Wednesday, October 29, 2014

still here

Seriously, where has October gone?  October's been a busy month and it hasn't helped one bit that I'm in a bit of blog rut either.  So here we are inching closer to November and maybe I should start with a little recap to catch y'all up to speed on life here.

Declan's now 15 months!  Agh how is this possible?  He's just the got most lovable personality and constantly laughing and handing out slobbery kisses.  My mom made the ever so true comment that you can just not be in a bad mood around this kid!  We are just soaking these moments up for sure.  We also have a cruising baby in the house.  Not completely unassisted yet, but we've gotten about 12 steps all by ourself.  That confidence is building everyday.  It's the absolute craziest thing to go from one day having him crawling around to taking off wobbling across the kitchen towards you.  We're also into everything with this freedom now too...I'm having some second thoughts about putting up a Christmas tree this year for sanity purposes. ha!

Declan attended his second wedding of one of boy's colleagues these month.  This is also the second wedding Declan has been to in a barn.  Poor kid's going to grow up thinking you can only get married in a barn.  I am loving the barn trend pretty all lit up at night!

October wouldn't be complete without a trip to the pumpkin patch.  Five seconds after this picture was taken we toppled over and got trapped between some pumpkins.  He still loved it though!

We also, unfortunately, found out this month that boy's mom and Declan's Gigi has uterine cancer.  To be more specific the type is called MMMT, which is an extremely rare and rather aggressive form of uterine cancer.  We've spent the month charting territories of a world we'd frankly rather not chart nor wish for any other families to have to either.  There's very little information out there due to it's rarity.  If you feel so inclined to pray for Gigi, we'd be ever so humbled and grateful.  

I've promise to be better about blogging...I'll be back'll go bananas over his costume!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

jack jack

We get lots of random comments on Declan's gorgeous red hair and every so often people will tell us who they think he looks like.  My favorite so far happened to be from last week when someone came up and told me how cute he was and that he looked like a Keebler elf.  Umm, thank you I think?  But the one we get the most is Jack Jack from The Incredibles and the first time our friend mentioned that I went and googled it because it'd been awhile since I had last seen it.  Yup bless his heart and those ears!!  I just wish his super power was being an awesome napper!

Friday, September 5, 2014

a day in the life of

I always love seeing bloggers document just and ordinary day in their life.  I think this will be fun to look back upon in a few years at what a day typically looked like with a one year old.  So here we go...

7:00 am- My alarm clock (aka Declan) is hollering at me.  Boy's already out the door for work and pug is sleeping in the laundry room and Landry is in bed with me.  I grab Dec who's standing up in his crib letting me know how hungry he is.  We do a quick diaper change then grab a bottle and curl back up in my bed to snuggle (my favorite part of the day).

7:15 am- Thankfully he dozes back to sleep and so do I.  I am so not a morning person.

8:30 am- We're up!  We grab a bite for breakfast today (waffles and fruit) and then while he plays in the living room I feed the pups and let them out then start the routine (unload dishwasher, toss in a load of laundry, pump).

9:15 am- I shower and get dressed for the day while he tries to get into stuff in the bathroom cabinets.    He likes just crawling around the closet and pulling out shoes and stuff off the lower hangers (I make it a quick shower).  Add in a little pug chasing to get the day started then get him dress Declan.

10:00 am- We head into the next town over (big city for us) because I've got the crazy project in my head to do and need a few things for it at Lowes.  He looks bored already!

11:30 am- Spent way more time in Lowe's then I had planned, then hit one more store to try and find a birthday present for his buddy's birthday party coming up.  No luck.

12:15 am- Head to our favorite sandwich shop Which Wich and grab a sandwich to go.  I'm not feeling brave enough to eat out in public with a messy baby.  That's a two man job!  So we drive home.

12:45 am- Declan snoozes on the way home I'm praying he will eat then nap for me.  I'm kicking myself that I took so long.  Never a good sign when baby falls asleep in car right before nap time.  Wakes up for lunch!

1:15 am- After a yummy sandwich and some carrot sticks we head off to nap.  And mama can finish up stuff around the house and return phone calls (all that boring stuff).

1:30 am- Not napping just talking to ourselves in the crib.

2:00 pm- Crying now not wanting to nap.  I go in there pick him up, soothe him, kiss him night night then lay him back down.  Wanting no part of this nap business he's putting up a good fight.  I try and plead with him but it's not looking good.  Finally after two hours of trying I cave :-( and go get him.  Now we're both worn out.

3:15 pm- With the looks of no nap in our immediate future I decide to run another errand in town that's been on my to do list.  And we take a baby selfie!

3:58 pm- Make it to Sonic in just the nick of time before happy hour ends.  Mama needs a pick me up.  Confession I sometimes read a book at Sonic.

4:15 pm- My parents have been out the country and just got home a few minutes before so we head over there to surprise them and say hello.  To say they missed Declan is an understatement, my mom basically ran out the front door to greet us.  Priceless.  Declan is full of smiles for his Bubbie and Big Daddy.

