Monday, December 14, 2015

Fall Family Photos

In honor of Kensington's 6 month birthday, and the beautiful fall weather lately, we decided to take some family photos. If you live in Austin, I highly highly recommend Sarah Schiffman

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Kensington Grace: Six Months

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We're here. This is a pretty big milestone in my eyes.

Today, my daughter is 6 months old - that's half a year. I dreamed of being a mama from the time that I was teeny tiny. I loved taking care of my dolls. When I grew up and got married, I waited patiently for the "right time" only to realize that God wanted to give me MORE - he wanted to give me Kensie in the PERFECT time. That perfect time was 6 months ago today :-) Such a blessing.

I am currently remembering the... overflowing JOY that I felt when I laid eyes on Kensie for the first time. I'm going to be short and sweet and just say that I will never forget it. It was the most amazing feeling ever. I just really need to give God the credit. Please know that this was all his plan and not my own. But thank God for his plans, because Kensie was way more than I could've imagined.

Happy half birthday, baby girl! 
Weight: 16lbs, 12oz (we always measure her in her birthday suit to get the most accurate picture)

Height: 26-something inches.

Hair: Light brown. And not too much of it :)

Eyes: Blueish grayish. Ever changing, it seems. But they are big and beautiful.

Clothes: Carters, size 9 month and Old Navy size 6-12 month.

Diapers: Size 3.

Sleeping: Wakes up twice a night. Usually around midnight and then 4 or 5am. At six months old, most babies sleep through the night. However, we are against the cry-it-out method... so I don't really expect anything different. We're here for you, baby girl! (Oh and if you're a believer of CIO - that's fine... this place is not a debate ground for what's right/what's not right. I am so confident in our decision. I know I will not regret it! Same should go  for you - you're doing what's right for your baby!)

Eating: Formula & baby food! Foods that Kensie Girl likes: pears, prunes, butternut squash, green beans, mangoes, rice cereal, sweet potatoes, carrots, and more!

Kensie's favorite things: Doing anything with mommy. Walks around the block. Sitting up. Bouncing in her Einstein bouncer. Chewing on virtually everything. 

Mommy's favorite things: I fall in love every single day (over and over) with my girl. My favorite thing at the moment is when she reaches up for me and is immediately happier in my arms. I say, "want mama?" and she smiles and reaches for me. BLESS.

Daddy's favorite things: Giving her raspberries, feeding her, shaking her favorite toy at her, and reading to her.

Mommy's nicknames for Kensie: Angel Baby, Perfect Angel, Angel, Baby, Mommy's Baby

Daddy's nicknames for Kensie: Princess (I love how he is so consistent and simple)

New with Kensie: She has started to develop separation anxiety, but I am happy to soothe her to remind her that I'm always there for her. Also, she sits up like a champion, and has been doing so since 4 months old. Says "mama" and "dada" perfectly, even though it's not specific. She's not doing it because she sees mama and daddy. Also, she laughs much more easier than previous months.

New with Mommy: I just added this one since I wanted to document how I was doing 6 months postpartum since I had a c-section and a rough recovery. I would say that I was "fully" recovered (if that's even possible) at 4 or 5 months postpartum, although my doc said it should've been closer to 3 months to be healed, but that's neither here nor there. A few things about my 6 month postpartum self: 1) I can't sleep on my tummy anymore even though that's the only way I slept before pregnancy. My back is forever changed. My back literally goes numb and then if I try to move, it feels like knives stabbing me in my lower back. So sad. Now-a-days, I sleep on my back or side. Sad day. 2) I have a permanent tummy pooch. What the heck. Seriously. Also, semi-related, my pre-baby panties sit exactly right on my scar, thus rubbing it, thus making it red. UGH. So there's that. 3) I went from a size 7.5 to size 9 shoe. Shoe shopping is so complicated now because I never know how things will fit. I also went from a size 4 wedding ring, to a 5.25. Granted my rings are starting to get a little loose now. We'll see what happens. 4) No more postpartum hair shedding. Finally! It has subsided and my hair shedding is more normal now.

