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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.