October 15, 2015

Baby's First Camping Trip

Andrew and I both love camping. Except we haven't gone camping together the entirety of our relationship. By the time we had a chance to go, I was already pregnant, and sleeping on the ground in the wilderness didn't seem that appealing in my uncomfortable state. 

Luckily, about a month ago a chance came knocking at our door once again. My brother Blake and his girlfriend Lisa invited us to come camping with them on The Rim (which is near Payson). We packed up Taylor and our dog Harley and met Blake, Lisa, and their two Mastiffs for a weekend of camp fires and s'mores.

People warned us that camping with a baby would prove challenging. We lucked out with our dream baby and he was an absolute delight the whole time. The one mishap we did have was when Taylor decided to pee all over himself mid diaper change one night. A wet baby and cold weather do not agree. Other than that, I think Taylor is a big fan of camping.

October 7, 2015

Finding Joy in the Sleepless Nights

It's 1:57 in the morning. Baby boy's cries wander down the hall. I force my tired eyes open and make my way to his room. His squirmy body is always so warm when I scoop him out of his crib. I press him to me, but he won't let me cuddle him just yet. He demands food so I grant him his wish as we settle into the rocking chair. He guzzles down his milk contently while I try to keep myself from nodding off. Sometimes these night feeds are hard. I yearn for more than a 5 hour stretch. What energy I would have if only I could get to that seemingly distant 6 hour stretch. He is blissfully unaware of my struggle as he drowsily eats, cooing in satisfaction.

Eventually, he slowly drops off to sleep, belly full and milk dripping down his chin. Instead of immediately laying him back in his crib, I can't help but hold him a little longer. I stay and stare at his face despite my heavy lids and common sense telling me to get some sleep while I can. I savor the weight of his body on mine and breathe in his sweet milky skin. His little hand clasps my finger and he dreams without worry. I watch as his chest rises and falls with each little breath and soon I hear his baby snores. As much as I ache for a full night of uninterrupted sleep, I realize that I love these quiet, still moments with my little boy. It's just the two of us, rocking without a care during the calm night.

My mind wanders and I'm quickly reminded how fast these first six months have gone by.These moments are fleeting, and I mentally log this night time feeding away into my memories. These sleepless nights may be hard, but oh how they fill my heart until it's bursting at the seams with love. Someday I won't have these moments. Someday he won't rely on me for everything anymore. Someday he will think he's too big to hold mama's hand or to sit on my lap. Someday my boy will rather run and jump and explore instead of snuggling into mom's arms. Those days will have their own moments, but as for now, I am content with my sleepless nights and late night feeds.

October 4, 2015

General Conference and Free Printables

My weekend was full of uplifting and inspiring messages. Twice a year, our church holds General Conference where our leaders share their thoughts and counsel. It always seems as if the talks are prepared specifically for me. This conference was especially good (I might say that every conference) so I had a hard time picking only a few favorite quotes. But I did it, and now I'm sharing them with you. Scroll to the bottom to download them all!

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October 3, 2015

1/2 A Year

Taylor is 6 months old today! Which is both exciting and terrifying. How has it already been half a year? It feels as if it was a mere few weeks ago when my water broke and we were on our way to the hospital. Maybe it's been two or three months top, but surely not six whole months! 

This milestone has turned me into a sap. Heck, becoming a mom has turned me into a sap. I re-read his birth story several times last night and I won't even pretend I didn't cry while I put this short video together.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from this month:

We love you Taylor! But if you could stop growing up so fast, that would be great.

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