Encouragement: I also had to add this one because there's been a piece of advice I've been meaning to share with everyone because it has stuck with me ever since the tid-bit was given to me. Here it goes: your baby/kid is never going to have this exact day again, so have a grateful heart. My baby girl will never be 6 months old again. And with the exception of tomorrow, she'll never be 6 months and 1 day old again. And the next day, she'll never be 6 months and 2 days old again. Take each and every day as a gift. There... that's my advice. It may not stick with you as deeply as it has for me, but I hope you realize (like I have) the magnitude of that statement. It has made parenting such a joyful experience for me over the past 6 months.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, as we encounter this huge milestone, I want to thank you and give you the glory. You made the sweetest tiny human ever, and I feel so grateful that you trusted ME with such a special prize. I pray for Kensington's continual development. I pray that she grows to be big and strong, patient, loving, and filled with joy. I pray that your light will shine in me so that Kensie will learn who you are early in her life. Jesus, thank you so much. Your love is amazing. My prayer is that you'd let my life be the proof of your love. I pray that others will see what a loving and merciful God you are. In Your sweet name, amen!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

"Plans"

LITERALLY ob-freaking-sessed with Lauren Daigle's music. My favorite jam at the moment is 'Trust in You' and every time I play it, a couple of things happen:

1) I sing REALLY loud. Annoyingly loud.
2) Kensie gets really calm. She loves that jam too.
3) I feel Jesus sitting next to me.

Anyways, one part of her lyrics ("letting go of every single dream; I lay each one down at Your feet") has really spoken to me lately because I have always been a planner. Type A, fo sho. But those lyrics remind me that these plans I have in my head aren't mine to keep. I need to surrender my plans to Jesus and let him be the one who orchestrates my life. Another one of Lauren Daigle's songs made me cry today (not EVEN kidding!): "There’s not a place where I’ll go, You’ve not already stood." OMG truth right about now, amiright??? So picture this: I'm sitting in Kensie's room, holding her between my legs as we're playing and I'm worshiping. Then those lyrics. I suddenly open my eyes and look around and realize, "Oh my gracious... God was here!!!!" He was in that room, already admiring my decorating skillz (hehe kidding) knowing full well that Kensie and I would be playing in there today. He was there, in her room, long before I was pregnant. 

This realization gave me chills and made me cry! I am soooo glad MY plans didn't play out according to MY wishes. Thank God for Kensie Grace and His mercy on me! By the way, can we talk about my stinking darling 5 month old???
Anyways, plans are a funny thing.

So then I got to thinking. I was thinking about what I said I would/wouldn't do once I had a kiddo. Well, it's funny how that works out too. Here's my short but sweet list of my "plans" before I gave birth. I just LOL these days. 

Things I said I would do:
* Provide breast-milk for one year
Praise God that I had the ability to breastfeed but a few things happened that deterred me from doing so: 1) My c-section infection took precedence; My body was struggling to heal in a timely manner because of the double infection which made breastfeeding low on my priority list to say the least. 2) I had so much retained fluid that my doc put me on a diuretic which removes all excess fluid from your body. Therefore, hi breast-milk... bye breast-milk, 3) Time. It takes a lot of time to pump, which is what I was planning on doing rather than breastfeeding (this is because my nipples cracked and started bleeding terribly!). Either way, I'm not actually trying to justify my decision. I know for a fact I did what was best for lil ole Kensie G! She hearts formula and is thriving!

* Lose my baby weight immediately
I've lost it all except 10 lbs, but I will say this: even though I'm only 10 lbs away, my body is WAY different. But regardless, I'll be honest: I don't even try to lose the weight anymore, but I really should. I miss my cute old clothes! One of these days I'll get my motivation back.