5:15 pm- Said goodbye to the grandparents and head home to make dinner.  He tells me "no" strapping him into the car seat (oy!)

5:30 pm- Crawl around while I make a dinner.

5:45 pm- Hubby calls to say he had a meeting run late and will be late for dinner.

6:00 pm- Dinner time for mommy and Declan.  We keep daddy's warm in the oven.

6:30 pm- Neighborhood walk with friends.  Love this time of the day...great mama therapy!

7:15 pm- Daddy's home!!  He eats dinner and plays with Declan.  They're working on walking tonight.  I feed the pugs.

8:00 pm- Bath and bottle for Declan.  Daddy does bath duty and I tackle the kitchen and fold some laundry.

8:30 pm- Declan down for the night.  We watch Big Brother and catch up on our day.

9:30 pm- Pump one last time, return a few e-mails and pay bills and then we head to bed.

10:30 pm- Boy's out for the count so I use this time to binge watch the last season of Parenthood.  This is one of my favorite shows and last season I missed a few episodes being sleep deprived and what not with a new baby so I just held off on watching it until it came out on Netflix.  Love this season!  Sadly I only make it through an episode and a half before I'm out to.  Night night!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

project nursery contest

this sweet -cheerio loving little one year old has a huge favor to ask!  the lovely site project nursery, nominated declan's hundred acre wood birthday party as a finalist for their august birthdays.  we're super excited and if you sweet friends get a second or two would you mind voting?  it's really easy, just click the link below scroll towards the end and click on declan's box then hit vote.  i believe the contest ends the end of this week and you can vote every 24 hours if you feel so inclined.  so pretty pretty please with cheerios on top would you vote?  thank you bloggy friends we're so grateful!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

let's talk car seats

Ok so here's the deal I way over think this car seat business.  Right now Declan is still in his infant carrier.  It works great and he doesn't mind, but I know in a month or so he'd be a lot more comfortable in a convertible car seat to sit up a little more.  In the state of Texas, it's rear facing till 35 pounds so he's going to be facing backwards for some time so that feature is a big factor.  If you've been down this road I'd love your input.  Here's the ones we're contemplating.

1. Chicco NextFit

I've read some really awesome reviews on this one.  I've felt the fabric in person and like the plushness to it.  Also, everyone says it's one of the easiest to clean (love that).  A bonus is that it's easy to install too.  Fairly new to the market it being under 2 years old does make me a little nervous.

2. Britax

Honestly, the Britax makes my head spend a little with all the options.  Marathon, Boulevard, Advocate too many choices.  I know lots of people that love this brand and have had no complaints.  Through my research I noticed they are revamping this carseat and adding their newest feature the Clicktight installation system.  Love the look, but not so much the price.  Curious how you've liked the Britax fabrics too?

3. Maxi-Cosi Pria 70

The Maxi Cosi infant carrier was a serious contender for us.  Great safety reviews on the convertible car seat.  Love the fabric. Oh by the way if I didn't live in the hot state of Texas and had a money tree growing in my backyard I'd be all over the leather model of this car seat!  Good price on this one, but just not so crazy about a cup holder (don't these get nasty pretty quickly)

Thanks Parents for sharing your thoughts and experiences!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

9 years

9 years later...happy anniversary boy!

photo by: christy nickell photography

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

shop til we drop

I took advantage of a cloudy day yesterday to run to Fort Worth and do some shopping.  Cloudy weather equals 99 degree temps instead of 105.  Makes it a little more bearable loading and unloading a baby in the car. 

Anyway, Declan's eatting like crazy these days.  You cannot walk to the pantry without this kid on your heels begging for something.  Add the pugs to the mix and we now have three little beggars at your feet.  First stop Babies"R"Us to pick up a few things.  We discovered these Plum Organics Fiddlesticks a few weeks and Declan loves them, but of course their hard to find.  Babies"R"Us carries them so I tried to sneak a stockpile into the cart while he wasn't looking.  Didn't happen.  You can't put anything past this kid and before you know it we had our first moment of having to bust out a food item right there in the aisle to avoid unwanted attention.  This kid could live off Fiddlesticks if I let him. 

Then we headed to the mall to do some shopping.  Declan is the best shopping buddy.  As long as were moving and have snacks on hand he does great.  I'm super thankful for that!  We made a stop at Stride Rite to get fitted for some shoes.  I have to be honest I was totally clueless in this department I thought I could just buy cute shoes.  Thanks to some mommy friends I learned there's more too it so little man got some new proper kicks.  He was a big fan.

Last stop Trader Joe's.  I'm a sucker for their new items on display to try.  We ended up with this to try for a stir fry.  I have high hopes.  

 I learned quickly to be really intentional in my outings and know right now we can only get in about 3 stops before we are flat out done.  You can tell loading up the car we are done here.  This kid has had it.