Friday, September 19, 2014

Caleb Monthly | 7 Months

Oh Caleb boy, where do I start? I guess I need to start off with how I'm truly feeling. My heart is so incredibly full now that I have my two boys. I'm tired. Oh am I tired, but my heart has never felt so happy. At the same time, the mommy guilt I'm experiencing these days is intense. I can't help but feel like I am always slacking in at least one area. And when it's at my children's expense, It hurts extra hard.
It's been hard balancing it all. Being a mom to two tiny people while also running a business with no baby sitter or help from family. The months have passed so quickly and the monthly updates have well... haven't happened. My love for this boy is crazy. Yet, my lack of documenting it all makes me wonder if maybe one day he will look back and get the wrong idea. And I know for a fact that I will look back and wish I wrote down every single detail because these moments? They're precious and they're fleeting. So I am making it my goal to put all of the other things on pause several times throughout the day  and week to make sure of the more important things.  

He loves this little sheep. While he doesn't actually use it for the intended purpose (to help him sleep) he LOVES to roll around with it and squeeze it tight.

Babies in overalls... gah!

It took some convincing but at around 4 months old we were able to convert him into a binky lover. It helps at night. Trust me.


The Stats
Diapers: size 4 for disposable and bumgenius one size for cloth
Clothes: 6-12 months
Weight: 18ish pounds

Favorite Things: Two words. Sakura and bloom. BEST THING EVER! I've tried other baby wearing methods but this one is our absolute favorite. Also, he just loves watching Cruze play and will just stare and laugh for up to 15 minutes straight.

New things: getting ready to crawl. I guess you could say he's scooting? Sitting up by himself for longer periods. And.... formula. It's been about a week and a half of no nursing. I'll have to share my feelings about that in a separate post though...

Sleep: It hasn't been easy in this department but we are finally getting somewhere. He now sleeps from 8:30pm to about 6:30 or 7:30am. It's pretty awesome :)

It's been a pretty good month and while I wish I could slow time down just a tad, I can't wait to see this sweet boy of mine grow...

Sunday, September 7, 2014

my life according to our webcam

I know, I know. It's been a long time. Like, a looooong time. As many of you already know (if any of you are still reading this silent space of mine) I started a clothing line. And let me tell you, with two babies and a new business, I have been BUSY. But nonetheless, I don't want this blog to be a thing of the past. This is my space to record our memories in the making. My journal, my photo album, my (one day) walk down memory lane. I want to keep it alive. So I am going to work on that. Not because I think it will ever become a business for me. Not because my writing is just so good that you all benefit from reading. Simply because this is one thing I do for me. My ahhhhh at the end of a long day.

Today I am sharing with all of you (all two of you?) some mostly never before seen photos from my webcam. I've had this laptop for about five years now and throughout that time, I've used my webcam only two handfuls of times. But I think there is some beauty in that. These are tiny glimpses of my life that, in those moments, I felt like I wanted to capture. Some? I'm not so sure why? Others? Oh my heart. Something happens inside my heart when I look at them. So here we go... yo.

That one time right before I headed out the door to cut off all of my looong hair. It's kinda funny how much I started to love my long hair in the minutes before cutting it.

Those six months that we spent living in Bolivia. Specifically, this very day when we learned that we were F I N A L L Y pregnant with baby numero uno. I still remember so clearly how much my legs were shaking when I saw that oh so faint, pink line. Pure bliss.

And then back to the U.S. we went where I continued to bake my tiny bun in my not so tiny oven. This tiny sweater? It was a gift from my dear friend Anna whom I met while living in Bolivia for our miracle baby. It still hangs in his closet. And soon? It'll be worn by baby numero dos. I have TWO kids. TWO! Sometimes I still can't believe it.

Oh you know... a little fun (?) after shooting a pregnancy update video...

LONDYN!!! My sweet niece Londyn at just a few months old. She's three now you guys. How?!

And my brother....

That belly... I can't quite tell what I was thinking in this picture. But I'm pretty sure I was really realllllly tired. no?

More random pics of me while pregnant with Cruze. I think I was attempting to make a pregnancy update video that went terribly wrong.

This little chub. I can't believe that those cheeks are no long so puffy. But it was just like yesterday!Again, how??

I don't even know. But I'm going to be 100% honest here and say that there are like 10 more just like this one. Okay, more like 20.

Oh the joys of having a baby that is so perfectly sleep trained... Every night from 8:30 on was ours. Just us. It felt like we were on a date night in our living room. Every single night. It's crazy how much having a second (non sleep trained) child, a new business and a hubby that is BACK in school has changed things. I'm so glad I have these pics though. It's a good reminder of what we need to get back to.