Things I said I wouldn't do:
* Let my kid watch TV until they were at least 2 years old
Um yea right. I am pro-TV when I need a quick mommy minute in the bathroom, or just need to wash bottles before my child gets hungry again. Channel 1306 (Disney) for the win!

* "I'll never have a c-section"
Not that this was a choice, but I never actually though I would have to have a c-section. Let me just say that I didn't even think twice about a cesarean. I've got my small pelvic bone and large daughter to thank for that one. I certainly wish I had known about the sizing issue before I got to 10cm and started pushing for 2+ hours.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Stuff Ross Says

I am copying Nadine and writing a post about a few of the ridiculous things that my hubby has said recently which has made me laugh. Some things I just can't write about because they would make no sense to other people. But, in my opinion, Ross is pretty much the funniest guy in the entire world. And since it's his birthday week (he's turning 30!), I figure this post is fitting. 

Ross: *looks at Kensington's one month picture* "Is that an edible arrangement on her head?"

Ross: *holding Kensie and she starts bouncing up and down with her legs* "Now break yo legs."  (to the tune of 'Watch Me' by Silentó).

Ross: *walking with a tray of bottles into our bedroom for Kensie's feedings overnight* "Dinner is served."

Ross: "Where is Layla?"
Me: "Under the bed. She stays under there all day."
Ross: "Do you know why?"
Me: "I don't think she likes hearing Kensie cry."
Ross: "Layla must be like, 'And because of that, I'm out.'" (Shark Tank reference)

This is more of a "Stuff Ross Did". But this is what Kensie looks like when Daddy feeds her. Thank God for mama, that's all I gotta say :-P Only kidding... daddy does a great job with K!

Monday, November 16, 2015

30 Things That I Love About My 30 Year Old Hubby!

Well my hubby is almost 30. On Sunday, we'll celebrate his birthday! Because of this awesome occasion, I have listed out 30 things that I love about my husband. Of course I could go on and on, but here are a few noteworthy things in no particular order. And pictures for effect!

1) I love that he chose me as his wife! Being his forever bride makes me smile very big!
2) I love that he wanted to have a baby with me and now we've got sweet little Kensie Grace. He loves KG very much and I love seeing Kensie look into her daddy's eyes and smile. 

3) I love his passion for work. He is literally the hardest worker that I've ever encountered.
4) I love when he asks me if I want a foot rub! *major hubby points*

5) I love that he is the most cautious driver ever (this means Kensington and I are in good hands). You should have SEEN us driving home from the hospital after I delivered KG; "Babe, I'm only taking right turns to get home." "Okay honey."

6) I love that he'll finish my food if I'm too full. I hate having extra food on my plate, but also hate to throw it away. I can't say he is too happy about this one because he likes to watch his "figure" (hehe).

7) I love that he helps out with Kensington in the middle of the night!
8) I love that he country dances with me!

9) I love his sense of style.

10) I love that he supports me working part-time at night so that I get to spend the days with our baby!

11) I love when he "talks" for Kensie or our dogs. It never gets old.

12) I love that he introduced me to Topo Chico. We're total addicts. True story: for our second anni, he bought us matching Topo Chico shirts. 
13) I love that he knows a little bit about everything. He teaches me something new all the time!

14) I love that he provides financially for our family, and that he's happy to do so.

15) I love that he prays for Kensington and I. 

16) I love his mad cooking skills. He wins in the cooking department. 

17) I love his calm & introverted demeanor. 

18) I love that he lets me kiss him every morning before work "until it feels right" (and he does so without getting frustrated with me). I've even been known to say, "wait... one more" by the time he's in his car. His patience is amazing.

19) I love that his favorite holiday is also mine - Fourth of July. Guess Kensie Grace kinda has to like Independence Day.
20) I really really love the fact that he supports me in this parenting journey and practices attachment parenting with me. Two major things that I believe in are:  a) letting Kensie sleep in our bedroom, and b) NOT letting Kensie cry-it-out. He may not 100% understand, but he supports the fact that it's what I believe in and he practices it too!

