Thursday, June 26, 2014

23 Months

I can't believe a month has already come & gone since the last update!  The days seem to be flying by even faster than usual; perhaps, it is just the busy-ness that comes with chasing around a toddler!  Although, he often seems much older than a toddler, like he is already this little man, much smarter than he should be!


Favorite Foods:  Little L must be going through a huge growth spurt because he is eating like crazy!  We sit down for 3 meals together each day, but he also likes to snack.  It seems like he can't get enough food & breastmilk!  He still eats his tried & true favorites, but has developed some new likes.  He's into english muffins with butter (and really bread of all kinds) & avocados.  He's much more likely to try new things, so that is helping to expand his pallet.  Although we rarely give Liam sweets, he is obsessed with chocolate.  Asks for it all day, everyday.  So sixlets have randomly become our new best friend.  If he eats protein or veggies during meal time, he gets a few sixlets afterward.  I hope not to need this chocolate crutch forever, but it works for now.

Breastfeeding:  As I said before, he must be having a growth spurt!  Liam is back to wanting to nurse as often as I will let him or have milk to give him.  I've been okay with this, since my cycles seem to be regulating.  I have all sorts of to say on the topic of breastfeeding & fertility, so hopefully I will get a post up about that soon.  It is one of the things I am emailed most about right now.  :-)  He still seems nowhere near weaning and we are all perfectly fine with that!


New Words Phrases:  Phrases isn't even appropriate for this title anymore; we have a serious talker on our hands!  I love being able to have conversations with him.  His voice is just the sweetest and is changing from the deep voice he had as a baby to a bit higher pitch.  He can communicate all his wants & needs and tell Conor about his day once he gets home from work.  I love being able to know what is going on in his little mind and to see what he remembers.   Most of his words are very clear, but sometimes he subtly changes things.  Roosters say "cock-a-doo" & a seahorse is a "he-horse"!

Sleep:  Slow slow progress.  He loves his big boy bed, but since he still wakes every 1-4 hours so he doesn't spend too much time in there.  He still nurses at nap time & bedtime, but isn't falling asleep nursing.  I keep hoping that at some point he will want Daddy at bedtime or in the middle of the night, but no...it's always Mama!  He's good about sleeping next to me now, so he cuddles much more instead of always just wanting to nurse.  Sometimes he even asks me to sing a song as he falls asleep, usually it's What a Wonderful World or Amazing Grace.  I like this new routine at bedtime, just not in the morning.  With fewer nursing sessions & less milk has come an earlier wake up time.  I just don't function at 7am...I haven't had to for years.  Hoping this isn't our new normal.


Favorite Interests:  Cars.  Books.  Puzzles.  He would be happy if he only had these three things.  I recently purchased Liam a 12 piece real puzzle and he can almost do it completely by himself.  He concentrates so hard & loves the challenge.  He is also a huge helper!   His most favorite chores to assist with are: laundry, unloading the dishwasher, filling the bird feeder, & pulling weeds.  Many of the sunflower seeds from our feeder fall to the ground and start to sprout, so we can spend a good half hour sitting the grass and plucking up the seedlings to put in a bucket.  I love the he loves just being with me.  With summer here, he is also a big fan of boat rides & waterslides.  Two of my favorite things too!

Potty Training:  Still spending plenty of time on the potty, since Liam seems to love it.  But not one single success yet!  We're in no hurry and are letting little L take his time.  I'm hoping one day it will just click for him.  He hates diaper changes, so I'm sure he would thrilled to hear that he could actually go sans diaper if he would use the potty!



Liam is such a determined little boy and will set his mind to anything.  He doesn't give up on things easily, always trying to figure how to do something by himself.  For awhile we thought he may be ambidextrous, but lately he is starting to favor his left hand more.  Each day he amazes me!  We are so proud of the little boy that he is.  So sweet & so gentle.

He's the best and he's ours!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

It's the Little Things

...like your first icecream cone of summer!


We had just finished an exhilarating day at the zoo (new train was open!), and it was hot!  I was feeling a sweet treat, and I knew that little L would help me devour a cone.  There is nobody in this world that I would rather share icecream with.


We took turns.  Lick for lick.  He loved being able to hold the cone by himself & assisting me with a few bites.  I love these sweet moments and know that I will surely miss them when he is older and insists upon having his own.  But for now, we share...



