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January 8, 2015

Jaxon's First Christmas and New Years

Jaxon’s first Christmas was a week full of excitement and family.
We started out the celebrating with Jake’s Dad and step-mom.
We packed up their gifts and an awesome Brussel sprouts recipe and ourselves into the car to visit with family.
It was a great little family party with the kiddo’s loving opening presents.
It was such a whirlwind of activity with the 5 kids. I felt that if I blinked, I would miss it.
Jaxon didn’t quite ‘get’ the idea of opening presents, but my older nephews were more than willing to help him.
It was cute.
We finished off the night by going to our church service to see my nephew in a Christmas concert.
It was truly entertaining.

The days between were spent in a flurry of wrapping paper and ribbon.
Our family getting bigger has resulted in me using more gift bags and tissue paper than ever before.
I blame it on odd shaped presents, like soccer balls.

Christmas eve I spent the first church service with my parents in 5 years.
I left Jaxon and Jake at home with his side of the family so I could see my nieces in their Christmas pageant.
I couldn’t miss out on baby Quinn being baby Jesus!
I rushed home and opened presents with Jake’s side of the family.
This time Jaxon seemed to catch on to the whole present idea, grabbing any paper he could between his two hands and dancing with it in the air.
It was priceless.

Christmas morning Jake and I packed up the boy and headed over to my parent’s house.
By that time Jaxon was so over stimulated and over tired that he actually slept sprawled over my lap as I opened my presents and his.

The rest of the day was spent playing and spending time with people that we love.
When we finally went home we stocked up on leftovers and relaxed.
It was a success, all around!

New Years was a little different. 
We decided to treat it like any other night.
Jaxon and I were both in bed by 9:45pm.
Happy New Year!

January 7, 2015

My Little Pregnancy Secret

In this new year, I want to be completely frank and outright.

The only baby book that I made it all the way through was Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy.

I loved it.
I tried to read Ina May’s guide to Natural Child Birth….
I stopped about 40 pages in and decided that while each testimony was interesting… Experiencing childbirth myself would be more helpful.
Plus, I evidently really like statistics to be included when someone or something claims to be 'better' for someone.
Even then, it's to each their own. 

I tried, I really did.
I tried to read and be more aware of what I was going through and what kind of being I was bringing into the world.
I planned on being up to date on parenting methods and birthing techniques.

I’m not even sure Jake did more than page through a dad focused parenting book while he was lounging in the bathroom.
That’s where I put the book, at least.

Some parents may call it a fail.
I call it a Godsend.
A learning experience.

I feel more focused on our lives, our experiences, our mistakes.
I’m not trying to rack my brain for an answer to a problem that is only kind of like something similar to what we come up against.

I am surrounded by mothers who have been through what I’m going through.
They are a wealth of wisdom.

Have you ever done anything like that... Prepped with all the best intentions, then completely blew it?
You aren't alone.

December 23, 2014

Choosing a Baby Book

Choosing a baby book is hard.

I think everyone I know has the same baby book from when they were young.
I guess hospitals use to give them out to new parents before they took their little bundle of joy home.
I wish that they still did that, because choosing a baby book was much harder than I originally expected.
Hard enough that I didn’t choose one until after Jaxon was already here and home.

After searching amazon, book stores and Hallmark-type stores for 9 months I finally decided to order the C.R. Gibson 5 year memory book.

After it arrived, I couldn’t have been happier.
It was basically the updated version of the book that my mom had for me, back in the 80’s.
In fact, with the company being from the 1890’s, it may be the actual updated version of my baby book.

It has more than 30 archival quality, acid free and lignin free decorative pages to collect and preserve memories from pregnancy through baby's 5th birthday.

I highly recommend that you check it out!
I love ours!

December 22, 2014

First Christmas and Holiday Fun

This year will be Jaxon’s first Christmas.

Because Jake comes from a split family, holidays tend to be a big deal and a lot of parties.
This past week we were able to celebrate Christmas with Jake’s Dad’s family.
Dressing up for the parties is a lot of fun for me, even if it takes a little more planning now that I have a whole family to get ready.

Hair, makeup, nails, diaper bag, kid, husband…

(I have had my eye on low maintenance nail fun for a while. Check out this awesome holiday manicure!)

I LOVE it!
Check out the other colors Julep has to offer

Jaxon doesn’t nurse or sleep all that well when we are out and about.
Keeping a kid on a schedule is a little harder than we imagined, when it comes to the holiday.
I took some time to take Jaxon to his cousin’s room for a little quiet time to nurse and catch a quick cat nap.

After eating some great food and watching the kids tear into presents we went to church to see Gabe in his Christmas concert.
It was so cute, watching him on stage, in his bowtie… staring at the worship leader like he was crazy.

What is it with kids on stage. I don’t think I’ve seen anything so hilarious!
Last week, at Noah’s pageant/concert, Noah didn’t really do his little dance moves, but ended the songs with a very large bow.

I can’t wait to see Jaxon in those situations.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone!!

October 28, 2014

You are the Light of the World!

{HAC's 2014 cast of Godspell!}

This fall I have been keeping busy. I auditioned and got a part in Godspell. It was so much fun to be in a small, off season cast again. I have loved the music since I was little and have seen Godspell live more often than any other show. I  jumped at the opportunity to play with friends on stage while presenting the gospel of Matthew.

I was blessed with an awesome and understanding cast who didn’t mind when I had Jaxon in tow.
It helped that Jaxon was content to just hang out on his play mat while mommy danced and sang like a fool.
{Jaxon and I in our chorus rehearsal. He loved looking at my book!}

It was an amazing experience and while I may have been busy every single night, it was very rewarding to be on stage so soon.
 I adore my cast mates and loved performing with new, and not so new, friends!

I don’t know if I can just pass on being involved in stage performances that I am passionate about, if my schedule allows for it.

Performing is my therapy.