Monday, September 1, 2014

Mama Mondays

Leslyn's Lovely Life
Hey everyone!

Well, the big day is FINALLY here! We're starting off with Mama Mondays today, and I am SOOOO excited!

First of all, for those of you who are stopping by for the first time, I need to introduce you to the little boy who made me a mama... Sweet little Emmett.

(for those of you who have been around for a while... I'm sorry for using the same picture over and over again. BUT JUST LOOK AT HOW CUTE HE IS, GOSH!)

Anyways, I thought I'd start off with a hilarious story that happened a few weeks ago. I posted the short version of it on my Facebook a few hours after it happened, but I figured it's time to tell the whole story.

At the time, Emmett was still sleeping in his bassinet next to his mama. Usually, I wake up because he is crying and ready to eat. Well, this time, I woke up at 4 in the morning because of a TERRIBLE smell (y'all know what it was). He was kind of squirmy and it was time to feed him anyways, so I decided to get him up and change him before I fed him. 

Now, if you are a breastfeeding mama, you know that you are ALWAYS thirsty (or maybe that's not normal? I don't know. All I know is that I've never been more hydrated in my entire life). I always have a giant tervis tumbler full of ice water on my bedside table, right next to where E used to sleep. So I stood up to get out of bed, walked around his bassinet to my bedside table and turned on the lamp. In the process of moving my arm back to pick E up, I knocked the giant tervis tumbler full of ice water on top of Emmett. 

SCREAMING, y'all. Unlike anything I've ever heard before. It was kind of impressive. 

DJ jumped up from his deep sleep and said "DID YOU DROP THE BABY?!?!" Oh my gosh, you guys. So dramatic. "No, I dumped ice water on him." "Oh," and then he rolled over and went back to sleep. Obviously, he wasn't too worried about it. 

E always sleeps in a diaper and one of those fancy swaddle-wrap-thingies (which was drenched), so I laid him down at the foot of our bed, quickly pulled him out of his swaddle, then set him on the changing table where I changed his diaper. 

As I was changing him, I realized that he had a massive blowout. My eyes get real wide. I slowly turned around to pick up the swaddle off of the foot of the bed, and my worst fear was confirmed. There was poop all. over. our white quilt. Nervously, I said, "DJ?" (he squinted and barely opened one eye) "He had a blowout. It's on the bed." Without saying a word, he got up, grabbed the Oxi-Clean and a rag, and scrubbed the stain out while I fed the kiddo. The man is a saint, I tell you.

When I posted about my son participating in the ALS ice bucket challenge on Facebook, I got some hilarious comments... Here are some of my favorites:

"Emmett is SO trendy!"
"Did he call any other babies out first?"
"He's always cared so deeply about charitable causes..."

I have funny friends. 

Of course there were some people who felt bad for the little guy. Initially, I did too. The thing is, I stopped feeling bad about it as soon as I started feeding him after I dried him off and cleaned him up. I thought it was hilarious about 5 minutes after the whole ordeal. Because you know what? When stuff like that happens, you HAVE to laugh about it and move on. And he's not going to remember when stuff like that happens anyways. ;)

So there's my inaugural Mama Mondays post. Please link up with Logan and me! We'd love to read your stories/look at adorable pictures. And y'all- a link up is an AWESOME opportunity to make new connections with other bloggers. I want to encourage you to check out (and comment on) at least a few posts. You never know- you might find your new bloggy bff! And please grab our button so other people can find us to join in on the fun! 

Happy posting (and reading)!


Leslyn's Lovely Life

Thursday, August 28, 2014

What's the Plan?

I have a confession.

I'm obsessed with planners. No really, I am. If you know me at all, you know I can't commit to doing anything without consulting my planner first (a trait that I inherited from my mom). I have it with me at all times, and I love keeping up with everything that I need to do. I'm so much like Monica from Friends- there is nothing more satisfying than checking something off of a list/planner (and saying the word "check" when it's accomplished).

Let's talk about how I keep all of my old planners. No, seriously. I do. And I don't know why I do it.

All except the top right one were purchased at Target or Office Depot. DJ bought the top right one for me as a Christmas gift (it's Vera Bradley). These are all pretty basic. They aren't personalized, aren't expensive, and they don't really have a ton of features. 

Then, all of the Erin Condren madness began. So I had to take jump on the bandwagon. Suddenly, planners went from costing around $15 (except for the Vera one) to about $50. But in my mind, it was TOTALLY worth it. Who doesn't love having their name on their planner, and having a cool chevron design on the cover?! 