Thanks to Ashley & Jess for the link up!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rosemary Moscow Mule

With summer officially here, so too is the season for ice-cold beverages!  I love mixing up cocktails, especially when I can use herbs right from my garden.  So today I thought I would share my Moscow Mule recipe...with an added little twist!  Because I'm always trying to find a way to spice up the ordinary!

My brother-in-law made me my first Moscow Mule, and I have been hooked ever since.  Maybe it's the slightly spicy & refreshing taste or perhaps it's the fun of having a cocktail in a copper mug!  When it comes to Moscow Mules, the copper mug is a necessity.  I swear to you it will taste different if drank out of any other container!  I love these ones from Personal Creations; that thumb rest is my favorite part!  Also love having our monogram on their; it is subtle but adds a fun touch.  Personal Creations has all sorts of fun goodies by the way!
The ginger beer is one of the most important parts of this drink.  If you like things sweeter, then obviously choose a sweeter one (such as Cock & Bull).  We like things to have a strong & spicy ginger taste, we tend to choose the more natural ginger beers.  Most natural food stores (such as Whole Foods) will have plenty of choices.  Try a bunch til you decide on what you like.  The ginger beer is what makes the Moscow Mule! 
Rosemary Moscow Mule
copper mug 3/4 full of ice
juice from 1/2 a lime
sprig of mint (slightly muddled)
sprig of rosemary (slightly muddled)
1.5 shots of vodka
1/2 bottle of ginger beer
sliced lime for rim as garnish



Now go grab your mugs & muddlers for this 'mazing Moscow Mule!
(I secretly love alliteration)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer Solstice

We had an incredible first day of Summer!  
Waffle truck, water park, bbq, bonfire, & s'mores.  
These are things summers are made of!


We went to the water park a few times last summer, and while Liam liked it then, he LOVES it now.  He did slide after slide after slide.  Jumped in the water & climbed right back out.  He is an expert at this; elbow elbow, knee knee!  The boy never stopped moving or splashing.  Only thing the little man did not like: innertubes!  The lazy river was not for him.  Ain't nobody got time for that!



He played hard the entire time, and then as soon as his little head hit the back of the carseat, he was out for a long nap!  I took one too...in the guest bedroom...with absolute no noise or interruptions for 1.5 hours.  It was glorious!  I woke up refreshed to do some puzzles & pull weeds (currently Liam's two favorite activities).  Then we barbecued lamb, steaks, & veggies and even coaxed Liam into eating most of it with the promise of chocolate.  My boy can't get enough chocolate!

He wore off any remaining energy he had with the neighbor girls, and then it was an early bedtime for him.  Conor (fire builder extraordinaire) got a nice little bonfire going just as the sun was setting.  S'mores were made, wine was poured, & friends gathered.



I know this summer is gonna be a good one!
Hope everyone enjoyed all the day light this summer solstice!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Five on Friday

Tomorrow is the official start of Summer, and I am more than ready!  Let's get right to it, here's my five...  As always, thanks to all the lovely hosts: Christina, Darci, April, & Natasha!

THE GOOD LIFE BLOG 

-ONE-
I seem to be rotating Liam through his my same favorite shirts, so I've been looking for some new fun ones for summer.  I just discovered Alpine Baby Co. & am loving all their stuff!  The leggings are especially squeal worthy.  I will surely be snatching up all sorts of pairs whenever we have another little one.  For now, I settled on this simple tree shirt.  It reminds me of the beautiful PNW (which we will be visiting in one week, eek)!



-TWO-
Bath time is still a favorite of Liam's, but Conor mostly handles that part of the bedtime routine.  While they are splashing around, I savor my bit of "me" time.  I love this time of night!  And I especially love finding adorable bath pictures when I'm scrolling through Conor's phone (not in a creepy way of course).


-THREE-
I've said it many times before, but... I just love the blogging community!  Firstly, thank you for the sweet comments on my "mom guilt" post; they all gave me the warm & fuzzies!  Secondly, I love all of the relationships that I have built through this blog.  Sometimes when Conor scrolls through my Instagram (again, not in a creepy way), he'll ask if these are real friends or internet friends...  They are all friends in my little world!  This week I was lucky to be able to meet up with Cat (and her daughter Mae) from Thrifty Littles.  It was my first time actually meeting another blogger, and it was wonderful!  We spent a couple hours chatting over coffee while Mae & Liam bonded over snacks & their mutual love of animals.  They chased Charlie (our cat) around our house practically the whole time.  I wish I could have snapped an adorable picture of the two of them, but this is all I got.  I swear they are beautiful babies & usually photogenic...I guess they just weren't feeling this shot...


