Sunday, December 15, 2013

4 months!

This is about 2 weeks late, but oh well...better late than never!

Our sweet boy is 4 months old!
Tell time to slow down!


This past month he has really worked on his rolling.  He can roll from either his back or tummy...but he prefers to be on his tummy most of the time when he's on the ground.


He grabs at anything he can get his hands on!  And then it automatically goes to the mouth.  His latest obsession is messing with one of our decorative pillow and drooling all over it.


He no longer likes his play mat.  Since he learned how to roll he would just roll over on it and get stuck and just get all upset.  So he has graduated to this bouncy play chair.  He loves it!  He can bat at things and bounce to his heart's content.


We have been blessed with a good sleeper.  His naps are a little hit or miss...but he does great with nighttime sleep.  It's a rare night when he doesn't sleep through the night.  He's usually somewhere between 10-11 hours.  Unfortunately I still wake up at least twice a night and then can't fall back asleep for some time.  I will not miss this about breastfeeding!


At his check up he weighed 17 lbs 7 oz and was 26.5 inches long!  It's crazy that he is so much bigger than when he was born!  He's still in the 95%.  The boy likes to eat. :)


This is the one rare picture we have with a binky.  He's not the world's biggest fan of them.  Just every so often he'll take one.


We just love watching him learn and grow every day.  It's so crazy how quickly he transforms.  It's so fun and sad all at the same time.  I love being his mother.


Happy 4 months, my Kamo!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Seasons

Do you ever feel like you can't keep up?
Do you ever feel like you're not doing enough?
Do you ever feel like you're a failure at being a female and doing the "female" things?

I KNOW I am not alone in those feelings.

I feel like I constantly get down on myself for not "doing" enough.
The world demands a lot from us.
We are "supposed" to have an always clean house, dinner for our family 7 nights a week, fully stocked food cabinets, constant laundry loads going, never have pee spots on the side of the toilet (from your husband obviously), and all while looking practically perfect in every way. 
Mary Poppins, anyone?

Some of us at church were expressing these feelings of not having enough time to do everything and then we had a lesson on Family History.
Then my mind spiral started again.
"I KNOW family history is important.
I KNOW it is.
But how in the world am I supposed to research to find my ancestors and then prepare them for temple work all while I have a young child?"

While my mind was getting severely overwhelmed, my Bishop's wife chimed in and said something along these lines:
"We all have seasons in life and we cannot forget which season we are in.  If we can remember to stay within the confines of our season, we can avoid feeling bogged down."
Then she told us that family history has to match our season.
For my season as a young mother that looks like taking pictures and writing in a journal.
HALLELUJAH!  I'm already doing that!
I felt such relief!
I felt so liberated!

Even though that was a few months ago, I've really tried to keep that phrase in mind.
Whenever I start to feel like I want to do it all, but don't have the time or means, I repeat in my mind: "It's not my season."
I have to remember my current season.
I cannot expect myself to be able to do things now that I will be able to do when I no longer have newborns or when we are empty nesters.
This doesn't mean that I'm incapable.
It means I very much am a capable person, but it's just not my season.
Don't you love that?!
I know for me it gave me a sense of freedom within myself.
I hope someone reading this will feel the same.
This world today makes us feel like we have to do it ALL in order to be happy.
And that's so false.

So let's stick to our seasons and enjoy the journey! 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Getting back on track.

As any mother knows, having a baby throws your entire life in a huge loopdy loop.
The life that you used to know ceases to exist.
As awful as that sounds, it does get better!
I think the best advice I got was from my sister, Karly.
She told me that it was OK to mourn my old life.
It was OK to miss it.
It was OK to have a hard transition.
So I did that.
I took some time to mourn pre-Kameron life.
And I'm so glad I did...my pre-Kameron life was great!
I really did have an awesome life.
BUT...my life is even better now!
First of all, I have the cutest child that I'm kind of obsessed with.
Second of all, I get to watch a tiny human (who I grew, by the way) discover everything about this world.
I mean, I watched him become enthralled with a Cheez-It box earlier today.  That alone kept him entertained for about 15 minutes.
I get to see him become excited every time he sees me.
I get to see his toothless grin.
I get to watch my husband transform into a father.
I get to be a part of this divine creation process.
And I wouldn't have it any other way.

