April 23, 2017

baby #2: 14 week update

Baby #2 is on the way!  Due October 18th & we are SO excited!

The baby is the size of a:

Gender: unknown yet!

Name: unknown yet!

Weight: around 5 pounds? (I didn't know my weight before pregnant.. so i'm guessing on this one haha) but also trying not to look at the scale this time around, just enjoying pregnancy & eating healthy/working out the best I can.

Symptoms: my first noticable symptom was Sneezing! haha I sneeze so much when i'm pregnant! 
Nausea (new this time around, haven't thrown up but just feel sick all day)

Sleep: In bed by 9 every night haha! I'm exhausted! & Kevin has been so kind to let me sleep in every morning since Benson feels the need to wake up at 7:00 on the dot every day.

Cravings/Aversions to Eating: I haven't had a lot of cravings, but my two biggest ones have been ranch dressing (which I normally hate) & cranberry juice! I have just been loving the foods that don't make me gag & eating little snacks all day.  My biggest aversion has been melted cheese haha! So random but it makes me gag! & I haven't been wanting any soda really..so kicked the mtn dew fairly easily! or sweets! I'll have a bite but it's almost too much.

Looking forward to: Being out the first trimester & feeling like myself again! & finding out the gender in 2 weeks!

Random: Week 10 I got hit with a crazy virus & it WIPED me out! I had a high temperature for 4 days & could barely get out of bed! The only upside was an early dr appt with an ultrasound since they were worried about my temperature affecting the baby.  And the grand finale was a trip to the ER where my fever broke as I waited in the ER. haha so.. being pregnant is fun.

Week 13 Benson is starting to realize there is a reason my belly is getting bigger haha he learned the word baby recently & has started pointing to my belly & saying baby! (& then his belly, & then both the cats hahaha but..to be fair they are tubby) & then has been rubbing my belly randomly ever since!  

12 weeks      //   13 weeks     //   14 weeks

March 30, 2017

fifteen months.

Although we are done with the monthly updates, I needed somewhere to track how dang cute & fun Benson is at this age right now.  He is a ball of energy & cuteness all rolled up in one.

Age: 15 months
Height: 32.8 inches
Weight: 24.4 lbs

-Kissing & hugs.  All day every day on repeat.  I secretly hope he never grows out of this.  The best part of the day is when he comes running from the other room just to give me a kiss & runs back to the other room. My heart just melts! He also LOVES kissing all of his friends. Open mouth only. & ONLY on the lips.  He refuses to kiss on the cheek.
-His kitties.  Every morning when he wakes up he gives both cats kisses & hugs.  Neither of them appreciate his lovin but he loves squishing them & poking their noses.
-TV & the tablet.. a little too much. He now goes & sits on the couch & points to the tv like come on, turn on a show! His favorite is listening to his headphones & watching nursery rhymes on his tablet.
-Dancing! He favorite jams right now are Cake by the Ocean, J-Biebs forever, Uptown Funk & Hands Clap! Oh & the entire Trolls soundtrack.  On repeat.

-The daily annoyances (diaper changes, getting dressed, wiping his face, cleaning up his toys, etc.)
-Getting in trouble.  He bows his head and can really let out some major tears in seconds now.
-Waking up without mom & dad.
-Anybody leaving the room.. this is very recent & VERY annoying! haha sooo dramatic.
-He also gets VERY upset when Penelope tries to play with her own toys that he has stolen.. so ya know, sibling love.

