Monday, March 31, 2014

Joseph is three months old!

Our sweet little New Year's Even baby is three months old today! I know it's so cliche, but time has really flown. (Some of those days seemed like they might never end though...haha.)

I hadn't really taken my camera out much these past three months, so I decided that a three-month photo shoot was a great time to start. The morning of the shoot, he took an amazingly long nap. I knew he'd wake up happy and it would be the perfect time for photos. Joseph had a great time and gave me a lot of smiles and coos during our shoot.

For our first look, I used a quilt that my Aunt Mary Anne made and gave Mike and I as a wedding gift. I really love it! Joseph has been liking tummy time these days and he makes the silliest faces!

Maybe you've noticed this crazy boy's hair? I've stopped brushing it after his baths and it dries sticking up every which way. I like his bed head!

This might be my favorite shot of the bunch. He's such a sweetie!

Here, Joseph is cozied up with Suzy the dog and Beary the bear. Suzy is my childhood toy and Beary is Mike's. I think it's kind of sweet that these two sit together on Joseph's shelf.

Again with the silly faces! And another quilt. :) This is another one of my Aunt Mary Anne's creations. Joseph loves to have tummy time on the quilt and stare at all the bright colors. 

Recently, Joseph has been a really big fan of putting his hands together and trying to shove them both in his mouth. He also has become quite drooly and even blows bubbles sometimes. Mike calls him Bubbles sometimes.

He can only sit up for so long. And that's okay, we don't need him to grow up so fast. :)

I got the cheapest mobile. It was $5 from IKEA and it's perfect! It looks way more interesting from the baby's perspective than from my perspective...which is the whole point of mobiles.

We are just in love with this little guy! These past three months have been the hardest and the best in my life. Joseph is such a joy and he's even getting better at this whole sleeping thing! Yay!

Some three-month updates: Joseph is weighing in around 15 lbs and measuring 25 inches. He's just moved into size 6 month clothes. He's slept for a 12-hour stretch twice! Not in a row, but now we know he can do it! He's trying really hard to roll over. When he is propped up on a tummy time pillow, he can do it if he puts his mind to it! But without the pillow, his arms get in the way. He'll figure it out eventually. :) I'm making sure Joseph get some independent playtime each day. He's often happy to sit there and look at the ceiling or his baby gym.

I'm looking forward to all the exciting things the rest of this year has to bring, but I'm reminding myself not to wish this time away. I love my special time with my sweet little Joseph. :)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Miracle Hill #ThriftFashion

It all started off with an email from this lovely lady:
Her name is Jenn and she handles the web presence and event coordinating of Miracle Hill Thrift Stores. Also, she's super sweet. :) Anyway, I got an email from her about a month ago. She'd stumbled across my blog and wanted to know if I'd be interested in being in their Spring commercial. Um, yes!

I met up with her a few weeks later at one of the local Miracle Hill Thrift Stores and we started combing the racks. It's a thrift store, you've gotta dig to find good stuff. We managed to find lots of great pieces from great brands.

Forgive my face in the first photo! These are a few of the pieces we found. I had a lot to try on! These were all actually rejects for the shoot, but I ended up purchasing the Forever 21 top (left) and Mossimo skirt (right). That was such a fun day. My mom came over to babysit and I got out of the house! All by myself! Shopping followed by lunch with Jenn and home again to get my baby cuddles. :)

Mike and baby Joseph had some guy time (building stuff and watching sports) while I got dolled up and went downtown. I got to meet the rest of the "models" who were all really nice. We had a lot of fun hanging out Other Vision Studios shot video. I'm actually checking my phone in the above picture because I'm not in this shot, haha. ;)

Being a part of this commercial reminded that thrift stores are great places to find clothes. And they have baby clothes! I'll definitely be digging through those racks a little more. :)

Jason, Chasity, Lynise, me, Jenn, and Tavarus. All of our outfits are from Miracle Hill! (Except maybe Jenn's since she wasn't in the commercial but rather the brains behind it.)

Banana Republic blouse, GAP jeans, Jellypop sandals. No name: earrings, bracelet, purse, belt. The whole outfit found at a Miracle Hill Thrift Store!

And now, after all that talking...the final product:

Saturday, March 1, 2014

the SITS Girls 31 Days of Writing Prompts for March

I've been the worst blogger lately. Happily, I have a really good excuse.

My little Joseph turned 8 weeks old on Tuesday. Can you believe it? He's been taking up a lot of my time. And that's okay because he's wonderful.

I've been managing to keep my head above the water when it comes to dishes and laundry, yay! I've also managed to almost finish last year's Project Life album AND start his PL baby book and our 2014 PL album. This makes me feel super accomplished.

But the blog has fallen by the wayside. If there wasn't an iPhone app for Blogger, you might have not heard from me at all! But there is, so I can blog while nursing or rocking my sleeping baby.  :)

And in effort to blog a little more, I'm going to attempt the SITS Girls 31 Days of Writing Prompts for March. ( I'll probably skip a few days, but that's okay. :)

**Edited to add: Wow, I sure failed at this! I didn't like the first few prompts and then I forgot about the whole thing. Oops!**

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Family date night!

We had our first family date night! Asada, a local taco truck, just put brick & mortar roots down a few blocks from our house. So, last Saturday, we put Joseph in the stroller and took a walk.

Joseph was so good the whole time. It was such a treat! I had was sure he'd fall asleep on our way there. But nope, he wanted to look around! And then I was worried that he'd get cranky or fussy while we were eating. Nope again! 

The restaurant is super super casual, which was great for us. We just parked his stroller next to our table. He just took it all in and enjoyed looking out the window while we ate.

It's sooo nice to be able to walk to dinner from our home! Another restaurant should be going in soon, so that gives us two fabulous eateries to choose from within walking distance. :)

Friday, January 31, 2014

One month old!

Happy ONE month to Joseph! My how the time has flown by!

He now weighs 10lbs 10oz and is 23 inches long. My little boy is growing like a weed! On a sweet, sweet occasion, he sleeps for a four-hour stretch at night. Mostly, he's sleeping for 2.5ish hour stretches.

When people ask me how I'm doing, my most common response is, "Well, I'm starting to feel more human again!" And the fact that I can sit down and post this is proof. (Even if I'm posting it late and post-dating it.) I'm starting to get the hang of my new normal. Everyday is the same, but at the same time every day is different. What I can use to get him to sleep one night won't work the next night. But now that he is a little older, I'm going to start encouraging a schedule.

Joseph is just the coolest little guy! We love being his parents. He loves tummy time on Daddy's chest (so much more fun than tummy time on the floor), sleeping with mommy (naps in the Moby are the best!), a nice warm bath, and, of course, eating. ;)

I can't believe my little guy has already been here for a month. :) It was such a beautiful day, so we celebrated by breaking out the jogging stroller and taking a walk in the park.

Sunday, January 26, 2014


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