Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Secret Shoot

I'm sure this little one will follow in daddy's footsteps when he's older.
For father's day I wanted to get a few shots of Noah on the truck at B's department. Thanks to our buddy Lee we were able to sneak a little photoshoot in without daddy knowing. He loved them.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

7 months

Little man is 7 months. He's sitting up, crawling, climbing stairs, walking with a push walker, saying mama!.....Geez. He needs to slow down. But watching him grow like this is just the very best thing in the whole wide world. I love every second of it.

Thank you God for this beautiful little boy.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Rough Patch...Life Lately

[My beautiful boys]

I don't want this to come off as me complaining. I know people are dealing with far worse struggles in life. I more or less would like to remember these times as a learning experience for us in the future.

For the past month my husband has been working 80-87 hours per week. Double the average work week, and then some. But times are hard in our household these days and he is doing it all so we can get back on our feet. What a man.

My husband has a regular, but temporary job, Monday thru Friday. All of June and into July he has had mandatory overtime. 10 ½ hours days and Saturdays. He is on two Fire Departments and attends “drill” twice a week for them. He also works at least 2 overnight shifts at the station each week and responds to every call when he is home. He works for a home repair company whenever they have work on the weekends. He also works at Navy Pier doing EMS and since the warmer weather has been here he has been working a few shifts there each weekend.

Needless to say, we don’t see much of him, and it really sucks. The only reason we see him is because of the fact that we share a car. Yep, one car for the past 5 months. We both work too so its pretty tricky. Thanks to the help of my amazing family we are able to make it work, but like I said, it sucks.

Lately I feel so drained, exhausted, and just plain tired. I feel bad even complaining since my husband works so much more than me, but it’s rough.

Each day is filled to the brim. We wake up around 6. Run around and get ready, hoping the baby stays asleep until we leave. Then we usually leave (late) and I drop Brandon off at work at 7.  I can’t drop Noah at the babysitters until 8 so I stop by my moms house and feed the baby/play then make my way to the babysitters and then to work. I get off at 5 and then drive back to pick the baby up then back to Brandon’s work to pick him up, drop him at the firehouse, and then home. (I drive around 78 miles a day) Then it’s playtime because by the time we get home I have about an hour with my little man. Feeding time, bath, and then I nurse him to bed. On nights when he actually goes to bed I get a few hours to get ready for the next day. But normally he will fight sleep for about an hour and a half. By then it’s after 9. I make myself something to eat, get his diaper bag ready for the next day, make his food for tomorrow, make lunches, dishes, laundry,  and then anything I can accomplish from my never ending to-do list. Shower, bed, rinse, repeat.

I know every mom has a million and one things too do and I’m not trying to complain. I more so just wish that things would get easier so I can find some sort of balance. It also does not help that my son still wakes up about 5 times throughout the night. Half of the time I can get him to lay back down with his pacifier but then there is the other half…. The next day I can barely keep my eyes open and my neck up at work. It’s draining.

This little rough patch has been an experience to say the least and a big lesson learned on our part. I know this is God’s way of prepping us for the future and I’m ok with it, however, I’m still having a really hard time making things work. But I know that not too far down the road I will remember this small little rough patch of ours in a sea of so many bigger and beautiful patches and I’ll be thankful for the lessons it has taught my husband and I.

Friday, May 18, 2012

This Weekend....

One of my favorite things about the warm weather is the garage sales. I can't get enough of them. It takes everything I have not to prance into work an hour late every Friday just so I can stop at all of the garage sales I pass. My mom and I both. Tomorrow is my neighborhood sale and little man and I will be up bright and early to explore!

It's funny how in the past I used to hate when I would find a sale and walk up the drive to find all baby clothes! No! Baby clothes everywhere! Ahhh. I would get so upset. Now that it mainly what I look for. I scored a sweet pair of boat shoes for Noah last weekend for $1. It's just fun because you never know what you will find. Looking forward to spending some outside time with my little guy.

The rest of our weekend we'll be visiting family and my best friend. She is in town for a job interview! She lives about 6 hours away now and if she gets the job she will only be 1 hour away!!!! It would be amazing for her. Only downside is that her fiance will have to stay and finish school until December. They are getting married in August so it would be hard but a great thing for her to have a job with a lot of opportunity. Anyway, church Saturday night and Sunday it's just me and little man again while daddy has some fireman homeland security training thingy.

Excited for the nice weather and thanking God for all of our blessings.

Monday, May 7, 2012

For the little man...


Oh man......I need them all

Sunday, April 29, 2012

5 Months

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Noah and the water Jug....

Kid can't get enough......

Friday, April 13, 2012


How fun it is that all of us lame Android users can finally get Instagram? I know this is old news but I'm finally able to do a "My life in Instagram" post. How exciting for me. 
So here goes it :)

Def. not as cool as the iphone app. I can't even make those awesome collages and stuff.
I had to rig this one in photoshop and it sucks. Oh well, you get the point.