And since I already mentioned a video that went terribly wrong... my attempt at a makeup tutorial... that went TERRIBLY wrong haha! I blame it on the lighting. And not having a good camera. And who knows what else. It's a fun thing to look back and laugh at.

And somehow there was a HUGE gap that led to this. Me. Preggo. Bedrest. OOF. But cute PJ's right?

Me making a duckface. 

Me drinking tea?

And the thing that led me down this little walk through memory lane.... Me tonight. Playing around with the webcam. Making a duckface. While drinking tea. Some things never change.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I Hope I Always Remember | June

Some moments from June that I hope to remember forever
Those lazy mornings that happened a little more often than usual.

The way Cruze views our entire home as his playground. I love that he's building memories. I even love the messes he makes along the way. Really, I do.

How he must always have at least a few of his toys with him at all times. And the way he piles them on his little garage. He will spend what seems like forever to get them 'just right'

His energy. If only I could bottle it up. Most of the pictures I have of him are a complete blur. He's so full of life and it makes my heart so happy.

Caleb's first time in the bumbo. And the way his eyes look when he stares at me. Also, baby feet!!

Potty training. I waited longer than I ever thought I would but I'm okay with that. I decided a while back to stop comparing myself to others and this refers to parenting as well. To be honest, I hope I will always remember this tiny victory of mine.

I mean, this is how we got him to start. It makes me laugh to look at these pictures knowing that I will one day be showing them to his tweenager version.

Seeing my husband sleeping with one or both of our babes. He's going to kill me for posting this but I just had to. And Caleb's chubby hands... heart explosion...

Passing things down from Cruze to Caleb. Like this jumper. It brings back so many memories of Cruze as a tiny little babe. And I feel so beyond blessed to be able to walk down this road again.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Pretty Big Announcement!

No. I'm not pregnant. But that would be some pretty big news! My announcement is about a different kind of baby. For almost a year now, I have been hard at work on a new business. Something that combines two of my passions - fashion and the lifestyle choice of choosing joy. For a long time I wondered how these two very different passions would come together in a way that I could share with others. I think I've figured it out! I'm excited to announce to all of my sweet readers and the friends I've made throughout this blogging journey, my new company - JoyBound Apparel! 

What is JoyBound Apparel? 

Our Mission Statement | JoyBound Apparel provides comfortable, chic and affordable clothing but most importantly, encourages its wearers to seek joy in everything they do. With an attitude of optimism in everyday decisions and a sense of accountability for the direction our lives go in, each of us holds the power over our own happiness. Express yourself and your own mission in life by wearing JoyBound Apparel - A fun lifestyle brand meant only for those who want to grab life by the horns and decide to choose joy!

But There's More!

In an effort to help spread joy to those in need, a portion of the proceeds from each shirt will go to the Make-A-Wish foundation. So wear that JoyBound crown with pride! Because when you wear one of our pieces you have taken a step towards contributing to someone else's happiness. 

^^ oh hey! that's me ^^

A lot of sacrifices have been made to bring this idea to life and I couldn't be happier with the outcome so far. I'm so excited to see where this journey takes us and even more excited to have you along for the ride. If you would like to help JoyBound Apparel get off to a great start by spreading the word, I would be forever grateful.  

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

I'm not like a regular mom...

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Yesterday was kind of a big deal. I had to head over to the local children's academy to sign Cruze up for swimming lessons. That was HUGE to me. My very first real 'mom task', or at least that's how it felt. Although I wasn't there to sign him up for school or daycare, I couldn't help but have butterflies in my stomach over it. It seems like just yesterday I was on the other side. I was the one working in a daycare, I was the one getting hired to babysit, I was completely on the other side. And just like that I am here. A mom. I always dreamed of this and here I am. 

Is it silly to admit that I was nervous about walking into that daycare with my son? Almost like the same feeling I would get on my very first day of school. Excited nervous. But still, nervous. I found myself thinking of what I wanted to wear or to be completely honest, what I should be wearing. 'What does a MOM wear?' I thought to myself. How should I do my makeup? Should I wear a skirt? Silly. I know.

But then it hit me. Why was I trying to figure out how to come across as a real mom? I am a mom. And how I do things is just that. How I do things. So I decided to wear what I was going to wear for errands that day anyway because "I'm not like a regular mom... I'm a cool mom. Right Regina  Cruze?"
And then I took awkward pictures on my front lawn to document it. ;)

P.S. I'm pretty sure my son is traumatized from that swimming lesson haha. He'll thank me one day though, right?


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