Friday, July 11, 2014

HEV :: 9 months

I know it sounds so cliché, but it feels like I just brought her home from the hospital.  How has it been 9 months already!? 

Here she is at nine months ( plus five days), 18 pounds, still with her blue eyes, and finally getting some hair.

She is crawling and pulling up on everything.  She walks with a push toy/walker thing-a-ma-jig --- falls about every fifth or sixth step, but walking.  She is having some major separation anxiety issues.  I think that will soon just have to resolve itself because she starts day care for the first time ever on August 19th.  Let's pray that it resolves itself before then.  Just in case it doesn't, I have taken the day off to cry.

I'm putting more bows in her hair and she's tolerating them.  That makes me smile.

She slept great for the first 7ish months of her life.  Now don't get me wrong, she's still a fairly good sleeper today (especially when you compare her to her brother at this age), but she likes to wake up at either 11:45 pm or 4:45 am.  We all go right back to sleep though with her nestled in between us in bed

I can't believe it's going by this quickly.  I've already been all over pinterest and have already started brainstorming, oh who am I kidding, planning her first birthday party.  And that definitely makes me want to cry.

One of my most favorite things about Hadley is just how observant she is.  I don't know if it's just a girl thing or her personality, but when I'm holding her sometimes she will intentionally turn to look at me.  Then she will look at me for a minute or two like she's studying my face, then she will reach out and touch softly touch my cheek, my hair, or my nose.   She also gets a kick out of when I put my sunglasses on.  She looks at me and starts laughing. 
Love her so much!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Tried and True :: a few of my favorite things

I was missing my product of the week posts a little so I decided to throw a post together with some of my favorite, kid-related, things of late. 

Preston is in LOVE with these Melissa & Doug sets. I just fill the pen with water and let him have at it. It's resulted in hours of clean, no mess, entertainment. He's specifically loving the Melissa & Doug splash cardscurrently.

available here

Not totally a tried and true yet as I've only had it for a couple of months now, but it's definitely a recommendation.  I was so torn about ordering on of these Go Pod things before we took off for Florida a few weeks ago, but I'm so glad I did.  We used it at the beach.  We've used it out on our cul-de-sac during our neighborhood par-tays, and we've used it in our own backyard.  I love that we can throw it over our shoulders and carry outdoors or throw it in the car to take to our destination --- which I wish were the beach every single day.  I searched high and low for one (no luck at my usual Babies R Us or my trusty ol' Amazon), but was able to score from here. 

I used an aden + anais sleep sack with Preston, and I'm here to tell you that I'm using them again with Miss Hadley.  I could not love these more.  They're lightweight and I love the designs.  You can view all the designs here.  Hadley is actually wearing the ones that Preston wore when he was little which makes me love them even more. How in the world are my babies growing so fast?

I'm an organization junkie --- I just love a good system.  I ordered these Land of Nod wire wall baskets back when I was designing Preston's big boy room.  They're great for anything, but I especially use them for those small toys that don't really have a "home" or don't really belong with anything else in his room. When Preston asks where a certain toy is, even that tiny, most random toy that he played with 4 months ago and completely forgot about until now, I can almost 9 times out of 10 find it.  I think it drives my husband crazy, but I take great pride in it.  :)

available here.

Now I know this isn't a kid item necessarily, but I start keeping a Mom's One Line a Day journal after Hadley was born.  I don't just write about Hadley or my memories of Hadley, rather I use it for both of my kids, my husband, myself, and anything I want to jot down about our crazy little life together.  I wasn't sure how it would work out and if I would use it daily, but let's just say that if my house were to catch on fire this would be one of the items I would definitely try to grab.  My most recent entry is how Preston declared that I was his "best friend forever" while we were on vacation in Florida.    

This should be no surprise to anyone as this is most definitely a tried and true for us, we love us some PraiseBaby collection in our house!  Preston would watch it without blinking as a baby (he still asks to watch it even as a 3 year old), but I think Hadley might be a bit more obsessed with it. 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

just because

This post brought to you ...  just because I want to document these pics of my littles!

When I put Hadley down now she takes off crawling.  She's fast and she heads off to one of two places --- her bubba's room or the bathroom.  She loves just being in P's room (it's toys galore in there) though she's really after one thing --- his beloved train table. See ... 

In addition to his obsession with all things choo-choo, Preston loves to play basketball, football, and/or soccer. He often gets them all mixed up (says football when it's really basketball), but it's all the same to him and he has fun doing it.  In fact, he told me he wanted to "play soccer next week" as in he wanted to sign up to play with friends.  It might not happen next week, but that's all he had to say ... I'm off to the Y this fall to sign my boy (my heart baby) up for soccer.  Thank you, Lord, for his health and for your continued provision over his little life. 

