Monday, December 31, 2012

Baby Mitchell #2: Week 10

How Far Along: 10 weeks! (December 27th)

How Big is Baby: the size of a prune (1.5 inches long)

Sleep: Still sleeping a lot, although it was harder this week with Christmas celebrations to maintain my 8:00pm bedtimes.   Also, it seems like I am waking up to go to the bathroom a lot earlier in the pregnancy this time.  I am up at least 3 – 4 times a night currently.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: still loving carbs.  I am hungrier than I remember being last time.  Also, when Wes went to Central Market- he brought home all of my favorite things.  I devoured a loaf of jalapeƱo cheddar bread in five days flat along with three pepper turkey.  I was also loving my special hot sauce and iced coffee (that I mixed with milk to minimize the caffeine)!    

Symptoms: still throwing up like a champ J.  Its been worse this week.  So ignore my earlier post, when I thought it was less.  I am also officially showing way earlier than last time.  I am finding it true with the second one that you pop a lot earlier :) that or I ate a lot more with Christmas and my birthday :(

Movement: Nope, not yet. 

Gender Prediction: still no clue.  Wes did make his prediction this week- he thinks this baby is a girl. 

What I am worrying about: I actually didn’t do very much worrying this week J yay for being distracted! 

What I am loving: that we were able to tell both of our families the good news over Christmas. Also, I am loving being pregnant. 

What I am looking forward too: a week at home with my baby and husband.  Added bonus- all of my sisters are in town at once!  This doesn’t happen very often! 

Best Moment of the week: Hands down- getting to tell our families that we are expecting a little one again!  Second best moment of the week- Emma’s first Christmas (post to come).  Third best moment of the week- getting to celebrate turning 29! I had a great birthday (also, a post to come).  

Friday, December 28, 2012

Baby Mitchell #2: Week 9

So excited that I have a blog to keep a pregnancy diary this time around :).  I wrote this post December 20th.  I will catch you up with Week 10 tomorrow then we will be on track!

How Far Along: 9 weeks! (December 20th); forgot to grab a picture this week L.  

How Big is Baby: the size of a green olive (1 inch long)

Sleep: Yes, I am exhausted ALL OF THE TIME.  I pretty much go to bed anywhere between 7:30 and 8:30 pm which does mean I typically wake up before my 5:30am alarm (which is so annoying). 

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: My aversions are frozen pizza and the smell of regular coffee.  Wes loves it when I am pregnant because it gives him an excuse to drink central market coffee every day J I can tolerate the smells of almond joy coffee and maple pecan nut coffee.  I crave bread.  Any kind of carbs really.  Its heavy and it sits on my stomach better. 

Symptoms: the morning sickness is back.  Although I have thrown up less- I am more nauseous.  The problem this time is that when Emma wakes up in the middle of the night, it triggers the morning sickness at an earlier hour.  Several times, I have had to come get Wes to go get Emma because I need to throw up.  Gross.  Also, I am super emotional- all of those Christmas wish stories on the radio- get me every time.  Especially the stories with families that have babies that can’t afford diapers.  So sad.  And it makes me realized how blessed I really am.  Most mornings, I have tears in my eyes driving to work. 

Movement: Nope, not yet. 

Gender Prediction: not a clue, I have been a little less sick this time around- so maybe a boy?  Although, I keep referring to this baby as Emma’s sister.  Can’t wait to find out. 

What I am worrying about: my overactive (over stimulated) ovaries; the sono tech said she wasn’t going to comment on anything during the ultrasound and then out of nowhere, she asks “have you been taking fertility treatments?”.  Ummmm, no.  My first thought was “I have a 10 month old, why would I be taking fertility treatments”.  The doctor said it is nothing to worry about, and they should calm down soon.  I have impressed myself by not googling this- so far J.

What I am loving: feeling blessed to be pregnant again

What I am looking forward too: celebrating my birthday and Christmas with Emma for the first time!  I know she won’t understand it, but I hope I can at least see the wonder of the Christmas spirit in her eyes.  Also, looking forward to telling both of our families J

Best Moment of the week: getting to see baby Mitchell number 2 during the ultrasound and see the heartbeat strong at 174bpm.  We also realized that our ultrasound with Emma was at exactly the same time- 8weeks 1day.  

Thursday, December 27, 2012


Emma unwrapped a very special present on Christmas Eve (with Wes's family) and then again on Christmas morning (with my family).

Here is the front of the onesie (extra special because it was the one I made for Emma at her baby shower (i.e. when she was still in my belly!)).

