Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thirty Two

Today is my birthday! I am 32 years old. I have to say, the 30's have been great to me so far. I remember when I was in college thinking that the 30's just seemed like a great decade and I haven't been disappointed yet. I love this age and this stage of life I'm currently in. I think it's great!
I woke up to the sweetest Happy Birthday wish from the cutest little 3 year old I know. I was brought cinnamon rolls in bed and some pretty new shoes that have been on my wish list for a long time! I'm planning to have lunch out with my boys. I'm not sure where yet but probably a place that has soups and sandwiches--my fav. I'll probably go to Target after lunch and buy myself something I don't need. Then later this evening my husband is treating me to a date night and word on the street is he's taking me somewhere super yummy.
I'm thankful for this life and each new year it brings. I'm also thankful to all of you who are reading this! Thanks for letting me share my life with you!! Here's to many more!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Breastfeeding Bennett One Year Later

Over the weekend I weaned Bennett so I am officially done breastfeeding. I've been asked if I was sad to wean and my answer is no. I was really ready to be done and honestly, so was Bennett. He started losing interest around 10 months or so (both of my boys did....they preferred that yummy table food instead!) which made the whole weaning process really easy.
Everyone has different priorities in life but breastfeeding is a huge priority for me. I 100% exclusively breastfed both of my boys for over a year and I am so proud to say that. It is definitely a commitment but it's a goal I set for myself and to accomplish that goal feels good. I would be lying if I said I didn't have several moments, with both of my boys, that I was SO over it and wanted to be done. However, I tell myself I'm going to do it for a year and no matter what, I push through.
If I could give anyone advice when it comes to breastfeeding, I would say to please just educate yourself about it before you get started. There is so much false information about breastfeeding that has become incredibly persistent in today's society and it makes me sad to see moms, who really want to breastfeed, give up on it because they were misinformed. This is especially close to my heart because I have small babies and I think a lot of women would not continue to breastfeed because they were worried something was wrong with their milk. However, I know from reading and educating myself on all things breastmilk that this just isn't the case. In fact, I follow @lactationlink on Instagram (a wonderful breastfeeding source) and she actually just posted about this a few days ago. She does a Fact or Fiction post then will answer the question later. Her question was "Some babies are small because their mom's milk isn't as nutritious?" The answer? FICTION. "While it's true that the composition of your milk can be different than your best friends or even your sister, or your milk may appear thinner than anothers, your milk is specifically suited for your breast physiology and your baby's needs. It's as unique as a fingerprint in its makeup and disease fighting properties. Rest assured that if you follow your baby's lead while breastfeeding, their growth is perfect for them."
While I was confident that my breastmilk was good enough for my tiny babies, that doesn't mean it isn't stressful. I had to check my boys weight frequently at the doctor and that will totally put the pressure on. I'm thankful for a chill doctor who is educated on breastmilk himself and knows there is nothing wrong with my milk. The only thing he encouraged me to do was offer some milk in a bottle after they were done nursing to see if they would take more. Guess what? They never would because they got plenty while nursing. That always made me feel good and boosted my confidence in nursing.
I'm happy I made it another year breastfeeding but I'm really happy to be done now too! I cried the last time I nursed Campbell but not with Bennett. It was a sweet moment but I was like "okay, that's that." I guess after a whole year of nursing Campbell then a whole year of nursing Bennett, I was kind of over it. However, I would do it over and over again whether I had 1 more baby or 10. I'm very thankful to have been able to breastfeed but I've crossed the finish line now and I'm happy the race is over!

