Tuesday, August 25

two years with the Zaner

This kid. I can't believe he's two already:

It's been so many years since I had toddler boys that I had forgotten just how much energy they have! :D Zaner is a firecracker- full of crazy energy and always going, until he crashes in his bed:

Never in almost 12 years of parenting can I recall a child blowing out his candles three times before the end of the song. Here I hadn't finished lighting them the first time before he was blowing! :D

I can't get enough of this picture:

Oh the joy he brings us! :D

Things I always want to remember about Zaner's second year:
  • the way he shrugs his shoulders to say I don't know
  • how he says only names, and points and says "mah" for EVERYTHING but somehow we can still communicate perfectly
  • how he could work my iPhone at 14 months, unlock it and scroll three pages to open Elmo Calls
  • how we made it to 20 months of nursing- the longest I've nursed any of ours
  • how he feels like a lead weight when I pick him up now :D I didn't get weaker or anything, right? hahah!
  • how he eats everything in sight, all day long {we predict linebacker will be his first job}
  • how he isn't afraid of bugs or frogs, and will kick spiders if we don't stop him
  • how he nearly takes his newborn sister out of my arms because he wants to hold her so badly
  • how he gives air kisses and says "Mah!"
  • how he hated getting dirty for the first half of his second year, and went to dirty all the time in the 2nd half
  • how he only likes certain outfits and refuses most of his clothing, wanting to pick out his own
  • how he raises his hands and cheers when we say we're going to Papa's or to eat
  • how much this boy loves his daddy
It's weird to think two years ago, we didn't know him, but now our family has changed completely because of our sweet kid #5. :D

Wednesday, August 19

postpartum life- 2 weeks {plus} in, baby #6

I am amazed at how life changes every time we have a new baby. :D I somehow always forget the details- like I will probably wake up more times than the baby to check on her, or that drying my hair has to happen in 10 minute shifts when the baby is happy. :D

But goodness, is it all worth it. :)

The tiny toes:

Or how their little head fits right in the palm of your hand.

And how they grab onto your fingers and don't let go:

I have so much to share- God has been unbelievably good to us- and has been kind to answer SO many prayers. But the last couple of weeks have been filled with rest and holding this sweet little baby and nursing every hour or two, and I've been soaking it up. :)

Dealing with postpartum-ness has been no joke {as usual- all the hormones work really well in my body ha!}, but she's thankfully a pretty good sleeper. Unfortunately I'm not a good sleeper- once I wake up to feed her in the middle of the night I stay awake for hours. :(  So if you see me wandering around Sam's in a stupor you'll know why. :P I'm praying the insomnia goes away soon. Thankfully we haven't started school yet so I get to mostly sit around and do this in the daytime:

And yes, I really do stare at her for hours. :P I've only gotten to do this newborn thing 5 other times so I feel the need to make the most out of each one. :)

Friday, July 31

our new baby girl

She's finally here!!! ❤❤ 

We are so grateful to The Lord for our sweet
Ivory Elisabeth
8 lbs. 14 oz, 
21.25 inches long

who was born early Wednesday morning, July 29.

He has been abundantly and unimaginably good to us! We are in love with our little "Ivy" and so glad she showed up for the party (even two weeks late! :P). 

Thursday, July 23

41 weeks, baby #6

41 weeks + 1 day with this little girl. :D

I'm starting to feel like a freak of nature with my ability to hold babies in longer than anyone else (if there was one, I'm pretty sure I could win the gestational championship) ��, but hey, the upside is I've slept through the night for an extra week, went shopping just for fun, made freezer dinners, and have been on lots of walks with the kiddos. And my house is cleaner than ever... :P

Sunday, July 19

five things I kinda love right now

Somewhere around 37 weeks {mid-Juneish}, I finally got my act together and started preparing for this little girl. I think I may have subconsciously known I'd have another month to go! ;) Luckily thanks to a sweet friend passing along her clothes, we were more than covered in that department and didn't have to find any girl clothes! That was a huge blessing. So we've just needed a few things to get ready for the baby, and they've been mostly house, cleaning, and food related. :) 

I may have mentioned it before, but after more than a year of not shopping I've found that I don't enjoy shopping as much as I used to because I rarely find anything I want to spend money on. :P I guess I've become way more picky about purchases lately, even if it means having unfinished decor for a really long time. I think moving twice in a year makes you realize how little stuff you need. :) Having too much really weighs you down!

But over the last few weeks of having to get out more {ha!}, I found a few random things I've been really excited about and wanted to share them with you. I always love it when other people share their favorite finds, so here are five things I kinda love right now! :)

1. Burt's Bees Lip Crayon {in Sedona Sands}.  You know you have a winner when you'll dig to the bottom of your purse to find your lip crayon. :D This stuff is like lotion for your lips, and the color is so pretty! It's worth the $9! 

2. This coral jubilee fabric. After searching high and low for really unique and affordable baby bedding that matched our wall color, I finally gave up on pre-made bedding and went with this pattern from Spoonflower to coordinate the nursery! :) {I bought a single yard for the baby's blanket and I'm in love!}

coral jubilee

3. This mini cross-body messenger bag-turned girl diaper bag. I found mine on super clearance for $34 at DSW and after looking in all the baby sections for a smaller diaper bag I was thrilled to find something that I really liked that didn't scream diaper bag, had real leather accents, and wasn't $75. Plus if all goes well, when I'm done I can resell it for most of the initial cost! :)

4. This 11x11 framed paper flower set from Target for $27- these are going above our transformed bed! :) Seriously cute, and you can't even buy the shadowbox matted frames for that. It would make a fun wedding gift too at that price!
5. Salted caramel brownie brittle. I was shopping at the health food store one whole day before I was due and all willpower officially left me when I saw these... 
Only the crispy edges of brownies? Salted caramel? Nearly 40 weeks pregnant? I've got nothing. 

What are you loving right now? :D

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