Morning coffee / / Dad's gnocci veggie amazingness
Sisters and sunnies / / baby eating parrot
teaching baby to give a dog a bone / / a melted fork from a hot sweet potato

Im baby.less for the next few hours and I am so excited to clean my house,
shower, and.........I don't even remember what I used to do before that beautiful little boy :)

Friday, April 6, 2012

This little nugget......

is going to be crawling soon...and I'm scared.

Thursday, April 5, 2012


Signed, Jesus

Overnight Oats. I need to try these because 1) I love mason jars 2) I love eating out of mason jars
3) Oatmeal is good for you and 4) Its a grab and go breakfast...mmmmmm 
p.s- this girls blog is pretty awesome too

Pinned Image
Most beautiful eggs I've ever seen!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Noah - 4 months

I meant to share these on here but somehow got sidetracked. 
I think I'll start now

Monday, March 19, 2012

Mom Jeans....

I have always looked young for my age. I still get carded for rated R movies and spray paint.
I was once out to dinner with my husband and his friend and the employee asked them (not me) if I was 12 or younger because I could eat free. I was 20 at the time.
Last week I found myself contemplating if I should change the way I dress and style my hair to fit my new 'mom' title. 

To me, motherhood brings on this sense of pride and accomplishment and when I go out with my little boy I am proud to be his mamma. But for some reason I always walk around feeling insecure because of the way people look at me. Because I look so young I can tell that they make judgement right away. Not many people ask me about this sweet little boy sitting in his car seat. I just get the "16 and pregnant" look that is often accompanied by an eye roll. Talk about making you feel good! I just want to flash my ring in their face and say, "look lady! Married!" haha. 

And so I say, "does anyone have a pair of Mom jeans I can borrow?" Maybe that would help. Maybe not. 
But just to clarify, I'm not talking about wearing half shirts and belly rings, but when I go to the store in yoga pants with my hair on top of my head I guess it makes me look younger and therefore not mature enough for a baby. Im sure other young ladies out there have the same problem. But then I realize that I am only 25 and I know I'm a great mom so I can dress and look my age if I want. Boom. 


Sunday, March 18, 2012

So True....

My little boy will be 4 months old next week. Out of everything people constantly tell you about your new future while your pregnant, I've only found a few to be completely true. (1) You will never sleep again. That may be a bit exaggerated, but quite on track for me. I can only imagine the late nights waiting up for your sweet little one to get home. Only they won't be so little anymore. 

(2) It goes by so fast.<----This is the truth. I don't think any parent would fight this as fact. Last night I went and visited a friend who has a 1 week old little girl. It is amazing how I already forgot how to hold a newborn. She felt like a feather in my arms and I couldn't understand how time had passed so fast. It felt like so long ago that he was that small. But I am so loving everything about this stage he is in now. He is curious about everything, wants to eat and hold everything and moves all over the place. I'm in trouble when he starts to crawl! But the best part about right now is how he holds me back. I waited for that since the day he was born and just to have his arms around me and his little fingers clenching them tight, BEST feeling ever!

I'm loving every second of motherhood. And I am especially thankful for my hubby. He let me sleep this morning and took Noah for a walk and played with him all morning. I got up at about 11:00 am and nursed the little man, ate some food myself and now they are off to the store together. I have some time to blog and jump in the shower! Ahhh and all on top of the amazing weather we have here in Chicago. 
Have a beautiful Sunday!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hey Ladies

I can roll over these days. I can't quite make it back over again but Im getting there.
Pretty impressive  ehh? Oh and guess what? I'll be 3 months old on the 21st!
My mamma can't believe it either. 

Happy Valentines Day! <3
p.s check out this amazing giveaway! Oh Lord I hope I win!!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Color Run

How awesome does this run look? I can not think of a better way to motivate my lazy butt and shed this last bit of prego weight. I'm actually so excited I can't stand it. Now if that excitement and motivation could physically place me on the treadmill that would help a great deal.

Check out the Video

Good news is that its a Fun Run 5k. So you don't necessarily have to worry about being in tip top shape. You can walk, run, or jog. Whatever you fancy kids. 

Check it out here and read about its sweetness.
And find out if there is one near you right here.

I can't wait! Let me know if any of you are going to do it!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Little man and I

Little man and I are off today. That makes Wednesday my new favorite day!

Although it would be a dream to be a stay-at-home mamma, I am grateful I am able to have one day during
the week with my little boy. And hopefully, in the not so distant future, that dream 
may come true. Until then I will cherish this one day I get, just Noah and I. We are probably
going to read books, get a bath, clean the house, and relax with a movie. 

I can't believe he will be 3 months old in just a few short days. Time really does fly like we're told. I already find myself missing his tiny little newborn face. But there is so much goodness to come
and I just can not wait. :)

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