Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mom Friends

My heart is so full today. It is almost bursting at the seams. These last several days have been incredibly rich with great conversations and time with friends. On my way home from a moms group this morning I found myself thinking about the "mom friends" that I have and feeling so utterly grateful.

In this day when life is constantly uploaded to social media, it can create a pressure to portray the perfect family, child, home, and life.  But this is real life. Perfection isn't anywhere to be found and it shouldn't be the end goal. For me, the best way to keep things in perspective is to connect with real women. I still check and use Instagram & Facebook, but those aren't the places I go for wisdom or encouragement - I go to my mom friends. I go to my Biblestudy. I go to my journal. And I drop down on my knees. That is real life. That is what really fills my heart.

My hope for whomever is reading this, is that you have those friends or that family. That you get to live life with real people, in real time, with real problems. I hope that your heart is filled up with fruitful relationships and purpose. And if its not? Don't open an app. Make a phone call. You can do it. It will be totally worth it.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Life Changes

I'm dusting off the blog today after a long hiatus. We've gone through a lot of changes in the past year. Several moments of joy and excitement with some significant losses sprinkled in.  Its been life-changing in many ways.

One of the big changes as of recently is that I left my job.  I'm officially at stay at home mom.  Say what?!  It still feels a bit unreal, part of me keeps thinking I need to pull out my work laptop to check emails.  I'm 9 days in today and it has been incredible.

We've pretty much been living outside all week. I think I love spring even more than summer, those first weeks outside are hard to beat!





I feel like the blog will be a good outlet for me in this new stage of life. Check back soon!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cayden - 1 year update

 I may be a little late on this post but that is only because this little walker is keeping us busy! On a daily basis my children run in two opposite directions, and I am faced with the decision of which one to go after. #momprobs

Some other fun updates?  Cayden is saying "hi", "mama", "Mia", "Addie" and "dad".  He's also conquering some monumental gestures: the head shake, waving, pointing, and "touchdown" (obviously, what kind of parents do you think we are?!).



Cayden is sleeping like champ and eating like a college boy.  He loves his baths and being outside.  Being the younger sibbling, he's one tough cookie!


For his 1 year check up Cayden measured 29'' (17%ile) and weighed 20lbs 10oz (38%ile), with a head circumfrance of 19'' (95%ile).

If you lose Cayden in the house - you'll likely find him at the bookshelf, trying to get his hand in the toilet, or emptying the bottom drawer of a dresser.  He also frequents following his sister around. She likes to keep tabs on him as well, which is incredibly precious.


I'll be back soon with a lil' summer update. It has been forever, but these last few months have been rockin' our socks off.  And in the moments that we aren't running around, we are soaking up cuddles and down time.  Praising God for this little boy!  He brings so much joy to all of us!


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cayden 11 Month Update

To be completely honest, Cayden's 11th month was a whirlwind. He kicked it off with the Roseola virus, hung out with a few friends for a weekend, came down with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease, and finally he was booted off to Nana & Papa's for nearly a week while his dad spent some time in the ICU.  With that being said, one characteristic that stood out this summer is that Cade is one flexible and chill child. He did good on the fly, was content even having a fever, and he was back to his old self the first day back home.

At 11 months, Cayden wasn't quite walking but he was standing for long periods of time. He gets around furniture super fast and enjoys crawl-running.  He is still a good eater, though occasionally I catch him sneaking beans to the dog. Our little guy has the ability to wave and clap but he rarely does either on cue.  He has become quite the mimicker and now likes to crinkle his nose.

Addie & Cade are the best of friends. They get along great most of the time. There are moments when Cayden is yanking on her hair or Addie is picking him up by his neck, but it is all out of love :) When he isn't playing with his sister, he is enjoys: reading books, throwing balls, rolling cars, the tupperware cupboard, and practicing his walking.

The 11th month has Cayden weighing in at 20.2 lbs. His 12 month clothes fit nicely and he is just starting to work off those little leg rolls.  This boy has the cutest blonde curls, it helps me enjoy the summer humidity!


Friday, June 13, 2014

Ramblings of a 2 Year Old

A year ago we were a little nervous about Addie's speech development, but she has put our minds at ease these past few months.  I wanted to document some of the phrases that make us laugh.

Dad: Okie Dokie!
Addie: Cookie Cookie!

