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One Month

and just like that you are a month old. i really don’t know how time goes by so fast. i love watching you grow up, but it is so bittersweet. i found myself in tears the other night thinking about you and your sister and how time keeps escaping me. you both are my entire world. maddox charles, at one month old you are smiling and holding your head up on your own, you are such a strong little boy. you get hiccups all the time (just like your sister did). you are up a lot more during the day and it’s so wonderful getting to look into your big blue eyes. you are such a good, quick and efficient eater and you do well with diaper changes and baths. you are a gem at night, sleeping for hours at a time, this i appreciate more than you know. you are constantly moving, i’m predicting you’ll be an early crawler. you make squeaking and cooing noises that is the sweetest music to my ears. but …

Welcome Maddox

we couldn’t be more excited or happy to have our baby boy finally be here and join our family just in time for christmas. for some reason my babies don’t like to come early so as we passed our due date with little man we decided to schedule an induction in order to get out of the hospital and recover for a day or two before all of the christmas celebrations we had planned (little did we know we would be struck with the flu the day we brought baby home from the hospital with it taking each one of us down on a different day throughout the week). it was really important for me to be able to be well for christmas as i was really looking forward to seeing lennon enjoy it this year…unfortunately things don’t always go as planned. the day was cold and blizzardy, i suppose it was the perfect day to spend in the hospital as the weather was so crappy. we started the induction process around 8:30 in the …

Photos From The Weekend

^^^this girl of mine makes me laugh like no other ^^^there are moments when you catch these two girls looking at one another and you know they are going to cause some trouble someday    ^^^those lips   the weekend came and went faster than expected. why does it always feel like the weekend days are so much shorter than those during the week? probably because everyone is rushing around trying to get all of their errands done, homes cleans, to-do lists checked off all while trying to make time for family and friends. even after becoming a stay-at-home mom i still find myself looking forward to friday’s and dreading sunday’s end. weekend’s are my favorite, like most people, because they are time spent with family and those we love. this past weekend was no exception. with all of our other obligations over easter weekend we decided to push the celebration one week back with my family. we met for dinner at hu hot where we devoured some excellent hibachi, seriously i am still craving …

Easter 

      easter has easily become one of my favorite holidays and no, it has nothing to do with the egg hunts and chocolate bunnies (although those don’t hurt). what i love about this holiday is that it is not surrounded with all of the hustle and bustle of other holidays, ahem christmas. don’t get me wrong there is still lots to do and much to prep, but in a different way. i’m not out shopping for weeks in advance searching for the perfect gift or wondering if my wrapping and bows are made just right. i’m not planning and preparing tons of food and rushing in and out of our families homes to be sure we don’t miss anyone or anything. while i do love christmas it always leaves me feeling so anxious, overwhelmed and tired. cue easter. easter is different for me. i love that it falls right around the first day of spring, this season is really growing on me. this time of year is so refreshing to me; all about renewing, …

Lennon One Year Pictures

onesie – diy project; supplies from hobby lobby / tutu – borrowed; my mom made for my niece’s newborn photos we got lennon’s one year pictures back a few days ago and i just had to share a few. she really is the cutest baby, but i suppose i am a little biased. i love watching her at this stage she is so smart and funny and the things she is learning on a daily basis amaze me. photos by lindsay j smith photography. party hat – hobby lobby / happy birthday cake banner – target / cake stand – target / romper – borrowed from my sister ^^^i would be sad if my cake fell over too dress – zulily ^^^guys, i think she is a real life princess dress zara / shoes – old navy

Lennon Turns One

^^^she really was the happiest birthday girl ever ^^^luckily she has the best big cousin ever to show her how things are done!    ^^^this girl loves cake and by cake i mean frosting, she loves frosting ^^^we stop to pray at least three times during any given meal, it really is the sweetest thing   her birthday has come and gone faster than i could blink and i cannot believe that i have a one year old. i don’t know how the last 365 days have gone by so quickly; there were plenty of memories made, laughter had and kisses given. the party was so wonderful due mostly in part to each individual that came to share in the joy of our baby girl’s day of birth. we were surrounded by friends and family, good food and delicious treats. we appreciate our family so much for helping with the menu and my parents and sister helping with final decorations minutes before the party was set to begin. the sun was shining, snow began melting; it …

Our Snow Day

  despite punxsutawney phil not seeing his shadow indicating that spring should be here early today we had a snow day. prior to today we were having some warmer days and the snow was finally melting which had me longing for spring; higher temperatures, fresh blooms and all the pastel my eyes can see. winter in wisconsin is not my cup of tea especially when the season seems to last double that, if not more, of any other. winter in wisconsin is especially difficult when you have a baby. i never want to stay out in the cold too long with her and there isn’t much for us to do at her age. i am a ‘let’s have snow for christmas and then it can all go away’ kind of girl  and the cold, oh how i hate the cold (i may be living in the wrong state). but today, in need of fresh air, we pulled on our snowpants, zipped up our jackets and laced up our boots and got outside to enjoy the freshly fallen flakes. …

Happy Birthday Lennon

one year ago today at 4:02 am after 4 long hours of pushing and many more of actual labor, my sweet baby girl was placed in my arms for the very first time. that moment changed me forever, i will never be the same as i was before. i can’t believe how fast the last year has gone by and how much you have changed and grown, but i continue to love to watch you and all the things you have accomplished already in your short life. you are the very best part of me lennon grace and i am so very lucky to be your mommy. happy first birthday baby, i love you so much. *watch for the rest of her photos in an upcoming post as well as her birth story   *photo by lindsey j smith photography

Breastfeeding: my journey

from the moment that i found out i was pregnant i knew i wanted to breastfeed my child. i didn’t worry about whether my milk would actually come in or not, i just figured it would all work itself out. i read up on all of the benefits of breastfeeding. i took a class through my hospital, i spoke with friends and i consulted lactation specialists. i learned that breast milk has essential nutrients that helps promote good health in babies and beyond. i learned that breastfeeding strengthens the immune system and additionally, has great benefits for the mother. i wanted to do this. this was my plan. my journey. (in no way am i knocking or judging those of you who have chosen not to breastfeed their children, or couldn’t, i am only sharing my story). it was a lot of work, breastfeeding. not just the nursing, but the pumping, the storing, the washing and sterilizing. it is a commitment. not consuming alcohol (okay this one wasn’t that difficult for me to be honest), …