Sunday, December 30, 2012

feeling the post holiday blues?

with all the joy that came with Everly's first christmas
[I promise I'll get through all those pictures soon]
there also has been some post holiday blues too [at least for mama]
never will we have another "first christmas"
and as the weeks go by I am trying to soak up every minute with her
I look at photos from even just a couple of weeks ago
and she is such a different baby than the one I am looking at today
so I think all this means is I will continue to be camera crazy
and will stare at her for as long as I humanly can
and realize that with every change and every day that goes by
there are so many more exciting moments with Everly
and even though she will not always be so little
she is always going to be our daughter
and the fun is just beginning
and seriously, check out that pouty face
it is just too much cuteness, and man, does she know when to break it out
I think we are going to be in trouble when she gets bigger

Saturday, December 29, 2012

oh hey, I'm seven weeks old

seven weeks brought me my first christmas
it also meant mom was dressing me in nothing but
reds, greens, santa hats, and ridiculous accessories
not to mention all these christmas outfits got me confused as a boy
too many times to count
but I don't mind
because my girlie christmas outfits included this little number:
so the times I was dressed more like a boy wasn't a bad thing
if you ask me
this week I have decided that I really only like daddy 
giving me my nightly bottle
and while we are talking about bottles, I'm down to only having one a day
which makes my mom a happy mommy
and I make sure to make lots of noises while eating to let them know
how good my food is
I had my first little cold this week
but after a day of rest with my mom I was pretty much back to normal
[too bad it took my parents a few more days to feel the same]
I'm smiling at almost anything these days
here's just a short list of my favorites:
sneezes that disappear
getting my diaper changed 
boobie snacks
when mommy touches my nose 
my dreams
my daddy's funny noises he makes just for me
looking out the windows when I wake up
the almighty awesome ceiling fan [my favorite thing these days]

I've also figured out that smiling can turn into laughing
and it is pretty fun because I shake my whole body while doing it

this seems to make my parents [and everyone else for that fact]
pretty happy
well, time for me to go take a bath
-Everly Mae

Friday, December 28, 2012

getting miss everly on the road

before the mr. and I had everly
we had grand plans to try to keep our lives as "normal" as possible
and sure, with E you need to be flexible when it comes to timing
and normal tasks always take an extra minute, or two, or three
but for the most part I am very thankful to have a daughter
who still allows us to have our "normal" life
but exponentially better now that she is in it
today we took our first trip to visit auntie meg in oakland
and I have lots of pictures to share
but for now, it's time to snuggle with my baby
who just was out and about from 9 am until after 10 this evening
you rock everly mae, you rock

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

christmas eve [photo booth]

now that all the "kids" in the family are in their teens and twenties
and with the new addition to the family - miss everly
I wanted to find a new fun tradition for us to start on Christmas Eve
so that's just what we did
I made a simple backdrop out of black felt and some large ribbon
bought some fun $1 props at Joann's
downloaded the Incredibooth app to my iPad 
[which I already had played around with on my phone as you can see here]
and had fun
I think I will be breaking this out for New Year's Eve too!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

we'll be off christmas-ing for a while

I promise that I will have my camera in tow over the next couple of days
to catch all of Everly's first Christmas moments
but for now I'm wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas
and as you can see above
we already started celebrating last night with our first Christmas
and I cannot wait to have so many first Christmas moments with our little E

Thursday, December 20, 2012

birthday celebration

today miss everly mae helped me celebrate 
miss jessica mae's birthday
and yes, my little E does share a name with this awesome lady on purpose
we had a simple lunch and a short shopping trip
but it was really a great way to spend the day
it is crazy to think about how grown up we have become
we are no longer the 18 year old college freshman just looking for someone to 
eat dinner with at the dining commons
now we spend our days chatting it up at cafes 
and trying to nurse everly in public with no "oops" moments
and shopping at stores our mom's would love
and holding babies, kissing babies, 
and protecting our favorite baby from crazy strangers
and changing diapers in cars
and you get the picture
and just so we don't take turning twenty-nine too seriously
here is how we used to spend birthday celebrations, maybe six years ago or so
happy birthday miss jessica mae

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

oh hey, I'm six weeks old

I'm six weeks old now
and life is really getting interesting
mom brings me pretty much anywhere 
and now that I'm bigger I get to ride around in her Baby Bjorn
and I get some of my best sleep in that thing
I now weigh 9 pounds 3 ounces 
even though nobody seems to think I'm that big
apparently I carry my weight well ;)
and I'm finding some newborn outfits to be a bit snug
however, some onesies are still swimming on me, so go figure
my mom is loving my new weight gain
she keeps squeezing my thighs when she's wearing me
and it seems to make her pretty happy
and as you can see from above
I am very happy when I wake up in the morning
and so is mom because I now sleep through the night
I also have decided that blowing bubbles is fun
I think that's all for now
-Everly Mae

