Thursday, April 17, 2014

what i would have told the pregnant me...




Hello. It has been way too long. My blog has been sadly ignored over the last 7 months. I have been spending my days being mama to my little man Jude. I truly believe being a mama has changed me in the best ways possible. So here are a few things I wish I could go back and tell the pregnant me....

1. Breastfeeding is HARD! I took the class, read the book, and talked to my mom...but nothing prepared me for this. Hello oversupply! I could have feed twins (my freezer contains about 60 bags of extra frozen milk). I think everyone has a different story, but I truly believe breastfeeding is a journey and only the strong survive. If you can make it to 8-12 weeks, it gets SO much easier. I had a lot of issues at first (over supply, clogged ducts, breast infections), but I am so glad I stuck it out! Going to a breastfeeding support group was the best thing I ever did. 

2. The baby blues are real. I haven't shared much of my story with this, but I definitely struggled with this. I cried a lot in the beginning and just over all felt depressed. Jude cried A LOT! The first 8 weeks were rough. I had a lot of guilt over feeling this way, but talking with others and reading up on this it is totally normal! Through prayer and time, the baby blues left! 

3. Swaddling and White Noise. At first, I didn't think Jude liked being swaddled. He would try to fight it, but we persisted and he ended up loving it. He slept amazing when we swaddled him. White noise machines are amazing! We still use it. Babies love noise. 

4. Your baby needs sleep! Babies don't come out of the womb knowing how to sleep. We have to train them! Watch for sleep cues (yawning and fussiness). Believe me, an overly tired baby is nearly impossible to get to sleep. 

5. Don't compare your baby to other babies. Every baby is different and every parent does things differently. Be the mama God has called you to be! Do what works best for your family and your baby. We have found that Jude does best when he goes to bed early. I have lots of friends who have their babies staying up later, but hey that is what works for them. 

6. Ask for help. This is a hard one for me. I want to be super mom and super wife and have a perfect house. At some point, you just have to relax and let some things go (still working on that one). Don't be afraid to ask your mom or friend to come over to help. Let people bring you meals and enjoy the pampering. You just birthed a child! 

7. Don't spend money on newborn clothes. Baby pj's are your best friend for the first three months, especially ones that zip. When you are changing diapers in the middle of the night, the easier the better. 

8. Enjoy your baby. The newborn stage goes so fast! Try to enjoy every second with that cuddly little baby. You never get those precious days back. Ok, now I am crying. :) The days may seem long, but the months fly. 

Being a mama is the most wonderful gift from the Lord. I feel so overwhelming blessed that he entrusted me with Jude Wes. 

So to all you mamas and future mamas out there, you are amazing! 

xoxo.

* Photos by my sweet and wonderful friend Wendy (check out her AMAZING blog). 

Friday, January 10, 2014

1/52



52 project: "a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

jude: you are my cuddle bug. i could hold you all day and that still wouldn't be enough. i am soaking up these sweet moments.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

the nursery:




























crib. dresser. rocking chair. ikea rugs (not available online). burlap curtains

Jude's nursery has quickly become my favorite room in our house. My dad and I had so much fun planning, painting, and decorating this room. It will always be such a special memory that we planned this room together. I love sitting in the rocking chair with my baby boy dreaming about what his future will look like, praying for him, and just soaking him in. 
xoxo.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

recipe: power bombs


hey friends! it's been a while. life sure is full when you have a four month old baby. full in the best way possible. i am dropping in to share one of my all time favorite recipes. hope you enjoy them as much as my little family does. 

Gluten and Dairy Free Powerbombs:

2 Cups Gluten Free Oats
1/4 Cup of Ground Flax Seed (2 of these)
1/4 Cup of Dried Cranberries (2 of these)
1/4 Cup of Dairy/Gluten Free Mini Chocolate Chips (i use the "enjoy life" brand) (2 of these)
1/4 Cups of  Gluten Free Oat Bran (2 of these)
1 Cup Walnuts
1 Cup Chickpeas (rinse and grind in the food processor or blender)
3 Bananas
2 Tablespoons Honey
1/4 Cups of Peanut Butter (2 of these)
1/4 Cups of Unsweetened Coconut (2 of these)

mix all these ingredients together with a blender and bake at 350 degrees for about 6 minutes. keep refrigerated.

you definitely can make these with regular oatmeal and oat brand. i just choose to make them gluten and diary free for a healthier option. 

i love to enjoy these with a delicious cup of coffee. hoping to blog more this year! 
xoxo.


Monday, November 4, 2013

baby jude

my baby boy is nine weeks today. how is time already fleeting so quickly with this precious little man. motherhood...it is harder and better and more special then i could have ever imagined it to be. what a gift it is. this precious little baby is laid in your arms and you are responsible to care, to protect, to raise, to love, and to eventually let go as they become the person god created them to be. i am honored, humbled, and forever grateful that i get the gift of being jude's mama. i am working on writing my birth story, but here are some pictures of my favorite little man from his first week of life....





Wednesday, July 31, 2013

maternity session:














so thankful for my bestie lisa from brightside photography. she did an amazing job capturing this precious moment in our lives. i will cherish these pictures forever. i am so overwhelmed with love for this sweet baby boy that i haven't even laid eyes on yet. 
i am understanding the love of a mama now. it's an overwhelming, deep, and breathtaking love. 
counting the moments till jude wes is in my arms. 
xoxo.