Monday, April 13, 2015

4 + 5 months

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Well somehow mommy never got the "time" to blog your 4 month milestones until now so I thought I would just combine your 4&5 months into one blog post! {This picture was taken at 4 months!} 
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Things you love:
-chewing on anything and everything
-Sophie the giraffe & your duckie 
-all stuffed animals
-anything that makes noise
-mommy + daddy & all your family
-your mamaroo & play mat
-your feet
-when people smile at you
-your paci and fingers
-holding hands with mommy 
-daddy's loud voice
-car rides
-walks outside in your stroller
-being outside in general
-bath time & being naked

Things you hate:
-going to sleep {you fight sleep SO bad}
-the booger sucker
-when mommy leaves the room
-not having constant attention
-not being held/being put down
-mommy trying to check for teeth coming in
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-at 18-19 weeks you went through a horrible sleep regression stage where you would literally NEVER sleep! The only way you will go to bed is by being rocked and you still put up a pretty good fight!
-during your 4 months you also got your first stomach bug and were sick for almost a week! It was awful and mommy hated seeing you like that!
-you discovered your toes & voice! You grab your feet and try to eat them ALL the time and talk/scream constantly!
-you scoot backwards and have the strongest little legs
-you started laughing and it's the cutest thing I've ever seen or heard!
-you're starting to sit up but still need some help!
-you roll and are on the move 24/7
-went on your first road trip {4/10/15} out of the state! You did great in the car!
-You celebrated your first St.Patrick's Day & Easter!! 
-You visited mommy's home church for the first time
-today {4/13/15 } you're starting rice cereal

Liam, you are an absolute JOY in both of our lives! You bring us so much happiness and love! We love watching your big, strong willed personality develop and seeing all your daily changes! You're such a happy, fun-loving baby! I'm so blessed that God gave us you! 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Look At Our Day

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So I've been getting a lot of blog requests to do a "daily routine" post so I thought today I would share what a typical day consists of! :)

6am: Liam wakes up to eat... sometimes he's up, and other times he'll nurse and drift back off to dreamland! If I'm lucky I can usually get another 45 mins or so of sleep! 

7am-9am: Liam and I start our morning play time! He usually hangs out in his mamaroo while I make my coffee and get Justin's clothes & lunch ready! We also like to look at books, sing songs and he loves playing on his play mat!

9am-12pm: He eats again around 9 and typically goes down for his morning nap! Here lately he's been really clingy and only goes down if I rock him! So once he's asleep I try to get a few things done around the house {and watch my morning shows!} By noon, Justin typically comes home on his lunch break and we eat lunch together! 

12pm-3pm: He's usually hungry again around 12:30ish! He eats and then we spend some more time playing, or running errands! If we're out he almost always falls asleep in the car! I try to do some tummy time in the afternoons too even though my child HATES laying on his belly and almost always rolls over to his back! 

3pm-6pm: After he wakes up from his last nap around 5:15-5:30 we try our best to try to keep him up until bedtime! I usually turn on music and figure out something for dinner and put Liam in his little bouncy seat in the kitchen! If we go out to dinner he usually sleeps until we're done! Here lately the weather has been nicer so we also go on family walks!! 

6pm-9pm: If it's bath night, {I usually give him one every other or every two days} we give him a bath, I'll give him a little massage, play for about a half hour, read books, sing songs and say our prayers! At 8pm it's lights out! I rock Liam to sleep in his nursery and then put him down in his rock and play! He still sleeps in our room through the night but we're in the process of trying to transition him to his room! We leave him in his room until Justin and I are ready for bed! It's nice because it allows Justin and I to spend some time together! Around 11/midnight Justin will carry his bed + him into our room! Sometimes if he starts to wake up I will nurse him but most nights he sleeps right through everything! 

9pm-6am: HE SLEEPS!! :) 

I think it is KEY to have your baby on a good routine! It works great for us and I would be lost without it!! 

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Monday, March 16, 2015

A Story Of Us

Dear Liam,

On this night eight years ago {midnight to be exact} your daddy asked mommy to be his girlfriend after three and a half months of "talking." Mommy was 15 and daddy just turned 19. At first no one was very fond of our four year age gap but that changed later on. We were young and in love and nothing was changing that. 

From the moment we were officially allowed to date and see each other we were inseparable. We spent our first summer doing every fun thing you could possibly think of. From trips to the zoo, aquarium, concerts, Kings Island etc., we even went on a family cruise! Your dad was everything to me and our love for each other continued to grow stronger and stronger. 

After four years of dating, daddy decided to take our relationship to the next level. He got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife on my nineteenth birthday. Obviously I said yes and couldn't have been happier. 

We married August 27th 2011 at the church where Grammie and Pappy married and where mommy was baptized. It was a dream come true. 

On November 11th 2014 {three years later} you were born. Our biggest blessing. 

Thinking back to that exact moment eight years ago almost seems unreal. So much has changed, yet so much has stayed the same. I have watched your dad grow and change SO much. He is a man that you will admire and strive to be like. He has remained my best friend and truly my better half over all these years. He is the best husband and the best dad to you. 

As I put you to bed tonight and sang to you, I couldn't help but think of how amazing God's plan was for us. My prayer for you is that you find a love one day that is forever true. I pray that God leads you to a wonderful, christian woman who will love you unconditionally, the way I love your dad and he loves me. 

I love you Liam and hope that our love is a great example that you strive to find for yourself one day. 

Love forever, Mommy.
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