21) I love his desire to grow as a Christian.
22) I love his humor. It matches mine perfectly and I love our little inside jokes. 

23) I love his nose (which I've said many times before). Thank God that Kensie Grace got that from daddy! Pure perfection in my opinion! 
24) I love that he's always on my side.

25) I love that he's okay with taking family photos every year.

26) I love that he randomly brings flowers home for me. His theory is that he believes he can't go to the grocery store to pick up a beer for himself and come home empty handed for me.

27) I love that he's so technologically savvy. 

28) I love his thick head of hair. Lucky man, he is! Maybe Kensie will take after daddy in that department.

29) I love his dimples. OMG.

30) I love his love for me! This is huge. Since we've been together a little over 9 years and married for 4 of those years, we've changed a lot and I imagine we'll continue to change more in the future. But I can rely on the fact that despite the changes that we go through individually, he still chooses me and I choose him. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Kensington Grace: Five Months

Yes, I feel really guilty for not being a very good blogger lately. Oh my how my life is different than it was five months ago. I want to continue blogging (I genuinely do) but my time is stretched thin. I mean, I don't even have time to catch up on my DVRed shows these days, and that's even more fun than blogging to me. Anyways, I am hoping to post at least once per week, but more if I can manage it. Oh and p.s. this 5 month update is even late. Kensie G turned 5 months old on November 5th.
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Weight: Not sure; our next appt is right before her 6 month check up. But I can just tell that she is getting heavier by the day. My mama muscles are getting bigger! Also, true story: I went to the doc last week and my PCP asked if I lifted weights before having a baby (which I had not), but the reason she asked is because I somehow developed tendinitis from lifting my chunker all the time. These days, I am a pro weight lifter.

Height: Also no sure, but length doesn't seem like it's changed tooooo much. But then again, I see her every day, so who knows.

Hair: Thin as ever (thanks to her mama) and still brown with hints of red (also like mama).

Eyes: Ever changing. When the light is just right, they're blue. Then they're green. Then they're gray. So there's that.

Clothes: I may or may not have cried when I packed up KG's 3 month (and some 6 month) clothing today. My girl is getting TOO BIG. It's really an emotional thing for me! But gosh, I am also soooo proud that she continues to thrive.

Diapers: We're on the verge of switching to size 3.

Sleeping: Wakes once per night. About a month ago, we let her sleep in her own room for two weeks straight and I was miserable. She didn't have any different sleeping patterns from what my hubby and I could tell while she was in her own room, but because I was so unhappy and anxious, we moved her crib into our room. SO thankful. I needed that. I love having my baby right next to me. 

Eating: After her pedi appointment last month, we introduced baby food and it's a hit! Homegirl LOVES food. Her favorite at the moment is pears, but other notable foods that she enjoys are sweet potatoes and carrots. Still gets formula at night and whenever she wants it really, but we're mainly focusing on baby foods during the day, with water to drink (to help her poop). Just being real. #momlife

Kensie's favorite things: Sitting up. Bouncing in the Einstein. Talking to mommy.

Mommy's favorite things: EVERYTHING. She literally gets more fun by the day. I honest... sincerely... definitely... feel over the moon that she's mine. I am sooo thankful!!!!!

Daddy's favorite things:  Treating her like a big kid (although mama dislikes this) by hanging her by her foot and arm. YES this has actually happened. OMG.

Mommy's nicknames for Kensie: Baby. Mommy's baby.

Daddy's nicknames for Kensie: Princess.

New with Kensie: Although it was after she turned 5 months, it should be noted that at 5m1d, she rolled from tummy to back, making a full roll since she's been rolling from back to tummy for a while. Also, she sits up like a champ! She rides in the big girl shopping cart and kicks her feet with pure joy. She LOVES it.