While changing Addie on her brother's changing table. She grabs one of his old Pee Tee-Pees, puts it on my head and says "Happy Birthday!"

When Addie toots.
Addie: Mommy poop!
Mom: Mommy didn't poop.
Addie: Book poop!
Mom: The book didn't poop...
Addie: Addie poop!!
Mom: Addie toot!
*Anytime Addie hears a toot, she yells "poop!"

On any windy and/or sunny day.
Addie: Wind hair!  Sun eyes! Sun eyyyyyeeeeessss!!
While waving hands frantically.

Oops = ooots
Ouch = outs

Mom: Addie do you want a treat?
Addie: 2 treats!!

Addie: More ice creams please!



 Can you tell we like our sweets around here?   She definitely has some Bock blood in her :)



Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Cayden - 10 Month Update

At 10 months, our little guys has progressed from crawling around to pulling himself up on furniture.  He is just started to walk along things and let go of furniture to stand by himself for a second, before plopping to his tush.

This child of ours is one of the happiest babies.  I think his new found freedom of movement brings a lot of joy to his little soul. Whenever he stands, he looks around with a toothy little grin.  Speaking of teeth - we are up to six!  Four teeth on the top and two on the bottom. Those innocent-looking little growths almost took a chunk out of my arm last week. Cayden has heard "don't bite" when nursing before, so he recognized the phrase and looked at me with his sorry eyes.  So precious.






In a typical day, Cayden will take two naps, then go to bed around 7:30 for about 12 hours.  On a good night he will only get up once to eat, then go right back to bed.  Lately, we've spent a lot of days out and about. Our little man will get fussy after skipping a nap, but he's usually a pretty good sport about it.

One of my favorite things about our son?  He's a mommy's boy. But who can blame him?!  When I walk into a room, he will usually fuss until he's in my arms...then turn back to whoever was holding him and smile.  There are times when we are around someone knew when he will shyly tuck this head into my neck.  These little gestures absolutely break me.

The one other person that Cade loves to go to is his daddy. After a long day away, Bryan will come home to Cayden kicking his arms with delight. This momma loves that he has such a great daddy.

Eating is still a favorite around here!  Cayden will nurse a couple of times a day, take one bottle, and eat 4-5 times a day. We haven't found any foods that he won't eat but he definitely likes his cheese, fruits and carbs.

Each passing days brings us closer and closer to the 1 year mark. It's incredibly bittersweet. I love watching Cayden grow and develop but part of me dreads the day that he won't shyly nuzzle my neck. Bryan and I continue to do our best at not taking a single day for granted, soaking in each exciting new thing and celebrating another day with our son.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Cayden - 9 Month Update

It's been another exciting month around here -- full of lots of movement, some sleep, and a few extra bruises.   Cayden has progressed from the army crawl to an actual crawl!  He often still uses his elbows & knees, which looks hilarious. All I see is a the-cutest-little-tooshie squirmy across the floor.  As with any baby his age, he is extra motivated by all the things he shouldn't have: cords, dog bones, and small pieces of anything he can choke on.


 Another exciting part of this month is that our sweet boy is finally sleeping!! Insert happy dance, which closely resembles the intro dance on Blues Clues. #motherofatoddlerprobs  Just this past Saturday, Cayden slept for 12 hours for the second time since his birth 9 months ago.  If you're doing your math, you'll notice he is technically in his 10th month.  Lucky for him, I'm feeling generous.

Our little muncher eats anything and everything. His top two middle teeth came in which have seemed to multiply his appetite.  No joke. He eats more than me at some meals!  Amazingly, he is still in his 9 month clothes. Maybe I should try the knee/elbow crawl for burning off my meals!?

The last big milestone we hit this past month is with Cayden pulling himself up to stand.  It didn't take long for him to prefer standing over sitting and now he is casually standing around the house. Unless, of course, there is an electrical cord in sight.  It still amazes me that such a short little thing can be on two feet. My iphone has approximately 1 billion pictures of Cade standing in different spots around the room. I might be obsessed.  But I'm no dummy, this mom isn't coaching her son into walking...not sure I'm ready for 2 little runners!

Some of Cayden's favorites this month are blowing raspberries, touch & feel books, pattycake, and standing.  He has started to wave and will imitate noises and expressions.  He tugs his ear when he's tired and his tongue is out of his mouth 99% of any given day. As with each stage, we are loving this time. It is fun to see him grow and explore!