Monday, May 22, 2017

RED

In case you haven't noticed, I really love Loft. I just find it to be age appropriate for me. Their dresses aren't too short and whenever I need to find an outfit for a special occasion, I almost always pop in Loft first and can usually find just what I need.
I love, love, love this pretty red dress that I recently purchased from there. I wanted to share this week because I think this dress would be perfect to wear to a Memorial Day party you may be attending this weekend. I love the detailing on the neckline and the fabric is so soft. It's also really breezy so if it's really hot where you live, this dress would be perfect because you definitely wouldn't get hot while wearing it.
Also, lets talk about these shoes. Aren't they the cutest? These are an early birthday present from my mom. We both got a pair while we were out shoe shopping a few weeks ago and I LOVE them. Since leopard is a neutral, they will go with so many things. They are also very comfortable and easy to walk in--a requirement for me these days. I got these at Warrens for those of you that live in Arkansas. Otherwise, I'll link them below.
I will definitely be wearing this dress this weekend. It's very comfortable, really flattering and the perfect little number for a fun Memorial Day party, a lunch out with friends, or a date night with your husband. 
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

First Day vs Last Day

In keeping with the theme of yesterdays post, I just thought I'd share a little First Day of School vs Last Day of School photos of both of my boys.
Wow, kids sure do change so much in just a few months don't they? I honestly didn't think Campbell's first and last photo would be that different but he looks like a baby in the first photo and not so much a baby in the second one. Bennett has obviously changed a ton which I expected, of course. His backpack is no longer bigger than he is!! Photo comparisons like this make me realize how fleeting time is. It gets said all the time so it's like "yeah yeah" but it really does go by so fast and they really do grow up way too quickly. Sometimes I just want to erupt into tears and tell time to slow down but on the flip side, I love watching my kids grow and change. It's amazing to watch these little people get bigger and wiser right before my eyes. I just wanted to share the comparisons and also just have it for my records since my blog is my diary. They both look so big in their last day of school photos but by this time next year, I'll be talking about how they looked like such babies. Hold me. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Last Day of School

Campbell and Bennett had their last day of school (aka Mothers Day Out) yesterday. We have a month break then they'll go back for a few weeks in the summer then have another break again before starting back up in the fall. So it doesn't technically feel like the end of school just yet since they'll be back in their same class with their same teachers. But it was the "last day" regardless.
I've said this before but I'm so thankful for this program. When we were dedicating Bennett at church on Sunday, our pastor said "If there's one thing this church does right, it's our children's ministry." And he is so, so correct. We walk in the building and there are always sweet people ready to greet us all by name. They talk to Campbell, say hi to Bennett and it just starts the day off right. I know some children don't have good drop-off experiences and I think this is their way to make everyone feel at home and loved and cared for.

Campbell and Bennett have always loved being there and I'm so grateful for the sweet people who are there, pouring love into these kids, teaching them about Jesus and having an overall fun day with them!! While my kids are having fun, I get to have some time for myself. A much needed break to run errands, do stuff around my house, or treat myself to shopping at the mall or a manicure. It's a win for all of us!
Campbell will officially start pre-school in the fall which is so crazy to me! It's the same days and hours but a different building and a more big boy environment. He will have a work book that he will learn from throughout the year and I know he's going to be excited about his new Mothers Day Out/Pre-School experience. 
So now we just need to find a way to keep ourselves entertained for the next four weeks!! I'm thinking multiple trips to Pops and Gammas's house will take place! I know Campbell and Bennett will be excited to go back for the summer session so they can be with their friends and teachers. And while they're there, I plan on parking myself at the pool with my Crystal Light and a good book. I'm a tiny bit excited for the break (can we talk about how annoying it is to make school lunches?) but I know we'll all be ready for the summer session to start! Thankful for another great year of Mothers Day Out!!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My Mothers Day