Prayer: Oh Jesus, THANK YOU so much. I was reminded again today how special my little girl is. You made her so special and it just amazes. I want to pray for her continued growth and safety. I feel SO blessed that you chose me to be her mama. I know that you made her, but I sure feel blessed knowing that I get to raise her. I just want the Glory to be yours. Thank you Jesus, THANK YOU!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

These Words Tho...

I'm writing this blog post because... well... that's what I do: I feel something, and then I write it down. Before I begin: a disclaimer of some things that I want to be known:

1) I am forever changed thanks to our journey to conceive. Jesus did some overtime on my heart and because of Him, everything is different. Before all of this, I lived a very selfish life and thought I deserved certain things (such as the "right" to bear a child), whereas now, my eyes have been made new and I realize that bearing a child is not a "right" by any stretch of the imagination. Having a child is a GIFT.
2) God's plan is MUCH better. I always pictured myself having multiple kids, but now-a-days, I am not so sure?! I think... well, God has something great planned out, and that's enough for me. I have a miracle that will always be a reminder of the greatness of our God. Of course, I would feel honored to be a mama to an entire basketball team... but Kensington made me a mama and I am a whole new person because of God's sweet mercy. That being said, my hubby and I already have in mind when we're doing IVF again. And of course, we'll pray that it works out the way we desire, but we're not promised that.
3) For the record, no, my hubby and I are not actively trying to get preggo again just yet. But we're also not preventing it either. My OBGYN (whom I can't say enough good things about) so graciously understood and agreed with me at my 6-week postpartum check up that I would never take contraceptive again.
4) To my TTC sisters, I hope you know that this post is written with you in mind. Although I have my miracle baby, I won't ever forget about your struggles or my own.

(P.S. every post I write these days has a disclaimer. What is up with me?)

Anyways, what drives me bonkers is that my brain and heart cannot get on the same page. What I mean is that my heart tells me that ANYTHING and EVERYTHING is possible with God. I was reminded of that yesterday at small group. We watched a Beth Moore video, and in it, she said that we indeed, can, ask God to fulfill any promises that are listed in His word (although He is not obligated to fulfill every promise to every believer that ever existed). My brain on the other hand thinks more analytically. My brain says, "wait, what??? a man and woman can create a baby without technology?? that makes zero sense."

I'll tell you why my brain thinks this way. TMI coming. You were warned. Also, you may need to refer to the TTC terminology found on this page if you're confused about my abbreviations.

I know gosh darn good and well when I'm ovulating. My body is very obvious about it. I'm just gonna put that out there. From November 2012-September 2014, we did the BD at the right time without fail. It just so happens that in the past 4 months, after AF returned, we did the BD while I was ovulating. Of course nothing came of it, which is to be expected. Yes, I've heard plenty of amazing stories about how women get pregnant naturally after IVF. But I'm not so sure my brain can understand that. I wanted to be the person who was told, "you're pregnant" right before my Laparoscopy and Hysteroscopy or right before the IVF transfer. But that didn't happen. 

Frustration still creeps (albeit, NOTHING even close to the frustration I felt before we got pregnant), even though we're not actively trying to conceive because of the fact that even if I wanted to (says my brain), I won't be able to get pregnant naturally. What I want to do is to tell AF to "F off" very kindly... but then I'm like, "but I kinda need you to cooperate when we're ready to do IVF again." I praise Jesus for giving doctors the knowledge and ability to perform IVF. It is truly AMAZING. Hubby and I always joke that when Kensie Girl (in the future) asks how babies are made, it will be SO easy for us: "they're made in a petri dish!" I laugh. But seriously, is it not incredible that we have IVF? If IVF was a person, I would hug them so tight and be like, "hey you... keep up the good work." Oh but seriously, I love that my daughter has a story to share. I love it. I love it. I hope Jesus shines through her story of conception. Also listen to this fun fact: my daughter was conceived at the same hospital that I was born at. Fun stuff right there. Anyways, I am getting way off topic here.

