Monday Musings

#1- I'm realizing there are some major benefits that come along with a baby having a 3-hour routine that repeats over and over again {eat, play, sleep...repeat} of those things is getting a whole bunch of do-overs on any given day.  We generally don't need them, and for that I am thankful, BUT we have our days when my sweet boy is screeeeaming bloody murder 3 inches from my face, and I remind myself that once I get him to sleep, I can start fresh on the next cycle.  It's generally all I need to keep from losing my mind.  I don't have to try again tomorrow, I get to try again in a few short hours.  And in those hours I've usually got my boy snuggled up against me to ensure he gets a good nap and when he wakes up I get to see a big gummy smile that makes my heart explode.

#2- I'm pretty sure we just saw the 6-week growth spurt come and go {I have a giant baby on my hands to prove it} and I have to say that although the extra feedings and ultra-fussiness can be frustrating, the extra sleepy, snuggly baby I get out of it makes it all oh so worth it. 

#3- Bath time tonight and bath time throwback! Look at this face...he is getting SO BIG!  It is so rewarding seeing him grow and thrive off of mama's milk alone and so bittersweet that he's growing so dang fast. 

2 weeks 2 days.  11/8/2015
6 weeks 2 days!  12/7/2015
#4- Pinterest WIN- Chicken Bacon Garlic Alfredo Roll Ups found here!  Ignore how terrible my pictures are and focus on the fact that you need to ditch the diet and make this ASAP. It was unreal delicious.  My husband said he fell in love with me alllll over again over this dish.  Wins all around.


 #5- First big walk with my boy took place the other day.  I opted for Starbucks Duke did so well on the 3 mile trek!  He loves being outside and only fussed a bit because he was tired but way too distracted to actually sleep.

Hope you all are having a lovely start to the week!


'Tis the Season

And the season is oh so jolly this year.  It is no secret this year has been extra special for us.  But last year was special too {wedding} and the year before that was also special {engagement}.  Ever since I met my husband in 2011 and we started dating in 2012, I feel like my life has been getting better and better each year.  We have so many things to be thankful for, I couldn't possibly list them all.  This holiday season, I am holding my boys close and thanking God for them every day.  I am doing my best to be present, to live in the moment, and to savor this time in my life where my only job is loving and caring for my family.  I would give just about anything to have this be my only job for longer than the next 7 weeks but that's a story for a different day. 

2014-  Family of 3 with our fur baby //  2015- Baby Duke's first Christmas!
One of my very favorite things about this season is the decorations!  We don't have a ton, but try to add bits of Christmas cheer wherever we can.  I am hoping that we can get a real tree next year!  For now, please enjoy far too many pictures of our decorations :) 

I wouldn't mind a life-size version of this tree!

I love our little nativity scene

Our stockings are missing but will hopefully be delivered soon!

We might love cookies more than Santa...

Our tree!

December = Christmas jammies and outfits all day every day!  Duke is excited about it and all the kisses he's getting.

Santa butts...that is all.

My heart about burst watching him take in his first Christmas tree!
I love the month of December and I couldn't be more excited about Duke's first Christmas.  Our boy is already growing so fast and he gets more interactive and smiley by the day. Except during a growth spurt...then we aren't quite as smiley!  Growing is hard work.  I am loving this life and this season with my boys and I hope you're all soaking up the joys of the holidays!

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