Half-Birthday

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Today, Evan turned six months old. Can you believe it?! I know I can’t. I feel like it was just yesterday we were finding out that we were pregnant, and now we are already celebrating his half-birthday. Crazy! We celebrated by spending the afternoon at the beach and then eating half-birthday cake tonight with some friends and some young women from our ward. It was a great day…though I’m sure Evan would have loved to get a taste of his own cake. Haha.

All within the same weekend (last weekend), Evan figured out how to roll from his back to his belly (he has been able to go front to back for a while now), and how to sit up unsupported. It was a big week! Now that he realizes he can be somewhat mobile, I can’t leave him alone for two seconds! Two days ago I put him on his tummy-time blanket to sit and play with one of his favorite toys, and in the 30 seconds it took me to go into the kitchen to pour myself a glass of water, he had gone from sitting, to rolling to his belly, to rolling to his back, and grabbing at the seat belt of his bouncer to get himself close to it so he could play with the buttons. Seriously?! Mind you, Hawaii living means our apartment is pretty tiny, so at least he can’t get too far. But still…he gave me a little preview into the coming months of his increasing mobility, and I think I definitely have my hands full.

Now that he is sitting up on his own, he is having a ton of fun playing at bath time. He loves leaning over the edge of his bath watching the water swirl out of his tub into the big tub. He finds it absolutely fascinating. It’s adorable. He is now babbling nonstop, sometimes extremely loudly (I’m looking at you, Cassi…) and it is sometimes hilarious to listen to him “converse” with us. He has also started doing this adorable lip popping sound…kind of like he is creating suction on his bottom lip over and over again…hard to describe but so cute to watch. If I can catch it on camera I’ll share a video. Almost every morning I wake up to find him in a completely different position than when I laid him down the night before. It has kind of become a game to guess what position he will be in before we look in his crib. Silly boy! And speaking of sleep…he is a champ! He now falls asleep completely on his own after we go through our nighttime routine, and will usually sleep for 10 to 11 hours. Because he is ready for solids but we haven’t started yet, he has recently started occasionally waking up once or twice to eat. I’m guessing once he starts getting solid food he will completely ditch the night feedings, and hopefully sleep up to 12 hours. We are still working on day time naps, but in general he does pretty well. Other than that, he is even more smiley than ever and it makes my heart melt when he smiles so big. I love that he smiles at everyone too. I feel like it makes people feel special when he is so friendly and interactive. I know eventually he will probably start feeling the “stranger danger,” but until then I am really enjoying his super friendly demeanor. 

Up to this point, Evan has been exclusively breastfed, and though our doctor said we could start solids at the four month mark, he encouraged us to continue solely breastfeeding until six months since Evan was striving on milk alone. I’m pretty sure Evan is way ready for solids now–he is already working on his puppy-dog face to try and get what he wants–and he has been staring us down pretty intensely around meal times for a few weeks now. I am super excited to finally start! I’m hoping to make most of my baby food…but we will see what happens when it comes down to actually doing it. Sometimes I have such high expectations in my head that I put way too much pressure on myself to live up to everything I think I’m “supposed” to be doing. In the end, I get stressed out and feel like I have let everyone down when in reality the only one who made me feel pressured was myself. Either way, I hope I can follow through on this particular goal, but if not, life is too short to live it stressing out, you know?

Anyway, here he is! Six months and awesome. I’m afraid if I blink he will be on his way to college. *Sigh* Emotional mom moment? Always.

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Six month collage 3Goodness I love this little face!!!

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The First Five Months

The day we became parents was so surreal. Suddenly we had a tiny, precious, adorable, little squooshy (yes that’s a word) baby in our arms, and it became our job to make sure that he had everything that he needed. I fell in love with him so quickly. He just took my breath away. The other evening as I was trying to organize my maternity photos, I took some time to look through all of the photos we took the first few days at the hospital and I felt overwhelmed with love for our little boy. I am so glad we took some videos of those first few days as well, because I have loved going back and watching them. I cannot believe how quickly Evan has grown! My whole life everyone has always told me that time flies, and as my pregnancy sped by I really started to believe them. Now that Evan has come into our lives and is already about to turn a half year old, I can honestly say that I am not prepared for how quickly life speeds by! I feel like his newborn phase passed by in the blink of an eye. 

Though I loved his tiny baby phase, I have to say that months four and five have been such an adventure. He is finally at a point where he can really interact, both with us and the world around him, and it is SO much fun watching him grow and learn. Sometimes the things he does are just so silly! My favorite is when he makes me laugh, and then he laughs at me laughing, and we just keep laughing and laughing for absolutely no reason whatsoever. In the future I am going to aim to be more consistent with his month to month and milestone updates, but for now, since I am still playing catch-up…here are pictures. Haha.

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Evan turns 6 months on Wednesday, so I’ll post again later this week!

Weeks 32 through 39

Okay, so because I was a slacker I kind of completely abandoned my pregnancy updates. At the time, I didn’t really care too much (more on that later), but I’m really starting to regret it because now I enjoy having something written down to look back on. Let me tell you…”pregnesia” is a real thing, and in my experience it does not get better once the baby comes! I feel like I have mommy-brain big time, and it would have been nice to have kept track of things a little more closely instead of just thinking I would remember. But, oh well. It is what it is!

I’m planning on writing a more detailed post later, including the story of Evan’s birth, but for now, I think I’ll sum up the pregnancy in pictures…

The culmination of the week by week chalkboard updates:

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My maternity photos! I haven’t had a chance to post them anywhere yet, but I love the way they turned out. A big thank you to my very talented husband and our friends Tami and Darren for helping us out! (And to my mother-in-law for editing them!!!)Image

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One final look at the before and after. 8 weeks on the left, and 39 weeks on the right.

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And then, on August 26, 2013, we had a baby. 

7 months later…

Well, I clearly took a break from blogging (again, haha). My computer died quite some time ago, and it made blogging really difficult, because though I could have blogged from my phone, it was inconvenient and uncomfortable. On top of that, of course, I had my sweet baby boy, and that left me with even less time! So I decided to take a long break and venture back to the blog when I felt ready. I wanted to start again at the beginning of the year, but I didn’t make the extra effort since I still had computer problems. After having saved up some extra Christmas and birthday money, this week I finally invested in a sleek new Chromebook (hooray for a computer in my budget!) and decided the best way to break this baby in was to write a blog post, so…here I am!

Sometime in the next week or so, I’ll probably do one or two large catch up posts for my friends and family who follow me on here about the last leg of my pregnancy and the first 6 months of Evan’s life. I can’t believe that time has flown by so quickly and my baby turns 6 months old next week! It is amazing to me how much he has grown and changed in such a short amount of time. Every day he learns something new or discovers something about the world, and it has been such a fantastic adventure to watch him explore and learn. I think my favorite sound in the whole world is hearing his tiny giggles, especially when the only thing that made him laugh was me laughing at how adorable he is. My mom told me over and over again while I was pregnant that it was impossible for her to even try to describe the love I would feel when Evan came into our lives, and she was right. It really is an all encompassing love that words cannot explain. Life has been a whirlwind since then, and though sometimes exhausted, I am loving every minute of it. 

I think that’s all I’ll write for tonight. Just a little dip back into the blogging world before I start posting more regularly. It feels good to have a computer again, and even better to be back to blogging!