Thursday, January 30, 2014

the traveling romper.





craft fairs may be for those that would not succeed on etsy.
before you get your panties in a bunch, hear me out.



around november of 2012, i met 23 other women. how did i meet them? we all just found out we were pregnant. what did we have in common besides a pregnancy? we were all due in july of 2013. 
ignore the fact that not all of our babies came in july. our july babies range from june 19th to august 2nd. i was NOT the last one due, but C had plans of his own and surely was the last one to come. he was already proving to be just like his mama. fashionably late and stubborn. i can not believe that my baby is the youngest of the group. never during my pregnant days would i have thought that to be possible! watching all of their babies come maaay or may not have made my over due days a little harder, but it was a lot of fun wondering who would pop next. im thankful that all of our babies are here, happy and healthy.
now that our babies are 6-8 months old - i am still friends with these moms. they are some of my best friends, as crazy as that sounds. some of us have been meeting in real life with our babies and some of us have plans to meet up with each other in the future. i talk to these moms every day. we have, without a doubt - formed a sisterhood, so to speak.

there is nothing left out.
everything is up for grabs.

one of the girls, N, received this romper as a gift. she posted a picture of her son wearing it - and i think every one of us exploded in to laughter. apparently her mother in law bought it from a craft fair for F. mother in law's mean well, i am sure - but this is an outfit gone wrong. ALL. WRONG. perhaps the worst tie dye job i have ever seen. the material is waffle knit. and the frogs? i have no idea. i wonder if this was a hot item at that craft fair.

after we all saw the picture of F in the romper, it didn't take very long for us to decide that every baby needed a picture wearing it. sure, its ugly. but we've got some cute babies who will rock it well!

i got handed the romper from Kris, after we met up in chicago with our babies :) {more on that meet up later}. it is SO big on C. he's the youngest baby, but not the smallest. it was so funny to put on him. the pants are about 6 inches too long and every time i looked down to see no feet, i about died. the shoulder straps kept falling off, and the top of the overalls started around his diaper instead of his chest. ha ha ha. taking these pictures were so much fun. {they were also really hard… hence the different locations. every where i sat my kid down, he would find a distraction and want to crawl away}

and so we have it. the traveling romper of motherhood. or something like that.

tomorrow morning i will head to the mail box and send this lovely get up off to Nicole! i can not wait to see how eisley wears it.















i kind of love that something so ugly turned out to be so special :)


Thursday, January 23, 2014

nostalgia.





51 weeks ago

fast forward

>>

today










52 weeks ago we found out the human growing inside of my belly was a boy.
51 weeks ago we took our 2nd trip to chicago together. i was 14 weeks pregnant.
not having one at home in minneapolis, we ventured over to zara baby where we made our very first baby purchase. 
a year later were here in chicago again for our 3rd time together. with a baby in our arms.
& today, that baby is wearing this zara outfit for the first time.

i remember thinking how adorable and teeny those 3-6 month pants looked.
but they're too big for our {almost} 6th month old boy.
baby clothes are funny.


and so is time.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

crue: FIVE MONTHS!





there is SO much going on during this age! and every day is a new experience. i can not believe how fast time is flying and how quickly he is catching on to things. there have been lots of firsts and new foundlings for this little boy. were loving every minute of it!




doctor appointment: didn't have one for 5 months. our 6 month appointment is scheduled for 2/14, even though he will be 6 months on 2/2. better late than never!
weight: 14lbs 6oz as of 12/6 so maybe in the high 16lb low 17lb range?!
height: L O N G. (almost 26 inches as of 12/6, so i'm guessing about 27 now)
head: B I G. (16in as of 12/6, so its surely larger than that now!)




nicknames: C, crue shoe, crue mcgoo, little man, chunkamunk, crumanji, or bear. grandpa calls him buddy & oma calls him squirt.