Well I wasn't able to blog about my Mothers Day yesterday due to computer difficulties so it looks like I'm a day late on this but better late than never! My Mother's Day was lovely. I slept in (almost too long) then got dressed and headed to church. I was so thankful that my parents were able to come up on Saturday night because we dedicated Bennett at church on Sunday. They were working all day Saturday but made the journey just for Bennett and I'm grateful they made it and also that I was able to see my mom on Mothers Day! Our dedication for Bennett was very similar to Campbell's. Campbell joined us and he did great! He was excited to be on stage and he stood there really still and quiet while the entire dedication took place. We were asked to choose a life verse for Bennett (we did the same for Campbell) and I didn't have to think hard on it at all. I knew the perfect verse for Bennett would be Colossians 2:6-7 "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." My greatest prayer for my kids is that they put their faith, hope and trust in the Lord and follow Him all the days of their life. It was a special moment for our family to dedicate our Bennett back to the Lord and I hope he will always hold tight to the special verse we chose for him.
After church, we went back home for a yummy meal. We didn't want to fight the lunch crowds but also didn't want to cook so we got a big dish of Chicken Scampi from Olive Garden to enjoy at home! I made banana pudding and we all sat around the table for food and fellowship. Shortly after lunch my parents had to head back home (very short trip for them) and once everyone left, I told Scott I wanted to get out of the house and have some ME time!! I didn't really have anything that I wanted to do but it was a beautiful day outside so I went to the mall and took my sweet time doing whatever I wanted for however long I wanted to do it.
Mothers Day ranks high up there in my favorite holiday category. Not because it's a day about me or moms but because it makes me extra thankful to be a mom. I have what I always dreamed about and prayed about and I feel like the luckiest girl to be able to hold these two sweet boys in my arms. Yes my job is SO HARD but I absolutely love it. My life was so boring before these babies entered it and I wouldn't change a thing....even though I'm really tired a lot and never get to eat my meal in one sitting. My boys are my world and I adore being their Mommy. I'm also so thankful for my own mother who is my best friend and always has been. My boys love their Gamma and I love her too.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day! I've had a great day with my precious boys, mom, dad, mother-in-law and of course my sweet husband. I'll share more tomorrow but it's late so I need to get to bed. I just wanted to take a quick second to share this photo of me with my little love bugs....
....and also share links of both of my boys birth stories. I was thinking about it today and how much I loved both of those days so much. I know not everyone gets a good birth experience but luckily, both of mine have been the most amazing days. If I could relive them over and over again I would.
So if you would like to take a trip down memory lane with me, you can click HERE to read about Campbell's birth day and then click HERE to read all about the day Bennett was born. The days I became mommy. My absolute most special days.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Chambray Flutter Dress

Last week I went shopping for a new dress to wear to Bennett's birthday party and I noticed this cute little number. It wasn't the style I was looking for to wear to the party but I thought it was really fun so I tried it on and decided I needed it. I love chambray in the summer and the little tassels and fluttery cap sleeves give this simply chambray dress a charming little twist.
I paired the dress with the cutest sandals that are quickly becoming my go-to's for summer. I got them at Target for less than $25 (!!) and I am in love with them. They are the perfect shade of brown and I feel like they go with everything!
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

#MomLife

What. A. Day. Guess who's sick?! BOTH of my boys. Ugh. Y'all. I reached a whole new level of motherhood today. Both of my boys got sick in the car!!! What is happening? Campbell hasn't gotten sick like this since he was 10 months old and it was just totally freaking him out. He wouldn't stop doing this screaming cry thing. And then there's Bennett. He would puke, get upset for a second, then grin real big and dance when music came on. I sent Scott to the store to get the essentials in case we're all completely sick and useless tomorrow. I can totally feel it coming on and I'm hoping that since I said that out loud, I won't get sick. I've been drinking grape juice in the hopes that the whole 'if your kids are sick drink grape juice and you won't get sick' theory works. Fingers crossed. Seriously. I cannot be sick while trying to take care of sick kids. It's THE WORST THING EVER.
I had to share this photo I took of Bennett on his birthday before he had breakfast because I just love it soooo much!!! I have a feeling he's going to be waking me up in the wee hours of the morning due to hunger. Poor thing. I can tell my milk supply is dwindling down too so I have no clue what to do for him. Will my milk satisfy him enough to be able to just nurse him for a minute then lay him back in his crib to go to sleep? I seriously have no clue. Maybe he'll sleep until morning but my gut tells me that's not going to happen. He's bound to be a hungry little guy.
I love this photo of Campbell. I snapped it when we were outside playing with bubbles the other night. Campbell LOVES bubbles!! I'm hoping this little guy sleeps all night too. He was doing much better right before bed so here's hoping. I can't believe both of my kids are sick at the same time. How did this happen? I figure I better get to bed soon in preparation for a long night ahead of me. Fingers crossed we all get some rest.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bennett | Twelve Months Old

Weight: We weighed him on a baby scale a few days ago and it said 18.5 pounds.