Big Moments:
-For the first time ever he slept thru the night in his own big boy bed in his room! It was heaven sent & only lasted one night (so far) but boy did it feel like a Christmas miracle!
-This kid has 11 teeth right now! 11! He cut 4 molars in two weeks & we barely survived.
-At 15 months he has decided he finally has perfected his waving skills & is showing it off for the masses now! haha He seriously would NEVER wave before now but has the cutest little parade wave! I can see why he waited to perfect it!
- Words: besides the normal from the 12 months he has added: dis, dat, yes, no no no, snow, choo choo, vroom vroom, moo, meow, kack kack (quack),

November 18, 2016

mama fave: OXO tot

OXO is easily one of my favorite brands out there, we use most of their stuff in our house already & when I found out they have a Tot line for the littles I was instantly drawn towards it.  I love the simple sleek look of their products, that they are gender neutral, & that they are toddler approved.
Our first purchase from OXO was their high chair, I read reviews for ALL the high chairs, I wanted something that was functional, but wasn't going to scream WE HAVE A BABY! High chairs are just.. not that appealing to the eye, well so I thought.  I saw this high chair & thought it was actually pretty cute.  My favorite part of the high chair is how easy it is to clean, you can rip the seats off to wash in the sink, the high chair has minimal places for crumbs & the tray is super easy to wipe down!
I wish I had known about the OXO roll up bib sooner.. it would have saved a few shirt casualties along the way.  It is wide and a little heavier than the average bib so it catches anything and everything that their drop out of their mouths.  So great!
I found a little high chair hack a while back that has helped a lot, attach a command hook to the back of the high chair so you can hang bibs from it for quick easy access!
The sippy cup struggle is so rough. We probably own one from every brand, they all have their flaws & I don't think I am 100% satisfied with any one of them truthfully.  The OXO tot sippy cups are the ones I'm probably most happy with most of the time.  They both come with lids which is huge for me, there is nothing worse then finding out a sippy cup leaked all over your diaper bag..and your back while you're at the mall. They have handles so mom is off duty & they are easy to clean!
This 4 piece feeding set is so great! The plate is my favorite because it has a little lip on it for less messes, Benson's favorite part are the fork & spoon..even though he doesn't know how to use either he loves trying it out.  And as you can tell, eating is for sure Benson's favorite time of the day haha!

All the views & opinions are purely my own.

October 26, 2016


There is a harmony in Autumn & a luster in it's sky.

We loved having our fall pictures done by Victoria of My Story is Art! She was so amazing with Benson & took us to the most magical spot in the mountains full of all red & yellow leaves.  As soon as Benson saw the leaves there was nothing we could do to steer his attention away.  I love all of his cheeseball smiles in these pictures, this is exactly how he is all of the time right now! Cheesy, silly & busy!

Photography: My Story Is Art
M clothing: dress- Cotton On//sweater- Forever 21 //shoes- Forever Young Shoes
K clothing: shirt- thrifted//pants Target//shoes- Nordstrom Rack
B clothing: sweater- Gap//pants- Target//Shoes- Freshly Picked

September 25, 2016

Party Animal Bash

Well we did it! We survived our first kids birthday party! It was wonderful, completely chaotic & hot, really really hot!  All the kids had a blast & Benson had the time of his life, i'm sure he would chalk this in as the best day ever.  It doesn't get much better than friends, cake & balloons for this guy.

I had such a hard time narrowing down a theme for this party.  I have a billion ideas & I LOVE parties so it was really hard to choose from the thousands of Pinterest ideas I have pinned.  But in the end I decided to stick to a PARTY ANIMAL theme, mostly because Benson really is a party animal & he LOVES animals so much!  It fit him perfectly.

We sent all Benson's little friends these cute invites, designed by me.
This doll walked me over to the bounce house & posed for this adorable picture haha!
 I only invite famous instagram models to my parties. ;)
My amazing friend had a blow up bounce house on hand & brought it with her to the party.  Bless her soul because the kids LOVED it!  I think bounce house will now be a staple at all of our birthday parties!  Kept the kids entertained the entire time!
We also purchased some balls & blew up a whole bunch of balloons to keep the babies entertained.  Really all they wanted the whole party were balls & balloons.

Party Animals Only.
Yes, we're keeping this sign up from now on.  & the flamingo.  She was here before Benson.

I made these signs to show how Benson grew over the past year, because why the heck else was I taking those monthly pictures every month other than to make a collage of them all?
& as I glued the pictures all on, I just sobbed! He was so tiny & now he's so big!
Also, note: panda present. panda present!