That being said...I have learned in my 3 months of being a mother that Kameron cannot be my ENTIRE world.
There are other things that make me ME.
And though I love taking care of him, I cannot lose the things that also make me happy.
So I have made a goal to every day do something for myself:

Spiritually
Mentally
Physically
Relationally 
and one thing for my home/family.

Spiritually: watch a General Conference talk, listen to church music, read the scriptures, watch some Mormon messages, etc.
Mentally: read a book for recreation, scrapbook, paint my nails, go to work etc.
Physically: go on a walk, play Just Dance, go to the gym, stretch, etc.
Relationally: spending better quality time with Alex once Kam is in bed.
Home/Family: do the laundry, do the dishes, vacuum, etc.

If I can just do at least ONE of those things in each category every day, I will be in good shape.
I have made these goals so that I am more productive during Kam's nap time and also so when he is awake I will not have any feelings of bitterness for not getting things done.
Wish me luck!
Figuring out how to be a mommy and Kaycie is a tricky mix. :)

Friday, November 1, 2013

3 month old Kameron!

Holy moly!
Where is time going?!
Yesterday on Halloween, Kameron became a 3 month old babe.
In some ways it's flown by, but then it's also hard to remember when our family only consisted of 2 people.


As you will be able to tell from my favorite pictures from the last month, Kam has turned in to quite the little ham.  His facial expressions have just blossomed!  It's so much fun to see how his face changes when he's concentrating, upset, happy, uncomfortable, quizzical, and my favorite: excited!


He's definitely discovered his hands this month.  He can bat at objects now and even grabs them a lot of the time.  His mouth has turned into the automatic magnet so whatever he does grab, gets pulled to the mouth.  He also really loves sucking on his hands and for some reason loves to chew on fabric.  Weirdo.


He LOVES his new play mat that Grammie got for him when she was in town.  His feet kick a piano that plays songs and he can bat at jungle animals.  He just goes crazy sometimes kicking and batting away!  Then he'll pretend he's all upset and wants out, but as soon as he sees our faces he gets all excited again and plays more.  He just wants us right there so he can show off for us.


He can hold his head up and does great while being in a front carrier or in his Bumbo.  He also LOVES to stand!  We can just hold on to his hands and pull him up from a laying down position.  He thinks it's the greatest thing in the world and gets the biggest proud smile on his face!


He does pretty great with sleeping.  His first stretch of the night is usually 8-9 hours.  Then after a quick nurse, he's back down for another 2.5-3 hours.  He also takes about an hour long nap twice a day and then a little catnap in the evening.


He's still a chunk.  Our guess is that he's gained about another pound, but we aren't for sure.  But we did measure him and he's grown another half inch.


He really enjoys being outside still.  He loves to look around, sleep in his stroller, and then look around some more.  He also makes the funniest noise whenever wind hits his face.


Kam is very close to rolling from his tummy to his back.  The poor guy is so frustrated that he's so close!  He's got the working hard grunt down and just does it over and over again during tummy time.


Thankfully he does great while out and about.  He observes other people and as soon as they look at him, he can't help but smile!  We usually can hit up 2 errands before he's done and wants to go home and take a nap.  So if I divide them up evenly throughout the week, I can usually hit everywhere I need to.


His bedtime routine is turning in to my favorite time of the day.  He has his last big feeding then we take him in to our room and lay him on the bed.  That's when he gets really excited since he knows what's coming!  While Alex gets his clothes and diaper off, I start the bath and get his bath seat ready.  Then I do the bath part.  He looooves it!  He is oh so smiley and giggly and just talks and squeals to his heart's content.  When he's done, Alex has the towel ready and he gets him all dried off and a fresh diaper put on.  Then I lotion Kam on up.  Thankfully he no longer screams during drying off and lotioning!  Then we take him back to his room to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  He used to not seem very into it, but the last week or so he's really started to pay attention!  He gets so excited when he sees the first page.  The first time he got so excited, Alex and I could not stop laughing because his face was hilarious!  I literally could not read anymore.  Kam saw and fed off of us so he started squealing and smiling.  It was one of my most favorite times with my little family thus far.  After the book I nurse him to top him off and so he can get drowsy.  Then I set him in his crib, stroke his hair for a bit, and he just drifts off to dreamland.  He's a dream, that baby.


As for us?  Alex and I are doing great.
We definitely have our moments where we feel overwhelmed with all of our responsibilities.  Usually when that happens, one of us is more up so we can help out and pick up the extra slack.
It's definitely a balancing game being parents that work and go to school, but we're figuring it all out.


