Wednesday, May 10, 2017


My 31st birthday was the first that I celebrated as a Mama. It was the first time not caring about myself as all of my energy these days goes to my little one. I forgot multiple times that my big day was coming up and honestly didn't care about receiving gifts and whatnot. My gift came early in February.

My wonderful husband, however, had different plans. I would have gladly been a hermit, spending the day cooped up in the house with Elijah. Despite my plans of being anti-social, Jeremy talked me into having Grammy J take over for the day while we ventured out, just the two of us; something we hadn't done for the past two months.

We decided to spend the day in Plaza Midwood. Our first stop was lunch at a burger joint we had been eyeing for months, Moo & Brew. Jeremy went for the Peter Piper, a jalapeƱo bacon firecracker, and I had a delicious turkey burger with a side of rosemary, truffle and sea salt fries. Yes, they were as good as they sound.

Next, we did some window shopping at Green with Envy, a boutique shop with a variety of local, hand-crafted vendors selling anything from candles, dish towels, jewelry, and assorted T's and tanks.

Since I tortured Jeremy with shopping at a boutique store, we headed to Lunchbox Records to expand our album selection. Lucky for us we stumbled upon The Lion King soundtrack, a treasured album for both of us. It was my favorite purchase of the day. Perfect for my 31-year-old heart.

Our last stop was to satisfy our sweet tooth at Two Scoops Creamery, home of unique, homemade flavors of ice cream. Jeremy stepped outside the box and got a scoop of "Yabba Dabba Doo" (Fruity Pebbles) while I kept it classic with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

To say were were exhausted would be an understatement. Even though we were without the little one, we were still sleep deprived! It was fun, nonetheless. Coming home to our little nugget was icing on top of the cake.

That night, we danced the night away to The Lion King Soundtrack.

And with that, my 31st birthday was complete. My first birthday as a Mama wasn't so bad after all.

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Life of Eli: Month Two

Month two has flown by and if there's one thing we've learned it's that it takes WAY more in the thought process to get out the door. If we want to schedule a time to go to Target, it revolves around eating and napping, and well, that is a process in itself.

This is how we feel about that
During weeks 5 and 6, we saw a lot of growth. Smiling, cooing and head lifts, oh my!

Since Elijah had passed his birth weight, I decided it was time to get on a set schedule. I discovered Moms On Call and not only did it give me peace of mind, it gave me structure - which gave me sanity! I think it actually gave Elijah some sanity as well. I followed the schedule for 4-8 weeks and he fell into it naturally. Eat. Play. Sleep. Perfect!

Elijah started to be okay laying on his own (with me close by, of course) but it was awesome to be hands free as I watched from a distance! He has started to enjoy music like no other, cooing, kicking and smiling along to the beats he listens to.

Tummy time is a favorite as that's when he gets the most talkative. He started lifting and turning his head like a pro, making mom and dad proud of course!

Elijah's highlight of the day is hearing Dad's voice come through the door once Jeremy gets home from work. Those two have a bond like no other. They're best buds already.

Remember when I said bath time was basically a nightmare for Elijah? Well, I think it's safe to say those days are over! We finally found the magic combination of warm water (he likes it warmer like his Mama!), music, and a body sponge insert makes bath time a breeze with NO TEARS! It's glorious and much more enjoyable.

If I had to pick a favorite growth this month, it would be the fact that he grunts before pooping. You guys. It seriously is pretty cute. The outcome, however,  isn't so adorable. It stinks, haha.

Highlights of the month were:
Leaving the house for the first time. Although the first time did freak me out. I was a nervous wreck.

Animal-Footed pajamas.

Being milk-drunk.

Morning snuggles.

Having Dad home for an entire week during spring break!

Visiting Grammie & Grampie.

Celebrating Easter!

Meeting Great Aunts, Uncles, cousins and friends!

Celebrating Mama's birthday.

Having a healthy 2-month checkup and surviving 3 vaccine shots.

I've become a little obsessed with this little boy of mine. Even when he's sleeping in his nursery, I find myself scrolling through pictures on my phone just looking at him and smiling. We love him so freaking much! Happy 2 months, little nugget!