One Month Update

June 18th, 2017. 

     




Wow!!! I can’t believe that my sweet girl is now a month old. It’s so crazy, it feels unreal. Especially since she came three weeks early! 

    
She already has so much personality. She loves taking baths, but hates changing clothes. She also loves to be involved. She uses her arms to push herself up and looks all around! She’s incredibly strong. Nolie is also able to roll onto her stomach! I didn’t know newborns could even do that! (It’s terrifying). One thing I love is that if she is fussy she generally will stop if you sing to her! 

     
This month started out a little rough with the induction (you can read her birth story here) and then her extra night in the hospital (you can read about that here). However, she’s almost back to her birth weight and the jaundice is basically gone!! This month has also seen her first bath, first doctors appointment, first play date with Mia, and first trip to Target. Also, today is her first Father’s Day! So it’s been a pretty busy month. 

   
Little Nolie loves cuddling. I think that’s what I’ll miss the most, how she can just lay on my chest and sleep! It’s the sweetest thing I’ve ever experienced. She hums when she sleeps and it’s heart melting. I can barely stand it! If I had to make a guess, I would say she sleeps probably seventeen hours a day, spends maybe four hours eating, and the last three hours just looking at everything and taking it in. 

    
She is generally a good sleeper, however we’ve definitely had four or five tough nights where she was up every hour! On the flip side- we’ve also had five or six great nights where I’ve gotten about four hours straight. I even had one night where I got a little over five straight hours! It was amazing. She likes to sleep with her hands by her face. Or, if she’s laying on my chest she wraps them up around my neck (well, what she can reach). Before she was born I read so many blogs about how swaddling your baby is super comforting to them. Nolie actually doesn’t like it! You can swaddle her, but if you try to wrap those arms up – almost nothing makes her more mad, or loud!! 

    
The cats are doing really well. Legalos will cuddle with me when I’m holding her, but only if she’s asleep. When she’s awake he keeps his distance. Appa, on the other hand, LOVES her. He’s constantly at her side. He sleeps below her little swing when she’s in it. Almost every day when I sit down to breastfeed after lunch he jumps up and cuddles right up to us. He’s actually cuddled up with the two of us as I write this!! He hates when she cries. He will run up when she starts crying as if to comfort her. It melts my heart. Also, Appa loves all of her things. He loves to sleep in her glider, constantly tries to steal her crib (don’t worry, we won’t let him), and lays on her play mat swinging his paws at the hanging toys. It’s precious. 

     
I love this little munchkin so much. I can’t imagine my life without her!! We have been so incredibly blessed. I can’t wait to see the little person she grows into!! 

Coffee Mug Daddy Reveal 

I am an extremely emotional person. I also love to shop… So when I woke up one morning feeling especially hormonal I decided that I needed to order something to tell Michael I was pregnant (just to clarify, this is literally MONTHS before I was even pregnant, I have a serious shopping problem. I already have everyone’s Christmas presents picked out and half bought). I spent the morning searching through the results of my “pregnancy reveal to husband” search while my sweet, unsuspecting husband slept curled up next to me.
My rationing (accompanied with leftover hormones from watching a pregnancy reveal video on Facebook) was that if and when I did get pregnant I wanted to tell Michael in a cute, special way. However, I am so not patient. So I knew I needed to have it on hand because I was not going to be able to wait for something to ship. I sorted through dozens of good ideas.  But my heart fell in love with a coffee cup. (Possibly because of the recently built, daily admired coffee station I built.) I found several coffee mugs, but this one was the winner.  It reads

“Only the very best Hubbys get promoted to daddies. #werepreggo”

It’s made by an Etsy shop called BigSkyBibs, based in Florence, Montana. I ordered it on a Sunday and it shipped the next day. It arrived the following Friday afternoon. The mug was $16.99 plus shipping, so it ended up being about $21. It is definitely worth it (at least emotionally, the mug wasn’t exactly what I expected. It arrived with the Costco print receipt. I could have gone into my Costco and had it printed for much less). His face was so priceless though that it was worth it!!!

