Saturday, May 25, 2013

You're not gonna believe this...

Baby Finn is not actually Baby Finn.

We went in for our gender recheck this morning (remember how we went the day before mother's day and the lady was 95% sure it was a boy but she wanted us to come back in two weeks so she could be 100% sure, but all along Beau and I were 100% sure because we saw the ultrasound and there was definitely something sticking out there.) and the little boy part we thought we saw before was GONE. 
Baby Finn is a girl! Which means she is no longer Baby Finn but Elizabeth Ann. Baby Liza. Or Little Lizzy as my dad has already nicknamed her.

I was so excited to be having another boy, but I can't even describe the happiness I felt when I realized the baby we were looking at was my little girl. I burst into tears of joy.

Little Liza will be so well loved and protected by her big brother and police officer daddy and of course, by me . I am, above all, excited to form a close relationship with her like I have with my mom.

Now excuse me as I return to daydreaming about the frilly dresses and dance classes that are in my not so distant future.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tuesday Topics- 10 things that make me happy

Life. Love.Lauren

Hey ya'll!
I'm linking up with Tiffany and Lauren for this round of Tuesday Topics.

This week is 10 things that make you happy. I had a hard time choosing just 10, there are so many things that make me happy- I'm generally an easy person to please. But here are 10 of the many things that make me happy.

Seeing Owen light up when he sees his daddy.

Feeling Baby Finn.

Listening to Owen talk.

Eating a Magnum ice cream bar.

Hugging Beau.

Driving with the windows down and the music up.

Singing hymns from my childhood.

Watching Owen explore and learn.

Running errands with my mom.

Summer BBQs.

The list could literally go on forever, but these are some of my favorite things that make me happy.
What makes you happy?
Join the link up so I can read your lists :)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

May is for Moms {an interview with my son}

I'm linking up again for the third and final week of the May is for Moms link up. This week's interview is supposed to be with your child(ren), but since Owen is so young and Finn hasn't made his debut yet, I decided to have Beau answer the questions in their place. 
This is how Beau thinks Owen would answer these questions if he could.
1. What is your favorite thing that you and I do together?
Go to the park. He loves going to the park with you.

2. What is something important I've taught you that you will always remember? (i.e. be nice to everyone, always make your bed, etc.)
To have a kind heart and to treat everyone equally.
3. What is your most special memory about me?
I don't know what he remembers. It's probably when you go get him from the crib first thing in the morning. He's always so happy to see you.

4. What is something nice I always say to you?
I love you.
5. How are you and I the same? How are we different?
You both have love for everyone and are always happy. Your a girl and he's a boy.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Life lately and my sad excuse for a Bumpdate

May has been a busy month... and by busy I mean barely have time to breath let alone do a load of laundry month. We have at least one party of some sort to go to every single weekend in May. There's also Mother's Day and our anniversary and my birthday! 

On top of all the busyness, I'm pregnant and therefore have negative amounts of energy, Owen has his first ear infection and is on antibiotics and has at least one diarrhea blowout a day, and Beau's shoulder is not doing well- he just got the results from his MRI and it looks like he'll be having arthroscopic capsulorrhapy surgery sometime soon, like before he graduates on June 20th.

Needless to say, blogging has been at the bottom of my list of priorities and unfortunately I've been pretty terrible about taking pictures lately. This is all I've got for ya...
I didn't actually mean to take a picture of him screaming crying, but as soon as I starting snapping photos he burst into tears. This is how you know my baby is sick! He's normally such a ham in front of the camera.

Left is 14wks and right is 15wks.
I've thankfully had a lot less morning sickness lately and the headaches haven't been quite as bad either. I still get stomach cramps every once in a while but I've also started to feel him moving around in there! Oh yeah.. for Mother's Day Beau let me get an early gender ultrasound and the lady was 98% sure it's a boy. We go back in a week so she can be 100% sure, but Beau and I already are. Owen is going to have a baby brother!

Our boy name is Finnian Francis. We are so excited to continue our journey of raising little boys. I think God is blessing us with boys because the world needs more men like Beau. 
We can't wait to meet you, Baby Finn!

Monday, May 13, 2013

May is for moms: An interview with my mom

"The only thing better than having you for a mom is my children having you for a grandma"

It's true. I couldn't have asked for a better Nana for my children. Owen is so blessed to have a grandmother who adores him the way you do!