sleep:
- we are in the middle of transitioning from the RnP to the crib in our room. and it is HARD work.
- our first night of the transition was also our first night of co-sleeping for about 3 hours. let me tell you that is just not feasible for this mama. C and zay get perfect sleep, but me? not.a.chance.
- {UPDATE!!} last night was night 3 of the transition and this boy slept in his big boy bed 11 straight hours! i hope were on to something here! *knock on wood*
- despite all of that, he is still sleeping for about 12 hours. 11pm-11am. when he wakes up he will have a bottle next to me in bed while i pump and on occasion falls right back asleep, sometimes until 1pm! we can't figure out how to get his bed time to be much earlier than 10pm but we also haven't forced it or tried very hard because the later bedtime works just fine for us. he will fall asleep around 8pm but has never stayed asleep or slept very long. its a usual quick cat nap.
- his day time naps are getting better, but they are SO unpredictable. we usually get 2-3 naps in now. the other day i was skyping my mom with C in my lap, before i knew it he fell over & was no longer in the camera view because he fell asleep! within 5 seconds he went from blabbing away to being out cold on my leg. that same day only about an hour later he was so cranky and so tired, it took about half an hour of rocking him & shushing before he finally fell asleep in my arms. i do love the snuggles though! daytime preferred.




eating:
i've been putting pickles and apples in his mesh teether and boyfriend goes to TOWN on them. with the pickles he will suck and suck and suck until he can't get anymore juice and immediately wants a new one. isaiah can not stand pickles so he thinks C is cray.
we introduced some oatmeal to him! he's only had it twice so far but he was a BIG fan! we don't have a schedule for it yet so we've just kind of been winging it here and there until he's 6 months and then we'll figure it out from there. once a day? twice a day? i don't know. but thats why doctors exist.
- after our 6 month appt in a month we plan to use our beaba baby cook pro and start mushing some squash, avocado, veggies & more!
- he will randomly nurse for a hot minute or two but its really just my milk in bottles, although less than "normal". which the wonder week mentioned is a possibility so im not worrying about it too much. {yet}
- he nurses his bottles, drinks them slowly. almost like an adult now. few sips here - go play. few sips there - roll over. oooo a bottle! few more sips. lots of distractions these days for this busy boy :)



mood:
- isaiah and i used to say that C's day was 50% sleep, 40% happiness and 10% fuss. now id be able to up that fussing a little bit due to teething. but thankfully - it hasn't been too terrible, nor the worst i've ever seen. i love the extra snuggles but teething is no joke.
- if he's not fussy from teething, the other time you can find him crying is if he's hungry or was being buckled into his infant car seat. thankfully we just upgraded to a convertible last night and though he's only had one short ride in it, he was happy getting in and was sleeping when we got home.
- he LOVES being out and about. he is always a charming A+ baby when were in public!
- i looked up the wonder week 26/mental leap 5 just a few days ago, and he is pretty much acting SPOT ON with the transition were in. they say this is when the 3 C's are present: cranky, clingy, crying. word.




loves:
- sophie the giraffe, on a whole new level!
- his jumperoo, boy does he love bouncing away in there! hello strong legs mcgee.
- the laugh & learn puppy
- momma!
- his new favorite game is pinching his eyes shut as tight as he can while letting out a loud breath through his noise and cheesing from ear to ear. HI-LARIOUS.
- when daddy rubs the bottom of his feet along his beard. tickle city!
- lambeau & lucy. he started noticing them and watching them last month, but this month he is in full mode with them. lambeau especially. puppy brother love.
- making noises and screeching/hearing himself
- sitting up by himself. FORGET laying down. seriously.
- touching peoples faces



you'd think he's crying but NO. a perfect shot in the middle of his new cheesin' game, LOL!




wearing:
CLOTHES ARE SO WEIRD. he is in 0-3 baby gap jeans, but has outgrown his 0-3 gap one pieces and the 3-6 old navy one pieces. his shirts and onesies are 0-3 with some 3-6. i just tried on a denim button up last week in 3-6 and it is still SO BIG. my baby is long, but he's not very tiny?
- his 0-3 month fleece snow suit finally fits perfectly!
- diapers are in a size 2 still but our new box of size 3's just came so we'll be making the switch this month as soon as we use our 2's up! im hoping we will be in 3's for a longer time span than 1's or 2's because timing out the honest shipments are kind of tricky.






