Friday, April 11, 2014

Dear Andie... You're 11 Months Old


Andie,

Adorable, sweet, lovable, and a smile that lights up our whole world... your spunky little body is the cutest thing, and we can't get enough of you!  It's amazing how much you're growing and changing every week.  We have spent the last couple of days in Palm Desert and you are loving the pool!  You're quite the brave baby, jumping right out of your floaty and into the water.  Scared me to death the first time!  You want to swim so badly, and it frustrates you that you can't do it by yourself.  But even with those moments of frustration, you have been screaming with happiness, smiling at strangers and embracing your celebrity "status" because the senior citizens think you are the cats pajamas.

You are scaling walls, pushing anything you can reach, crawling at the speed of light, and understand what "no" means.  Sometimes, instead of listening, you do what we tell you not to do and you flash us your "look how cute I am" smile.  Sticking to our "no" is quite tough, but we know we have to - otherwise we will be wrapped even tighter around your tiny little fingers.

This month, you became fond of giving 'high fives' and finger bumps (Pops taught you that one).  You are still nursing several times a day and eat pretty much anything.  Your favorites are still bananas (you eat a whole one every morning), avocado, bread, black beans, and sweets... you LOVE sweets - and we are really looking forward to your first Birthday party when you can smash into your cake.  We've gotten some practice in with ice cream, popsicles, and frozen yogurt... we can't eat it in front of you with out you making your way over to us and grunting until we give you a bite.  You are very familiar with your high chair and the high chairs at restaurants - you've become very comfortable with eating out, we do it quite often.

Gramz got you a convertible car to drive in outside... and my goodness, you love it!  We have taken that thing everywhere with us so you can "ride" - the store, Town Center, the mall, you name it.  You seem to really enjoy being outside!  You still are not a fan of riding in the car... but occasionally, you do okay.

Your daddy loves to play with you... tossing you in the air, chasing you, snuggling with you.  He tells me about 100 times a day how cute he thinks you are.  He loves you to pieces and it warms my heart to see you two together.  We love watching you play, make noises, and concentrate.  You are very observant and catch on to little things we teach you fairly quickly.  We think you are a good baby, sweet, laid back and content.  On the flip side of that, you are determined and know what you want... and you are not afraid to let us know!  You are absolutely, with out a doubt, our favorite part of this blessed life we live.

You are wearing size 9 month clothes, size 3 diapers, and have such tiny feet we still have trouble keeping socks or shoes on them.  You have been sleeping pretty well, usually 7-8pm until 7-7:30am, and I am very fortunate that you do well.  You still wake up every once in a while, and secretly, I don't mind - our quiet time in the middle of the night is so precious to me.  You are a petite little thing, but you seem very healthy.  We still have many nicknames for you: stinker, little butts, Andie Jean Jean girl, baby butts, love bugs, pumpkin butts... and you answer to pretty much all of them.

Last night, I was leaning near you to get something out of your diaper bag, and you leaned in to me and gave me a kiss on my lips - it was unsolicited, and I felt your love.  I was so touched.  You are truly such a sweet little baby girl, I still can't believe you are mine.

My baby girl, your big blue eyes are so beautiful.  I can't believe this is your last month before being 1 year old... time has gone much too quickly.  I admire you and love you with out limits.

Love,
Mama

Friday, April 4, 2014

5 on Friday

ONE.  I am looking for the perfect, easy and delicious recipe for a white (or light colored) Sangria.  I have been looking around pinterest, found a few with lots of fruit, which I think is great, but I need to know measurements and how much.  Any ideas??  Also, do you put the ice in it if it's going to be sitting for an afternoon?

TWO.  One of my favorite ladies who I have met through blogging is Natasha from Hello Happiness (most of you know who she is - she hosts this link up!) - if you haven't heard, she started her own children's clothing store, Sugar Bit.  So many adorable options for babies, tots, and kids!  I am eyeing the swimsuits for Andie :)

{Images via Hello Happiness}

THREE.  TL and I just recently starting buying organic coconut oil from Costco to cook our veggies with.  I was searching around on Pinterest and found this pin that has some great info about multiple uses for Coconut oil... so awesome (especially the diaper rash and dry skin)!

FOUR.  I am not a huge one for subscription boxes - but I recently came across one that is pretty cool.  It's a traveling box that explores unique (lots of vegan) things - it travels around the country and finds vendors to feature.  They do mens, womens, and kids boxes (mini explorer) and the items inside are so cool.    
Currently they have a giveaway going on through their Instagram (@Hazel_Ln) and facebook pages.  You can win a Brooklyn Mini Explorer Box.  They are also offering $5 off to anyone who wants to buy a box by entering "ThenIGotToThinking" at check out.

FIVE.

Have a beautiful weekend.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sweet Baby Nella

This online community of women that I have gotten to know over the last few years is truly remarkable.  I have "met" some of the sweetest ladies - many have touched my heart, taught me new things, encouraged me, and amazed me.

