To the sleeping baby I just laid down. Years from now you will have no recollection of these first years. Holding you while you drowsily finish the last sip of your bottle. You drift into sleep, but briefly open your eyes and sneak one last smile. I pick you up and place you on my shoulder, you snuggle in. I rubbed my cheek against your head and slowly stroked your hair (what little bit you have). I take a deep breath of you in and smell the sweet baby shampoo and lotion.
I know it’s time to put you to bed, but I also know these nights won’t last. You are so loved in this moment (not that you aren’t always, but it’s easy to see them in times like these). You are prayed over and thanked for more then you can imagine. As of right now all is well and you are perfect. Continue reading
There are so many ideas and opinions about having babies and while the below are obviously my opinions I kept it short and simple for you. I hope this helps you calm down a little if you’re nervous about your parenting journey.
1. Three baby items you don’t need:
Tuesday, August 22 we were out celebrating a family birthday enjoying our empanadas, when David looks up at the TV and says, “Did you know a hurricane is coming?!” Having just gotten back from a weekend getaway with friends to Vegas and typically having three small kids with me at all times, watching the news is something I rarely do. So needless to say, I had no idea a hurricane was coming. Continue reading
I have officially been a stay-at-home mom for a year and three months, therefore I now consider myself a mom pro! (FYI, I hope you can hear my sarcasm)
When I was pregnant with Emery (my first child) there was no way I was goin to be a stay-at-home mom! Even before I was pregnant I knew I could never do that! Nobody could change my mind; I was a working, would be bored at home, wanted to bring in the money kind of girl.
Then I had Emery… Continue reading
Ok, so some of you might hate me for this post, but as I’ve said before, this is my blog, so I get to say whatever I want. 🙂
So…I am so incredibly tired of hearing about how people are in shock, disbelief, disgust, etc towards women who look thin after giving birth.
From Princess Kate to model Sarah Stage, it’s all about how unbelievable it is that they look so great after or even before giving birth! I know there are so many women that gain weight in places they never even thought possible, but realistically, there are so many women that feel just as uncomfortable at the fact that their bodies barely change at all while pregnant. Continue reading
I know, I know, it’s been waaaay to long since my last blog. It’s crazy to say, but for some reason I get more inspiration when I’m working full time away from home than when I’m home with my children. Maybe it’s because when you’re with kids you really don’t have time to think of anything other than them! Haha!
I’m not at all meaning anything negative towards my children or my job being a stay-at-home mom, but for some reason I just can’t seem to get my writing juices flowing.
To help get back in the swing of things I thought I would write a simple post and obviously it is working. I’ve been writing this post off and on for over a week and three other ideas have come to me! It’s a simple one, but I just kept getting interrupted, which is why it took a while to finish.
I thought it would be fun to write about five things that I genuinely enjoy, but you may or may not know because they’re kind of obscure fun facts! Hope you like getting to know me better!
On March 16th I will officially be saying goodbye to my twenties and hello 30. I can honestly say that I’m not one of those people who is going to say “I’m so happy turning 30, because now people will listen to me,” or “I officially feel like an adult.” The truth is I’m really sad to be turning 30!
I’m not looking for people to tell me how it’s not really that big of a deal and that age is just a number. Obviously, I know all this, but it doesn’t mean I can’t be sad for a bit. I know I’ll get over it, but it’s like my sister said, “From here on out you’re just old! No matter how old you are.” I know she was semi-kidding, but it’s so true!
Just being able to tell myself I’m twenty this or that made me feel better over the years. There’s just so much that I experienced and accomplished in my twenties. I got engaged at 21, married at 22, lost my dad at 22, had a baby at 27, and again at 29, and a heck of a lot more personal stuff in between!
And sure, there were people who probably took advantage of me thinking I was naive, and I probably was, but to tell you the truth I don’t know if I’ve really changed enough to where they won’t again. Which points to the obvious that if I feel young I can pretend I am, right?! At least for a bit, but in reality I’m not that young.
I know I’ll experience new things and different things, but no matter how I look at it, I’m still not looking forward to it. It’s ok, I’ll get over it and I do know it won’t be so bad. I hope I have so many more years to look forward to and that thirty will seem like nothing. But for now it scares me and it makes me feel old, but I guess it’s better than forty! 😉
*I’m not looking for a pity party, just my own blog to share my thoughts
When I was in my third year of college and my first quarter at Houston Baptist University I remember calling my mom begging to quit HBU and come back to San Antonio and she told me, “Julie, you think the grass is always greener on the other side.” This is, in fact, a very true statement.
I am very much a person who always wants to do the next thing or if I just was here or doing this instead I would be happier. Don’t get me wrong, I’m generally a very happy person and I’m not talking big things, just kind of everyday things. Continue reading
Since I’ve had Elliot, it’s made me think back on when Emery was a baby (not like she’s not now, but you know what I mean), and all her “last times.” It’s started out as something small. I was feeding Elliot and I thought to myself, “When was the last time Emery used the boppy?” I didn’t know it at the time, but I’m sure it just happened. We went from using it constantly to probably just a few times here and there to eventually picking it up and storing it in the closet for two years, until Elliot arrived. We didn’t know that day or night when we used it that it would be our last, but it was.
This year, David and I celebrated our SEVENTH anniversary! I’m sure you can all agree that time flies!!! I really can’t believe it’s been that long. It feels like yesterday that I was the stupid girl who couldn’t open the pool gate and had to ask the sexy shaved head, red beard, smoking a cigarette guy for help. And despite what he tells you, no I was not trying to get his attention, I really couldn’t figure out how to open it!
How it all started seven years ago! This was right after we got engaged in NYC at Serendipity!
Anyway, this was our first year to have two kids, so we were both pretty ready for a kid free night! We had been going back and forth on what we should do for the night. We knew for sure we wanted to stay at a hotel, mostly so we could watch cable and sleep in without interruptions! We played around with different ideas. Go to San Antonio, the hill country, stay in Houston, etc. I eventually found a boutique hotel on TripAdvisor called the Sam Houston Hotel. I read the reviews, which were all pretty nice and decided for $76 (that’s with tax) it seemed like a good place to stay. So our decision on where to go was decided, now we just needed to figure out what else we would do while there. Continue reading