The last thing I care about at the party is the food.  I put so much more thought into balloons & party hats on animals & table placement that the food is always something cheap & suuuuper easy.  But the table that the food sits on, now THAT is a big deal.

I chose to spend most of my budget on cake & macarons.  Priorities.  They were both worth every penny!  Then I just grabbed some animal crackers & whipped up some banana pudding cups the morning of the party!  The babies loved it!

Party hats on the animals!  Pretty much what this entire party was built around.  They lasted on that table for a whopping 5 minutes but they turned out soooo cute!  The little party blowers were by far the best purchase I made for the party.  The kids LOVED them.  The hats on the other hand.. were mainly for me & a few pictures haha!  Still cute though!

Benson really got into the whole cake eating thing.  He's never really had cake, not because I don't believe in giving babies cake, but because I purposley avoid cake & head right to the donuts!  He loved it!  & he really loved that all his friends were just standing there watching him eat a giant cake!

Like really though, he loved it!

& of course, no party is complete without a photo booth. Even a one year old's birthday party.  It wasn't easy but we got a bunch of pictures of most of the kids in front of it!  & we got one picture of us all together in front of it. Win!

Cake: No. 1 // Sweet Tooth Fairy
Macarons: Meri Macs
Balloons: Party Land
Lion Cups: Zurchers
Animals: Hobby Lobby
Party Blowers: $ store!
Benson's bow tie: Little Love Leighs

September 19, 2016

twelve months

Our little newborn baby suddenly is this big one year old who walks (almost) & talks (jibberish)! He is the funniest little thing with the biggest personality.  That was for sure the fastest year of our lives & the craziest! This guy keeps us on our toes with all his daily new tricks & keeps us laughing!  Love him so much!

Height: 31 inches
Weight: 23.8 lbs
- Saying "uh oh" or "achoo" or faking coughing
- Eating. He is suuuch a good eater! Meal ptime is by far his favorite time of the day!
-Dancing & singing! The music flows right thru him! He's recently picked up singing too now! Its so adorable! He's loving everything Justin Bieber, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Little Einsteins, really anything with a beat he'll start dancing to.
-Tickling!  He loooooves when we tickle him & has started saying "kickow" & tickles us randomly.
-Waking up & Bedtime.  He is probably the most happy when we are going to bed, he rolls around our whole bed & laughs & laughs & laughs! & every morning he wakes up with the biggest smile on his face as he crawls around in between us to see if we're ever going to open our eyes haha
-"Dad".  He lives for when Kevin gets home.  Periodically he'll just look at me throughout the day & say "DAD".  Like he's letting me know he misses him & would rather hang out with him. haha but I don't blame him, he really is funner than me.

- Wearing anything. Clothes, shoes, diapers. He wants to be naked & free all day long.
- Getting in trouble.  He has begun to throw some awesome fits, full body throw, pouty lip, instant tears.  He's already a pro at the tantrum life. Heaven help us all.
- The word no or uh uh.  He'll turn back at me and shake his head or pull out the pouty lip.
- Kitty scratches.  Although he should be able to sit on her, drag her, pull her hair, poke out her eyes & throw her, if she scratches him he loses it haha

Big Moments:
- 8/18: took a few first steps!
- 9/1: Learned how to turn around & get off! A blessing & a curse.
- 9/9: started sleeping in his new big boy bed!
- 9/12: did his first summersalt (on accident) haha! still counts.
- 9/17: had his first birthday party! & had his first cake! Loved every second of it!
- Words: yeah, look, poop, hi, dad, mama, baba, diddy, ooo!, woo!, yaya, & uh uh!
-Eating: Oh everything & anything! He loves quesadillas like nothing else! Tried PB&J for the first time & loved it! Likes peaches & cucumbers.  Hates broccoli & corn haha! Dove into some mashed potatoes & sweet potatoes! Messy eater!
- Has 7 teeth now!