I guess what I'm getting at is that fertility struggles are not a one-time occurrence. DH and I didn't TTC for 2 years, get pregnant, and then magically get the "all clear" to get pregnant again without problems. I'm guessing that, unless I get pregnant consistently from now until menopause, I will always struggle with fertility. I will also reserve a very special corner of my heart for the countless other women who have gone through the heartache of waiting for years. 

To the mamas who have never gone through Clomid, IUI, IVF, donor egg transfer, embryo adoption or any other form of assisted reproductive technology... will you please be extra grateful that you are able to conceive a child by the VERY simple act of baby dancing? I am saying this, not for myself, but for my sisters whom so desperately want to get pregnant and deliver just ONE child for their whole entire life. That being said, every baby is conceived in the most perfect time and way!

These words tho...
I WILL TRUST IN YOU, Jesus.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Currently, I Am...

Enjoying: Poshmark! I sold three items the other day and am pretty excited about it. I am also hoping to add a few more things soon. I have a super cute, brand spanking new sparkly dress available in my online closet that needs a new home. And it's only $10 (but I paid much more). 

Feeling: Sleep deprived. Kensington used to sleep through the night, which was a huge parenting-win, but now-a-days, it's like she forgot how to sleep. Oh well. This is what I signed up for, and it's a blessing to be a mommy! Thank you Jesus!

Wishing: That I didn't have to work out and eat healthy to lose my baby weight. A girl can dream. Anyways, I am back at my pre-pregnancy weight, but still 10 lbs away from my pre-IVF weight. I made a terrible mistake of trying on pre-IVF clothes yesterday and my heart broke a little bit.
Loving: The slow-but-sure change in weather. Too bad it can't be 70 degrees year 'round in Tejas. That would be a little slice of happiness, if you ask me.

Hating: All the snakes at work. For those who don't know, I work part-time in the evenings and our campus was built on a snake-infested land. Every night, the snakes are out and about and I even stepped over one (TWICE, no less) inside the building. It was a rattlesnake, so praise Jesus that nothing happened. When I realized what just happened, yes I screamed, and yes it was as scary as it sounds!
Anticipating: The Women's Conference that I'm going to this weekend. A girl from work invited me to her church and I figured, "why not?" We love our church home, and I feel very loyal to it, but it's nice to change things up a bit! 

Watching: American Horror Story, Vampire Diaries, and to my dismay, The Walking Dead. I pretty much play on my phone the entire time TWD is on these days. So boring, but I am still hanging on (barely). However, Fear The Walking Dead is awesome. I have a feeling I'm gonna end up liking that show much more than TWD! Dear Walking Dead, you're basic. That's all.

Monday, October 12, 2015

I Have No Idea What I'm Talking About

Sometimes I worry that I may say the wrong thing as a Christian woman. I worry that I will be misunderstood, which keeps me from sayings anything at all at times. Two examples:

1) I find that I withhold how I feel about a certain topic because I don't have tons of bible verses memorized to back up how I'm feeling.

2) When I do, in fact, say something, I don't always express the exact right words I'm looking for and then people will critique what I have to say instead of listening to the message. This happened about a year and half ago when I wrote this blog post and said, "God only puts people through what he knows that they can handle. And good gracious, I am one strong woman." First off, I was not implying that I was stronger without God. Rather, my thought process was that I am strong because God chose me specifically (with a purpose in mind) to go through the trial because He knew I would lean on Him. He knew that my strength would be found in Him alone. Second, because God knew I would lean on Him, He "(in my original words) put [me] through what he knows [I] can handle." Again, because He knew I would lean on Him. He designed me, so He ultimately knows me more than anyone else does. At the end of the day, instead of being critiqued by another Christian because of the words I used or will use in the future, maybe others should just acknowledge what the message is, and not what the words are.

All of that being said, I am absolutely not perfect and I have no idea what I'm talking about. God created me in His image and all I'm trying to do is make sense of what He's telling/showing me. 

Now that I've gotten that out of the way, I can make my point.

