear Landon / Five Months

I really should have posted this on May 18th when Landon turned five months old, but we have been out of town and so I’m just now getting to it. I’m way behind on my posts- so hopefully in the next week or so I can catch up and share what we’ve been up to!

Dear Landon,

I know I say it every month, but I am constantly amazed at how much you are growing and changing and how fast. You surprise me each week and I love to see you learn new things and discover your environment.

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In your fifth month,

You weigh 14 lbs 8 oz. You are only tenth percentile for weight! The only reason we know this is because we had to take you to the doctor to be weighed so we could start you back on your reflux medicine. At your four month appointment we decided to stop giving it to you to see how you did, and after a few weeks your reflux started to bother you again. Since the restart, you’ve been one happy little pumpkin!

You eat six ounces of formula every 3-4 hours.

You wear six month onesies, and 0-3 month shorts. Long and skinny…

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You love being outside. We spend a lot of time in the evenings on the front porch just watching the world go by.

You love riding in your stroller, it almost puts you in a trance because you are so relaxed when you’re riding.

You giggle…all the time. Which I love.

You are so so SO ticklish. Which you come by naturally as both me and your daddy are very ticklish.

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We took trips to Greenville, NC to watch your first ECU baseball game, Southport NC, and Charleston, SC. You luckily travel really well and are pretty content when we’re on the road.

We celebrated our first Mother’s day!! Such an emotional, special day for me. Being your mommy is the best thing in this world.

You LOVE Sophie the Giraffe…she might be the best thing since sliced bread.

Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING goes in your mouth. We’re pretty sure you’ve been teething for the past two months but have yet to cut a tooth. So in the mean time you drool, and gnaw…a lot.

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You started sleeping through the night again (HALLELUJAH!!!!) 8:30-4:30, then you eat and are asleep until 7. We still have to swaddle you, which is something I’m hoping to wean you from soon.

You have rolled from tummy to back twice, but tend to get frustrated easily when you can’t get rolled over all the way.

It is so exciting watching you grow and develop. When you rolled over the first time I was SO proud of you and I remember stopping to think that I can’t imagine how proud I will be when you hit other milestones in your life if I was that proud when you rolled over.

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You bring so much joy and fullness to our lives and we love you so very very much!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

wordless wednesday / feetsies

Short and sweet this week. Things have been busy busy in our home lately and I haven’t had a lot of time to post, but I did want to share these shots I got tonight while we were winding down with Landon. I love his bedtime routine, and after a long twelve hour shift, walking in the door to put my little boy to bed is the best thing in the world. He loves to cuddle for a few minutes before we put him in his crib for the night, and I will never object to cuddle time with my baby! Tonight, John was on “bedtime duty” while I packed for our trip this weekend to Charleston, SC. I love these little barefeet- there is just nothing better!

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Happy Wednesday!

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

on my first mother’s day

I became a first time mommy on December 18, 2011, after nearly 36 hours of labor. It was the greatest day of my life. Over the past five months, having Landon in my life has changed me.

Motherhood is crazy. Its messy. Its stinky. Its sleep-deprived and exhausting. Its hysterical. Its challenging.

But really…it is just beautiful.

Since Landon came into my world, my heart has never felt such extreme emotions. Someone told me when I gave birth that having a child and being a mommy was like having your heart live on the outside of your body.

And it is so true.
Landon is my heart.
My wiggly, curious, smiley, giggly, drooly heart.

The truth is though, I was a mom long before December 18, 2011. From before I can remember, I knew I was one day going to be a mommy. I felt it was my calling, far above any other calling I’d ever had in my life.  I have prayed for my kids, before I knew them. I have hoped for them, dreamed for them, and wished for them long before I got that first positive pregnancy test. I knew God had called me to motherhood.

As I sit here now, watching Landon playing in his bouncy seat, my heart is overjoyed. He is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever laid my eyes on.

Motherhood is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever experienced.

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Happy Mommy’s Day to all you wonderful, hardworking, sleep deprived, spit up on your shirt mama’s out there!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

tummy time

I hope y’all aren’t tired of seeing pictures of the baby that has just taken over my world :)
And just in case you are, here’s a few more.

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I honestly can say that I’ve enjoyed every single stage so far of Landon’s growth. Yes, I enjoyed those crazy days and sleepless nights. I continually tried to remind myself that he would only be a newborn for a short time, and that as much as I disliked those times when I was going through them, I knew I would miss those intimate moments in the middle of the night, or the snuggles after he cried for what seemed like eternity. They were precious, sweet, crazy, exhausting days.

This 4-5 month stage is quite possibly my favorite so far. I think by now we have all gotten into a groove of what our new life is like with Landon in it. Landon is more predictable, more playful, and more interactive than before- which is so fun to watch. He is just, easier. John and I aren’t so in shock of what life with a baby is like. The newness has worn off, and we have settled into our life as a family of three quite nicely if I do say so myself. Let me say also, I find myself biting my tongue when I mention the word “easy” when referring to Landon for fear of jinxing it! He really is a great baby- happy, relaxed, eats well, sleeps well, poops too well. What more could you ask for?

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One thing we DID struggle with is tummy time. I really haven’t heard of many babies that do enjoy tummy time…so that made me feel better. For the first 3-4 months, when we laid Landon on his tummy he just screamed and laid there like a limp noodle. He refused to even TRY to lift his head. I thought he would never get it. Which meant he’d never crawl, or walk. He’d just live life laying on the floor. Right? Hehe.

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Over the past couple weeks he has decided tummy time might not be so bad. It really seemed like overnight he decided “Hey, maybe I should try lifting this noggin of mine and look around.” And my heart has never been so proud. I cannot imagine what I will feel like when he has other accomplishments in his life that are far bigger than lifting his head. My heart aches with joy when I watch him learn something new, or do something he didn’t do yesterday. I know it will be ten times more exciting when he goes off to school, hits his first home run, graduates, or gets married. It is a fullness that only motherhood could give. The phrase “my cup runneth over” comes to mind. With Landon, my cup is overflowing. It is so so sweet.

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

weekend wrap up / part two

So sorry that it has taken me all week to post part two of our weekend away from last weekend. I wrote this earlier this week, and then never posted it. Its been a tough week finding out that a college friend of mine was diagnosed with leukemia and also John's thirteen year old cousin is having surgery to remove a melanoma on her skin.
More on that later, but please keep them in your prayers.
For now, here's the follow up to my last post.


Saturday evening we drove to Southport, NC and woke up Sunday morning for a beautiful day on the beach. Let me tell you, I am used to just grabbing my chair, towel, and a good book and heading out to the beach. With a baby…its not so simple. It was actually a little overwhelming with him being so little. There was sand on every inch of that cute little baby! It was fun though, and so sweet to watch him enjoy the sand on his little toes.

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After a few hours on the beach, we went to wander the waterfront of Southport, ate lunch at our favorite hole-in-the wall seafood restaurant, visited the little gazebo that John proposed to me (as we do every time we visit this town), and headed home. It was the perfect short get away...and I am so thankful for a baby that travels well!


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