Our Maternity Photos

Maternity photos were one thing that I always knew I would want when we had a baby *some day*. Luckily my friend Erika is a wonderful photographer with similar taste to mine so I didn’t have to look far to make it happen! I absolutely love how these turned out! We will treasure them forever. Erika also took photos during Landon’s birth. =) I can’t wait to get to share those as well!

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One Month with Landon

Landon - 1 Month Old
It’s hard to believe it has now been more than a month since our sweet baby boy came into the world. These last 5 weeks have been good – a few of them extra hard. I feel like we’re on an upswing now which is quite a relief! Aside from him having colic and acid reflux – he is such a good baby.

He loves his carseat, car rides, and stroller rides. He seems to really enjoy being out just about anywhere! Being at home is just too boring and quiet! He has been to Target, Meijer, the farmers market, out to lunch at Cheddar’s, the mall, the waiting room at the doctor for two hours – no crying and if he did get a little fussy he calmed right down. Completely amazing considering there have been many days and nights at home when we could not calm him. He loves being worn in the Moby wrap. He has been sleeping pretty consistently in his bassinet (which we love). Sometimes he just really needs to sleep on me but for the most part he is content to sleep right next to me. Most of the time he goes three hour stretches without waking. We’ve had a few off nights recently where he woke up a lot more or wouldn’t go back to sleep but I think that’s normal! He loves to look around at everything and is particularly in love with the big map in our living room. If he is anywhere near it he won’t look at anything else! He has smiled a “real” smile at us a few times but doesn’t do it regularly yet. He has to be swaddled in order to sleep at night but must have his hands out above his head. Also: white noise is our best friend! He will take a bottle with breast milk and a pacifier just fine and has since he was 2 weeks. He still has all of the beautiful dark hair he was born with! His big almond shaped eyes are still blue and he has the longest eye lashes! He rubs my arm when he nurses. It’s the sweetest thing. At his last doctor appointment he was 8 lbs 15 oz and that was a few weeks ago! He is getting so big so fast! He’s already outgrown a few of his newborn outfits. *queue the crying*

I think it’s safe to say that we’re pretty in love with this little boy! I will not sugar coat it: there have been some extremely hard days. Thankfully we’ve had lots of help from family and friends to get us through! The good far outweighs everything else. We can’t imagine our lives without him and I can hardly remember what we were even doing before we had a tiny human to care for 24/7. ;] We’ve been able to go out on two date nights while my parents watched him – a little reminder that we can still get out and enjoy each other even though we have a baby. It has been so good for our sanity!

I can’t wait to start blogging again regularly – baby things, fashion things, Pure Romance things, aerial things! I feel so behind but I’ve had to just put it all aside and let myself adjust and focus on being a new mom. Looking forward to getting into a routine of sorts now that I’m getting the hang of it!

Happy Birth Day Landon!

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Our sweet baby boy, Landon Timothy, was born on March 14th, 2015 at 10:57PM (7lbs 14 oz and 20 inches long)- one week ago yesterday! We are so completely in love with him! He is a very calm and relaxed baby so far. It’s amazing how much we’ve already learned about each other in one short week. Everything from his little queues and cries to how to trick him into sleeping in his bassinet by our bed. Making sure we can lay down in our bed at night and get some real sleep between feedings and diaper changes has been the key to our sanity. Nate has been amazing in every way possible. I always knew he would be a great Dad and a wonderful support system during labor but he has truly gone above and beyond. People always say you fall more in love with your spouse after you have kids and that has been so true for me.

We are so lucky to have so many family members and friends around us at this time. We have definitely not gone without meals or help when we’ve needed it – so thankful! The last couple of days we’ve gotten more into a routine of sorts. We’ve had a few trips out of the house to Target and Meijer, gone for a walk in the neighborhood, and today we ventured out to a new coffee shop downtown. I’ve definitely “bounced back” quicker than I thought I would and have just been ready to get out of the house a little bit!

I can’t wait to type out the details of labor and delivery, to share our maternity photos, to put together a list of some of the baby products we’re loving so far, etc. So many fun little details that deserve their own posts!

Thoughts on Pregnancy: 38 Weeks – FULL TERM!

Maternity Photo & Mother's Day 2015
I was full term last week at 37 weeks and I’ll be 38 weeks tomorrow! Wahoo! I’m definitely at the point where I’m feeling like it’s time for this baby to come OUT. I’ve been in full on nesting mode and I’ve gotten a lot done around the house – thank goodness. I thought the nesting bug would never bite me! I don’t think I’ll get every single thing in the house to the point where I feel that it’s perfect but at least I’m feeling more at ease overall. I had been so lazy there for a while!

This past weekend we finally managed to get quite a bit done that I had on my list of to-dos: shopping for some things for the hospital bag, a few last minute items for the nursery, and we took our hospital tour on Sunday! Ahh – a sigh of relief! I still come up with a new list every day and I keep thinking – “OKAY, he can’t can’t come until I get ____ done!” Ha! In that case, I’ll be pregnant forever. Just gotta let some stuff go! And if we don’t have something that is a necessity – we will just get it when we realize, right?!

Mother’s Day was wonderful. It felt super weird to celebrate it for myself! I just don’t feel like a Mom yet, if that makes sense! I do but I don’t! I’m in a weird in between stage, ya know? Nate bought me tulips (my favorite) and took me out to brunch at First Watch before our hospital tour. Later in the afternoon we went over to my Mother-in-law’s to see her and my Mom! It was so nice to be able to SEE my MOM on Mother’s Day. That hasn’t happened in a long time! I got the chance to get in the pool while I was over there and it was GLORIOUS. I laid on my stomach for the first time in about 8 months. It was the most comfortable and relaxed I’ve been in so, so long. I could have stayed in there forever.

Well – this could be the last time I blog before this cute little bebe wiggle worm is born! I can’t believe we’re so close. I can’t believe we’re about to be parents. The time has gone by so fast and so slow at the same time. I am so ready for this. I’m “prepared” but I know there is just no way to know what this whole labor and delivery event will truly be like – but I’m ready because I know I’ve got Nate to support me and love me through it. He is going to be the best Dad and I can’t *wait* to see him hold his baby for the first time. I am so lucky to be his wife and I’m so blessed to have him as my support system. I’m so excited for our little family to become 3! <3

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