-FOUR-
I dropped my sunglasses the other day and one of the lenses shattered!  Of course this had to happen a week before our vacation, grr!  Can you get just the lenses fixed?  They are Ray-Bans, but I bought them at Nordstrom last summer...  I'm not exactly sure how to go about handling this situation, so I may just need a new pair.  I'm kinda loving this Tory Burch pair, but Conor will surely tell me that they look bug-eyed or like a windshield on my face!


-FIVE-
I made a Trader Joe's run this week, which lately just consists of me purchasing a ton of their sweets! My favorites: Dark Chocolate Almonds with Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar, Fluer de Sel Caramels, & Salt Water Taffy.  You can thank me later!


Now get out there and enjoy the start of Summer!
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Mommy Guilt

We've all been there right? Always thinking, wishing, wanting... to do more, be more, be better. I can distinctly remember feeling this way for the first time when Liam was just a wee month old baby. He was about as easy as they come, so we simply spent our days curled up on the couch. He would nurse as often & as long as he liked, sleeping on & off while I watched the summer olympics & caught up on a ridiculous amount of tv. Then one day I thought to myself... am I just a lazy stay-at-home mom who lays around all day? I should be doing something! I should be stimulating this tiny little person; I should I be teaching him things! And the mommy guilt settled in... 

Oh how I wish I could look back on my former self and tell her, "Stay on the couch! Relax all you want! These days are numbered and soon enough you will have to plan activities and will be chasing around a curious little boy. Never again will you have the pleasure of just snuggling your only baby and just being!" 

Now that I'm almost two years into motherhood, I've had my fair share of mommy guilt creep in; although, it peaked when I became sick from Mono. I was so sick. Stay in bed all day sick. Can barely even think straight sick. I was completely unable to take care of Liam in any way. It was devastating! I literally felt guilty for being sick. Guilty for not being able to do a thing. Guilty for bringing this illness upon our family (as if it was even in my control). Guilty, guilty, guilty! 

Conor became the most amazing work-from-home Dad and took over all duties of the house & Liam! Liam adjusted to me being sick & in bed quite well and just loved having Daddy home! When Conor would have conference calls, Liam would bring a few toys or books into my bed and play quietly with me. It was such a blessing that he was content just being with Mommy, yet not needing much from me at the same time. 

Although Liam & Conor seemed to be handling things just fine, I was a hot mess! I shed many tears over not being able to run around with Liam, or make him meals, or take him on fun adventures. I missed just being us... Mama & Liam. It broke my heart that I couldn't be the same Mommy to him. Although Conor is a rockstar dad, Liam still heavily depends on me for naptime, bedtime, & all of his night wakings. While part of me loved staying true to our routine and that part of our relationship, nursing a wiggly toddler through some of the worst body aches ever was just awful. I began dreading those times that I still had to be Mom, while always desperately still wanting to fulfill that role. 

After a couple days, Liam seemed to completely understand what was going on. He would say things like "mommy sick", "mommy stay in bed", "mommy stay home". Every time I heard this it would just slay my little heart. It was incredibly sad to hear him say these things. I felt like a terrible mom. Absolutely terrible. I worried this would become our new normal, and I was not okay with that. The guilt that set in consumed me at times. The whole first week was an emotional roller coaster. 

Conor & my mom continually assured me that I was not a terrible mother, and that I was still giving Liam everything he needed. Liam is a thriving happy boy, and he was fine without his mom being her normal self for a bit. He even gained some new found independence. I loved watching him play and seeing his creative mind at work. He gave me extra snuggles & genuinely seemed to show empathy. These little things made my heart happy and helped me surpass all the guilty feelings. 

I know that this mommy guilt will continue to show up throughout Liam's life, but I will not let it get me down or affect how I parent. I am doing an amazing job with Liam! I need to keep that confidence! He is mine & I am his; our bond is strong & will withstand anything. While we will still have our challenging days, I know that each great moment outweighs any of the bad. My boy is happy, and he has such an infectious smile to prove it. This face...I can't get enough of this sweet face!



