full of surprises

Thursday, August 21, 2014

twice this week it's happened! i put him down for his nap in the crib - swaddled him & gave him his binky, and he was happy to go to sleep. i went in to check on him and he was just looking around smiling and content... and not asleep yet! so i grabbed my camera to take a photo of him (because how i could i pass up an opportunity like this?!) when i went to take a photo, he looked right at the camera and gave me a big smile! he is such a cheese ball and so full of little surprises these days. goodness, i love this boy so much!  

a photograph of colsen, once a week, every week for a year | week 7

blue eyed boy

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

he is full of different faces and i love to put captions for them :) i love hanging out with this little guy every day. i'm thinking that he'll have blue eyes since they've only lightened up a little since he was born. we knew we'd have a blonde hair & blue eyed boy.

a photograph of colsen, once a week, every week for a year | week 6

lessons learned : vol. 1

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

since becoming a mother, i've definitely learned some lessons about taking care of a baby. before our little guy arrived, i thought i knew all about taking care of babies - i did a lot of babysitting when i was younger. i learned quickly that it's way different when it's your own baby! motherhood is hard and fun and tiring and joyful and the list goes on! but most of all, motherhood is a work in progress and definitely has a learning curve ;) so to either humor you or maybe these will help you in some ways, here's my latest lessons learned:


ALWAYS put a clean diaper under the dirty one for a quick switch. If you don't, you may get peed on unexpectedly and/or have to clean up poop that just so happened to slip out while grabbing another diaper...


While out in public and needing to breastfeed your baby, make sure you feed him before he gets really hungry and makes a scene.  


Don't do "third times the charm" because no matter how many times you "try" that chocolate frozen custard, it still has the same side effects on the baby spitting up a lot...


Take advantage of second hand consignment baby stores! (*ahem* Once Upon A Child for example) They will save you SO much money (or.. maybe not? because $1 onesies do add up... and i think i have an addiction to shopping for cute boy clothes). so i guess you could say i'm still debating on this one ;)


As much as you may think you want to never introduce a binky to your baby... think again. it's a LIFE SAVER.


Your baby can definitely sleep through the night by at least 7 weeks. Your baby will be happy and so will the rest of the family! (** i read this blog post and tried out what she says and our little man now sleeps through the night consecutively!!)


BORROW baby things from family and/or friends and see if your baby likes it or not. then you'll know exactly what to buy.


Every breastfeeding mother should have at least a manual hand pump. You'll need it. 

botanical gardens

Monday, August 18, 2014

my sister came into town the beginning of this month and we loved having her here! she gave colsen plenty of aunty cuddles and kisses :) while she was here, we visited the st. louis botanical garden. it was gorgeous and we barely even saw half of it! we (unfortunately) picked the worst time to go and the hottest day too so we didn't last long walking around in the heat right in the middle of the day... poor colsen was sweating so much! i didn't want him to get sunburned or dehydrated, so we left only seeing about half of the gardens.

we were sad to say goodbye to aunty steph, but luckily we'll be moving back home to utah next week and colsen will get double the kisses and cuddles from both of my sisters ;)

a photograph of colsen, once a week, every week for a year | week 5 

Organic Baby Soap : Natural Living

Monday, August 4, 2014

while my mom was here for colsen's birth, she brought along some ingredients for us to make our own baby soap! i knew that i wanted to keep things as clean and organic as i could for our little boy and this was such a simple task to make our own soap. the great thing is that you can use this as face soap as well! when we use it, he smells sooo good and it's comforting knowing exactly what ingredients i am putting on his precious (and incredibly soft!) baby skin :)

 Natural Baby Soap

 1/4 cup distilled water
 1/4 cup castile soap 

  1/2 tsp. jojoba or FCO (fractionated coconut oil)

**1/2 this recipe for smaller bottles
*** i purchased the Dr. Bronners Baby Mild Castile soap from target & you can find doterra FCO on amazon here 

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