So many mamas are also in this social media world, and I have loved connecting with all of them.  Seeing their baby pictures, watching their journey through pregnancy, and reading their stories is enjoyable for me.  Lately, one in particular has pulled on my heart... her name is Grace Grutter, and she is mama to sweet baby Nella.  Nella was diagnosed with SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) - something I knew nothing about until 'meeting' Nella and seeing her pictures online.  In a few words, her muscles aren't working like they should, including her muscles that we all need to do basic functions like breathing.  Many babies with SMA Type 1 (which she has) don't live to see their first Birthday and even fewer make it to their second Birthday.

Grace has shared so many photos of her sweet baby girl, and each time I see them, I am overwhelmed.  She is just a beautiful little baby, and her eyes capture me.  I am praying for a miracle for this family - and I am so glad that Grace has shared this beautiful baby with the world as she spreads awareness about this awful disease.  I think because Andie is close in age to her, I feel such a deep sadness and wish so badly that there was something I could do.

If you have a few moments, please visit her on Facebook or instagram (@bowenandnellasmama).  Send a note of encouragement, or just keep their family in your thoughts and prayers.
 {photos courtesy of her facebook page}


Hope you're having a good week.

Friday, March 28, 2014

5 on Friday

ONE.  As much as I have been in denial about it. . . it's time to face the fact that my sweet baby is going to turn ONE in less than 6 weeks.  The denial has delayed my party planning a little bit, but thankfully, we do have a little plan on what we want to do to celebrate our sweet girl.  It won't be anything big, but I want to be sure she has a cake to smash and a few of her favorite people to sing to her!  I truly wish time would slow down, I am just NOT ready for her to be one.  Any websites or pinterest boards you love for party planning??  Pass 'em along please! :)

TWO.  I've been back at the gym consistently for about a month and am finally starting to feel like I am gaining some strength.  I've focused a lot of building muscle, which is different than my typical running for every work out, and I am feeling different.  TL is really big into cross fit (and looks amazing - he has lost 20 pounds and gotten into great shape) so he has been helping me out a little bit with my work outs.  It feels good to work on my body!

THREE.  We have had some beautiful weather in Nor Cal (It's rainy now - but we need it!)  Andie is definitely an outside babe.  My mom (her Gramz) got her a new convertible car, and she cannot get enough of cruising around our neighborhood.  She isn't a huge fan of her stroller (or being strapped in) so TL and I have also taken her out in her convertible pretty much everywhere.  Including the grocery store, on walks around out Town Center, Costco, Kirklands, Pinkberry. . . it's definitely her favorite way to run errands.  She LOVES this car.  Sometimes she'll wave at people as she drives by. . . it's ridiculous. :)

FOUR.  I feel like I have been wearing and rotating the same few target shirts for the last few months.  I went through my closet a little bit this week to find some old goodies to start wearing more of.  I have such envy of the ladies who look adorable every single day - I just need to make time to invest an effort in getting ready!  I also need a little inspiration.  I am hoping the nicer weather will help!


FIVE.

Monday, March 17, 2014

life lately: priorities

I have had this little blog since 2008 - it's been a place for me to express, reflect, connect with others, create, and document.  I love being able to look back on so many things in my life here on this little corner of the web.  I don't see myself getting rid of it, I just wish it could stay as one of my priorities... and it hasn't!  But it's okay - my goal of 8-10 posts a month probably won't happen in the coming months - but I will do the best I can, and most importantly, I will try to keep up with the documenting - not just for others to read, but for myself.

I have gotten a few emails and messages lately from ladies who read along and I can't tell you how much it means to me - I feel so special that you follow along and I always appreciate the supportive comments and advice from so many of you!  Thank you!

Life lately is filled with family (of course), work, friends, and trying to keep up with things around the house.  I am also trying to get back in to working out, and running.  I have my eyes set on another half marathon in September, but before I sign up, I need to make sure I am going to be dedicated to it.

I see so many ladies who do it all - and they amaze me... community leaders, successful careers, kick-ass mamas, you name it - and when I try to measure up to that, I realize it's just not going to happen.  All I can do is be me, and do the best I can at it every day.  I try to focus most of my energy into Andie and I have tried to really pay attention to my attachment to my cell phone.  I don't want Andie to think I have a phone permanently attached to my hands (she probably already thinks her dad lives in my phone when he is at work because we facetime so much!)

I have seen a few quotes lately that have caught my eye when I can't sleep at night and I am skimming through pinterest.  Quotes have always been something I love - I have them scattered in different areas around the house to remind me of the things I think are important.  Thought I would share a few. . . :)

Have a safe and Happy St. Patties Day!  We are off to drink a green beer and celebrate with TL's friends from work.  Andie is hanging out with her pops - so darn cute.





{i LOVE this last one - i strive for this to be a mantra for our little family}