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2.5 years with my boy.

Yesterday, Landon Drew turned 2.5 years old. It seems like only yesterday that I was propping Leila up on my big round belly when Landon was growing inside me. Now, it is him who perches up high on top of his baby bro. Little does he know how his life will change forever in just a couple of months when he becomes a big brother.

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This kid. I love him so much. When you have an only child you can’t imagine how the love could possibly grow with the addition of more kids, but miraculously it easily does. Sometimes I look into his big blue eyes and I really think my heart could burst. My little momma’s boy. The way he loves me is insane. His hugs are the best (although sometimes literally painful) and when he calls for me, my heart skips a beat. There is nothing like feeling loved and truly needed by a child. With Landon, he lets me feel that every day.

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Today at 2.5 Landon is far from the baby who came home from the hospital with us on that crisp, sunny October day. Then, he was very chill, mellow, and quiet. Now, he is the epitome of a wild 2-year-old boy. Always on the go. Always getting into something. Always (well, usually) putting a smile on our faces. Mr. Personality.

Things I never want to forget about Landon Drew at 2 and a half…

  • He recently started sleeping in his sister’s old twin bed and while I miss leaving him to roll around in his crib each morning while I clock some more zzz’s, there is nothing better than waking up to him climbing on top of me, giving me the best morning snuggles imagineable.
  • He’s a late talker, still no sentences and we’re lucky if we can get him to put two words together, but this kid is smart. Shortly after he turned 2 he started pointing out letters in books and on TV. I still don’t know how he learned them – I’m thinking his favorite show “Super Why” was a big factor. Today, he can easily identify most lower and upper case letters.
  • He’s a much better eater than his sister! Still pretty picky when it comes to veggies, but he will try pretty much anything we are eating. He loves meat and seafood (salmon and shrimp were big hits) and Mexican!
  • His favorite thing to play with is play-doh. He loves to make me “cookies.”
  • His favorite thing to do, hands down, is help in the kitchen. We may have a future chef on our hands! Any time Andy or I are in the kitchen, Landon is there wanting up on the counter to help out.
  • He is also still obsessed with vacuuming. What can I say, he’s just a domestic little guy! He’s going to make some girl very happy one day. J
  • Landon is a stubborn, naughty little thing. He loves to push his momma’s buttons by doing the exact opposite of what I ask him. He’s tricky to punish as well because he usually just laughs at me when I get mad at him. However, it’s hard to stay mad at him for long.
  • He loves his sister soooo much and I’m almost brought to tears on a daily basis because of it. He calls her “diddy” (aka “sissy” – still no s’s yet) or if she’s really not paying attention to him, he’ll call her by name. Every night before bed he runs up to her and gives her a big hug and puckers his lips up until she leans down to kiss him. I die.
  • My boy is such a great sleeper and I am SO thankful for that! While his sister starting sleeping through the night at only a couple months old, she now STILL crawls in bed with us in the middle of the night. Landon, on the other hand, didn’t sleep through the night until he was 11 months old, but now sleeps a solid 11 hours every night without a peep. And he’s an excellent napper, too!
  • He has this little bounce in his step and zest for life that is just contagious. I try to see things through his eyes as much as possible and when I do, the things that are stressing me out or bringing me down don’t seem so bad anymore. I hope his positive outlook and spunk never disappear.

I could go on and on about my little guy, but I won’t. You really just have to see him and know him to understand just how special he is. Or, maybe that’s just me – a mother’s perspective is always a little bit twisted, isn’t it? Either way, I can’t imagine my life without him, I can’t wait to continue to watch him grow, and I am sooooo looking forward to seeing him as a big brother.

Yep, this video about sums him up…

I love you so, so, so, so, so much little man! Keep doing your thing!   

Easter Fun {29 weeks}

What a wonderful (and exhausting) weekend! We lucked out in the weather department and were able to enjoy a good portion of it outside in the sun. Easter day did not disappoint with the Easter bunny baskets a huge success, mass quantities of candy consumed, two egg hunts, and lots of chocolate covered smiling faces. Seriously, it gets better and better every year as my kiddos get older and I can’t wait for a new son to join in on the fun next year!

And now, our Easter in pics…

The baskets before they were destroyed (and a good portion of the candy hidden away)…
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A 6am wake up over Easter morning excitement…
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Happy hearts…
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Yep, Leila is wearing red lipstick…
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They are so cute, though!
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A partially successful family photo…
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And of course, I’m now 29 weeks along in my 3rd pregnancy!
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Yeah, it was a little bit windy that day. :) In other news, if you want to live in pajama pants that aren’t technically pajama pants, I highly recommend those ones I’m wearing above! Seriously the most comfortable pants EVER and I got about 50 billion compliments on them. These ones from my favorite store, Target.

