06 January 2017

Hadley's 1st Birthday Cake Smash

Today is Hadley's 1st Birthday!!! How is this happening? I am still in shock that this is real. I have a feeling that there will be a million more "I can't believe this is happening" moments to come as a mom, but this is truly mind blowing. I am so happy that she is growing into a beautiful little lady, but sometimes I do wish she could just stay still for 2 minutes. 

We had the pleasure of having Dave's sister in town for Christmas, so before she left, we had to do a cake smash with her so that she could witness Hadley chowing down on a cake since she couldn't be here for her birthday or party. These pictures were so last minute, but I'm so happy with how they turned out! And man, does this girl like some cake! 

She really was loving every second of it, until...the cake flipped over on her leg. She then went from having a blast to not being okay with cake being all over her leg. I'm so glad we kept taking pictures though! Thankfully, she was fine as soon as she realized the cake wasn't trying to get her. We immediately gave her a bath though and she promptly passed out for a 2 hour nap! 

Happy Birthday Little Miss Hadley Gail!

27 September 2016

Baby Halloween Onsies Under $20

As this Halloween starts to get closer and closer, I really am thinking about what Hadley is going to dress up as. Do I get her all dressed up for just one night? She might not be walking yet, she can't eat the candy, and probably will have no idea what is going on. Is it logical to spend money on an outfit that maybe only 20 people will see her in? Dave and I even discussed not dressing her up at all, but I'm over here like, uh, my child will be dressing up because of the pictures we will take. I love looking back at photos of my first holidays. I was an angel, but was only a month and half old when my first Halloween came around. Luckily, my sister was born 12 days after me, so my mom got to use that angel costume twice!

Once I decided that we were for sure going to dress Hadley, I definitley wanted to keep it low on cost. However, as I was looking for ideas on what to dress her up as, I realized that there were so many cute costumes out there that are like $50!! What? For a baby? So I started looking around and found so many simple onsies that are so perfect for a baby without going overboard. Here's a list of boy & girl outfits that all cost less than $20 that I found on Amazon. How easy are these? Most of them are offered on PRIME, so you can even buy these last minute! I think these are also so perfect for those of you who might have several events to attend and want to dress your baby up in more than one outfit!

For the Girls (Row 1) -  Mermaid $6 |  Pineapple $13|  Fox $8

For the Boys (Row 2) -  Pirate  $13 | Superman $9 | Mickey Mouse $20 

For the Newborns (Row 3) -  Mermaid  $16 | Bear $16 

Also, should we dress up as a family?! There goes that $20 budget...

26 September 2016

Fall Family Photos

Dave's sister came in town a few weeks ago and was kind enough to snap a few pictures of our adorable little family after church since we were already all dressed up. The pictures turned out amazing, mostly because our sweet babe is so photogenic. 

Huge thanks to my sister-in-law, Leah, for these amazing memories! 

Outfit pieces - 
HADLEY - Dress is Gap / Bow is Little Poppy Co 
 ME - Top is from Target (now $7 on clearance!) / Jeans are Old Navy

01 September 2016

My Child is More Perfect than Yours

Every week, Hadley and I go to the library for storytime. This week, there was a new child in the group that I hadn't seen before. She was walking and had on the cutest little moccasins and her mom looked like she had spent 2 hours getting ready. She had perfectly manicured hands, perfectly blown hair, and an outfit that was more put together than the one I wore on my last job interview. Obviously, I'm probably exaggerating (one of my weaknesses), but that's what she looked like in my mind. Anyway, I was thinking to myself, as she sat down next to me, "I wish my daughter and I looked that put together." The thought popped in fast and quickly went away because we were at the library for storytime and I'm never one to get caught up in comparisons. When storytime was over, she started up a conversation with me. She was really nice and simply asking me about Huntsville because she had just moved to town. As we were talking, she caught me off guard. She said to me, "Your daughter is the cutest little girl I have ever seen. I wish my daughter had that much hair." Wait, what? How could this perfect little mom be jealous of my daughter's messy ponytail? 

With social media playing such a strong influence in today's society, there is such an emphasis on being "perfect." How do we compete with perfect? Simply put, we can't. Guess what? Even with all of the competition out there, I think my child is more perfect than yours and I worked my butt off to make sure that that is true in my mind. I've spent countless tears fighting for her to breastfeed, countless bottles trying to make sure she got the nutrients she needs, countless nights making sure she was sleeping through the night, countless miles put on our stroller to calm her down, countless prayers that she stays happy and healthy, and eventually, countless years of teaching her right from wrong and everything in between. After all of that, why would I even compare my child to anyone else's? This doesn't go without saying that your child is also perfect, because your child is perfect to you. There is nothing that should make you feel differently, so ignore all of those perfect posts and perfect houses and perfect families, because your family is the most perfect one ever. 

So here's to NOT comparing ourselves or our children to others
 (at least for a few weeks)!