1. How did you feel the moment you found out you were pregnant with me?
I was the most excited because I had been trying so hard to get pregnant. I started trying when Sean was 6 months old and didn't it took me 8 months to get pregnant. I even called a fertility doctor, but they told me I had to be trying for at least a year before they would see me. Finally we went to Mexico on vacation and I forgot about it and that was when we got pregnant with you.

2. Was I a wonderful surprise or carefully planned?
You were so planned! You were the only one that was really planned.

3. What was the most challenging time in my childhood? Why?
Middle school- sixth grade. You were always such a good student, all your teachers loved you and you never got in trouble, and for some reason middle school was a hard transition.

4. Did you worry about me more as a child or now that I'm an adult?
As a child. I don't worry about you now. You're so happily married and happy as a mother.

5. What is one thing you thought was deeply important when I was a baby that you now realize does not matter at all?

Happy mother's day to all you wonderful moms! 
You have the most important job in the world. Never forget it!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

I'm Feeling Lucky

Today was kind of amazing.

First of all, I woke up, turned over, and opened my eyes to see Beau. He's working the evening shift today so he wasn't up hours before me like usual. 
Then the most wonderful thing happened- I felt the baby! I've been feeling really nervous lately. This pregnancy has been rough so far, very different from my pregnancy with Owen, and I was beginning to fear that it meant something was wrong. Feeling my precious child for the first time was exactly what I needed to put my fears to rest. It was as if the baby was saying, "Its ok, Mom! Don't worry. I'm here! I'm healthy! I'm growing like I should!"

Then, as if my morning needed any improving, when Owen and I were having our good morning hug, he turned his head and gave me a kiss. Right on the lips! Oh. My. Gosh. My heart melted into a puddle on the floor right there. I can not even begin to describe the joy that made my heart sing. From then and there I knew it was destined to be a good day. 

We spent the next few hours outside, enjoying the beautiful weather. Beau even grilled us lunch. {He is THE bomb:)}

I must warn you, there is a mass amount of pictures below this text. I couldn't resist.

I'm am so lucky to have my boys!

Monday, May 6, 2013

This weekend was...


We had a busy weekend with Beau working late on Friday and two parties to attend on Saturday. Two parties, basically back to back, meant Owen didn't get a good nap which made for a very irritable baby. Both parties were fun though! First we had a family friend's First Holy Communion party and then a surprise birthday party for Beau's sister.
Saturday evening I started to feel terrible. My head was pounding and was nauseous. I quickly started feeling worse and worse and spent most of the night awake and in pain. All day Sunday wasn't much better so I was basically confined to the bed all day. 

And let me tell you something, Beau is the absolute best bedside nurse anyone could ask for! I am so so lucky to have someone to force me to rest when I need to even when I feel terrible that he's doing all the work on one of his few days off.

Thankfully I woke up this morning sans headache and I'm praying hard that it doesn't come back. 

unfortunately, because of the craziness of the weekend, I didn't snap one photo. Not one. I did however manage to find one on facebook :)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

May is for Moms {An Interview With Myself}

This month I'm linking up with Amy for a 3 part interview in honor of Mother's Day. Being a mommy is the best ever so I couldn't resist.

An Interview With Myself

1. Before you ever even had children, how did you feel about being a mother?
Being a mother has been my dream for as long as I can remember. Growing up, when people would ask "what do you want to be when you grow up" the answer was always "a mom", without hesitation. Anybody who knew me before I had children knows that that is all I have ever wanted. 

2. Since becoming a mother, what is something that has happened that you never thought would?
The amount of times I've cried thinking about the future. I'm a naturally very emotional person so I was prepared to shed some tears at each big milestone, but I never imagined that seeing a teenage boy eating lunch with his mom would make me tear up. It's hard for me to imagine my little baby growing to be an 18 year old boy towering over me. 

3. Is being a mother less difficult, more difficult or exactly how difficult you imagined?
It is definitely more difficult than I imagined. I knew it wouldn't be all sunshine and roses, but I had no idea how emotionally and physically exhausting it could be. That's not to say that it's not wonderful, because it is the most wonderful, rewarding thing I have ever done.

4. What is your fondest memory of being a mother (so far)?
There are so many! Probably giving birth and the moments right after. Literally nothing compares to the feeling you get when you first meet your child face to face. 

