Saturday, January 31, 2015

Call me Aunt

As some of you know my brother and sister-in-law had their baby yesterday.  
I knew I would be excited to be an aunt to my one of my siblings first child but I never imagined this much. I am so in love with the little boy. 

Here are some of the reasons why I love being an aunt so far. It's only been two days :) 

  1. I am so excited to see my little man and his cousin grow up together. I often wished I had a cousin close to my age. 
  2. I am able to love on the little boy but I can hand him back to his parents when he poops or cries.
  3. I did not realize it was possible to find another baby almost as cute as you do your own. It is because we have the same genes :) 
  4. The new baby smell is amazing 
  5. My husband can get his baby fix. 
  6. I love having someone to talk to about baby stuff. I am excited for my brother and sister in law to get to understand the joys and the honor of being parents. I am also excited for them to go through the hard times together.  This will bring us all closer.

I love my new title as aunt. I wish I had a cooler name then aunt Amy. My brother is Uncle Doodoo and my sister is Aunt DeDe. Should I stick with Aunt Amy? Do you have any suggestions? 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

When life gives you apples

Make apple sauce!

I had two apples I needed to use so I decided to make apple sauce. My little man could eat strawberries all day. I decided he needed a slight change. In his I didn't add anything but apples and strawberries. 

I boiled one cup of water 
Added the apples
Cooked until a fork could easily pierce (about 10 minutes)
Purreed and added strawberries. 

I didn't have time to find a recipe nor did I want to add sugar and butter. He loved it. 
I added a little cinnamon and lemon to mine. 
It was quick and simple. 

I'd love to hear your recipes. What should I do different?  I would love to know what your favorite quick homemade recipe it doesn't have to be apple sauce! 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Messy with a touch of sprinkles

My little one's favorite toys right now are Tylenol, sprinkles and a glass container of coconut oil. He crawls around all day with these items. 
He gets so mad if you try to take them away. We have been using the cocunut oil for his chapped nose and lips. Poor baby is getting his top 4 teeth. 

What are some of the odd things your kids love? Any suggestions for chapped lips/ noses? 

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Monday, January 26, 2015


Linking up with Becky this week from Choose Happy  to tell you what I'm currently up to.

Thinking about...
What I'm making for dinner. We need to go grocery shopping for the week. I feel like this is what I'm always thinking about. I wish I was that wife that had dinner ready before her husband came home but that is never the case. I'm a picky eater and with a little one I'm always busy. 

I'm craving a frosty from Dairy Queen. After I gave birth with my little man (9 months ago) my brother brought me Dairy Queen. Well now my sister in law is due any day with my nephew and we decided to make it a tradition. I'm excited for his arrival but also craving the frosty. 

I could crawl into bed and take a nap. 

Revenge or at least trying to between my sons naps.   I can't wait for Nashville to start but also sad this is the last season this week of Parenthood. 

At the pictures of the littlest messy member of our family. He absolutely loves strawberries and I tease he is going to turn red. Today his hands and face were stained a little after breakfast and I had to take some pictures. 

Thankful for.. 
I'm thankful for this gorgeous weather we have been having lately. It winter here in sunny Texas but we are loving the warm temperatures. My little man loves being outside so I'm thankful we do not  have to bundle up. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Am I doing my best?

We all have rough days, Days we doubt ourselves. Some days are just simply just better than others. Somedays all we can do is crawl in bed and wait for the next day. 

There isn't a manual on how to be the perfect mom or how clean your house should be. Yet there is this crazy competition that makes us seem like we are not meeting the guidelines. Being a woman, mom or a friend is not a competition! Do you hear me? It's not a competition. Do you feel this pressure? 
We are not show dogs. We don't always have to have our hair done or be the most popular. 
As a women we are constantly wondering if we are doing our best as a mom, wife... you fill in the blank.

Today I was reminded that my little man doesn't care if my hair is a mess or if I'm winning some competition.

So why am I so hard on myself?

I challenge you to encourage someone before this week is over. Even if it's something simple. 
Let's not try to "one up" each other but lets use our mommy muscles and lift each other up. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Something small

It is the small things that make life exciting. Yes the big things are pretty great too but the little ones are worth noticing and far to commonly overlooked.

 Today my little man learned to clap. I know that is such a small thing but today for me in my crazy life that is the cherry on top of the cake.

I am not going to overuse the saying about smelling the flower but there is so much good in this world to just overlook it. We are constantly in a hurry all the time. Having a little boy has reminded me to just laugh and embrace the stain on my freshly washed jacket.

What is the simple thing that has made you smile today?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Always and forever my little man

Dear Liam,

This is one of many letters my baby that I will write to you. My eyes are already filling with tears and I have barley started. You have learned to say mama and my heart is so full with love for you. Everyday I am amazed with how much love I have for you. You are so kind, silly and so adventurous. You make everyday a challenge but so rewarding. Hearing you say mama remindes me what I am here to do. Sometimes life is chaotic and it seems like getting to the next day is hard but with you each day is a blessing. I love watching you grow and meet each milestone. You are so active and determined. You literally climb over me to get to what you want. You have not stopped moving even when you were in my belly. You have so much joy in your heart little boy. I pray that you always continue to share that wonderful smile of yours. I pray you will never let that adventurous side of you cease. I pray that you will always continue to climb over obstacles and push towards your dreams. Mommy wants the very best for you little man. You are the one who made me a mom. You are the one who showed me what life is really about. 

Always smile and never be afraid to take risks, mommy will always be here. 

I will love you always and forever 


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

I wish I was an octopus.

We took our little man to the zoo for his first time this past weekend. He loved the goats, fish, birds, monkeys and the kids area. It is so much fun seeing him experience new things.

My husband said while we were feeding the fish "I wish I was a fish. How nice it would be to just swim around carefree all day."I know he was joking but I couldn't believe out of all the animals he chose a slimy fish.

This week as I have been trying to work on cleaning the house while watching a extra clingy cranky baby I thought about what animal I want to be.
AN OCTOPUS. Have you seen how many legs/arms that creature has? Not one or four BUT 8!

The things I could do with 8 arms. First of all I would be able to fix my hair while still holding my teething monster. Oh the endless possibilities. 

As a first time mom I am having to learn to balance my chores, time with my little man as well as taking care of myself. This past weekend I had mastitis. I was miserable but thanks to my amazing mom I was able to sleep and take care of myself. As I always say being a mom is amazing but you forget what it was like showering in peace or painting your nails. I wont ramble but I will say I need to learn to be more like an octopus.

If I were an octopus I would use all of my 8 arms and laugh at the other creatures who only have two. For now I am a complete mess but I will make due with my two arms.