And more importantly, here is the message on the back!

We were super excited to tell everyone that Emma is going to be a big sister!  Baby Mitchell #2 is due July 25th!  I could not feel more blessed or excited that I get to experience this miracle all over again!

Now here are the reactions- they are priceless :).

First off, Wes's family Christmas.  It is a bit chaotic because all of the kids open their presents at one time on the floor.  We had wrapped the present to Emma from mom and dad but we needed Emma's grandma to help her unwrap this.  Let's just say Emma opening presents is SLOW.  I am sure I will look back on the difference next year and be amazed.  But finally, here is the reaction when Wes revealed the onesie.

Aren't his mom and sister so cute!  There were gasps from all of the girls in the room!  Everyone had a great reaction :).  

We got home late and Wes re-wrapped the present so we would be ready to go the next morning.  My mom hands me the present since again it says to Emma, from mom and dad.  But I quickly tell them, we already know what's in the present- why doesn't Ally help her open it up.  Again, the process is SLOW- but Wes, is ready with the camera.  Here is Ally reading the onesie.

And their reaction, once they realize what it means :).

Again, everyone was so excited!! But the best reaction by far, had to be Emma's great grandpa who we affectionately refer to as Bobbob- its just too bad that we did not have the camera rolling.  He came over to grab the girls because they were going to go visit grandma.  We told him that Emma had a special Christmas present for everyone.  Wes held up the front of the onesie that read Emma, then he turned it to the backside and Bobbob read it out loud.  I am going to be a big SISTER.  Then, the look on his face was priceless.  You could see the wheels turning in his head when he figured out what it means!

We were so excited to finally share the news with everyone!  I am so happy we don't have to keep it between us anymore.  I am also so happy that I don't have to ask Wes every time we leave the house to see one of our families, "does this make me look pregnant".

What a blessed Christmas :).

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Signature Expressions

I came home from work and found this series of photos on my photostream.  The first thought i had was that these snapshots represent Emma's signature expressions of the moment.  Here she is with her pursed lips and apple, a little unsure of why daddy is going to be snapping pictures of her.

This is definitely what she has been doing at the moment.  Mostly to mommy and daddy but pretty much to anyone, she will stick her hand out and point her chubby, little finger.  Out of all of the expressions, I would say this is his signature one of the moment.

Now, once we acknowledge her, she becomes a little embarrassed and shy.  Look closely and you can see that little belly popping out- too precious.

Now it is time for her to look at us between her legs- also one of my favorite things she does.  

Now she is a little concerned.  

A pursed lip smile.

And now a full on baby grin- not quite as wide as she regularly smiles, but still pretty good.  

Love this baby girl and all of her varied expressions.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Little Moments

We had a really good weekend this weekend, nothing big but filled with little moments of pure joy from Emma.

… Emma giggling up a storm when playing with my fuzzy socks
… Emma leaning in for wet, sloppy kisses without being prompted
… breakfast out with our favorite date and watching her inhale a breakfast taco
… unexpected surprise- getting to see Adge while she was briefly in town
… taking advantage of holiday drink happy hour at Starbucks + watching Emma eat applesauce + all the nice people who talked and waved to Emma while waiting for their drinks
… watching Emma walk the furthest she has ever walked
… snuggling a clean Starbucks
... napping on Saturday and Sunday :)
… watching Emma sneak up on Starbucks and “get him” (i.e. lay her head on him and watch him panic)
… hearing Emma say mama mama mama over and over and over again
… finishing our Christmas shopping!
… Emma sleeping through the night- I think we finally have the sleep thing figured out = one happy, less tired mama
… belting out Christmas tunes to Emma- I am committed to teaching her two a year; this year it is Frosty the Snowman (my favorite) and Little Drummer Boy (Wes’s favorite)
... being able to stay awake to watch the Survivor finale

Thursday, December 13, 2012


It is amazing to me in the last month to realize just howmuch Emma understands and comprehends.  I wanted to take a moment to remember it. 