There were some times, especially in that first 6 week's of Kam's life, when I didn't know if I could do this.
I honestly didn't understand why people would want more than one of these!
But I think I'm starting to get it.
Kamo is the joy of our home and just gets more and more fun each and every day.
I keep thinking he can't get any cuter, but he somehow magically does!
We sure do love our little man cub.
Happy 3 months, baby!


Monday, October 28, 2013

2nd Anniversary.

I never got around to posting a sappy blog post about my husband.
So here comes the sap...(you've been warned.)

Dear Alex,
Happy 2nd Anniversary!  These 2 years have flown by because being married to you is SO GREAT!  On a daily basis you make me feel: funny, beautiful, special, and important.  I can only hope I do the same for you. (insert handsome instead of beautiful though. :)  I don't know where along the way Heavenly Father deemed me so lucky as to have you, but I'm so thankful He did.  This past year has been more stressful and crazy than the first, but thank you for helping me through my pregnancy, labor, and delivery.  You were there the whole time.  Thank you for the runs to Taco Bell in snowstorms at 10pm.  Thank you for being at every appointment with me.  Thank you for rubbing my back almost every night.  Thank you for not remembering my pre-pregnancy body and for making me feel sexy when I was growing our child and then even now.  Thank you for shaving my legs.  Thank you for working so hard in school and at work.  Thank you for never coming home and immediately asking, "What's for dinner?" or "Why are there blankets, baby clothes, and stuff just everywhere?"  Thank you for giving me blessings whenever I need them.  Thank you for making our sweet baby with me.  I'm pretty sure he's the best thing we've ever done.  Thank you for being such an amazing husband and father.  I think I'll keep you around for at least another year.  Love you.

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Link to 1st Anniversary video: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10100577260637029

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A Smile.

First: 
Kameron had his 2 month check up.
I don't think it's any surprise that he's a chunk.
Height: 24 inches.
Weight: 14.1 lbs.
Percentile: 95th.
We have ourselves a big boy.


Second:
Someone at work asked me what my favorite part of being a mother was.
I knew it instantly.
So without hesitation I said, "When he smiles at me."


I'm sure my "favorite motherhood" moments will change and morph as Kameron and our other children grow and mature.
I'm sure some day it will be watching them do their talents, cooking Christmas goodies, or having late night chats over grilled cheese sandwiches.
But for now...Kam's talent is filling up his diaper in one blow, Christmas is not here, and neither him or I can make it late in to the night. (With or without the possibility of a grilled cheese being involved.)


That kid's smile though...I live and breathe for it.

And I still don't even have a picture of his BEST smile.
His best smiles are when there's no camera around and we're just playing back and forth.
I hope to document it someday, but for now...his best smiles are preserved in my head.


There is nothing more amazing than when he sees my face and gets a big smile on his.
His toothless grin makes my heart melt and all is forgiven.
I've forgotten that he spit up all over me at church.
I've forgotten that he woke me up 4 times the night before due to a growth spurt.
I've forgotten that he exploded all over his freshly put on outfit.


All I can think of is the way his eyes sparkle.
And the dimples on the right side of his face.
And his chunky cheeks.
And his squeal of delight in his valient effort to laugh.


Yep.
It's for certain.
That smile...is my favorite part of being a mother.

Monday, September 30, 2013

TWO MONTHS!

Kameron is a whole 2 months old!
I really can't believe how quickly this last month went!  Definitely faster than his first month of life. :)

I'm pretty sure that's due to him being SO much more interactive.
He seems to really know our faces and voices and gets all smiley a lot of the time.
His little smile seriously melts my heart.  I can't even handle it.
He's also trying to laugh.  It mostly just comes out as a big squeal, but I love it!
He just babbles a lot and it's awesome.

He's also just recently starting to try and roll over from his tummy to his back.
The other day I set him down for tummy time and went to get a drink.
When I came back he wasn't on the blanket and I couldn't see him!  My heart stopped a little.
As I rounded the couch more he was on his BACK and off the blanket!
It was definitely a fluke, but he's been trying mightily ever since to do it again.
It's quite amusing seeing his little body and brain trying so hard to roll.

He's also (as of today) starting to slightly reach for things.
He grabbed a monkey toy that I was holding in front of him and I immediately started crying.
Alex was excited to...but not to the point of tears.
I think sometimes my post partum emotions are more all over the place than my pregnancy hormones.

