my first Mother's Day

Celebrating Mother's Day for the first time was the best. We had a busy day with lunch and dinner with each of our families but just being with my boys the entire day, soaking up all the time I can with my little boy, was the best!

I got the best surprise in the morning I woke up, Paul brought Seth in with my present. Paul helped Seth make me the most adorable print!!




Best 1st Mother's Day a girl could ask for!

Look up

I just had to share what I read/saw today on Wifessionals blog. It was a very convicting and emotional post.



So powerful! I teach high school yearbook and today we are almost 20 days out from the end of school and after a great discussion everyone in the class participated in (I believe it was about their favorite childhood shows), one of my students said "I believe this is the first time we really talked as an entire class". I was just amazed because I can't believe that it took all year for them to put all their media away and really get to know their classmates. (Our school allows phones in the classroom and when the yearbook is being made, they are not supposed to have their phones, but the yearbook is done now). When I look in the hallways, I see so many students who are not social and are just looking down. They are missing so many opportunities.

I have seen too many families at dinner not say a word to each other because they are too busy looking up things on their phone about people they barely know. What is ironic now, it is seems there family are the ones they barely know.

I don't want this to be my life. I want to be able to look back and know that I was there in those moments... I don't want to miss my child growing up. Today I am deciding to put the phone down and really interact with those around me. I am really not much of a phone person at all, not compared to many people today, but I still know that I must be in the moment.

I hope this video touched your heart as well. Let's not let this next generation, our kids, become what I see everyday in my high school students... Look UP!

He is Risen!!

Wow am I late on this post... Easter was just two weeks ago. I have been having issues with my phone and pictures and my old computer... just a bunch of mess really.

On to Easter Sunday. After a weekend celebrating my friend's marriage, we came home and had a little rest before giving Seth his first Easter basket! Then we headed over to my parent's home for dinner. Seth played a bit while we hid eggs then we were able to "hunt" for eggs with him. Experiencing holidays with a baby in your arms is the best feeling. I love celebrating these things with him for the first time.










nice day for a White wedding

One of my closest friends from college got married over Easter weekend! It was a beautiful venue and we had a great weekend celebrating the new married couple!

We drove up on Friday morning so I could make it to a bridal lunch. Seth did great on his second road trip... we survived again!


Later that day, we went to a local mall to get Seth's picture with the Easter bunny. That made us a little rushed for the rehearsal dinner but we made it. We had the rehearsal at the venue then went to the dinner at a local BBQ. It was good food!




The next day we were able to relax in the morning before we had to be at the venue at noon. Once we got to the venue, we helped get all the decorations brought in (the bride made most of them herself!), and then we started getting ready.









I also had some time to take pictures of some of the decor and set up.



I might have followed the photographer a bit!




After getting ready we were able to take some pictures before lining up and making our way down the aisle.


After the beautiful ceremony we took the family and wedding party pictures then headed into the reception. There was delicious food, cake balls, dancing, and a photo booth.



the lovely couple
father/daughter dance


Baylor Thetas!




Such a fun wedding! Congrats Ashley and Brandon!

7 months

7 months - 4/25/14
just a bit late
We are officially out of that infant stage and we have a full-blown baby!!

Growth
Probably a little over 20 pounds and around 26 to 27 inches

Nicknames
booger nugget, little man, stinker, chunky monkey

Sleep:
Lately he has been having such a hard time sleeping at night. We began the weaning him from his swaddle in the past few weeks and that has made sleep an issue. He also began rolling over so he just rolls around and cannot get comfortable. I also think he is going through some separation anxiety. I read that this can cause issue while they are sleeping at night as well. He wakes up sometimes screaming and doesn't calm until I pick him up. Sometimes he still will just accept a pacifier but recently he needs me to pick him up.
His morning nap is definitely his best. For naps he takes anywhere from 2 to 4 naps a day depending on what is going on that day. 

Eating
Our little guy is still eating 5 times a day, not sure when we will ever move to 4 but that is fine with me, he is on a good routine so I'll take it.
He has tried so many solids I have a hard time keeping track. He eats Oatmeal for breakfast and dinner and has solids for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He is still eating purees and we use the pouches like Ella's Kitchen, Happy Baby, and Plum. We feed him a lot of mixed foods which helps bring in many different foods throughout the day.
He loves his mesh teethers we have as well. Just cut up some bananas (or anything he has been introduced to), freeze it in a ziploc over night, then stuff a few slices in the mesh. He loves sitting in his high chair gnawing on that while we are eating dinner or cleaning up the kitchen.

Clothing/Diapers:
Still is size 3 diapers, Pampers Sensitive. He is in mostly 9 month, or 6 to 12 month clothing. We are still trying to get some use out of some of our 6 month clothing because he seems to go through them so fast.

Development
It seems like he learns something new every day. He seems to have such a calm personality, very observant, but sometimes when he is sleepy or mad... he can be mad!

He sits up so well and when he falls forward, he straightens out to lay on his tummy. Still not good at falling backwards, it stuns him a bit.

He scoots in a circle on his tummy really fast.

He rolls from back to tummy.

He is starting to pull up as well. Not quite on his feet but his butt comes a bit off the ground.

He "talks" all the time and I am pretty sure he has said something that might sound like dada and mama a couple times.

Mommy
Feeling good except the times when I feel like I am not a mom. Since I work and am so busy each afternoon I feel like I don't connect with our little guy as much as I would like. It is a weird feeling, it is hard to explain. But I know he loves me and knows I am his momma.
I only have 6 5 more weeks of work until I am not a teacher anymore! I am grateful for this opportunity to stay home with our boy.

Daddy
He started a new job recently and also has been working on getting his own business up and running. It will be a stressful time but it'll be worth it once we can make it through the first few months. He still makes a point to hang out with our little guy sometime throughout the day.

Likes:
swinging

mommy and daddy

his bouncer
turning the pages in books
his new alligator toy
sitting up
rolling around when he is supposed to be sleeping
the puppy
being outside

Dislikes:
being put in his high chair
changing his diaper
when mommy and daddy walk away

Going on this month:

Visit to Marquez

first trip to the zoo

Bluebonnet pictures

Easter Bunny

4th wedding since he was born

Easter Sunday and hunting Easter eggs

met another friend's new baby