Height: 28 inches tall
Sleep: Bennett goes to bed at 7:30 and I'm not real certain what time he wakes up because he just lays there so quietly. I set my alarm for 7:15 and he's usually awake but sometimes he's slept until 7:30 or later. I'm thinking he's in a big growth spurt! He also takes two naps a day at 9:00 then again around 2:00/2:30 and he sleeps for 1.5-2 hours.

Eat: I am still nursing Bennett! Made it to the one year mark, woo hoo! I started dropping feedings this month and now I'm down to just nursing him first thing in the morning. I'm not real certain when I'll stop. At first I thought I would sometime this week, then I decided Mothers Day on Sunday would be a nice final day and now I just don't know. I don't predict I'll go too much longer though. I'm ready to be done honestly. Bennett loves his breakfast, lunch and dinner and I've also introduced whole milk to him and he loves it!
Clothes: Size 6-12 month clothes and 9 month jon jon's. Last night I switched his Kickee Pants over to size 12-18 month. He wears size 1 Freshly Picked Moccs and size 0 Sun San's. He sleeps in a size medium sleep sack.

Diapers: Last week we moved up to size 4 Pampers. He also wears size 4 Pampers Baby Dry at night.
Likes: Bath time, his paci, playing with his toys, his big brother, laying in his crib, dancing to music, smiling.

Dislikes: We've been going on a lot of walks now that the weather is nice and Bennett cries if the sun is in his eyes. I have the shade down on the stroller but he still doesn't like it which can be stressful when you have a long street to walk down before you can turn and get out of the sun!!
Milestones: Bennett finally popped out his first two teeth this month! Shockingly enough, he is still not crawling!! He gets up on all fours and rocks back and forth and will even move his arms about 3-4 times before he just plops on his belly and decides he can get there easier if he just rolls to his destination. If I were a first time mom I would probably be super worried that he wasn't crawling but as a second time mom....all the praise hands! Ha!! I'm hoping he's just going to skip crawling and go straight to walking. He can almost stand up all on his own and literally hardly holds onto anything when he's standing. He's just not brave enough to let go! Bennett seems to be focused on mastering his verbal skills and I am very impressed at how well the sounds he makes are. He says "Mmmmmm" when he really likes the taste of something and I think it's super cute!

Month Twelve: Bennett is starting to move everywhere and get into everything. He may not be crawling but he can certainly get anywhere he wants to be! He is beginning to imitate our sounds really well and moving beyond just babbles. If Campbell is eating something, Bennett looks at him for a second then lets out a yell to let us know he needs exactly what Campbell has. Because of this, our grocery bill has gone up significantly!! So many applesauce and yogurt pouches in my life.
All About Bennett: Wow. I cannot believe Bennett is one year old. This has seriously been the fastest year of my life. I have been reminiscing all day about what was happening a year ago and it's made me so nostalgic. This has been the most amazing year for our family. Bennett has been so precious and I will look back on his first year of life with nothing but sweet, sweet memories. He never gave me a hard time. Such a sweetheart. I can officially say that he was the easiest baby ever!! He liked being held a lot but otherwise, I have zero complaints. He was the fastest nurser--10 minutes max as a newborn and by the end, two minutes tops. He was sleeping 12 straight hours by 14 weeks of age, he never fussed even when it was past his feeding time and I know he had to be hungry. He loved everyone who cared for him, never crying at drop off for church or mothers day out. He just spent his days chillin and smiling at anyone who looked his way. Seriously, how could this baby be any easier? Thank you Jesus!!!! Bennett is my sweet little love bug and I cannot wait to watch him grow and learn. Happy Birthday Bennett! We love you more than you will ever know!