Thursday, August 31, 2017

a month in review // august 2017

pretty liles growing in our new backyard  //  delicious latte made by husband  //  late night blogging
mirror selfie with the cutest baby ever  //  THAT FACE. i just can't handle it!
this stuff is SO good! i'll drink it even after i stop this dairy-free diet  //  pink drink on my beeday  //  fairmount coffee co.


//  we closed on our new home! [with a newborn. yes- we are insane.] we were living with my sister-in-law and her family for about two weeks so jared could work on minor home improvements to the house we sold. it was SO fun living there. i always had someone to watch jackson, but even more so- i had people to hang out with and talk and such. i'm not gonna lie - i love our new house - but i kinda miss living there. but jackson goes to their house three days a week, so it's all good. :)

//  i started back to work full time. that first day was a little rough, but it has honestly been a lot easier than i thought! i practically run into the house when i get off work because i just miss my baby so much. i think it's easier because my sister-in-law and a church friend watch him during the week, so i can rest easy knowing he's with people we trust. i was also working part time at home and going into work a few hours a week during my maternity leave, so that made the transition easier, too.

//  i celebrated my golden birthday - 31 on the 31st! we had dinner with jared's parents, and we are going to OKC for a little day trip this weekend.

//  jackson turned two months old


::  i am having the best time decorating our new home, but i'm learning that it doesn't have to happen overnight. i work on the office + jackson's room little by little each week. this is also a good lesson in terms of buying new decor. i could drop some serious cash if i tried to decorate all at once, but i love the thrill of finding little gems that are more our personalities. [like this dino planter. obsessed.]

::  jackson cried a lot in the first month and half. i realize babies cry, but he seemed to cry a little more than what was normal. for weeks, i was afraid to take him anywhere because i knew he would start fussing and i'd have to leave. we tried everything. EVERYTHING. i finally decided that maybe it was something i was eating, so i have been eating dairy-free for a couple weeks. you guys. he's like a different baby! i feel so bad that his tummy issues were my fault, but i didn't know. i'm just SO thankful that he is happier.

::  going dairy-free is a lot easier than i thought it would be. [although- if it weren't for jackson's health, i probably would have quit on the second day.] once i figured out what i can eat [there is dairy in everything, y'all! i had no idea.] it was a piece of cake. [sadly, i cannot have cake. now you get how dedicated i truly am.] i actually kinda enjoy it right now. mostly because jackson is doing so much better and i am losing more baby weight. holla!



-  jackson's two month check-up.
-  move into our new home!
-  launch team: dance, stand, run. - jess connolly.
-  back to work - 21st.
-  celebrate my golden birthday: 31 on the 31st.

-  blog one-two times each week.
-  keep up with medical bills.

-  prayer.
-  water.
-  10-15 minutes of 'me' time.

Monday, August 21, 2017

photos from maternity leave.

i was fortunate enough to have eight weeks of maternity leave. i worked from home once jackson was two weeks old. as if having a newborn isn't crazy enough, we started the process of selling our house + buying a new home when jackson was just four days old. [picture this: we went to look at a house + immediately said yes. but here i am - no makeup, hair a mess, baggy clothes, kinda hunched over because, hello, i just had major surgery and a baby four days ago. it was a sight to behold.] i start back to work today, and i know i'm going to be looking at alllllll the photos on my phone throughout the day, so i want to share them here, too. here are photos from my maternity leave.

 jackson's first week of life.

 week two.

 weeks three + four.

weeks five + six + seven

gimme all the coffee.

of course, i still gotta take photos of flowers. 

our new house + jackson's first outing in public [target, of course] + date night 
looking at mama + shopping with my niece and trying on prom dresses + downtown wichita

Saturday, August 12, 2017

currently | august 2017


-  this rock 'n play sleeper. it has been our lifeline with jackson. he sleeps in it a lot, and it's portable, so it goes with us everywhere!

-  jared. he has been so helpful [and understanding/forgiving/amazing] since jackson was born- especially when my hormones were all over the place.

-  all the help everyone has given. i haven't really mentioned this on the blog, but it was a real struggle in the first few weeks with jackson because i couldn't figure out why he would cry. i thought babies slept a lot, but if they are unhappy, they make sure you know. now i can go thru a list of things and can usually soothe him. had it not been for our families to give us tips/advice, i would have gone crazy. [well... crazier. :)]


-  fresh flowers sitting on our kitchen table.

-  a sugar blossom candle from target.


-  a cute baby human lightly snoring as i hold him at the moment. [or as the moby wrap holds him. haha!]

-  in the name of love - kari jobe.  //  this song is my JAM right now.


-  cupcake wars. we just got hulu, so i'm finding the most random tv shows + binging.

-  younger. don't judge me. it was the only thing that seemed good at the time. and then i got hooked.


-  when i made the graphic for this blog post, i legit had no idea what month it was. such is life with a newborn.


-  lots of coffee. because i'm a new mom + because it's freaking delicious.

-  a dr. pepper as i type this blog post. i quit pop many moons ago, but husband found a leak in our toilet- just one of the many things he's had to replace/fix in the seven days we've owned our new home- so it's going to be a long night. i realize that's a horrible excuse after i typed that out. feel free to judge me on my poor drinking/tv show habits.


-  jess connolly's book: dance stand run. i am on the launch team. i'm not typically a fan of many current christian authors because i find their content too fluffy, but i love me some jess connolly. i'm a total fangirl. i have only read one chapter of the book, and i just know this is going to be something special.

-  jackson just fell asleep, so i might actually get to finish this blog post on the same day i write it!

-  FALL.

-  my birthday, which is at the end of this month. y'all know what that means? CAKE.


-  this pin is my life.
-  all the home decor posts.
-  this gorgeous home featured on design*sponge. it's in my city!
-  amanda summed up my thoughts perfectly.


the cutest dinosaur socks from forever 21. a cozy sweater. cuddling with my baby boy. decorating our new home [despite the seemingly never-ending repairs]. strawberries + nutella. finding the prettiest lilies in our backyard. taking walks with jackson. date night with husband. finding other moms who won't judge me for all the things moms are judged for these days. taking "me" time every day.