Blogging was always a great way to record the photos with little memories (I hope that my boys love looking back on all this later in life) -- And really it's just SO easy now to throw a pic out into my feed in a matter of seconds, that I've blogged less and less.
SO I thought I'd start a "what's on my feed lately" kind of post.
Here ya go.
Instagram lately is a reflection of end of summer, meets my weekly baby Nash photos (which I really should blog about too), meets a few quick trips to the beach, meets back to school, meets the endless baby nash photos that have taken over my phone (and life, and that I wish that I had so so SO much more time to go through!).
...that my baby (or at least my "baby" up until 3 months ago) went to Kindergarten today.
Evan went back over a week ago and is loving 2nd grade. & I think Nash is happy to just grab some one-on-one mommy time for a change.
We went to see his classroom and his teacher yesterday (both of which we're very familiar with!) - and he scoped out his supply bag of goodies and was SUPERpsyched to see that he had "my own pair of green scissors mommy!", along with "two pencils and GLUE and my own crayons". It's the little things...
& He was SO ready, and SO incredibly excited -- and when he got in the car after school and I asked him what his favorite part of the day was, he told me "EVERYTHING"!
And when I pressed him for more details he told me that "we did CENTERS!, and read three books, and went on the playground twice! AND it's SO GREAT mommy!".
I can't wait to see what this year brings for him. xo.
PS - our styled 'back to school' vintage desk pics (that i like to take yearly!) are a little random in both location and content this year - but i think that's just part of what comes along with having a 3-month-old in our lives - and at least we got something snapped...! give and take these days!!!
I'm not sure if this is a result of too much Toy Story watching earlier on in life by those two (and a nod to Mr Potato Head), or just something cute that Noah came up with -- but either way I want to remember it. Witnessing the way they interact with our baby is such a treat. A total 360 from having a new baby 5 years ago with a toddler (then 3 year old Evan, with Baby Noah). & We're loving (almost) every crazy chaotic minute - even if they are passing way too quickly in our house.
We've also heard "He's got his scared eyes on!"... and "He's got his tired eyes on!"... and "He's got his happy eyes on!" to name a few other favorite Nash baby-expressions.
(scared eyes above!) -- & let's be honest -- we could also totally go with "mad eyes!" on this one.
So, we're really (unbelievably) just a couple of weeks shy of 3 months with Baby Nash... but not wanting to let the opp go by to record monthly milestones, I'm playing catch-up.
And so (I made sure to jot these all down a month ago!), at one month, Nash...
...you weigh 10lbs 3oz (86%), and are 22 inches (89%).
...you've been on the "verge" of smiling the past few days (before hitting one month!) with a few "questionable" grins mostly after you finish nursing -- and then you FINALLY flashed your first "official" smile to me right after bath time on your one month-birthday.
...you still sleep a LOT and have very little "awake" time - but when you do, and your big brother Noah is around - he is SO excited to see your eyes! (announcing that "baby nash has his EYES OPEN!" to EVERYONE!)
...you love the "big chair" as we call it - the papasan baby chair - and sleep in it alot - but only when it's on vibrate (we all RUN to switch it back on when it turns itself off).
...you still are a little distrusting of the mom-a-roo swing/glider, but have fallen in love with the old-school side to side swing.
...you think tummy-time is a great time to nap on your belly.
...you are so relaxed during bath time and have even slept through a few baths.
...you make the cutest little "grunts", just letting us know you're still here.
...AND you are the BEST baby to take out of the house - we've been to countless restaurants with you over the last month and you've never made a peep.
...we love you SO SO SOOO much and are ALL so in love with you!
I'm sitting at my computer tonight, after one of the "good days" where I feel like I had some control of what was happening and a plan of attack on the day, and things ACTUALLY got checked off of my to-do list, AND i didn't yell at the kids, AND there was some productive/educational activity with the big boys (other than "Wild Kratts" which has become my go-to source for entertaining them while I breast-feed away my time with Nash)...
And I'm browsing through newborn photos of Nash while he sleeps so peacefully next to me - picking a few shots to print for a collage frame up on a wall in Nash's nursery - and am just struck by how incredibly FAST the past two months have slipped by...
PS - this is the photo that I used on his birth announcement. With the quilt that I'm using for his monthly photos.
Baby #3 undoubtedly gets less time, less blog posts, and less photos.
But hopefully he also gets a mommy who knows how quickly the first year really does fly by (especially with two older brothers to keep up with) - and who wants to document & remember as much as possible of the important (& cute!) parts of it, without worrying about creating the "perfect" baby book.
Because really, having something actually IN AN ALBUM (and even kind of organized) is so much better than a bunch of photo files hanging out on my computer.
And so I decided to do Nash's "baby book" in a pocket album style - slipping in little thoughts and mementos where they fit - and organizing photos by month (month 1, month 2, etc).
I'm not going to stress about getting every.single.photo in the book - because (ahem) justtokeepitreal I've probably only looked at maybe 25% of the newborn photos that I snapped of him... and actually proofed/processed like 1%. ;) Stressing about missing a photo or two is SO NOT the point here... the point is to have something to look back on, right?!
And while I still have that "traditional" bound baby book for jotting down lots of firsts (more on that another time because I love love LOVE the book I found this go around for Nash) - I love the flexibility of the pocket album for combining & matching up the photos with the little everyday memories.
About a week after Nash was born, we stamped his footprints in his bound baby book, and I took out a few of the PL style cards from my kit and stamped some "extra" footprints. Perfect filler card here, and I'm sure I'll find uses for the others too!
I used this baby safe BabyTouch ink to quickly apply to the bottom of his foot and press down for the "stamp". Helped to have daddy holding a sleeping newborn Nash while we took the print. Used a baby wipe to take the ink off and it came off quickly and completely.
& Easier said than done, but I'm going to attempt to share some bits from Nash's baby book throughout his first year... :))
Our sweet little #3 -- Nash William -- was born a little over a month ago... at 5:35pm on 5.15.15...
I was lucky enough to plan the date for an induction with my OB (and last that long!), and coordinate the time that he popped out to fall into sync with the theme of "fives". ;)
And after laboring MUCH longer than I thought I would be (third time around, induced for the 2nd time and early in the am...) He came out with a head full of black hair, ready to face the world in such a calm, cool, chill way that we've come to learn completely fits his personality. He spent the first couple of hours just staring at us wide-eyed, before he finally fell asleep. & I think it would be a day or two before we really even heard him cry.
We've all fallen in love with Baby Nash.
...(meeting their little brother for the very first time)
...SO so SOOOO much more, soon. I'm working on re-adjusting back to newborn life. ;)
I designed, cut, pieced, and quilted this one a while back -- and am just now getting around to sharing. And since I have a stack of FOUR quilts done (and almost done) for baby #3, I'm parting ways with this one so that it can go to a sweet new baby and loving home. ;)