milestones/whats happening:
- we finished up the holiday season (thank god} and had ourselves a nice NYE at home just the 3 of us. it was the perfect rejuvenating night and exactly what we all needed.
- started sitting up all on his own christmas day! it came out of the blue and just like that, he had it.
- baby boy is vocal and loves every minute of it. he's found a handful of new noises to make!
- used the big boy high chair at the restaurant for the first time (i cried)
- we just bought a convertible car seat! i can NOT believe it. we're driving to chicago this month so i hope he's happy and the trip goes well! same with staying in a hotel for a week.  kind of nervous!
- pulling himself up in the crib and PnP like its his job. i really wasn't ready for that to be happening already! thankfully, his crib lowers one more setting!
- scooting like a champ! sometimes backwards, but just in the last 72 hours he's really made progress and distance across our living room floor to reach a toy. i think he will be on the move before i know it! (which seems to be a common theme!)
- C went to the movies! because my husband is a CRAZY PANTS. (judge away, i still think were insane myself). isaiah has been missing the movies and trying to convince me that we can get a babysitter or just take C with us from the moment we left the hospital. and i finally gave in. we went at 10am to see frozen and the entire experience was perfect. C usually sleeps until noon, so we woke him at 930am just in time to change his diaper & head out the door. i fed him in the theater when we got settled & he fell asleep until there was about 20 minutes left of the movie. they had just re-done the theater and we were surprised with full blown recliners. how comfy can that be?! winning!


i said "KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN!" haha




mama:
- struggling with post partum weight
- struggling with working out & finding some serious motivation that lasts
- chopped 7 inches off my hair (perhaps the biggest regret of 2013, but it needed it BADLY!)
- pumping every 3 hours during the day and becoming so.exhausted. - half way done! forget a push present. i want a pumping present. A BIG ONE.
- struggling with leaving C and being a stage 5 clinger
overall, when i'm not looking in the mirror, i'm a happy mama!



comparions:


his hair seems to be getting lighter! i was a natural blonde until about 19 so we shall see how his goes?!


some days it is hard to see how fast time goes. there are days i wish i could go back to being in the hospital room, just the 3 of us and soak in those moments all over again. i've definitely shed tears about it all. BUT. i am so excited for what is to come. watching this baby boy grow has been the greatest blessing! i know we've got a lot of good memories and laughs ahead :)

xxo



Monday, January 13, 2014

'im a big boy now!'





^ THOSE CHEEKS! ^


its obvious that C is no longer a fan of his bucket infant seat. he cries EVERY TIME we have to strap him in no matter what his mood was like 5 seconds prior and i hate that. for all of us. we have a trip coming up and were driving to chicago, so we started to think about switching to a convertible seat.
is mama ready for that? no way.
 will our baby be happier in it? probably.

this weekend we headed over to our trusty besties over at baby grand to start exploring. 
i love them mucho.
we went in thinking we'd get the diono but stayed open minded because i have seen how the maxi cosi pria works before and liked that too. then gina showed us two more. the recaro and the snugli. ultimately, it came down to the recaro or the snugli for us, for a few different reasons - but those were our favorite. and my husband chose the snugli so we went with that one! i love when he has an opinion on baby gear or really anything and i usually end up agreeing so its an easy choice :)
the way this baby installs is PERFECTION. it is so easy!
the seat itself is super plush - its memory foam! C was happy and didn't make a single fuss when we were testing out all of these seats.

i am a little nervous about making the switch and no longer being able to click his sleepy self with the bucket seat in the stroller when were grocery shopping or running errands (which is EXACTLY what he did yesterday) but we'll figure it out and make do! right after i have a mini panic attack about him being on the side of the car instead of the middle. which comes after the panic attack about how fast time is going.

i know he'll be happier in our 7+ hour drive to chicago.

i can not believe how big my baby is getting!
i swear it feels like yesterday that i was installing his bucket seat at 31 weeks pregnant!






on to bigger adventures!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

an anniversary giveaway!



Happy Thursday and Happy Blogiversary to The Ashcraft Bunch Blog



Kenzie wanted to do something fun in celebration of another year. To thank all of her sweet and encouraging readers, she wanted to host a giveaway and give you the opportunity to win gift cards to spoil yourself with.  :)

Feel free to check out the other ladies along with Kenzie and myself as you enter the great giveaway!