29 week pregnancy tid bits…

  • I’m so ready to be 30 weeks already. I just feel like I look like I’m at least 30 weeks now.
  • I pretty much dread getting dressed for work these days. Weekends are just fine, but work wear is tough.
  • Food hurts me. I’m at the point where I’m pretty much starving all the time, but fill up to the point of pain really quickly.
  • Going back and forth between days of utter excitement and days of terror over the birth of this little one.
  • Just got our awesome new car seat and stroller in the mail, so things are starting to feel real now!
  • Day dreaming about summer days spent at the lake, holding my newborn and watching my big kids play in the water.
  • Still going strong with The Bar Method! Only managing 1-2 workouts/week, but it feels so good when I do!
  • Looking forward to another ultrasound next week to check up on this little guy’s kidney and get some new pics of him. :)

All in all, still feeling pretty darn good. And now a little flashback to my last 2 (smaller) pregnancies…

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Hope you had a wonderful Easter with your family! XOXO

When Doubt Creeps In

Yesterday was one of those days that made me question everything. You know how if your day doesn’t start off right or according to some semblance of normal it throws everything else off? Yeah, that. Now that Landon’s in a twin bed he will just walk down the hall and come pull the covers off of me yelling, “Get out!” to wake me up in the morning. While he usually sleeps until 6/6:30 (totally doable for me), yesterday he decided on 5am. Momma wasn’t having it. I carried him back to his bed where he proceeded to head butt me in the nose resulting in one of the worst bloody noses I have ever had. Landon won that one – I was wide awake after that.

So yeah, my day started off rough. Work was sub-par. The evening was tough. Third trimester exhaustion coupled with the 5am wake up had me wanting nothing more than to crash on the couch and watch some TV. Of course, when you have two kids to feed and bathe and a husband that works until 8pm, that can’t happen. My little Lando was also feeling the early morning effect (coupled with a crappy nap at daycare, I’m sure) and was a BEAST. He was throwing tantrums over the tiniest of things. I almost lost it.

As I was trying to get him in bed (he wasn’t having it) I was bombarded with self-doubt. I can’t do this. I’m not cut out for motherhood. How the heck am I going to survive having THREE kids? What did I get myself into? I let exhaustion and the fact that I couldn’t control my two-year-old defeat me. Logically, I know I’m a great mom, I know I’ll be just fine with three kids, and I know my kids love me. But in that moment, I doubted it all. Unfortunately, in parenthood we can’t avoid occasional days like this.

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Fast forward to today. It’s a new day – a fresh start! And I didn’t have to wake up to a bloody nose. :) The truth is, after the storm passes you appreciate the sunshine just a little bit more. My kids are my world. And my son is in the throws of the terrible twos. It will pass. These moments are fleeting. So, if you’re stuck in one of those no good, very bad, horrible days, take a deep breath. Push through. Before you know it, the sun will set and you will get a do-over.

Happy {28 weeks}

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Sorry, I think I’ve been bitten with the happiness bug! :) I don’t know if I’m necessarily “glowing” like you supposedly do when you’re pregnant, but I sure do feel good. A common thread in all of my pregnancies (and probably the reason I love being pregnant so much) is the carefree attitude I get. The prospect of new life and something great to look forward to makes every little normal irritation seem like nothing. I’m just happy. Also, I cannot get enough of the longer daylight hours and warmer temps – I’m such a sucker for spring and summer!

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Ugh, I wish I would have edited these photos a bit more. Oh well.

Happenings at 28 weeks pregnant…

  • Every day someone tells me my belly has grown since they last saw me. Shocker!
  • I really can’t get over how big my belly is this time around either, though.
  • Getting dressed each morning is becoming more of an issue. I have a few go-to outfits, but since I am HORRIBLE at keeping up with laundry, I’m usually scrambling to find something to wear that fits me comfortably.
  • Current cravings: pasta salad and cherry coke.
  • I still haven’t purchased anything except for some Honest diapers for my little man. What is wrong with me?
  • Baby is as active as ever, kicking away almost all of the time.
  • The warmer weather is making the reality of my situation really kick in. It’s easier to imagine our summer evenings spent outside with THREE kids now.
  • I bought some maternity Spanx last week and I’m now wondering how I survived my other 2 pregnancies without them.
  • I’m feeling the 3rd trimester already – definitely starting to get lazier and feeling the call of my bed earlier in the evenings. It doesn’t help that I have a 2-year-old who likes to wake me up at 5am now. Sigh.
  • In less than three months I will be holding this little bundle in my arms. I’m really trying to savor each day I have left of this pregnancy and life as a mom of two. Before I know it, he’ll be here and my life will never be the same as it is right now.

Sheesh, now I’m feeling all sentimental and teary eyed! Oh, the joys of pregnancy. :)

Blast from the past time! Yep, I’m officially much bigger this time around…

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Living a childhood dream.

When I was really little, my brother’s girlfriend lived with us for a while (my oldest bro is 15 years older than me). Since I never had a sister, I totally looked up to her and wanted to be her when I grew up. She did some modeling at the time and I remember going to one of her fashion shows and staring up at her on the runway in awe. At home she would dress me up in her clothes and do my hair and I would strut my stuff in front of my family. I remember my mom taking photos of me with my hand on my hip and a serious look on my face. I wish I could find those photos.

For a long time I thought I wanted to be a model when I grew up. While I now have zero desire to model professionally, I still find it fun and had the best time playing model and photographer for Daily Mom recently. Here are a couple of pics from my photoshoot for the AMAZING maternity clothing line Ingrid & Isabel:

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You can see more photos and read the full post HERE.

I may not have a ton of money and I may not work a job that I absolutely love, but I feel so blessed for the opportunities I have been given to pursue other interests and to continue to learn and grow. And now I’ll quote one of my faves:

You’re never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream.
~ C.S. Lewis

FYI: If you are expecting a baby or plan on being pregnant in the future, I very highly recommend Ingrid & Isabel for maternity clothing. Seriously, the clothes I have from them are the softest, most comfortable, well-made maternity clothes. I’m gonna hate to say goodbye to the items I own after this pregnancy!

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