I have read various articles about what a "calling" is. Some articles, made me feel guilty that I claim motherhood as my individual calling (like this one; still a good article even though I disagree with parts), while other articles support individual callings (like this one; I love the quote, "It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for"). Speaking of that quote, I don't think it's a coincidence that right when my daughter was born, my husband got a promotion and I was offered a part-time evening job (to stay home with my daughter). It was all God!
So basically, what I'm saying is that I feel excited knowing that my purpose of existence is to:
1) Share the good news of Jesus Christ so that others may be saved and live eternally with Him in paradise (primary purpose),
2) Share the good news of Jesus' love for us through my story of becoming a mama (secondary purpose).

I don't want to feel bad about believing my calling is motherhood, and (I believe) that you shouldn't feel bad about it either if you believe that's what you were molded for by our Creator. After all, He has always, and will always, get the glory. I am doing what he has called me to do. (Philippians 2:13).

I believe there is something divinely special about everyone's story. This is my story, so that's why I share it so much. Side note, that reminds me: someone also recently told me that my daughter is no more of a miracle than theirs... and I would have to agree completely - every child is a miracle. A sweet sweet gift from God. But, I am not the voice of your (this person's) daughter. I am the voice of my daughter and my story. MY daughter is a miracle and I will believe that for the rest of my life. If you believe yours is also a miracle, then I encourage you to share your story any chance you get, like I do!

I am going to finish this post with what I stated earlier: I am not perfect. I mess up all the time, and will continue messing up. I will be misunderstood by my words. But all I am trying to do is make sense of my story... my experiences... and my life, which God reigns over.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A Phenomenon + Some Internet Finds

It's just so weird. Sometimes I look through old photos (just because it's fun to me) and I discover that I have a major case of, "I don't remember that" going on in my head. It's a really strange feeling to think about my life now-a-days with Kensie and compare it to life before she was here. It's like... I remember things before she was born, but I also feel like that was centuries ago. My brain has altered. I just feel like Kensington has always been in my life. And who is that Allison chick who used to watch hours upon hours of television and do what she wanted whenever she wanted? I definitely don't miss that Allison. Not for a split second. But seriously... has anyone else experienced this phenomenon? I just simply cannot remember what I did day-to-day without Kensie Girl in my life. So blessed to have her. Jesus, you are just awesome.

Speaking of how awesome Jesus is, I have been OBfreakingSESSED with Lauren Daigle lately. Easily my favorite artist right now. And this song. It gets me!
In other news, I enjoy a little Google action every now and again. Here are some goodies that I recently came across.

* Reality Steve is starting to post the spoilers for Ben H's upcoming season of The Bachelor. WOO HOO! Gimme all the spoilers.
* Some peeps believe the world is gonna end today. Yea, I don't think that's gonna happen. Sorry boutcha.
* All "bad lip-reading" videos make me LOL... this one is of the Republican presidential debate. I would LOL regardless of which political party I affiliate with.
* Laziness is so annoying to me, but these people are hilarious at being lazy. My favorite is the kid who basically drew a ladder.

Oh and can I get some type of applause for being a decent blogger the past 2 days?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Giveaway: Lilla Rose Hair Jewelry

Oh my life. Showering and teeth-brushing has been slacking (if I'm being honest) since becoming a mommy. Of course I wouldn't trade it for the world! But "me-time" is far and few between. Even on the weekends. Kensie Girl consumes every bit of time that I have. That being said, my life just got a whole lot cuter and easier with my new hair jewelry. Insert Lilla Rose.
I like to pretend that I've got my life in order enough to fix my hair in the mornings, but the truth is, this little hairband gets the credit. I was able to fix my hair quicker with this hairband than it would take me to do a messy bun. So serious right now. One thing I also really like about it is that you can chose a different color elastic band, depending on your hair color. Since I have dark hair, mine is black. If you have blonde hair, for example, you can order the appropriate colored elastic to best match.