I want to thank Melissa, Shayla, Sarah, Kelsea, Amanda, Ashley, and Dana for being apart of this special day for me. I love you girls! 

This year we are giving away 1 $60 Gift Card to Target AND 1 $50 Card to Erin Condren!
I know how much I love her planners and what a great thing to win to help organize your new year!


Please enter the Rafflecopter below honestly.
The giveaway will end at midnight on January 15th and one winner will be announced on the blog as well as emailed.

Thank you again to all of you who read, comment, email, and are a friend. We appreciate each and every one of you.

Good luck!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2013 in review



JANUARY

on NYE we announced our pregnancy to the world via facebook and this little here blog. it was the start to all of my bump dates & i recapped getting through the first trimester. isaiah and i froze our butts off as we took our announcement photos, but i am so glad we never cancelled! another time we froze half to death was at my cousins wedding. freezing is a common trend here in MN. we also had our NT scan (that i debated on having done or not having done) which gave us a ridiculously early surprise on finding out that baby G was definitely a HE! proving that my intuition was right from the start. the week after finding out, we were off to chicago for an annual work trip and i spent many hours in the hotel dreaming up of boy names and nurseries.



FEBRUARY 

february was not a month for wordily posts apparently because i only had 2. if that doesn't scream "new blogger", i don't know what does! isaiah and i celebrated our first valentines day as a married couple, saw the book of mormon & took a baby moon to florida. though i was still fairly early in my pregnancy, i shared with you all my sleep woes. i was always awake fearing the nights that i wouldn't be asleep come the days nights of a newborn.



MARCH


i had 20 posts! talk about an improvement from february eh?! we had returned from florida and i gave a little peek into what our first baby moon was like. let me tell you, i will never go back to orlando for a baby moon! zzZZZzZz. in march i had felt the baby move for the first time and celebrated hitting our halfway mark all the while trying to embrace my new life dealing with pregnancy brain. i started blabbing on the blog about my nursery ideas and finally narrowed it down to a nautical idea of sorts. of course being pregnant was the best thing to ever happen to me, but not once did i forget where i came from and the pain of infertility. even if you're reading this review right now - remember, YOU GO GET WHATS YOURS! chase your dreams people. seriously. and don't ever let someone tell you somethings impossible. march wasn't all teddy bears and rainbows though, because it was also the first time at L&D for baby and i when i was just 23 weeks pregnant causing isaiah to miss a huge test for his career title. about that same time, my grandpa wasn't doing well and landed himself in the hospital too.  :(



APRIL

april is a bittersweet month. we started off on the 1st with my 26th birthday! along with my birthday, april brings a memory that hits me hard. i opened up and shared my emotions about losing a friend to suicide. and then we hit another hard loss. my grandpa passed in april on his 85th birthday. ill never forget those last moments i had with him and how painful it is to watch the coroners take away your loved one. i will forever be convinced that the reason i made it through the funeral and dealing with that hard time was because i had a baby to care for. hitting 24 weeks was a great milestone and we went to see flash dance downtown. it felt so good to hit the viability mark of our pregnancy! the results from our anatomy scan went really well. i still love looking at ultrasound pictures! there is something so magical about them. we kept on trucking with the nursery and made big progress! i shared some of my FAVORITE baby gear items here and our wedding video here. with april comes national infertility awareness week which is one that of course hits close to home. i talked about the time i peed our bed, and i ended my second trimester of pregnancy. holy cow! 



MAY

i challenged myself with "blog every day in may" and didn't quite make that a success. i shared my life in 250 words, told you what I'm really good at, shared what makes me uncomfortablewhat makes me happymy favorite quote, my most embarrassing moment and my fears. considering we still had snow in may just a few days before mothers day, i was missing our cabin something fierce. but i had no idea what it would feel like to be at grandpas place, without grandpa. i shared our proposal story, a day that i will never forget along with a favorite photo because thats another day ill never forget. my 100th blog post was our co-ed baby shower and i am still so glad isaiah and i got to share that together! i also packed my hospital bags HELLA early. because of course then i had no idea that my baby would be pushing two weeks late! 