I also ordered a shirt because… Well obviously I was pretty darn hormonal. Plus it’s SO CUTE. The shirt is by an Etsy shop called TrendingTops and it says “Honey I’m Pregnant.” I knew I wanted to do the mug, but I figured the occasion called for a special “outfit” as well! The shirt was only $14 and with shipping it came out at about $19. I ordered it seconds after the mug and it shipped the same day as the mug too! The shirt arrived that next Saturday morning.

Fast forward a few months and I was actually pregnant! I found out on a Saturday afternoon. I planned to tell him Sunday morning at breakfast. I could barley sleep, waking up at 5am. I impatiently fiddled around the house until an acceptable time to wake Michael (7:30). I didn’t want him to be grouchy because I woke him up when I told him, but this was the longest I could wait! I made him a big breakfast, hid the video camera, and called him in. He came and sat down and I brought over his mug… it took him a second.  His eyes teared up and … okay I’m getting mushy.  You can just watch the video later.

Anyways.  The coffee cup reveal was a total win. It was a very sweet moment! I am so glad that I spazzed out and ordered those two things because I was really not expecting to be pregnant and it would have been horrible to have to wait to get those items in after I found out!

Taking Off for London 

Here we go! We are waiting to board the plan for the start of our epic trip to London, England! It’s been a whirl wind of a week and I am so beyond thrilled to get away from everything. I’m also excited to (hopefully) get some sleep. We will be staying with my fabulous aunt and uncle in their house for the next seven days and exploring the city. 
First we have an eight hour layover in Toronto, Canada. We are still debating whether or not we want to try and walk around for a minute! Then we will sleep our way over to England, landing in London 9am Saturday.  

We have a few great days planned. I also have planned the MOST AMAZING surprise for Michael’s birthday. (He’s turning 26 this year.) Michael is not going to believe it! I can’t wait I’ll I get to tell y’all about how much fun he has! 

If anyone has any last minute MUST DO sights, please comment below! (You don’t have to have a WordPress account). I would love to try and do them all! 

Looking forward to sharing all of our crazy fun adventures!! Prayers for a safe flight 💕

Sometimes We Fight

A few days ago I was talking to an acquaintance.  Somehow Michael got brought up and I made a comment about how great he is.  All of the sudden it felt like this acquaintance was on the attack! The acquaintance quickly snapped “well I’m sure everything isn’t as perfect as you make it seem on Facebook.”

That comment really caught me off guard. At first it hurt my feelings, I won’t lie. It felt so out of no where. I thought about it though, and then I felt really bad. I hope that I never mislead people into thinking Michael and I have some perfect relationship. I wish when I was first married that more people had told me that real couples argue. I had one friend who months into marriage swore they had never disagreed on anything yet. For her sake, I honestly hope that is true. However, for me, it would have been exponentially more beneficial to hear that yeah they argued… but then they laughed it off and made up.

When we first got married I panicked every time we fought about anything, no matter how small. I thought “was this a mistake? Did I hear God wrong? Why are we fighting? What am I doing badly?” Literally every (untrue) negative thought raced through my mind, making every situation more stressful mind you. My expectation was utter and complete honeymoon bliss. My expectations were that it would essentially be a sleepover and we would just be so giddy that we were married nothing would bother us. (Obviously I forgot who I am.) So I was so thankful when someone told me that it was normal. It was so freeing when I realized that every second doesn’t have to be filled with a thousand yellow daisies, and candles, and a horse.
I never want my younger sisters (by blood or by love) to be stuck in this small perfect box of what a marriage should be like! I don’t want anyone to feel like their marriage/relationship is less because you sometimes don’t agree. I would absolutely hate for this person to think that I judge her because she fights with her person. Even worse, I would hate for someone to feel like they couldn’t talk to me because I couldn’t relate to disagreeing with the hubs. 
I’m definitely not saying we should be breaking windows, screaming, and threatening. However, I don’t think it’s shameful if you have the occasional disagreement! I just never would want to mislead anyone into thinking that my marriage is perfect because I would hate for someone to be comparing their relationship to such a high, unrealistic standard. 
So I guess this is me, publicly announcing, that Michael and I fight. We argued last month because he shrunk my dress in the dryer. We argued this month because I was upset that he didn’t read my mind and bring home queso. We disagreed about if the cat should be allowed to sit on the counter and watch me cook. We debated over if we should put matting in the frames I hung in the living room. We bicker. We tease. Sometimes I even throw crackers at him. And you know what else? I’m grateful for it.
I’m grateful that when I’m ninety years old I will have my grouchy old man husband and we will still be arguing over whether I can have another kitten. I would’t trade it for anything.
// Photo by Sophie Davison Photography 