He still enjoys his bath time and kicks his legs up and down in his little tub seat.
However, getting dried off is hit or miss.  Sometimes he doesn't mind it, sometimes he cries the whole time.  We haven't quite figured out why that is...

As for me?
I'm doing a lot better.
Prayer is a real thing.
During that first month of his life I was in a constant prayer.
I didn't feel capable enough.
I didn't feel strong enough.
And I sure didn't feel like I could handle this whole "mother" thing.
But thankfully Heavenly Father has answered my prayers to give me the strength and love I needed.
Of course, I loved Kameron the whole time...but I just didn't have that "I LOVE BEING A MOTHER" thing that I felt everyone had.
But now?  So much better!
I truly love that little man so much more than I could've possibly ever imagined.
He's the best thing to happen to our home and I'm forever grateful to be his mom.

And every good post needs pictures of this cute boy....








Saturday, September 14, 2013

6 Weeks of Pure Love.


Things are really starting to get better around here.
For the most part. :)
I still have my moments when I get a little overwhelmed, but usually I really enjoy this whole "motherhood" thing.


Kameron has become such a joy in our house.
He's really starting to show us his personality more and more.
I live for his little squeals and the hit or miss smiles he offers to us.
I can't wait for him to smile all the time because it's the cutest thing in the world.

This past Sunday he was blessed.
It was a beautiful blessing and I'm so grateful for how many people came to support us.
(And this isn't even everybody!)


And because he looked so handsome in his little white sweater suit...a photo shoot was a must. :)




 Remember this post?
Well our boys were finally able to meet and become besties.
Kameron was more interested in sleeping and Blake was more interested in his binky...but it's ok!  It's a step in the correct direction. :)


I know people say you forget how hard things were in the beginning and I used to think they were crazy.
But it's true!
I already forget how hard those first few weeks were with him.
I mean, I remember it being hard...but I don't remember just HOW hard I know it was.
If that makes sense?

Now I just love every little bit about that baby Kam.

Monday, September 2, 2013

A month long Mama!

Maybe someday in the future I'll blog about more than Kameron.
I see that more in the far distant future rather than the near distant future. :)
He kind of is my whole day, every day.  And you blog about what you think about and do and well...I think about Kameron when he's asleep and when he's awake I'm with him so....


Kam Kam is now a whole month old!
I feel like it went by fast, but also slow at the same time.
I think it's more the days are sometimes slow, but the weeks go by quickly.


In the last two weeks he's definitely matured a lot!
Sometimes it's hard to see when you're with him day in and day out, but when I look back on older pictures or read his 2 week blog, I realize how much he's changed already!


I also realize how much I've changed as well.
I too am maturing in this new role of mine.
It's still not easy by any means, but it's getting easiER.


*I'm more used to my slower paced, newborn mama life.
*I don't get QUITE as anxious every time he cries.
*And sometimes I laugh.  Yep...it's true.  Sometimes his face is so sad that it's funny.
MUCH better than when I would feel empty inside when his face would do that.
*I've mastered the fast, 3 min shower.
*I'm not as hard on my post partum body.  I need to remember it took 9 months to get like that...I shouldn't expect it to morph back overnight.
*That being said though...I'm anxious for my doctor to clear me exercising for real!
*I still value relationships and LOVE visitors!!


Kameron now:
*Has learned to love the bath.  Well...maybe I shouldn't use "love."  He tolerates it now!  Which is much better than the crying he used to do.
*Very light sleeper.  Which is slightly annoying.  It seems any change in noise or touch stirs him.  Sometimes it wakes him up...sometimes it doesn't.  I just hold my breath until I know.  I downloaded a white noise app on my old iPod touch to see if that will help him not hear every little thing going on!  Today's our first day...so hopefully we'll see some results!
*Loves to wiggle!  Sometimes he'll just lay across my lap for 30 minutes just moving away.
*Super strong!  He is almost a master at holding his neck up.  He still bobbles, but he's getting so strong!
*When laying on his tummy he can pick up his head and flip it over to the other side.  Sometimes he's not so successful when he has the binky in his mouth.  So he gets half way, is face down in the blanket, and starts moving his face side to side really fast and grunts.  It's quite entertaining.


