Leslyn's Lovely Life: October 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Where I've been

Sometimes, life is exhausting.

You have a baby that's going through a growth spurt.

You get sick. Again. For the 3rd time in a little over a month.

You have to work a 12 hour work day on a Saturday, and then you have to work on a Sunday (yes, that means that I am on my 10th day in a row of working).

Sometimes, you have too much on your plate.

So much, that you end up saying, "Forget the dishes. Forget grocery shopping. Forget the blog.
I need sleep."

So you sleep. You're in bed by 9 p.m., and you sleep.

Well, until your baby wakes you up for the first of six times in one night to eat. Because he's going through a growth spurt, remember?

And then there are all of the other things.

Things that affect you and frustrate you more than they probably should.

But you know what?

God is still good, and His grace is still sufficient.

He gives us exactly what we need...

Whether it's a super supportive husband who extends a ton of grace....

Or a sweet moment with that growing baby- so sweet that it makes me forget how exhausted I am...

Or a work day that flies by...

He is good.

HE is strength of my heart and my portion.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Fun

Well, I can cross the first thing off of my 30 before 30 list!!!

We visited the pumpkin patch with E, and we had a blast!

About 5 minutes after we got there, I got stung in the finger by either a bee or a wasp which wasn't fun... But I got over it because I wanted to enjoy every single second of fun at the pumpkin patch!

We took a hayride, picked a pumpkin, walked through a corn maze, looked at animals, and had a blast! DJ's parents, sister and her two boys went with us!

We took about a bazillion pictures, but here are my favorites!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Mama Mondays

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This week, I have been thinking about how thankful I am for the life that I have. 

First of all, I am thankful that God gave us a precious little boy. After being told by doctors that the only way to get pregnant would be with fertility treatments, I can say with 100% confidence that this little boy is a miracle.

Secondly, I am so happy to have a supportive husband. DJ loves spending time with Emmett and talking to him. I've never seen anything so sweet... And I think Emmett prefers his daddy over his mama. 

Lastly, I am so thankful to have a healthy baby. Yes, he's kinda skinny for his age. But you guys, it could be much, much worse. I was visiting my cousin at Children's this past week, and as I was leaving, I overheard a lady talking to her dad on the phone. She was telling him that her daughter was going to undergo chemo treatments and that she would be at Children's for at least the next 8 weeks. 

It was in that moment that I realized that I have no reason to complain whatsoever. There are so many people in this world who are dealing with things that I can't even fathom. So instead of being whiney, I am choosing to be thankful and happy. :)

Link up with us to tell us what's been going on in your world, mamas! 

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Mama Mondays

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In case you missed it yesterday, our little boy is 3 months old!! And if you read the post, you know we're having issues with weight gain (not me, him... I wish I could give him a few of my extra lbs... Haha).

So instead of writing about it again, I'll let you click over there and read what's going on...

NOW, I need some advice from you mamas. I'd rather increase my milk supply instead of giving him a ton of formula (and the only reason I feel that way is because I want to hold off on the extra stinky diapers for as long as possible... Ha!). So do you have any advice for this new mama?! Any help would be appreciated!

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Emmett: 3 Months

The past three months have flown by.... Our little boy has given us more joy than we could've ever imagined! Here's everything you need to know about our sweet E!

Weight: 11 lbs (10th percentile... More on this at the bottom of this post)
Height: 25 inches (75th percentile)
Head circumference: 16.75 inches (75th percentile)

Milestones: He is starting to try to roll over, but he isn't quite there yet. Whenever he gets frustrated or fussy and he's laying down, he kicks his feet and it makes him move in a circle. It's kind of funny. He's also starting to grab for things, and he's talking more and more! He also loves looking at his feet and hands. 

Sleep: Last night was the first time he slept through the night in over a month. He slept for nine hours, which was glorious for this mama and daddy. Usually, he wakes up twice for feedings. The other night was the first night that he slept in his crib for the entirety of the night. Usually, he gets fussy and we get tired of going back and forth between the rooms, so we end up putting him in his bassinet in our room. Now, we are trying to create a habit (for us... Ha!) of keeping him in his crib all night.

Favorite Things: Sucking on his fist, reading books, talking to mommy and daddy, looking at fans and lights, listening to music, eating, bath time, facetiming/skyping with his family, swinging, cuddling with his daddy.

Health: Emmett has had a really hard time gaining weight. I've been to the lactation consultant, we've been to the doctor multiple times, he's eating twice the amount that he used to, and we're trying medicine, but he's still having a really hard time. When he was first born, he was a big baby. So if you could pray that we figure out why he's having a hard time gaining weight, that would be awesome.  

Feeding: Emmett is primarily breast-feeding, but we made the decision to supplement with formula once or twice a day. He definitely prefers mommy milk, but is slowly resisting formula less and less. As I mentioned before, he has doubled the amount that he eats at each feeding.
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Mama Mondays: Freezer Edition

My baby was in the freezer last week.

Now, before you call DHS, you need to read this story. It's real life.

Last week, we had some severe weather in Arkansas. Right before it hit, the hubby and I were hungry for dinner, so we decided to go to IHOP to grab a quick bite.

So we're sitting there, enjoying our extremely overpriced breakfast for dinner, when I look out the window and see sideways rain. It's so crazy that all of the employees at IHOP forget that they have jobs to do, and they all go outside to play in the rain. No, this is not a joke. Very professional.

I tell DJ that we need to hurry and go home. I ask for our check when our waitress decides that it's time to stop jumping in puddles and comes back inside. 

Well, right as the she returns our card to us, the manager comes out from the back and yells "I'm sorry I have to do this, but there's a tornado outside and I need everyone to get in the freezer now. My district manager won't let you leave."

At this point, I start FREAKING OUT. Because I'm about to go into a restaurant freezer. With my little human and a bunch of other humans that I don't know. 

Also, this is what my baby was wearing that day. Not freezer-friendly. 

Needless to say, I'm thinking that I'm about to strip down to my underwear if I have to so I can keep my child from getting frostbitten. Thankfully (for the other customers... because the good Lord knows that NOBODY wants to see this post-baby bod), they had a bunch of coats sitting in the back. Now, I don't know how long it's been since the darling employees at IHOP washed their coats. But we covered the babe with the coat and prayer so he wouldn't get some kind of nasty disease. 

Well apparently, he loves having a freezing cold face because he fell asleep. While a tornado was just blowing by. No biggie.

Anyhow, DJ is calm, the baby is sleeping, and I'm hyperventilating because I have no clue what's going on outside (because once you're locked in a freezer, you lose cell phone service. Convenient). After what feels like an eternity, they let us leave. Our car is intact, but there are trees down everywhere. Several hours later, I calm down and I laugh about the story. Because seriously.... This kind of stuff would only happen to me.

So there's the story of my baby being in a freezer. Do you have any bizarre stories like that? Or even just a plain boring one? Link up below and share with us!

Oh, and P.S.- in case you were wondering, that IHOP was very clean in the back. So that's good. ;) 

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