You can style it in many different ways, but I did this little number where I bobby-pinned hair along the back side of the band (pictured above). I like how it turned out! Even if I don't have clean hair, it helps me look more put together, don't you think?! Also, here's another way you can wear it; more as a headband.
Because I love you all so very much, I'm hosting a giveaway for a free hairclip! To enter, simply leave a comment and a winner will be randomly selected! I just saw the cutest pumpkin hairclip which is perfect for the fall months.

The good news is that even if you don't win, my Lilla Rose contact, Melody, is offering a buy 3, get 1 free deal for new customers (US only, 1 per household, up to $16 value). That's basically like winning, right?! The free item ships separately from your order, so no need to include it when checking out. Instead, simply purchase 3 or more items, then email Melody (lr.melodydetwiler@outlook.com) with the additional item that you'd like for FREE.

Also, don't forget to join Melody's Facebook page to keep up with all the deals and goodies! You'll need to login and then click on the "join" button! 

HAPPY SHOPPING :)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Kensington Grace: Four Months

Weight: 14lbs, 13oz on 10/9/15.

Height: 24-something inches on 10/9/15.

Hair: Brown, with hints of red in it. We don't have any full blown gingers in our family (LOLz), but red highlights do run in both sides of the fam, so she very well could have some tint to her brown hair in the long run. We'll see!

Eyes: Blue! Sometimes they look greenish though. Either way, they're gorg!

Clothes: Wearing 6 month clothing! I love every ounce of my big, chunky girl.

Diapers: Size 2. But not much longer. Can you believe how quickly she's growing?!

Sleeping: Sleeping is honestly hit or miss. I don't dwell on it anymore, nor do I check the clock when I get up these days. It's just a part of our lives. That should be encouraging for new parents, or soon-to-be parents. You definitely get used to it! Some nights Kensington will sleep from 9pm-6am and other nights, she'll wake up at midnight, then 3am. Apparently around 4 months old, there is a sleep regression that typically occurs. On top of that, we're starting to teethe a little bit. AND on top of those two things, we're transitioning out of the swaddle since homegirl rolls like crazy. We're currently using a half swaddle (so her arms are free) and the zipadeezip. Anyways, if you add all three of those things up, you'll find that it equals sleep deprivation for mama and daddy. Oh and I forgot to mention that we've also started having Kensie Girl nap in her bedroom so that she starts to get accustomed to her crib and smell/feel of the nursery. But... no plans to transition her anytime soon :) Hashtag overprotective mama.

Eating: K hates the bottle (but I stopped breastfeeding a while ago). Anyways, she does skip a meal or two, but you wouldn't know it because she's gaining the appropriate amount of weight, and growing steadily. She is a formula fed baby, eating around 6oz for every meal. Occasionally she'll just want to snack around 4oz.

Kensie's favorite things: My daughter loves: 1) her toes, 2) being held, 3) rolling over - but then she hates to be stuck on her tummy, 4) being talked to/singed to on our bed, 5) sitting up, 6) looking in the mirror.

Mommy's favorite things: Every moment with Kensie Grace is special. But lately I've been loving to hold her on my hip, look in the mirror and make her smile, then she shyishly turns around with a huge grin on her face. It is SO precious. 

Daddy's favorite things: Daddy likes to play video games with K napping on his chest. 

Mommy's nicknames for Kensie: Jitterbug, Doodlebug, Sister Bear, Kensie Girl, Sister.

Daddy's nicknames for Kensie: Princess.

New with Kensie: She started rolling over on September 24. Also, she had her first official laugh on October 1. What a ham!

Prayer: Jesus, please watch over and keep safe my baby girl. As she's learning to become more mobile, I know that accidents are prone to happen. But I ask that you'll cover Kensie Grace with your protective hand. I also pray that her daddy and I are able to hear your loving guidance and wisdom in raising this sweet little girl. Lord, we ask you to show us the way to raise her in a home that loves Christ. We are so thankful for this miracle baby. You get the glory, amen!