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Six Months of Ada

Happy 1/2 Birthday Ada Marie!

I know I say this all the time and I will probably keep saying it, but I just can’t believe how fast time has gone! And I can’t believe how much Ada has grown and changed. I just want time to slow down, so I can enjoy each new thing she does and each new discovery she makes.


My sweet little Ada doesn’t seem so little anymore! She is sitting up on her own, mostly; and she is eating solids like a champ! For a while, I was worried because she wasn’t sitting up on her own and she didn’t have any interest to reach for things. Then 3 days ago, it was like, she woke up and was sitting on her own and getting her hands on everything she could reach! She has been sleeping through the night every night now for almost 3 weeks. It has been glorious! Naps are still kind of spotty, but she takes at least 2 good naps (45 min each) every day. Not a lot of free time for this mama, during the day, but she sleeps through the night, so I’ll take it!


This age has been so much fun! I love that she is sitting up and grabbing everything. She is so much fun to play with right now! She loves rattlers, stuff animals and books. Peek-a-boo is still her favorite game and it is the game that her and Randy play every night before bedtime. I love how happy she is pretty much all the time. She just laughs and smiles all the day long – makes my heart melt every time!


My favorite “new thing” she does now is how she shows affection towards us. A few times now, she has grabbed my face and pulled it down to her wide open mouth. I think she is trying to kiss me! It seriously the sweetest thing in all the world! I just about cry every time she does it. She is all the time grabbing my face and pulling herself closer to me. It hurts when she does it, but I don’t care. I am enjoying every stinging moment of it, because I know she is just trying to show me some loving! 😉 Randy went on a camping trip last weekend and when he came home she just touched and patted his face over and over again. It was so sweet to watch!






We love you sweet little Ada! Every day we grow more and more in love with you; you complete us! Happy 6 Months, my love!

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Ada’s First Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day this year was simple and easy going – like most of our holidays around here anymore! We did enjoy some Valentine’s Day festiveness at home – brownies, flowers, and a romantic dinner for just the two of us!


A few days ago, I had a few of my girlfriend’s, and their babies, over for a simple Galentine’s Day breakfast. We try to meet at least once a week to talk about motherhood, marriage and life. We are reading a book together called, “Hoodwinked: Ten Myths That Moms Believe and Why We All Need to Knock It Off”. It has been such a great book for all of us moms to read together. These ladies have been a wonderful blessing to me and they have become my dearest friends. I am grateful that I have them in life, especially during this time, because let’s face it; being a mom is hard… wonderful, but hard! 😉


We enjoyed a simple breakfast of waffles, bacon, cupcakes and of course; mimosas!




Ada enjoyed watching all the other babies play. Hopefully watching them move around will inspire her to try to move around too! This kid has no interest in moving or sitting up by her self yet! I guess she will try it when she is good and ready!


I hope your Valentine’s Day was filled with love! Happy Monday ya’ll!



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Mama & Mini Style: Valentine’s Day

It should come as no surprise that one of my favorite things to do with Ada is to dress her in coordinating outfits with me. So when ever there is an occasion to match, I jump on it!

Valentine’s Day offers the most adorable outfit for babies – all the cute little hearts and the cheery colors – even mom can join in on the fun!

When Gap came out with all their Valentine’s Day outfits, I knew that I had to find something to match! Luckily, Modcloth had the perfect cardigan for me! 🙂

Valentine's Day 2016

Valentine's Day 2016

Valentine's Day 2016

Valentine's Day 2016

Valentine's Day 2016

I just love that she is making a “Zoolander” face here! So sweet! 🙂

Valentine's Day 2016

Valentine's Day 2016

Valentine's Day 2016

Hello I Love You Shirt / Heart Bloomers / Red Bow / Heart Cardigan / Navy & Brown Shoes 

“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world.”― Agatha Christie

Since becoming a mother, I have experienced a love that can not be defined. This year, Valentine’s Day has taken on a whole new meaning and I am excited to start new traditions with my daughter.

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Valentine’s Day Fun

Hello February! Hard to believe that January is already over and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Just two weeks away and I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this holiday with a little one! For the past two years, Valentine’s Day has been pretty epic for us. Two years ago, I was suppose to fly out to San Francisco to meet Randy, but got snowed in by snowstorm Pax instead (we still had a romantic weekend, regardless!). Last year, we announced that we were expecting Ada! And this year, we get to celebrate Valentine’s Day with our sweet little girl!

As you can see, I really enjoy celebrating every holiday with Ada. Having a baby is so much fun during any of the holidays and I love all the Valentine’s Day outfits and books for little ones. Here are some goodies I plan to give Ada for her first Valentine’s Day!


Book – I love getting books for each holiday for Ada. Actually, I just love getting books for Ada… it’s pretty bad! She already has a library of books, I just keep buying more! It’s an obsession! Good thing Ada loves looking at books, she has plenty to choose from!

Sippy cup – This cup has been great for Ada so far. She drinks from it with ease and loves looking at the colors. She has just started holding it too, so this cup is great for training!

Sleeper – Ada lives in sleepers! They are the best thing (I think) to put a baby in. This one is really cute with it’s matching bib. Ada also has several more Valentine’s Day themed sleepers from Old Navy. They are just too cute to pass up!

Heart Bath Cups – Since Ada finally enjoys bath time, I picked up these bath cups for her to play with. They have little holes on the bottom and they have soft edges. I think she is going to love playing with them.

Socks – These socks from Old Navy are not only really cute, but they are super soft. And the colors go with a lot of her wardrobe already, so she will be wearing them for a long time!

Bow – Zozu Baby is my favorite place to get Ada’s bows. This bow is so beautiful! I am excited for Ada to wear it for Valentine’s Day and for Easter! FYI, all the mini felt bows Ada wears everyday, I get them here.

Happy Monday ya’ll!