2 years

Monday, August 25, 2014

happy second anniversary my love!

we've done so much the past 2 years together and i wouldn't have wanted anyone else by my side. 
we have lived in 4 states, 
visited 7 countries, 
graduated college the same semester, 
& grown our family to three!

you're my best friend & can't wait to see what this next year brings us.

i love you!

two months with colsen

Saturday, August 23, 2014

he's two months old now! whatt?! this summer has flown by and we're moving back home to utah in just a few days. we'll miss st louis and the memories we've made here. colsen has grown so much these past 2 months and it's exciting watching him explore the world around him and learn new skills.
some notes about colsen this past month:

+ his eye lashes have definitely grown longer and are starting to curl (soo cute)
+ holds his head up strong!
+ is so happy when he's on the changing table and loves to kick his legs
+ smiles all the time
+ loves being cuddled next to mommy in the k'tan wrap. he even stopped crying when he saw me putting it on!
+ is quite the talker in the morning
+ has been sleeping through the night consecutively the past week (!!!) we sure are happy about that!
+ poor guy has acid reflux but it's been much better now that we know how to help him
+ getting more rolls on his thighs and arms
+ likes to be under the play mat and has a strong grip on the links and toys hanging
+ sometimes prefers to be sitting up and looking around rather than laying down
+ easily goes down for naps and puts himself to sleep

a photograph of colsen, once a week, every week for a year | week 8

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. 

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