JUNE

i asked for your help on what to put above the baby crib (we ended up going with a map that we actually put together and hung while we were waiting for baby to arrive in our overdue days) and showed you how we did our chevron wall. as the weather got hotter i lived in maxi's and i ate my weight in shaved ice. i shared some photos from our wedding and my husband wrote to ya'll here. i wrote a letter to my 21 year old self which continues to be a favorite of mine and we made a big change to our car. we went to a twins game, had maternity photos taken on fathers day and closed in on our to-do list, assuming that our baby boy was going to arrive in the next month! cue being overdue as a possible pregnancy problem!


JULY

we made it!carried a baby full term! this was the month we were going supposed to meet our baby! i shared some of our maternity photos and isaiah shared what pregnancy has taught him. i continued wearing maxis and eating shaved ice while feeling so blessed over such a great 9 months. my body became FULL of stretch marks and my body seemed to be preparing for labor. baby boy dropped and my boobies were leaking. then 39 weeks came, followed by 40! our due date came and went with no baby. so then began week 41! being overdue wasn't so bad if it didn't come with the stupid questions asked by ignorant people. seriously! 



AUGUST

i spent the last day of july and the first day of august in labor and i shared what pregnancy has taught me and the idea behind crue's name. it was a busy month having a baby, adjusting to a new life at home, celebrating our one year anniversary, and taking crue to the state fair (twice)! in honor of the state fair i showed you all some of the pictures we took the time i wore my wedding dress and isaiah wore his wedding suit! i was already overwhelmed with the comments from judgmental mothers and gave a piece of my mind here.



SEPTEMBER

my baby boy turned one month old and we figured out what our newborn favorites were! i still don't know how that happened! i was nominated for the sunshine award and was thrilled to see that Molly and AP did it too :) i kind of love those two ladies. a lot. crue began smiling ALL.THE.TIME making life so sweet. and as if that wasn't enough sweetness, i shared his newborn photos with you all too. crue went to his first punkin patch. we had so much fun participating in our favorite fall activities with a baby! 


OCTOBER

baby boy turned TWO months old! i was struggling with pumping AND breastfeeding all day long as well as battling the feeling of wanting more babies. we celebrated our first halloween as a family of 3; crue was the bag o' money and we were his robbers ;) i would definitely try to steal this baby if he weren't mine! all of that was very last minuteit was a big difference from 2012 when i was busy poking myself with infertility drugs. worth it all! 


NOVEMBER

that baby quickly turned THREE months old! and 100 days old, which landed on the same day we found out we were pregnant with lil dude! time is really a crazy thing. we revealed our three month favorites. november was also a time to celebrate our first thanksgiving as a family of 3. this video reminds me just how thankful i am to be a stay at home mom! 


DECEMBER

you know how it goes. C was already FOUR months old!we shared pictures from our fall photo family session that we had done in october. more pictures that were taken in the cold, but again - so glad we didn't cancel! i love every single picture taken. isaiah and i bought our first DSLR as an early christmas present, so when the snow started falling - i had the perfect excuse to play with it! something i won't be taking pictures of just yet though is our bedroom. i am at a complete stand-still on what to do with it, but it needs some major TLC! crue was looking festive for most of the days, and we celebrated our first christmas! having a baby is truly the best gift of all. i know it so cheesy, but he is SO great to us! 


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i can not believe it is 2014. i am kind of sad to see 2013 go. it was so so good to me. it is no longer the year that i had a baby. and this year, my baby will turn 1? whaaaat! it is a bittersweet new years, that is for sure.
blogging with a baby is kind of hard. but also, kind of not because i tend to put it on the back burner as well. crue's naps are rare, and as he gets older he is just so much fun to play with. thats how i like to spend my days! i do hope that 2014 will continue and improve around here on the blog because it is something i really love to do. im on the hunt for a new design with a new name! but MY, it is hard to think of a new blog name! 2013 has brought me so many great readers. i am SO grateful for the friendships that i've created. we got a lot of christmas cards from you guys that truly warmed our hearts :)) lets do this 2014!


happy new year! 



NYE 2012/2013