So I used my life planner. But- I found that I was having a hard time fitting everything in some of the columns (I guess I'm not a column person?), and I realized that I wasn't taking advantage of a lot of the features that I was paying for (stickers, space for notes in the back of the planner, etc.). I wanted to have something that was more simple, but was still personalized.

Enter Maybooks. 

I love Maybooks for many, many reasons. First of all, the monogram. Duh. Then there are a BAZILLION design options. No, seriously- it's unreal. I love that you get to design your cover and that it's so unique. When I first discovered Maybooks, I spent an hour designing different covers (no, this is not an exaggeration). I love that it's so light, compact, but that I can still fit (most of) my daily things on there. I use it in every way possible, so I don't feel like anything is going to waste. Oh, and it's half the price of the Erin Condren planner. 

Here's my dilemma...

With a new kiddo, I know I'm going to have to keep up with A LOT more stuff than I used to. Which means I'm going to have to go back to a large planner (Erin Condren sized- but there won't be enough writing space). I started doing a lot of research (I told you that I take my planner very seriously), and I came across these two options. 

As far as the pages go, they're almost identical. There's only a $1 price difference ($58 and $59... I would totally get my money's worth).  Whitney English has more design options, but I like the designs from both companies. So basically, I just need to pick one based on the cover design. 

I'll let y'all know which one I go with (because I'll be the giddiest person in the world whenever it comes in the mail). What planner(s) do you recommend?


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Weight Loss Wednesday

This was me on Friday (sorry to use the same picture from yesterday's post... Oh well).

I haven't lost any weight since last week. But considering the fact that we were out of town from Thursday-Sunday night, we celebrated our anniversary on Saturday night, and we had a birthday dinner on Monday night, I would consider that a huge success. Here's the thing: I didn't eat as much as I normally do (but still had plenty of calories to produce enough milk), and I made much healthier choices (choosing a salad or grilled chicken instead of some pasta dish, and turning down dessert on multiple occasions). So while the number on the scale didn't move, I know that I made better choices for myself, which gave me a little push that said "you can do this." This weekend, we have a wedding and we're visiting DJ's family. The number might not move again until the following week. But you know what? It's okay if this is a slow process. I'd rather lose the weight gradually and be more likely to keep it off than to do a crash diet, feel miserable (and cranky and hungry), then gain it all back after 2 weeks. 

BUT in happy news, I lost some inches this week (I'm keeping track of them in a journal)! Honestly, the inches matter more to me than the lbs. :) 

So here are my stats: 
Weight lost since E's birth: 26 lbs. 
Weight lost since August 20th: 0 lbs.
Inches lost since August 20th: 2.5

Here's to another week of making better choices for me and my family!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Peace up, H-Town Down

This weekend was our first big trip to Houston! Emmett has only traveled about 40 miles away from home, so I was a little nervous about this trip... But in true Emmett fashion, he was a champ and traveled really well! Yay!

So here's a quick highlight reel of the weekend!

Emmett went swimming for the first time and he loved it.

He met some of my mom's closest friends (and their kiddos are my sister's age, so they came, too!)

Later on in the evening, Emmett stayed with his Lovey and Poppy so his Mama and Daddy could enjoy an anniversary dinner at The Melting Pot! It was SOOOO good! 

The next morning, Emmett went to his first church service! He slept the whole time (he'll need to grow out of that eventually), and it was so fun to introduce him to the wonderful people that my parents go to church with.

It was a wonderful trip, and we can't wait to go back again! 

Check in tomorrow for the newest edition of Weight Loss Wednesday!


Monday, August 25, 2014

Mama Mondays: An Introduction

Last week, I talked about my new weekly blog posting schedule. I mentioned Mama Mondays... And this is totally going to be "a thing". As in, I'm partnering with with another blogger and we're making this a link up!!!

First of all, let me introduce you to Logan! I found her blog several months ago, and I've loved reading her blog. We have a ton in common- we have little boys (her little one, Hampton, is SO adorable), we're Jesus-followers, we're about the same age, and the similarities go on and on.

We're both SO excited about this link up because it gives mamas the opportunity to talk about anything they want to- nothing is off limits. If you want to talk about something hilarious/sweet/frustrating that happened this week, we're all ears. If you just want to show off a bunch of pictures of how cute your little one(s) is (are), this is the perfect link up for you. Anything goes. I've noticed that so many people get "judge-y" about the way that moms choose to do things. This is going to be a no-judgment zone.

The blog button is in the works. Our first official post will be next Monday (Labor Day... September 1). I hope that you'll join us, and that maybe you'll make some new blog friends along the way!