… if I say give mama kisses, she opens her mouth up wide andleans in for some of the sloppiest, but sweetest kisses
… if we say Emma do you want a bottle, she drops her papiand waves her arms in the air wildly
… Wes will point to and touch her nose and say this isEmma’s nose, then say “where’s my nose” and she reaches for his nose
… at night when it’s time for a diaper change, she will seeme pull a diaper out and she will run/crawl as fast as she can away and thenstart flipping in circles (as a side note, she brought Wes a diaper for thefirst time the other day when she had a pooper)
… if we say where’s the doggie, she will look around for themand get excited
… she says mama with a vengeance, and sometimes saysmom.  She does not always say it inreference to me, she will say it when she is excited, frustrated, hungry,ect. 
… she knows that her chair means its time to eat- and boy,does she like to eat
… if I am getting water out of the dispenser on therefrigerator, she
... she understands do you want to go bye bye
... she understands when we tell her "no", she gets the mad sad emma face and starts to tear up (especially if she is trying to eat the doggie food) 

Giving kisses is the thing that I am most proud that sheunderstands JShe will also give daddy/nonni/grandma, ect kisses (although I do think shereserves her best, most sloppiest kisses for me) 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


I just wanted to take a moment to remember this momentous occasion....

Emma has slept through the night for TWO nights in a row.

I don't think this has happened in the 10 months since she has been born :)

And to reward you for reading this- here is a picture of our baby girl!

fitting, since she is in her p-jammers

Friday, December 7, 2012

Loving Lately

… a successful family trip to port aransas
… seeing the dolphins jump in front of a huge boat
… watching the boys + emma’s eyes light up on the ferry like mine still do
… the roles that Austin made for Thanksgiving
… Emma sleeping in her crib after the trip- how I do not like pack n plays (and neither does Emma)
… going to bed before 9pm for several days in a row
… sugary cereal
… taking Emma to her first Christmas parade
… watching Emma meet (and not freak out) when she saw Santa for the first time
… eating cake batter frozen yogurt after our fun outing
… riding scooter with my dad on Sunday morning (and not falling off)
… starbucks iced coffee + toffee nut syrup + a donut
… decorating our house for Christmas (I am loving where we put the Christmas trees this year)
… watching Emma play with all the ornaments (I didn’t know what a favor I was doing myself by buying plastic ornaments 2 years ago)
… giving Emma her first ornament
… coming home and having chicken parm cooked for me (yum yum)
… asian mint + pad kee mow for a work meeting
... baby giggles while taking a bath (she thought it was hilarious to knock the cup down)
… diet coke (how I have been loving the bubbles)
… work luncheon at Maggiano’s
… when Emma falls right back asleep after waking up in the middle of the night

Monday, December 3, 2012

Bald Spot Begone

Look who's bald spot is now gone!!

Sleeping on her tummy has helped out tremendously with this endeavor :)

9 Months In 9 Months Out: Emma's Birth Story Part 3

So this post is WAY overdue, like 9 months overdue.  But since I am using this blog as Emma’s baby book, I thought I still need to finish this sucker novel up.  So I apologize if you don’t want to hear about the gory details of Emma being born, but I do.  So I will talk about it J.

Ok, so we left off at 5pm.  I was dilated to a 5 (it had taken me since 7am to get there).  And the doctor had just been in the room and said “you have until 7pm to make some progress or else we will have to evaluate alternative evacuation methods”.  I did NOT want a C-section.  No part of me wanted that.  Emma could be my only baby- and I wanted to feel her being born. I knew though that being induced, it was a possibility.  Remember, they thought my baby would be around 9lbs. 

So Wes and I prayed.  We also pleaded with Emma.  I can still remember myself saying “dear Emma, please be ready to come out; I am your mommy and I am ready to meet you”.  We took videos.  We tried to distract ourselves.

My parents came around this time.  We talked to them- telling them about our night and our morning.  They got to see me all hooked up to these machines.  We thought it would be awhile and we told them they could go home and we would call them so they left.  It turns out they went to Burger King and then came right back to the hospital. 

Our nurse came back in at 5:45 and checked me.  I nervously held my breath.  She gave us the results- I was a 7!  A seven! In 45 minutes I had progressed from a 5 to a 7. 

Eeeekkk.  I was so excited.  We called my parents and that’s how we knew they were back in the hospital.  They came up to see me and the nurses started getting all of the stuff ready.  They set up a huge table with every kind of instrument on it.  It was a little intimidating.  Would it really take all of this equipment to get Emma out of my body? 

I kept progressing, and I decided to have one last Popsicle (orange).  Don't I look so happy to be in labor :).

The nurse checked me again and I believe I was a 9.  The popsicle was all of the sudden a bad idea.  I remember throwing it up.  Then I remember saying “well this is a fitting way to end my pregnancy”.  The nurse came back around 7:45 and I was a 10!  A 10! A 10!

I couldn’t believe it.  Emma was going to be here any minute (so I thought).  The nurse said it was time to start pushing so we told my parents it was time to go.  In retrospect, this was a very good thing.  To say I turned into another person during pushing is an understatement. 