Sunday, December 16, 2012

not many words these past couple of days

since friday morning with the events that took place in Connecticut
I have been without much to say here
so today I want to just say this -
I am so thankful for my beautiful daughter that has completed my life
in more ways than I could imagine
I am so blessed to have a husband who is my perfect match 
and partner for all that comes our way
I have the most amazing family and friends who keeps me close to home
and I wouldn't have it any other way
and finally, I am so proud to be a part of a profession that has shown such heroism
the teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary did the unimaginable
and are proof of the dedication and love that teachers have for their students

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

oh hey, I'm five weeks old

well, after I turned one month old
I started acting pretty old, I figured it was time
now I like getting most of my sleeping in at night
and only waste a few hours during the day with that whole napping business
this week I spent a little time hanging out in my crib during the day
and man, those awesome black and white flowers that go around 
the crib are so fun to stare at
I can do that for about twenty minutes with no fussing
I'm still working on making about a thousand different faces per day
and I am no longer liking that bottle that my people are trying to give me as much
this week I also took my first mini-road trip to my grandparents house
and even though we were in the car for over three hours
it felt like a blink of an eye for me
this week I also decided that standing up with a little help from the parents is fun
and kicking is the best
I also got to be held by my great grandma betty for the first time this week
I'm glad I put on a little weight so she wasn't afraid to hold me anymore!
and yes, christmas decorations are still rockin' my world
there is just so much to see
we went to look at a whole neighborhood covered in christmas lights
and as soon as my parents realized that I couldn't see the lights while in the baby carrier
they took me out to see everything and I was a much happier camper
all in all five weeks was pretty busy for me
-Everly Mae

Monday, December 10, 2012

ten on ten [december]

Everly and I are trying to enjoy the most of every day
and sometimes that means going on lots of walks
and I mean, multiple walks in one day
and that was the type of day we had today
1. just one reason why I love co-sleeping 2. mommy needs a snack too 3. thankful for swings so I can still shower like a grown-up 4. time to finish a christmas craft I started at least a week ago 5. finished product, the birth child of two different pins [here and here] 6. tummy time toes 7. just a bow 8. perfect picket fence 9. our winter garden [planted by our neighbor of course, my domestic inabilities also go into the outdoors] 10. elf & sophie

Thursday, December 6, 2012

everly mae is one month old

my everly turned one month old yesterday
so we used it as an excuse to get all dressed up and girly
so that's just what we did
everyday her personality becomes more and more defined
and we just fall even more in love with her
and as a little birthday gift to me
last night everly decided to sleep for six hours straight
we woke up, had a little snack, and then slept for three more hours
we are well rested and ready for yet another busy mommy/daughter day
happy first month baby girl

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

retro menagerie holiday prints are back

well, it is pretty much my favorite time of year
and my favorite etsy shop, Retro Menagerie has brought back their holiday prints
when decking the halls I like to change out some of the art on my walls as well
it is nice to fill those frames you have been looking at all year with something new
and the prints designed by Jaymee Srp are an excellent way to do that
my home currently has the Stacked Gifts print hanging up
and, a great feature of Retro Menagerie is each print can be designed to order if you wish
so if you do not have a red and green color scheme for the holidays
these prints can be changed to fit your home
go check out the whole holiday print collection here
I promise, you will like them

Monday, December 3, 2012

oh hey, I'm four weeks old today

well, four weeks ago today I was born
which I suppose makes me a month old
but I think today I will celebrate being four weeks old
and on the 5th of December I'll celebrate being one month old
because that just sounds like more fun
and eventually I won't know how many weeks old I am
so while I do, I'm going to party it up
so here's what I did today to celebrate this milestone:
-took a bath, and yes, they are still amazing
-dressed in head to toe christmas gear
-took my first trip to costco where many friendly people said hi to me
[even though I was busy sleeping]
-went to sushi with the parentals where mom was actually able to eat "real" sushi again now that she isn't busy growing me, and she seemed really happy about it
-got my social security card today in the mail, so mom said I'm now a real person
[that's good to know]
-and I had such a good day I decided to stay awake for it for almost four hours at one point, a true record for me so far
unfortunately, today is also the last day that my dad is home full time
so they say he is back to work tomorrow
and we will just have to see how that all pans out for mom and I this week
-Everly Mae

Sunday, December 2, 2012

everly's newborn photos

there is nothing better than getting a very exciting email
on a sunday afternoon when you have been in class all weekend
missing your baby
and watching the clock a little too much
so when I saw we had E's newborn pictures 
ready to go
it pretty much made my day
here are just a few of my favorites
and yes, normally newborn pictures are filled with very sleepy babies
but not our Everly
considering she is a baby that is a great sleeper
she only has her eyes closed in one of these photos!
she was just too excited to be hanging out with Sarah
and getting her picture taken
clearly she has a mama that won't ever put her own camera down
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