10/31/14

Trunk or Treat aka for the love get this costume off me

I had planned to make C a homemade costume this year, but the whole having a baby a week or two before Halloween kiinnnnddaa threw a wrench in that plan. New momma of two over here doesn't have time to be hot gluing a costume. So, I texted my sister for one of her old costumes and we went with it.

C is the University of Memphis Tiger Mascot & we were Memphis fans (although you can't see our shirts). He loved the costume for a whole zero second... as if you couldn't tell... But the mean momma I am still demanded pictures. Couldn't love these hilarious pics more


Thankfully this fall fest was a week before Halloween, so between then and now, he's warmed up to it slightly.

Every year our church hosts a trunk or treat. The past two years we've done it as apart of our Old Towne's fall fest. It's always so much fun and the kiddos love it. 
 ^The car we helped decorate:)

I couldn't help but snap pics of a few of the Revision Church babies. 

And like any good mother, I scared my kid with vampire teeth. 


 I love this little tradition (trunk or treat, not scaring my kid). I love even more that there is now a little girl taking part:)

And for old times sake: 
Trunk or Treat : C 1 year
Trunk or Treat : C newborn

10/28/14

Willow is 2 weeks OLD!


W, 

Just like with your brother, time is flying. Today you are TWO weeks old!! I'm so thankful you came a week early. At two weeks, you are almost as alert as your brother was, thankfully, you  like to sleep a lot more than he did. Speaking of, you are only waking up once during the night to eat around 3-3:30. You are still wearing newborn diapers and I'm thinking maybe you weigh close to or a little over 7lbs now. You are a massive cuddle bug. You prefer to be held constantly, but thankfully, you really like you swing too! I'm totally soaking in and cherishing this time of cuddling because I know it passes wayyyy to fast. You're still nursing like a champ too! Your big brother is still enthralled by you. He is constantly asking if you are okay every time you cry. He checks on you when you are swinging, and he loves to hold you. Daddy has the magic touch when it comes to putting you to sleep. Seeing you in his arms gets me every time. I think it's safe to say you already have him wrapped around your finger. We love you little girl. Having a daughter is blessing me in ways I never even knew possible. I'm loving it to the moon and back and then some. I'm so so so so so thankful the Lord knew we needed you in our family. I love you sweet girl. So grateful to call you mine!

10/24/14

Family of Four, like whoa




Thursday I desperately needed to get out of the house, put some real clothes on, and breathe in some fresh air. I love all the snuggles and cuddling of the newborn stage, but I forgot how stir crazy you can go being inside all day with your little one. We knew a thursday morning would be really slow at the Zoo, and we wouldn't have to worry about a bunch of kiddos running around passing along yucky germs. We basically had the whole place to ourselves. We checked out the cat den before letting C play on the playground, so I could nurse. We then checked out the polar bears, pandas, and seals before stopping for a picnic lunch. We ended with a walk through primate village. If you've never been to the Memphis Zoo then you couldn't possibly understand how blessed we are with an amazing zoo. It's huge and incredible and they are still adding on. It's a must if you are ever in town and never gone. It was a seriously wonderful first outing as a family of four. Josh and I keep talking about how strange it is that we have two children. TWO?? Feels like we got married yesterday. Yet here we are 5.5 years of marriage in with two amazing kiddos. Ahh, this is the life:)


And if you love these headbands on me and W as much as I do, you must check out BLOOM.

10/21/14

Week ONE with Willow



 It's mind boggling that little W is already one week old. Her due date is tomorrow and it weirds me out to think she should technically still be growing in my belly. Praise Jesus she came early because I just can't imagine life without her now.

This past week has been such a dream. It's gone 10x's better than I could have ever have imagined or prayed for. A total gift from the Lord. C has adjusted so unbelievably well. He has yet to show any signs of jealousy towards W. Whenever she cries, he tells her it's okay. He's initiated holding her all on his own. Like in the photos above I was taking them of W, and he came up and asked to sit with her. Once I put him in the chair, I just let him do his thing and he giggled and held her hand. He's so infatuated with her. The few times we've left the house, he will not go to the door or get in the car until he sees that willow is coming along too. He asks "Low low car?". When she sleeps, he will occasionally stop what he is doing and go check on her. It's melting our hearts to mush each day. I really expected for him to just not care, but he couldn't care for her more. He calls her different variations of Willow like : Low low, La Low, and La La. He's been a little extra fussy or disobedient some days, but nothing over the top that shows signs of him not adjusting well. We've just stayed consistent in his routine and how we discipline. We've also really tried to include him in what we do with her. The other day she was fussing and C dropped his trains, ran over and hugged her. Josh took pictures of it because I was in the shower. I almost died when he told me and showed me. Jesus has been so gracious to us.

Willow herself has been quite the dream too. On the second night home, little sister decided she would start waking up only once during the night and she's done it ever since. One feeding at night at 4 days old???? I'll TAKE IT!! She sleeps so much more than C ever did and is really quite content all the rest of the time. I had so much anxiety over her health while I was pregnant and the Lord has been so gracious to grant her perfect health thus far. We can't stop praising Him!! Because she is sleeping so well, we are sleeping well too, which allows us to be less exhausted during the day and able to really play and focus on C. I've been so thankful. Her doctor's appointment went so well yesterday. She weights 6lbs 11oz. Since she is already past her birth weight, we don't have to go back at two weeks! Little girl is gaining weight like a champ. Probably because she is nursing so well, too.  Josh was home this past week and will be home for one more week before returning to work. I'm so so so so so thankful to have all this time with him at home. He's been a seriously incredibl,e magnificent wonderful, husband and father. I'm trying not to think about the day he goes back to work and it's just me and these two. I know the Lord will give me wisdom and guidance to handle two without him, but the new adjustment has me a bit nervous and excited.

Little girl, we absolutely love having you. That's an understatement. This week with you has been the best week in the life of our little family. It blows my mind that at one point I wanted all boys or thought I would have all boys. You're exactly what I always wanted but didn't know I wanted. Make sense? You fit our family so perfectly and you are the delight of our lives. We love you little girl. so so so much.

And just for a walk down memory lane & to compare how much they look alike.... C's week one update. Josh and I can't get over how much easier it's been this time around in the world of newborns. We are both much more relaxed. I'm guessing this is pretty much the normal for most mommas the second go around. So thankful!