Side note: I went to a birthing class.  They don’t tell you the facts.  I thought all of the hard work was getting to a ten, then presto, wham bam you had a baby with a little push.  Boy was I WRONG. In my spare time, I need to write a book to tell women how it really is.  Not the glorified "oh oh ahh ahh" breathing they teach you.  

I started pushing.  That's when we figured that my epidural had worn off.  This was some of the worst pain I have ever felt.  We made an emergency call to the anesthesiologist and he gave me a booster.  Thank goodness for this man.  I was pleading with my nurse to tell me how long this was going to last.  I told Wes that he wasn’t supporting my correctly.  He needed to push my back and not my neck.  I had a damp cloth on my head.  I was talking and ranting all kind of nonsense with my nurse and Wes.  Basically I was a bear. 

Then, it finally dawned on me.  I needed to give every one of these pushes my best effort.  No, I did not want to push until 10 pm.  But more importantly, I didn’t want her to get stuck and have to have a c-section.  So I really started pushing (all whilst still complaining).  This went on for an hour (at least). 

FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY- the nurse picked up the phone and called the doctor.  She said “Lauren is ready”.  What, I am finally ready to meet Emma!  Yay!.  The poor doctor was not ready.  He said ten minutes.  What???? 10 minutes of the worst pressure I have ever felt.  At least 10 minutes go by.  I remember asking the nurse, assuring her that it had been 10 minutes.  Wes was trying to hide the clock from me.  I told him that I could see what he was doing, he needed to move it.  I kept telling the nurse over and over that the doctor needed to get here.  She didn’t like me very much J

Then finally, the doctor finally arrived!!!

With two pushes, Emma was out!  I was finally able to meet my baby girl. 

Wes showed her to me and the first thing I remember saying is “she looks just like you”.  And to this day they are twins.  This was one of the best moments of my life.  I got to meet the alien that occupied my body for 9 months.  I got to meet my baby girl.  She was born at 9:09pm weighing 7lbs 0oz and measuring 19.5 inches long.  She was beautiful.

Watching her daddy hold her for the first time :).

I was head over heels in love with her immediately.  I think she felt the same way about me.  She latched right on and started breastfeeding.  After all of that excitement, my parents got to come in and meet their first grandbaby.  It was a great, wonderful, blessed day.

Emma- I am so glad I was able to birth you J You are the best!  

Thursday, November 29, 2012


Yes, we make our 9 month old daughter mow the lawn.

Just kidding- baby girl knows how to walk holding on to her lawn mower!

So proud of her and daddy!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


I love traditions.  My family had a lot of traditions growing up.  I went to A&M and they LOVE traditions. 

As I was musing over this holiday season, I told the hubby that I want to have some traditions for just our little family.  Here are some of my ideas…

-          ... drink a holiday drink at Starbucks
-          ... put up Christmas decorations
-          ... bake a happy birthday cake for baby Jesus
-          ... make homemade watercolors (Christmas themed) and let Emma finger paint
-          ... eat downtown Fort Worth for my birthday and go see the Christmas tree
-          ... attend the Holiday at the Levitt event
-          ... bake holiday cookies
-          ... attend the pajama party story time at the library
-          ... possibly take pictures with Santa + fur brothers
-          ... look at Christmas lights

Any other activities I should consider?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


As we return from Thanksgiving break- my heart is full of thankfulness.  We had a great time at both of our Thanksgivings- one in Fort Worth with Wes’s family and then in Port Aransas for Thanksgiving with my family. 

I am thankful for a sweet, loving, smart, beautiful, healthy baby girl who has made all of our hearts a little fuller. 

I am thankful for my (cute) husband who supports me in all of my endeavors.

I am thankful for my family.  I heart having three sisters and a mom and dad who think I am awesome, ok well at least funny. 

I am thankful for my fur babies who taught me great lessons before having my real baby. 

I am thankful for Wes’s family.  They love me like I am their own daughter/sister. 

I am thankful for having a job that motivates me and most importantly that I love. 

I am thankful for the home that Wes and I have created together. 

I am thankful that one day I will get to meet my two sweet unborn babies in heaven. 

Some of the other (not as meaningful) things I am thankful for: coffee, diet coke, my couch, pictures of Emma, Mexican food + margaritas, naps, oreos, good books, girly clothes, baby giggles, watching Emma discover new things, family outings, date nights with my hubby, birthdays, holidays, Christmas cups at Starbucks, breastfeeding, traveling, my iPad, pumpkin bread, and many many other blessings I have not mentioned.  