*ALMOST smiling at us.  He kind of gets a half grin and makes this super cute squeal.
*Can follow our face with his eyes!  He still goes cross eyed from time to time, but his focus has really improved!
*Still just prefers to be cuddled over anything.  Most of the time I'm ok with, but when I'm trying to get things done it presents a challenge.
*We tried pretty much every swaddle blanket/accessory/item out there, but he would bust out of them all until thankfully my sister found us the Woombie!  It's amazing.  Some nights he doesn't even fight us on being put in it!  (Some nights he screams. :)


He still is just the sweetest thing and it's fun to see his personality starting to shine through more and more.  I'm trying to treasure this time, but I'm also so anxious for him to grow and learn so I can see what he will be like!

And if any one would like to come visit...feel free!  I LOVE VISITORS!
I love adult conversations. :) Kameron isn't much for conversing.
But I'm so thankful Heavenly Father has answered my prayers and is making motherhood more meaningful and joyful each and every day.
(Don't worry, I've already cried today when he kept waking up after a 10 min snooze...like 5 times...and then kept getting more and more overtired and crying crying crying...)
BUT...we're good. :)

It's crazy how much you can love a tiny little person.
And I sure do love my tiny man.
And my big man. :) Alex is still #1, even though some days I'm sure it doesn't feel like it.
I love those few minutes before we drift off to sleep more so than ever before since some days that's the most interaction we have with each other.

And in parting...this is Daphne, Chloe, and Kam.
Alex's two cousins had babies this summer too and they were all together yesterday for Daphne's blessing!
And remember how Kam is the youngest...but the biggest!  Haha.
Love that little tank!


Oh...and Kameron's getting blessed this Sunday!
Family is coming in!!  This will be the first time my daddy and my sister, Karly, will have seen Kam! 
I'm so excited to be around family for this special time.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The first 2 weeks.

Since this is slightly my journal too...this blog will involve a lot of Kameron from here on out.  But that's ok...he's cute. :)


In some ways time went by slow, but then when I look back I can't believe it's already been 2 and a half weeks since I birthed this little man.
Some times I really can't believe he is now forever a part of our lives and I'm so grateful for that.

I won't lie.  Being the mother of a newborn is hard.
Really hard.
(I'm sure all you mothers out there are like, "try being the mother of more than one child!)
BUT...in my defense this is my first.
And newborns are a lot more work than they look.
There's always something he needs.
And when he's taking a nap I just want to sleep as well.
Hence not much else getting accomplished.
I think Heavenly Father makes newborns so dependent so we learn how to 100% serve someone else.
The only thing I really do for myself these days is shower.
And even showering is WAY faster than it used to be.
Service is a quality we have to learn and he is definitely helping me develop that quality.


I really am just trying to enjoy every moment right now!
Everyone says this time goes by so quickly and that you'll actually miss them being this tiny.
I'm already feeling that!
He already isn't looking "as newborn" and that makes me a little sad.


So whenever I start to feel a little sleep deprived or miss my life of being out and about, I just look at his  tiny features.
I can't get enough of his pouty mouth, his little feet, or his squishy cheeks.
And every other part of him...
Once I look at those things it seems to put everything back in to perspective for me.


So here is what I've learned in the last few weeks:
*It's ok to slow down for awhile.
*It's ok to not do anything in a day besides soak every bit of Kameron in that I can.
*It IS possible to be more tired than I was during pregnancy.
*I somehow can function with that little sleep.
*Even though I'm exhausted I hear the tiniest noise Kam makes.
*Relationships are super important to me. (I already knew this, but now that I'm slightly house bound it's more apparent than ever.)
*Going on a walk every day is very important to maintaining my mental health.
*Even though I know I pushed him out of my body, I still can't believe he's mine.

Things I've learned about Kameron in the last few weeks:
*He eats A LOT. (And that was apparent at his check up when he weighed well over what they wanted him to be at.)
*He isn't a fan of being swaddled.  But we do it anyway during the night so he won't wake himself up with his flailing arms.
*He wants to be held constantly.
*He loves being outside...but gets the most sour face when the sun hits him directly.
*He hates getting his hair washed.
*If he looks like his brain is about to explode, he's trying mightily to fill his diaper.
*He loves being with daddy before bed.

And lastly...I've learned that he is the sweetest, cutest baby.
And I wouldn't trade him for the world.
I love my baby Kam Kam.

(this is when I was eating lunch with him all cuddled up next to me.  I dropped a carrot on his face.  Oops...sorry. :)