The Dollar Shave Club’s Newest Member: Michael

Last week we decided to sign my husband up for a monthly subscription with the Dollar Shave Club. I had seen a few adds before, but didn’t think about it until Michael brought it up! We decided to look into it.

A few things I immediately liked about the company is that you can cancel at any time for zero fees. I also like that you could set your account to deliver according to your needs. (We decided to sign Michael up for every other month). I was also excited because they were doing  a promotion where if we signed up he got a free shave butter.

I also really liked the three different plan options. The “Humble Twin” for $1.00 a month (plus $2.00 S&H). Or you can upgrade to “The 4X” for $6.00 a month, no S&H. The last plan, and the one we chose, is “The Executive” for $9.00 a month, no S&H. The different plans come with different blades and cartridge refill amounts. Michael’s razor is a stainless steel, six blade razor that ships with four cartridge replacements per month. (For us, every other month). It has a trimmer, 90 degree pivot head, and the razor has lubricating strips made with aloe, vitamin E, and lavender.

Currently when we have to get new razor heads for Michael they cost $22 pre tax for a package of 4. With the package we chose he is paying $9.00 per order for four razor heads! Plus his first order included the razor handle. So it ends up being a really good deal! (Plus you can add on a bunch of stuff like lotions, chapsticks, hair product, or sunscreen for a great price is you want!)

We ordered it on a Thursday and it arrived the following Tuesday. So really that wasn’t a long wait at all!


The package was packaged adorably.  It included:

  •  the shave butter
  •  the four razor heads
  •  a sturdy handle (Michael said there is a great weight to it)
  • members handbook.


So far Michael is loving it. I love the convenience and great price.  I will keep you updated on how we feel about it after a few months though! If you want to try it out, please use this link so they know we sent you!!

The Importance of Dating Your Spouse

Life is crazy! Between work, household duties, church activities, school (for me), friendships, and hobbies we stay super busy. That doesn’t even include maintaining a healthy relationship with your hubby/wifey. Michael and I started as best friends. We spent literally every second doing something together. So how is it that we spend less time together now that we live in the same house!? I think i’ve realized that it is easy to take our relationship for granted, and that is not okay. Plus, we need to grow our relationship so that we can be a team once we have kids! It will be hard to have the quiet intimate moments when the baby is screaming and the three year old has learned how to open his finger paints. Having a loving marriage and a set date night will be so vital. That’s why we are going to start enforcing our rule of at least one date night a week again!

We used to be so great about it. Now it is easy to say, well we were both in the room and we shared a bowl of popcorn so it kinda counts… except no! A real date for us requires eye contact, uplifting conversations, and a big smooch at the end. Your date night does not have to be anything fancy or expensive. One of my favorite things is to just walk around our neighborhood and talk. (Zero dollars plus cardio… can you say win?) Just go do something!

Another date we love  includes building a giant fort with sheets, pillows, and furniture. Then we make popcorn and spend time watching movies from inside. Or we enjoy trying a new Pinterest recipe! We chose one together and then go to the grocery store. It’s fun picking out the fresh ingredients together and then trying to create a meal. (We always have a backup meal plan for the times it goes very wrong haha). Going to the farmers market, a local cafe, or the library can also be super exciting if you make a day out of it.

So I challenge you married folk (or dating/single, no discrimination) to make plans with your person (and/or cat) for some day this week. Do something different and really enjoy the moment!

Enjoy these two quick shots of our last date to one of our fav restaurants, Chuy’s. Then comment your awesome date night plans below, I would love some new ideas!

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// Sunglasses: Kate Spade // Dress: Aliexpress.com

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// Shirt: Lucky