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Loving Lately

… celebrating Emma’s first Thanksgiving with Wes’s family
… that my big presentation at work is over
… work thanksgivings
… mom’s pumpkin bread
… anticipation of heading to Port Aransas
… Gloria’s margaritas (truly my favorite margarita)
… seeing a movie on a weeknight
… coffee with pumpkin creamer
… dressing Emma like the baby Gap model and getting her 9 month pictures taken
… that my night training classes are done (for now)
... the Big Bang Theory (funniest show on television)
… unexpected lunches with Austin and Amy
… making a colorful cake for Brent’s birthday
… Los Lupes for Brent’s birthday breakfast
… that Emma’s second tooth popped through! 
… watching Emma play with her toys and shake her hands wildly
… that Emma has been out of my tummy as long as she has been in
… unexpected surprises

Friday, November 16, 2012

"How Do We Treat Girls"

Emma and I have spent more time out of church than in church lately.

Baby girl does not like to be confined.

Last Saturday night I decided to try out the cry room- Emma could crawl around and I could listen to the Mass. Win win.

Soon Emma found herself crawling around the main vestibule in the back and drew quite the audience of little kids. These two boys were crawling in circles around her.

Her daddy would have died. Flirting at such a young age.

The crawling soon turned into running circles around my baby girl. Eventually one if the boys ran dangerously close to Emma. The dad motioned for the boy to come over and he promptly asked the little boy (who was around 2 or 3)- "how do we treat girls".

The little boy responded "like princesses".

I almost died.

It was one of the cutest things I have ever seen.

Then the little boy got on the ground and started crawling with Emma again.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Letter to Emma: Befuddled

Little Bah Boo,

Just when I think I have you figured out, you throw me a curveball.  Its like you want to keep me on my parenting toes.

The last four nights, you will not take your bottle in your room at night.  We start our bedtime routine downstairs.  We change your dipe.  I put you in your p-jammers.  We say night night and kiss daddy.  Then I take you upstairs with your bottle.  You refuse it.  And start to cry (sometimes hysterically).  I don't know what to do, but I do know you are hungry.  So I bring you downstairs, feed you your bottle, tell daddy we love him, then we go back upstairs.

This would be ok, but you don't go right to sleep.  You make mommy stand up and rock you FOR EVER. So I bounce you up and down, while you fight it and I sing to you.

I start out singing:
I love my bah boo
I love my bah boo
I especially love it
when you giggle and coo

which after five rounds turns to:
I love my bah boo
I love my bah boo
I especially love it
when she goes night night
night night
night night
without a fight

If you are still flinging your 16 pound body around, I will start out with rounds and round of shhhh shhhh shhh shhhh shhhhhs shhhhhhh shhhhhh shhhhhh shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

All while silently praying you will go to sleep.

Please take your bottle in your room.  I decorated that room just for you.  It is a good room.  A pretty room.  Definitely a room that is fit to have a bottle in.

Don't make nighttime all kinds of work. You confuse me some days.

It is one of my most cherished (and sometimes hated) parts of the day.

No matter what, I still love you to pieces.

I maybe could just love it a little more if you took your bottle in your very own bedroom.

All my love,

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Watching Emma eat is fascinating.  

I really think it is one of the highlights of motherhood.  

If you sit Emma in her blue chair at the dining room table, you must have some food ready as soon as possible because baby girl knows blue chair = about to be fed and boy does Emma like to eat.  

Here she is ready to be fed.  

And some of her facial expressions while eating her beloved cereal.

I think this one is my favorite- eating to her is serious business.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Uh Oh

The inevitable happened.

These two got themselves in trouble together.

They are like monkey see, monkey do together (when Emma is not burying her face in his fur).  At first she was a little timid- testing the waters (er, flap).

Then, she got a little braver with her cohort by her side :)

Strategic positioning by getting up on her little knees.

Ready to get in trouble.  Bailey not participating in any disciplining.

This is a nice view :)

Emma decides to make a break for it with her trusty companion watching on.

Ahhh, all the way out.  The outside is where I wanted to go.  

And this is her crying face when her daddy told her, enough was enough- you are not a fur baby Emma :) and you must come back inside.

Luckily since this time, she has relatively ignored the door, although i do see her give the door long looks when her fur brothers hop in and out of it.  

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sick Bah Boo

Yesterday marked the first time that Emma was sick.