For all my fellow mothers: be good to yourselves. 
 Be your best and don't let any guilt creep in; 
 it will only hinder you as a parent, when instead you should be flourishing!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day 2014

Today was a good one.  A real good one.  Probably because I got to spend it with one of the best dads around.  Even though it was Father's Day and all, I got the pleasure of sleeping in!  Conor loves his mornings with Liam, and I definitely still need the extra sleep as I recover from Mono.  I'm pretty much a lucky gal for snatching him up.


Conor was craving eggs benedict (his most favorite brunch item), so we decided to try out a new place in one of our favorite neighborhoods.  We had a late brunch because Utah has all sorts of weird laws, one of which being that you can't order alcohol until 11:30am.  And what is brunch if it's not accompanied by a bloody mary or mimosa?  Breakfast, just breakfast.  And we were in the brunch sort of mood, since we were celebrating and all.  So we tried out Pago and were not disappointed!  We will most definitely be back for a date night in the near future.


Later we checked out a "new to us" park where Liam made his way down every single slide, picked up pinecones (which he thought about eating), & chased birds just to make them fly.  He was the happiest soul at the park!




We finished off the afternoon with a dance party (Happy is still his most favorite song), golf, & a little yard work.  Those are the things Father's Days are made of.  Who needs to play at an actual course, when you could be teaching the littlest generation how to keep both hands on the club.  My heart was full all day as I watched my two best boys play together.


After Liam was put to bed, Conor & I finished the night on the front porch, watching the sun go down while enjoying a bottle of wine.  As exhausted as we are at the end of each day, we miss the little guy while he is sleeping and spend most of our time talking about how incredible he is.  Proud proud parents we are!


I also spent the day thinking about all the other amazing dads in my life.  My brothers, brother-in-law, father-in-law, & of course my very own Dad!  I am so much like him, which makes me happy & frightens me all at the same time.  The dad/daughter bond is a strong one, and I am pleased to have him to myself!  There are many perks to being the only daughter, and I soak up each & every one of them.  Cheers to you, Dad! 


Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Five on Friday

I'm finally feeling much better and really only doing with the fatigue aspect of Mono now.  I'm hoping for a wonderful weekend that I can muster enough energy to chase Little L around and maybe even toss about a cocktail or two!  We have fun dinner plans with friends and, of course, we will be celebrating Conor all weekend long!  I can't wait to make him feel extra special & loved this Father's Day!  Here's my five...  As always, thanks to all the lovely hosts: Christina, Darci, April, & Natasha!

THE GOOD LIFE BLOG 

-ONE-
Now that school is out, all the neighbor hood kids are running wild like free birds all day long!  They love coming over to see if Liam can play; unfortunately, their hour of choice is usually during the napping hour... While I used to think all those "shh, the baby is sleeping" signs were absolutely ridiculous, I may actually need one!  'Cause if those little hands knock & I don't answer, they simply knock harder!  Oh kids.  


-TWO-
So I love all the pretty little clothes I find on Pinterest, but there is a big problem with it...  I DO NOT pay for shipping.  Amazon Prime & Nordstrom have ruined me for life!  So have free returns!  I find all these things I just love, but I can't pull the trigger.  Anyone else slightly terrified of online clothes shopping?


-THREE-
With Liam's 2nd birthday only 1.5 months away, I really need to get on the planning.  I'm thinking something casual & after dinner...perhaps an icecream party!  I'm having a hard time finding inspiration though as most of these types of parties (at least on pinterest & blogs) are very girly.  I'm picturing icecream in mason jars & lots of toppings!  Maybe a mint color scheme...we'll see if I stick with this idea.


-FOUR-
Remember when I mentioned I got a bird feeder about two months back?  Well, it took awhile, but the birds have found it!  A lot of birds.  My backyard might as well be an aviary.  I have to fill that feeder every single night because they eat all day long!  I hadn't quite realized what I was getting myself into.  But I love looking out the kitchen window to see them all & cracking the window just a bit to hear their sweet little songs.  My favorite visitor is the American Goldfinch...he is bright yellow & has all sorts of swagger!


-FIVE-
The World Cup has begun!  While the USA isn't exactly a top contender, I'm still excited to watch them play!  I'm always up for any reason to cheer on America & stare at some of those gorgeous faces!  I just so happen to like soccer too!  USA! USA!


Happy Father's Day to all the amazing dads in your lives!
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