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AND THEN YOU TURNED 3

Two came and went so quickly. And now you’re three.

You’re the boy who made me a mama and are the light of my entire life. Nothing I write here will ever do the love I have for you an ounce of justice.

This birthday feels like a big one. You’re on the edge between toddler and big kid and I’m not sure how I feel about it.

You have such a great sense of humor and find joy in the smallest things, like bubbles and powdered sugar donuts. I hope it sticks with you throughout your life and gets you through the inevitable hard days you’ll face.

You’re so tough and lately when you fall down, you’re quick to “shake it off” and it’s been a long time since you asked for me to “kiss it better”. While it does make me sad, I hope you always bounce back this quickly and never stop getting up to try again.

You still sleep in our bed and I snuggle you to sleep each and every night. It definitely wasn’t the planned sleeping arrangement, but I’m so glad your dad and I have had 3 solid years of snuggles. I hope you always find comfort in our arms and know you can always come to us.

You love your brother so much and it is my greatest joy to see you two together. You’re unbelievably gentle with him and always the first one to check on him when he cries. No one can make him laugh like you do either. His eyes light up when he looks at you and you can almost see the love radiating between the two of you. I hope you guys always stick together even when you hate each others guts. It’s important.

I want to bottle up your laugh, the way you throw your head back and let the sound erupt from your throat, and pull it out when I’m old and gray. I want to keep the sweet smell of your strawberry cheeks and the way your head feels on my chest. I don’t want you to grow another ounce. Not even a smidge.

But I know that even if I try to hold on, you’ll just keep on growing and I don’t want to miss a second of it.

So I guess I have to let you.

Here’s to my big three year old. We love you so much, Coop.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN // 2016

Halloween is a tricky holiday for parents.

You tell your kids not to eat candy from strangers, except on the one day a year when we actually ask strangers for candy. And then there’s the costumes. Buy one too early and you risk having to return it once your kid changes his mind for the 5th time, wait too long and you’ll be stuff with the reject costumes.

You’re basically screwed either way.

And there’s the impossible task of getting a costume for a 3 month old. Have you seen those things? They’re all plush and long sleeved. Poor Cam would sweat his butt off.

For the last two years Cooper cried when I put on his Halloween costume and begged me to take it off. This year he knew what he wanted to be (a T-Rex) 3 months early and talked about it on a daily basis to everyone. Anytime someone came in the house he’d blurt out “t-rex cosume!” and they’d instantly look at me, waiting for an explanation. He was the proudest dino I ever saw.

And there’s the impossible task of getting a costume for a 3 month old. Have you seen those things? They’re all plush and long sleeved. Poor Cam would sweat his butt off. I initially felt bad about not getting him a real costume, but then I came to my senses because who has time for that, and put him in his dino pjs. Done and done!

Once the costumes were secured, we had some family over for a pumpkin carving party (which Cooper wanted nothing to do with). Then a few days later, we did a test run at the trunk-or-treat at my sister’s school. AND THEN was the real thing. Cooper was very much into it this year and was constantly at the head of the pack.

Pictures comin’ at cha in 3…2…1…

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When my stepdad saw my shorts he told my mom “man, those shorts are really unflattering!” like they were part of my regular wardrobe. Ha! What do you think? Can we get the mom shorts to make a comeback?dsc00500 dsc00508

TWO MONTH PICTURES

Squad.

This was a hard month. Cameron started crying a a few weeks ago and hasn’t stopped since. He’s only content when he’s held and is constantly gassy and spitting up. We’re trying to figure out a solution to help ease his discomfort, but nothing has worked yet. We’re operating on very little sleep and just trying to take it minute by minute.

On the brighter side, Cooper is still obsessed with his brother and gives him kisses all day. He is always asking when the baby will be big enough to play with him and I always tell him too soon.

1 MONTH PICTURES

Learning the power of the double nap
My little glow worm
Snug as a bug
The longest legs A quick family photo before baby’s first bath
It was uneventful
 Full.   My boys.  Brotherly lovin’
 That time we tried breastfeeding. We made it 8 whole weeks.   Our first day home alone. I’d like to say I wasn’t nervous, but I’d be lying. 

TYLER PARTY OF 4 DOES THANKSGIVING // 2016

I have a lot to be thankful for these days.

So much so that I can’t think about it most of the time because it scares me half to death.

It was a crazy day and we hardly took any pictures, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

I’ll take hectic, exhausting and messy any day.