5. If your children only learn one life lesson from you, what do you hope it is?
To know, love, and serve God in everything that they do. If they aren't sure what to do, make sure they're doing those things and they will be fine.

Check back next week for an interview with my Mom!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Harboring a Thankful Heart

I think often times it becomes way to easy to lose yourself in the negative. Life can be hard and unfair and we like to dwell on that. Problem is, that isn't the way I desire to live my life. That isn't the kind of children I want to raise. 
I can't count the number of times I have seen a very ungrateful child throw a fit because they didn't get the toy they wanted, or the treat they wanted, or their parents told them to do something they don't want to do. It doesn't make that child very likable. It's sad but true. But when you stop and think about it, it isn't that child's fault. That child is a product of their parents, a direct example of how their parents are raising them.

And guess what?! Children learn by example!

I've come to this epiphany lately and I have begun to realize, I need to model the behavior I want to see in my children.

I can tell them to say their prayers, but if they never see me praying they won't either.
I can tell them to use "please and thank you", but if I'm not being polite to the cashier or the waiter or anyone I come in contact with, they aren't going to be either.
I can tell them to be thankful for what they have, but if I'm constantly complaining or wishing for more, they will too.

It's kind of a big deal! I mean, I am shaping human beings here. I am playing a huge role in the kind of adults they will grow up to be.

I want them to be kind and generous, empathetic and sensitive, happy and thankful, responsible and wise, moral and saintly adults.

That means that I have to be that kind of adult. 

This is going to take a lot of focus and dedication. It's going to mean I have to constantly make the conscious decision to be that example. It won't always be easy, I will sometimes fail, but it will be worth it.

One of the first changes I want to make in myself is to have an ever thankful heart. My goal is to write down 3 things I'm thankful for every night. 
I plan to share them here at the end of each week.

I am thankful...

For my parents, for welcoming us into their home while we transition into our own.

That they make such an effort to make their home feel like home to us, so that we never feel like visitors.

For Beau, for how hard he works to provide for our family.

For Owen's delicious thighs.

For Owen. He brings me more joy than I ever imagined possible.

For our sweet Baby 2. 

That both of our children are happy and healthy.

For the rain this week, for washing away some of the pollen.

For our doctors.

For my sister Mary, for loving Owen so much.

For the internet, cause it kinda rocks.

For two working vehicles.

For Beau's job.

That Beau got to spend the morning with us today.

Happy Friday everyone!
Have a great weekend :)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

9 months

Owen is 9 months old. It's blowing my mind. I know I something similar every month, but it's true. Each and every month seems to sneak up quicker than the month before. Everyone tells you to enjoy them at every stage because they grow up so fast, but I never really understood that until O was a month old and already so different from the baby he was a birth. 

This month especially though, he has grown so much. He has become an independent little person with a mind and personality of his own.

  • He started crawling on 4/9 and is now a total pro. He speed crawls all over the place, climbing over anything in his way.
  • Right around the same time his two first teeth finally popped through on the bottom. 
  • He is pulling up on everything and climbing. It's already caused a few injuries and freaks me out, but I figure this is nothing compared to the years to come with a boy.
  • He has pretty much completely given up purees. Now he eats whatever we're eating. I must say it makes life a lot easier. And a lot messier!
  • He loves watching Beau and I talk or make noises and trying to mimic us. It is the coolest thing to see him learning.
  • He is a total ham! He preforms for a crowd and he knows he's funny. He'll repeat whatever he's doing just to keep getting a reaction.
  • He has major separation/stranger anxiety. If he's crawling and exploring on his own he's fine, but if I leave the room and he notices, oh boy, he ain't happy. Once that happens he gets majorly clingy and doesn't want to be put down for at least 30 min. 
  • We had a couple rough days when I had to put him in the church nursery while I was in a meeting. We were both in tears. It's just so hard to hear him crying and know he just wants me and not go grab him and hug him tight and tell him I'll never ever abandon him. Thankfully I don't leave him often, so it's not something we have to go through too regularly.
  • Because of his new found mobility, this month's photo shoot proved to be challenging. Sitting still and smiling was the last thing this wiggle worm wanted to do.

Weight- 22lbs 90z
Height- 29"
Clothes- 12-18m
Diapers- Size 4

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