Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas 2012

Although my family was out of town, me and Lang still very much enjoyed our Christmas Day together. More importantly, it's Langston's first Christmas! He was up at 7am, and we headed to the living room to see what Santa brought us. Now, I realize that Langston is way too young to understand the concept of Christmas, but that didn't stop this mama from spreading her holiday cheer! Lang mostly enjoyed crawling over and on top of the presents, which couldn't have been more adorable. He sat in my lap, while I did the tough job of ripping the paper off. He loved the toys he got, not satisfied until I ripped them out of their boxes so he could have full access to them.

After we got dressed and had breakfast, my cousin Angie came over and we baked some cookies and had cinnamon hot chocolate. We stopped by her sisters house, and then headed to my aunts. It was a lovely day of good food, and amazing family, but boy were we tired by the end of the day. We headed home and went straight to bed!

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday as much as we did!

Little Dapper Langston

Little Man turns 7 months tomorrow, so as always I had the lovely Catherine Taylor capture it. I should be putting up my Christmas post, but I'm so thrilled with these photos that I had to share!

Langston's outfit: Janie + Jack

Friday, December 14, 2012

No moment taken for granted

In the aftermath of the Connecticut tragedy, it's only natural that we cherish what we have even more. It makes me want to hold my baby boy tighter, and not let him out into this terrible world. My heart is heavy for every single parent and loved one that was affected by the actions of a very selfish person. No one ever deserves to lose their life, but more than anything, a child's life never deserves to be cut so short. As a mother, it just breaks my heart. I feel crushed. And once again, just so incredibly thankful for each and every day that I have to hold Langston.

I also have such a beautiful niece. She was my first love, and I don't think that will ever change. She's not only pretty, but also intelligent, hilarious, and full of such light that you can't help but fall in love with her. I love every single bit and piece of her. I pray she never encounters such tragedies in her life.

To help those affected, please browse the links below:

Shopping season! What we're loving right now.

Tis the season to splurge a little, right? This isn't quite a gift giving guide, just a few things that me and Lang are loving right now, and maybe a wish list item ;)

For the Babe:

Skip Hop Owl: I scooped up this cutie after a good friend recommended it. It has great colors, patterns, and fabulous sensory tools. Lang absolutely loves it.

Boon Squirt Spoon: Most organic baby food now comes in these interesting pouches. It drives me crazy when I see people feeding them to their baby straight out of the tube. How will your baby learn to eat from a spoon? This is a great travel item when pulling out a bowl isn't exactly convenient. And Boon makes amazing products in general.

I got a great deal on a personalized Chronicle book off of Zulily. I opted for the "Speedster" book, which incorporates your child into the story. Name, birthday, color, and even people in your life. It's one of my favorite go-to's for bedtime stories

This simple little ball is one of Langston's favorite toys. His favorite game is throw the ball, watch mom pick it up and give it back to me, then throw it again. Love it.

For Lang, this cup doubles as a great starter sippy cup, and as a teether. The thick rubber spout is perfect for chomping on, and guzzling down water.

For the Mama:

I love these. These should be a staple in all teething mamas wardrobes. They make a ton of colors, so they'll match everything, and are even cute enough to wear with or without The Babe :)

Great product from 2 Red Hens. At first it appears to be just an ordinary drawstring tote, but it folds out into a circular playmat, that doubles as toy storage. Genius. I have the red Owl pattern, and love it!

I was the mom that swore I would never use a video monitor. Why would I need that? In actuality, it's amazing. I can do chores around the house, and peek in on my little man without disturbing him. The picture and sound quality is great, and includes several other worthy features. Worth every penny.

If you're a busy working mama, like me - you don't have a ton of time to get your face in decent order. Therefore, sometimes you need a splash of color, and fast. Lipstick is a great way to do that, and the Mac brand just so happens to be my favorite. Great colors, great quality. Make sure to primer your lips beforehand for a smooth finish :)

Sigh, this is my wishlist item! I am a devoted Apple user. An iPad would let me snap pictures of Lang, blog on the go, and take my reading obsession to an even higher level. Every mama needs one...but that's just my opinion of course ;)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Busy mama. Growing baby.

It has been quite the week. Busy, busy, working mama! 
If only there were more hours in the day! Who do I submit that comment card to?

Anyways, my Lang is now 6 months, and just growing like a little weed. I've spent the last week just soaking it all in, enjoying every minute I can with him. Everyone told me time would fly, but I just never realized how fast that really meant. In another blink, he'll be one. *sobs*

Lang is all about eating, which is nothing new. He's loving all of the new foods he's been introduced to, even the veggies! We're still not crawling, but we're so close!! He's not even mobile yet, and somehow he's into everything. I can only imagine the fun that will begin once he figures out just what he's doing!

I recently got my hands on some Chewbead necklaces (pictures coming soon), and Lang loves them. He's mostly obsessed with the green one, and even when he's not gnawing on it, he likes to just hold them in his little hands. So cute. All in all, Lang is my growing big boy. 
I am one. happy. mama.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Little Man turns 6 months

I'm really speechless when I think about the fact that my Little Bear is now 6 months old. He's hitting milestones left and right, and it's just amazing. He's up on his hands and knees rocking, and scooting backwards. To think that he'll be crawling any day now is mind-blowing! So of course, I had to bring my best friend, Catie Taylor, in to do some snapshots of Langston's half-birthday.

Turns out, Langston really wasn't feeling it that day so we didn't get as many pictures as we would have liked, but we got a few. Therefore, I'm a happy mama.