What I Learned in Three Months

A few days ago my son turned three months old. I really don’t understand how time has moved so quickly and its crazy to me how big my little guy seems. Since bringing him home as this tiny, perfect newborn he has already learned so, so much. His favorite thing he’s learned is definitely that he can turn his head. Seriously his head never holds still, he is constantly looking left, right, up, down, behind him, etc. He’s really loving all this neck control.

But he’s not the only person learning new things..

WHAT I HAVE LEARNED IN THREE MONTHS

A FULL NIGHT OF SLEEP ISN’T MANDATORY: Before my son was born I never fell asleep before midnight 6.5 nights out of the 7 in the week, but I still needed sleep. I was convinced I couldn’t get things done, be productive or be even half human without plenty of sleep. I have now been sleep deprived for the whole 3 months The Captain has been around and you know what? I can totally function with only a couple hours of sleep up my sleeve. I mean ya, there are certainly some days I wish I could have clocked in a few more hours or slept in, but I truly don’t need as much sleep as I thought I did.

PATIENCE WITH MYSELF: As far as I’m concerned my baby is perfect so I have yet to lose my patience with him, but I cannot always say the same about myself, though I am learning to. Sometimes I lay in bed and feel guilty for not being the very best mom/wife I could be. Sometimes The Captains blowout laundry sits in an untouched pile for far too long. Sometimes I put zero effort into dinner. Sometimes I have plenty of time to be productive and house-wifey but I spend my time doing anything else. Sometimes I don’t know why my baby is crying and can’t ‘fix’ him as fast as we both wish I could. But thats reality and I’m learning to be patient with myself and give myself credit and positive affirmations.

ITS OK TO HAVE DIRTY, STINKY CLOTHES: I used to be the person who always had a clean, fresh, unwrinkled outfit. Then I had a baby and now I often have spit up down the front of me and on those *lucky* days, poop and potty also find their way onto my clothes. So with hearing that you can just imagine the smell.. But hey, there are more important things than clean looking/smelling clothes.

MY BODY IS A WORK IN PROGRESS: I have already written about my thoughts on women post baby bodies (read post here) and I still stand by every word I said. Of course there are still days I get discouraged that my stomach is still as squishy as play dough and my boobs are usually two different sizes thanks to nursing, but I know that my body did something incredible by bringing my tiny BFF into the world so I respect it and I know that as long as/if I put the work into it and eat right, I’ll eventually get the results I’m wishing for. It may not be a fast transition, but it can happen. In the meantime I’m just going to still be proud of what my squishy belly (& my insides) did.

PRIORITIES HAVE DRASTICALLY SHIFTED: Nap time for The Little Captain is as precious as gold. Nap time is the #1 priority now and I will schedule my day around his 3 to 4 naps to keep everyone in this house happy, well-tempted and just feeling good. Plus there is nothing cuter than watching him wake up from a nap then getting to play with him for a while after he wakes up – he is the happiest little guy after a good, long nap. (can you blame him?)

EVEN TEENY BABIES LIKE BOOKS: I really thought babies under 6 months didn’t care a bit about books and reading. I received lots of books before my son was born and would mentally think to myself ‘I won’t be using these forever,’ but I couldn’t have been more wrong. We love reading time. The Captain sits on my lap and happily kicks and flails his arms around as he excitedly looks at each new page. Its adorable and I can tell he genuinely enjoys it.

MAKE UP AND CUTE HAIR CAN BE SACRIFICED SOMETIMES: I’m definitely a firm believer that cute hair and a nice face of make up can be the recipe for a really great day. I was sure I’d think the same thing once my son was here, too. I was all prepped and ready to be the mom who got ready every single day – but that has ultimately become something far from my reality. I used to spend an embarrassing amount of time on my make up and hair, but since The Captain’s arrival, I can’t leave him alone for so long and he gets bored and doesn’t like not being held for longer than 15 minutes (& i don’t like not holding him for longer than 15 minutes). So there are just some days that I opt out of any make up and throw my hair into a top knot and call it good then go hang with my little man.

I REALLY LOVE MY HUSBAND: Watching Wild Man become a father has been incredible. I always knew he’d be an amazing dad because I’ve seen how good he is with our nieces and nephews, but he’s really exceeded my expectations when it comes to fatherhood. He rocks it. He loves our son and there is something so special about the bond they have. Since we have had The Captain I’ve seen Wild Man with new eyes and its made my love for him grow even stronger. He is an amazing man and I am so blessed to be his wife for time and all eternity.

I NEED ME TIME: You’ll never hear me admit this out loud, but I do. Typically my favorite ‘me time’ is in the bath tub. That is where I relax and unwind. A couple times a week I decide to draw a hot, bubble bath and shut the door and just let myself relax and think about nothing. I fight guilt the entire time because I really hate being without my boys, but I also think the time I set aside for myself is something that helps me maintain balance and sanity.

MOTHERHOOD IS MY CALLING: I always knew I wanted to be a mom since I was a little girl. I have vivid memories of laying in bed and pretending to deliver babies/stuffed animals then proceed to ‘raise’ them. I loved it then and knew it would be a trillion times better once it was the real deal. In high school I can totally remember wondering to myself how many years after school I’d get married and have babies because I really was so anxious. Now that I am a mom and I have my first little baby, I have no doubt that this is what I have always been meant to do with my life. I love being a mom. There is no greater joy. I’m lucky to be able to be a full-time mom and spend nearly 24/7 with my son – I truly wouldn’t have it any other way.