I got home from work about 5, and she had been throwing up since 3.  When I first saw her cringe and throw up she reminded me so much of me and my heart just broke for her.  It was one of the saddest things I have ever seen.  She continued to vomit 5 - 6 times until finally I just decided to put her to bed.  She was so tired and just kept rubbing her eyes.  I had decided to fix her a bottle, but I wasn't sure if she would take it.  She didn't   She just got the few sips from when I put it in her mouth.  She fell asleep in my arms and I decided to hold her a little longer and a little tighter that night.

Then she started thrashing and took her pappi out of her mouth.  I knew it was coming.

She threw up again.

Then I just couldn't take it anymore, I started bawling.  My sweet, little, innocent, perfect bah boo was struggling so much and I felt like she was in pain.  It literally broke my heart that I couldn't do anything to comfort her.

She slept for about half an hour and then threw up again.  This time I brought her downstairs.  We tried to play, but she just kept leaning on me.  Only cheering up briefly when I let her run around without her diaper on (her favorite past time). I laid down with her in our chair and she fell asleep shortly.  I laid with her for awhile and when she was out, I transferred her to her crib.

Fast forward to 11pm.  She wakes up.  I decide that she is probably hungry (since she hasn't kept anything down since noon), so I nurse her.

Big mistake.

My milk came up all over me and her.  We change clothes and I rock her to sleep.

She sleeps until 3am.  I nurse her again.  Success this time!  I went back to bed happily.

Nurse her again at 7am.  Success again!

We were finally out of the woods.  She wasn't 100% better, but she didn't spit up any of her food.

I am so glad this is the first time in almost 9 months that she has been sick.  I almost couldn't handle this.  I was just so sad for her the whole time.

Bah Boo- so glad you feel better today!! Love you :)        

Monday, November 5, 2012

Loving Lately

… Walk to End Alzheimer’s on a brisk (read super cold) Saturday morning
… Corner Bakery muffins at the walk
… visiting Grandma after the walk
… celebrating Nicholas’s birthday
… getting to see baby Noah just a few hours after he was born
… Emma learning how to clap; she pushes the turtle, turns to us excitedly, we clap for her and then she claps for herself- super precious
… watching Emma eat mushrooms, squash and eggplant (baby girl eats everything!)
… Emma finally sleeping through the night (go, Emma!)
… dressing Emma up in her monkey costume
… taking our little monkey trick-or-treating
… getting 3oz free coupons at Yogurtland with Austin
… my two favorite flavors at Yougurtland (pistachio +double cookies and cream)
… homemade fish tacos + wine- I think this is the best thing that we make
… taking Friday afternoon off work and having some one on one time with Emma
… hearing Christmas music played in the stores while Emma and I were shopping
… no Friday afternoon traffic!
… sleeping in on a Saturday
… waking up to pumpkin bread being cooked in the oven (so delish its already gone L)
… putting our Christmas tree up- I know its early, but I love this time of year!
… the Christmas section at Target (already contemplating Emma’s first ornament)
… dinner with Bobbob (steak + baked potatoes + squash & mushrooms +homemade margaritas = yummy!)
… falling back (wish Emma also loved this!)
… brunch with Kelli and Cecil (without our munchkin)
… fall walk to the lake 

Friday, November 2, 2012


Today I took the afternoon off work and Emma and I spent some quality time together talking and shopping. After a couple of hours together we were walking back to the car and I was holding her (she was over her stroller) and with the sun beaming down on us- she was being super snugly and full of kisses. We just stopped in our tracks and finished smooching. In that moment, I thought to myself "does life get any better than this?"

And in that moment life couldn't get any better.

I am so blessed.

And I don't want to forget the moments like this.

More Monkey

Before Halloween is truly over, I just wanted to share a few more snapshots of my monkey.  These were taken at the Dallas Arboretum- back in October.  I don't think they could have come out cuter :).

Here is a family shot- apparently I was looking at a different camera then everyone else.

A picture with daddy.

And a picture with mommy- still trying to figure out the "where to look".

So happy to be a monkey :)

"Mommy- I could really use a pink bow to go with this costume so that everyone knows I am a girl."

I thought this last series of photos was funny when I was looking through them.  Monkey is off- obviously spot something that was more interesting than looking at the camera.

Ahhh- found my pumpkin.  Baby girl loved pumpkins that were her size.

I got so much joy out of this costume- I hope you did too Emma.  

ps- if it still fits you, it will be your costume next year too :).

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

From my little monkey and fur babies to yours :) I hope you have a great Halloween!