Leslyn's Lovely Life

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Emmett: 9 Months

Weight: 19 lbs
Height: 28.5 inches 
Head Circumference: 18.5 inches 
(I'm too lazy to look up percentages this time... I'll add them later! Ha!)

Milestones: Our little E is crawling, army crawling, scooting around and pulling up all the time! He also said "Dada" for the first time this past week! Woohoo!!! He loves saying Baba, Dada, Gaga, and OOOOH! He cries any time we sit him down or walk out of the room (at least we know he likes us, right??).

Sleep: He slept through the night a couple of nights this month, but he typically wakes up once or twice every night. He usually takes one long nap in the day (while I'm at work).

Favorite Things: He loves chewing on everything imaginable, bananas, making new friends, music, fighting his sleep, watching the puppy dogs, and going on walks! 

Health: He is a super healthy boy- we haven't had any issues this month! PTL!

Eating: He has tried most fruits, vegetables and several grains (oatmeal, rice, and quinoa). He's still a little weird about textures, and I think that's mostly because he still doesn't have any teeth. Emmett loves Cheerios and flavored puffs. He's not a fan of homemade baby food, and I think it's because the flavors are so strong. But he loves it when his mama shares a sweet potato with him.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from this past month... I had to dress him up in his clothes that he was outgrowing (or the clothes that were too warm for this weather).

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Brand Highlight: The Lil Cupcake

Hi, wonderful friends!

I'm not going to lie- this post is partially to show you how adorable my child is. Sorry I'm not sorry. But really, I want you to know about how wonderful The Lil Cupcake is!

Like, Emmett can't even with this adorable bib. 

Crystal's shop was initially for baby girls, filled with adorable headbands, bows, head wraps, bibs and teething rings (and she still sells those items at incredible prices). But recently, she started using boy prints! The moment I found out about the boy prints, I had to contact her!

As you can see in these pictures, Emmett is drooling like crazy (no sign of teeth yet), and these bibs are saving our lives these days. He wears his almost every day, and loves them. They're super soft and made with organic cotton!

I have seriously eyelash envy.

Be sure to follow Crystal on Instagram (@thelilcupcakeshop) so you can see her adorable designs, and so you can see when she has fabulous deals! Last week, she was selling her bows for only $5. That's unheard of, y'all!!

Thanks so much for the bibs, Crystal! You're the best!
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Emmett: 8 Months

This kiddo is growing up so fast. We started thinking about his 1st birthday party a couple of weeks ago (we need to plan ahead since his big party is going to be in Arkansas). So basically I have an almost 1 year old and I can't handle it.

Weight: 19.5 lbs (49th percentile)
Height: 28 inches (92nd percentile)
Head Circumference: 18.5 inches (97th percentile)

Milestones: He has been trying to crawl for a while, but he's still rocking back and forth and scooting backwards. DJ didn't crawl at all- he went straight to walking! So who knows- maybe Emmett will do the same thing? He has made the "d" sound (but still hasn't said "dada"), and really likes drinking water out of mommy's cup. He will put anything in his mouth (even more so than usual... maybe this means his teeth are coming soon). Emmett will cry if either of us set him down to play, then he'll stop when he forgets that we're nearby. And then he'll see us again and start crying again. He's already trying to play THOSE games. ;) The other day, he kind of played peekaboo by himself, which was the sweetest thing ever.

Sleep: I have come to accept the fact that my child will sleep through the night when he feels like it. Sleep training hasn't been successful, and we've been working on it for a while. He usually wakes up at 3 and 6. Sometimes, he sleeps (again) until around 8:30-9. I'm just letting it go and trusting that I'll sleep again in about 25 years.

Favorite Things: The rodeo (he was fascinated by all of the animals), singing (but seriously), playing the piano (we "practice" every day... lol), dancing with mommy and daddy, his vibrating strawberry teether (Y'ALL. A LIFESAVER), and watching TV when mommy lets him.

Health: He's in the middle of a growth spurt right now, so he's a little more fussy than usual. He's been a little congested this month, but nothing too bad. Other than that, he's a healthy boy!

Eating: He loves fruits! We've added apples (not his favorite on their own, but he loves them mixed with other things), strawberries, oatmeal, bananas (probably his favorite), mango, spinach, and papaya! I have tried to give him little chunks of food, but they make him gag. He definitely prefers pureed food.

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Make it Happen Book Review

Make It Happen was provided by BookLook Bloggers. All opinions are my own. 

Have you ever read a book that totally revolutionized your thinking and shifted your priorities in a drastic way?

Make it Happen was it for me.

Lara Casey shares her story of finding her purpose in life, forgetting about chasing perfect, and being obedient to the Lord when, at times, all odds were against her. Casey weaves her story throughout the four sections of her book (Surrender your Fear, Take the Leap, Live on Purpose, and Your Guide to Make it Happen) while simultaneously encouraging her readers to start their journey of finding their purpose and becoming difference-makers.

The last section (Your Guide to Make it Happen) was what seriously blew my mind. I took pages upon pages of notes as I worked through this portion of the book. Every word was so inspiring, and I felt more motivated than ever to start pursuing the passions that God placed in my heart- not just the things that I was expected to do.

We all want to live a purposeful life, right? But the thing is, there are so many distractions that can hinder us from being the people that God created us to be. As many of you know, I've been dreaming of "something more" for about a year now, unsure of what that looked like. Before I read this book, I had no idea what I could do to totally live out my purpose and serve others while being obedient to the Lord. But thank goodness for Make it Happen- because I have been able to identify the things that have been holding me back, and I think that I have finally figured out what really makes my heart swell with joy. I'll be sharing more about that in the future.

If you are a woman, you are dreaming of something more, and you want to live a life full of purpose but you don't know where to start, get this book NOW. It's changed my life, and I am certain that it will change yours too!

Thank you BookLook Bloggers for the copy!

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

30 Day Challenge Update

Hey everyone!

This is a bit belated, and I apologize for that- it's been a busier week than usual, and (to be totally honest), I've been trying to figure out what my next challenge would be.

But first let me share the results of my last 30 day challenge, which was to "date" and be more intentional with my husband.

Y'all. I never realized how comfortable I had become with our relationship, and how little effort I was putting in to it. I guess once you have a kid, your priorities go all whack-o, and you forget to keep up with all of the other important things. Like marriage.

I realized how naggy, needy, and annoying I was as I went through this 30 day challenge. I would get ready to say something totally unnecessary, remember the challenge, and keep my mouth shut. And you know what? This was probably my favorite month of marriage. Like, ever. Basically, I need to use a filter like 99% of the time.

You see, when you push your silly tendencies aside and make a conscious effort to place someone's needs above your own, things are awesome. I wasn't perfect at this, but I could see a huge improvement. DJ agreed. ;)

YAY for month 2!

Now, on to month 3.

As I mentioned earlier, I had a difficult time figuring out what I would do this month. But just a few minutes ago (literally), I figured out what I would do!

This month, I am challenging myself to keep a food diary. I will document everything that I put in my mouth. I'm anxious to see if this helps me shed the last 13 lbs of baby weight. For those of you who kept up with Weight Loss Wednesdays last year, I am closer to my pre-pregnancy weight than ever! Woohoo!

Alright, enough for today. To my AR readers- I'm jealous of all of the snow. Houston would gladly take some off of your hands.

Okay bye!
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