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles

 

 

Ode to Baby Wearing

Baby wraps, baby carriers and all things like those are probably my favorite baby related invention. Baby wraps are absolutely my favorite and I’m not going to lie, its one of my favorite germ defenses. When my baby is in the wrap, thats basically my way of saying, no, you can’t hold him. Also, I swear he takes some of his best, deepest naps when he is wrapped and we are chest to chest. Recently I’ve started wrapping The Little Captain forward facing from time to time and he adores it. Its stimulation city for him and it couldn’t make him happier. The only downside is that I don’t get to see his chubby little face.

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This post really doesn’t have any rhyme or reason.. I was just sitting here thinking dang I like wraps.

{I have the Moby Wrap}

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

A Message from the Prophet

Late one night when I couldn’t sleep (thanks postpartum anxiety) and was perusing Twitter, @LDSLivingMag posted a link that caught my attention. Apparently President Monson had a message that every woman in the church needed to hear. Obviously I clickd on it because I was needing a little extra oomph in my attitude and self-love. As per usual, the Prophet delivered a sweet, uplifting message and I’d like to declare that not only do women in the church need to hear this, but all women, even if you aren’t LDS, need this message in your life.

The world is hard on women. According to media, we are just never good enough and always need to be working harder, doing better, getting skinnier, cooking better, cleaning more, being a better mother…basically just be perfect. So in light of all that that crap, this was a very refreshing message.

“Sometimes, my dear sisters, you feel inadequate and ineffective because you can’t do all that you feel you should. Rather than continually dwelling on what still needs to be done, pause occasionally and reflect on all that you do and have done. It is most significant. The good you have done, the kind words you have spoken, the love you have shown to others, can never be fully measured.” -Thomas S. Monson 

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Sesame Chicken Recipe

I like to try new recipes as often as I can, but I still have several recipes that have become an absolute staple in our household. They’re the dishes I make quite often and we haven’t tired of (yet). Last night I made one of our favs and decided it was yummy and easy (so easy) enough to share.

*This is not my recipe. I found it online somewhere and wrote the recipe down. This is in no way my creative genius (though I wish I could take credit).

Sesame Chicken

Ingredients:

1 bag of frozen popcorn chicken

6 tablespoons of honey

4 tablespoons of ketchup

4 tablespoons of sugar

2 tablespoons of white distilled vinegar

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

salt and pepper to taste

sesame seeds

Directions:

Cook the popcorn chicken as directed on the package. In a large saucepan, whisk together the honey, ketchup, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, salt and pepper over medium/high heat. Toss the popcorn chicken into the sauce and stir it around, coating the chicken with the sauce. Serve over rice.

Enjoy.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Throwback Thursday

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Today on Instagram I posted this picture with the caption, “Throwing it back to just a few seconds after my little man was born. …and I’m also wondering why time passes so quickly!! He is almost 3 months old!!”

Then I sat on the couch and couldn’t quit thinking about my cute guy. So I decided I wanted to expound (just a bit)..

How the heck has it been three months?? Though part of me feels like The Little Captain has been part of our family forever, it also feels like we were in the delivery room just yesterday! Time is crazy and never moves at the speed you wish it would. But thankfully, no matter how fast it goes, its filled with lots of good, happy, family-filled seconds.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Best Time of the Day

 There are three times of the day that are my absolute favorite part of every day of my life since my son was born. We have quiet, close time where I rock him to sleep. He holds the collar of my shirt, coos and sleepily smiles as he fades into baby dreamland. He molds into my body and I snuggle him and watch him sleep and quite honestly I’m shocked my heart hasn’t burst from the cuteness overload, yet. Motherhood is exhausting, yes, but it is the most rewarding, best thing I could ever do.  
xoxo

ceeceesparkles 

Valentine’s Day

I so wanted to post my V-day post on Valentine’s Day, maybe even before. But obviously that didn’t happen. We have been busy and sometimes that means my blog has to take a backseat – ugh. But hopefully I’m going to be organized enough now where I can post more frequently again. Time will tell..

Our Valentine’s was just lovely. We attended church with Wild Man’s family to be there in support of his dad getting a new calling. Then we went to Wild Man’s families house for several hours. It was my families week for Sunday dinner so then we headed there (a whole five houses away) and I made chicken enchiladas. We had a small little party and exchanged a couple gifts and spent the rest of the evening socializing and enjoying one anothers company.

Wild Man and I opted out of gifts this year. We just dropped some serious money on The Little Captain’s birth and we have another exciting, big purchase (news on that, soon) in our close future so we decided our gifts would be the joy of being with each other and our cute rolly polly baby.

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ceecees outfit: button-up: american eagle | skirt: downeast | tights: h&m | shoes: target

wild mans outfit: suit: macys | white shirt: h&m | tie: jcrew | shoes: macys

the captains outfit: button-up onesie: gymboree | blue blanket: gifted | white swaddle: swaddle designs 

xoxo

ceeceesparkles