Back to Hadley, I swear she is getting more hair --- it's just light and it's starting from the back and slowly making its way forward.  Forget the hair, though, I really don't notice because I can't get past her blue eyes.  So many people have warned me or told me stories about how their blue-eyed kids or grandkids were blue as a baby and then turned green when the kiddos were about 2 or 3 years old.  Since my mom had green eyes and Tony's mom has green eyes, I won't be surprised if that happens.  Either way, I love them. 

She pulls up and stands on everything she can. I wasn't quite ready for this stage just yet, but it's here.  I fear she will be walking, or rather stumbling, soon. 

Above all else, I LOVE to see Preston and Hadley interacting together.  Today on our walk, he keep reaching over from his stroller seat and patting her leg until she was asleep.  Tony and I just nudge each other and smile without saying anything --- Preston will stop if he hears us talking about it. 

They are seriously having a lot of fun together already, and I can imagine it will only get better from here. 

Yes, I know this picture is as blurry as all get out, but I love it because I love his little smile and laugh.  It's truly contagious. 

Earlier this week as Preston and I were driving to school, he looked out the window and said "I wish a big storm would come. And a big crack."  translation: crack = thunder  I asked why and said "wouldn't you be scared?"  He goes "No, we could snuggle." And with his duh-don't-you-know expression he says, "All boys like to snuggle with their mommies."

These two are pretty awesome.  I couldn't love them more if I tried.

And, I can't even believe that Miss Hadley is 8 months old today.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

i {heart} minted.

I love a good monogram, so I'm especially loving the looks of my new personalized stationary from Minted. The gold lettering got me --- it was love at first sight.  

Don't miss Minted's Memorial Day sale going on right now --- 15% off kids' stationary, announcements, and artwork.  Even if you're not ready to personalize (think birth announcements and party invitations) you can still buy now and personalize later. 

And on another note, how in the world are we already celebrating Memorial Day!?

*Minted provided me with personalized stationary in exchange for this post.  As always, though, all opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

i {heart} these kids & mini Boden.

These kiddos of mine are so unbelievably fun right now.  Preston says the craziest things these days.  He is constantly cracking us up.  Not only is he saying crazy things, but he does the silliest things. He's super sweet these days and so very creative and imaginative.  His most favorite thing recently has been his evening bike rides with his dad --- they both ride their own bikes side by side through the hood. They like to ride to the nearby creek and listen to the "frogs honk." See ... I told you he's the silliest.   And I'm sure it will chance soon, but he LOVES to get new clothes (especially shoes) --- and I LOVE picking them out for him. 

Mini Boden is one of my favorite brands for Preston.  The quality is there --- it stands up well against a rough, super-active, three year old boy.  I adore there color combos for little boys.  

We recently tried out a pair of Mini Boden shoes, specifically boat shoes for Preston.  He loves nothing more than his cowboy boots but these are a close second for sure.  These will very likely be a repeat buy each summer. 

When I think of Boden for kids and babies, though, I have to say that the first thing that comes to mind is their adorable selection of swimwear.   If you follow me on instagram you probably know by now about our #dailyturtlewatching.  Our family has a little tradition of walking a couple blocks to a small creek in our hood and watch the turtles ...  we've seen as many as 20 turtles in there at one time.  That being said, I knew these turtle trunks belonged to Mr. P as soon as I saw them.  

Don't worry, Hadley isn't missing out on all the fun.  Baby Boden has too many precious options for me to not have a couple sent our way.  Here's my big girl (who, within the past 3 days, has started crawling and pulling up on things) in her new Baby Boden dresses.  She's growing up way too fast. I'm not ready for this, y'all.  

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**Boden USA provided my kids merchandise in exchange for this post.  As always, though, all opinions expressed are my own. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

HEV's Baptism

We baptized Hadley on Mother's Day. Sweet girl was 7 months and 1 week old. This was also the two year anniversary of my sweet MawMaw's passing.  So this day meant a lot to me --- and was perfect for Hadley's baptism and our vows to do everything possible to always point her to Christ. 

Just like every other day (ha!), Hadley was so chill and relaxed.  Preston wanted to go to Sunday School so we arrived early for that which gave Tony and I to hang out with Hadley for a bit by ourselves.  Here are the pics ... 

And our first family photo where we are ALL smiling.  Maybe one of these days we will all be smiling at the SAME camera.  Ha!

You'll never be a perfect parent, but you can be a praying parent.
You don't have to do everything right as a parent, but there is one thing you cannot afford to get wrong. That one thing is prayer.  It covers a multitude of sins, it turns ordinary parents into prophets who shape the destiny of generations to come, and it's the most lasting legacy you can leave.  Your prayers live on, long after you die, in the lives of those you leave behind.
Mark Batterson, in one of my favorite books.  

Matthew 19:14