-Benson has so many tricks now! I think my favorite is that he refuses to wave hi/bye, but he does the cutest little waving motion when you we say "get outta here bee" haha! Its adorable.
He also has started going "ahhh" after he drinks out of his sippy! My favorite trick of all!
-This boy is an animal lover!  We took him to the aquarium for his birthday & he loved looking at all the animals & fish!  He got the cutest kitty stuffed animal for his birthday & immediately gave it the biggest hug when he pulled it out! SO dang cute!  He loves his two kitties so much, he is a little bit scared of Henry (for good reasons) but him & Penelope are inseparable.  He is (mostly) so soft with them & always is saying "hi diddy!" whenever they are nearby.  Its the cutest thing!
- We made the switch from a crib to a toddler bed.  Psych! He's still sleeping in our bed, but we're putting him in his bed for naptime which is like HALLELUJAH! He doesn't scream anytime he goes near this bed!  Naptime is so so much better than it used to be, he pretty much puts himself to sleep as long as you are sitting by him & he takes 2 two hour naps which has been SO NICE! We've come a long way from literally never sleeping, to sleeping if mom is holding him, to 30 min naps, to this! It's been a slow struggle..one year actually but we all feel a little more sane with all this sleep!

August 15, 2016

eleven months

This cute little guy is already eleven months! Like how does that even happen! He's almost ONE!  He is such a funny cute baby with such a big personality.  He's just always up for a good time & always ready to go party at Target with his mom.  He's a little snuggle bug & gives us kisses on occasion but that's probably because we kisses his cute cheeks & fuzzy head all day long.  We love him so much & all his craziness.

Age: 11 months
Height: 29 inches
Weight: 22.2 pounds

- Playtime.  He looooves to play 24/7.  He always is getting into everything & has to dump everything out so he can play with ALL the things.  He loves to pass the ball, throw things..., & loves stacking things.
- Music.  This boy is always grooving to some beat, he pats to the rhythm, sings, mouths the words (or his version..dadadada), & is ALWAYS dancing! I love how much he loves music! His favorite songs right now are Sia, Justin Bieber,  The Wonder Pets song, & Don't let me down.
- Being crazy.  He does the cutest thing where he shakes his head and yells really loud, it's our faaavorite. Also his new "spitting" trick is too funny!
- When daddy comes home!
- Playing with the kitties & feeding the kitties the food he doesn't want.
- His favorite foods right now are bananas, blueberries, grapes & tomatoes!

- Being told NO or Uh Uh.  He has started shaking his head when we tell him no, but if we tell him no sternly he BURSTS into tears & gets the biggest pouty lip.  It's pretty hilarious & really hard not to laugh at him!
- He really hates getting dressed though, like he tries to escape everytime!
- Being put in time out in his crib.. somedays are hard & mama needs a break..
- When daddy goes to work. :(
- Sitting still.

Big Moments:
July 19- Learned to point
July 25- Took his first trip down the stairs & got a nice shiner for a few days..
Aug 2- Flew on his first airpline! To Florida!
Aug 7- Went to Disneyworld!

-We 100% weaned Benson from breast feeding this last month & it wasn't easy.  We both shed some tears & he has had a hard time adjusting to the baba life, but it was totally time with 6 teeth & a busy busy baby breast feeding was becoming a chore instead of a bonding moment.  Breast feeding has been such a great experience for us & i'm so glad we were able to do it for 10 whole months!  Be careful though, if Benson sees your boobies he will probably try to eat them hahaha he tests out Kevin's everytime they are out. ;)
-Benson is made for a life of travel! He loved our vacation to Florida so much!  He was such a breeze on the airplane & loved Disneyworld sooooo much.  He only cried on one ride, that was completely terrifying but every other ride he just laughed & stared at everything soaking it all up! He was completely heart broken when we came home, the whole next day he threw tantrums alllll day long & missed his daddy A LOT!
-We have such a social little baby, he loves to go on play dates & play with other little kids/babies!  It's so cute watching him try to keep up and talk & play with all the kids.  He wants to be big so bad & just walk and talk with everyone!