Monday, December 16, 2013

A Note to My Baby Boy: You're 1 year old!

My sweet boy,

You're a year old, and I'm in a state of shock. There's no way a whole year has passed. It just can't be.

You're more than I could have ever dreamed.

You're curious, intelligent, loving, hilarious, and so much more.

You're walking a bunch.
You can throw a ball.
You fed yourself (and Penelope) for the first time with a spoon this morning.
You're going through a bit of a "Must be on Mama and only Mama at all times" phase. 
(Just between us, I kinda love it)
You've been great at giving people kisses lately, and are soooo close to blowing kisses as well.

You've figured out crocodile tears when you don't get your way.

Then you're fine 2 seconds later

You move...


so much.

Some days can be described perfectly by this photo.

But most days are like this.
Every morning I get up, thinking my love is as big as it can get.
And every morning I'm wrong.
You amaze us with everything you do. 
You've changed us down to the core.
You've made us better people.
A year ago today at 11:39pm, I gave birth to you. I gave my everything to you. And I'll continue to do so for the rest of my days.
You are my baby, my heart, my everything. 
I laugh when you laugh, I cry when you cry, I hurt when you hurt and I smile when you smile. 
My sweet boy, forever you'll be. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Top Gift Picks for a 1 Year Old

Have a one year old to shop for this holiday season? We do! 
Need some gift ideas? Got em'! 
Here are a few things from our wish-list...

  1. Freshly Picked Mocs
  2. "Y is for..." Print
  3. Sugar Booger Bibs
  4. Handmade Finger Puppets
  5. This is Not My Hat book
  6. Citrus Lane Monthly Subscription 
  7. Puzzled Blocks
  8. Chicago onsie
  9. Hello Sweatshirt

New at KaLaLu

I'm excited to share our new magnets that are live in the shop! Currently we have about 20 different cities, and more to come. Don't forget, you can also create a custom order for your city of choice! 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Quarter of a Century

Today, I'm a quarter of a century old. It's so funny when you put it in those terms.

Growing up, I was always a little angsty having my birthday so close to (or sometimes on) Thanksgiving. Other years I worried about getting older and what aging meant. It took me 25 years, but I'm finally ready to join in on the celebration.

 It's my birthday! I'm 25 and I'm happy!

I feel a little ridiculous that it took me so long to realize the awesomeness of birthdays, and the special connection I have with Thanksgiving. It's pretty amazing to have your birthday so close to such a loving, reflective holiday.

So in the spirit of celebration and thankfulness, I have a few things I want to jot down.

I'm thankful for my husband.

I love him so deeply. He is truly my best friend and my partner in everything.

He gives me all of his heart, every day.

He's strong enough to catch me when I fall.

My husband is one of the most genuine people I've ever known.

I'm lucky to have him by my side. Without him, I wouldn't be where I stand today.

I'm thankful for my beautiful boy.

Goodness you're beautiful.

He makes Joey and I so proud.

We are the luckiest.

He's the best thing I've ever done.

I'm thankful for my Mama, for going through hell and back to bring me into this world. This is your day too.

I'm thankful for my Daddy's undying love and support of my dreams.

I'm thankful for my family. Love you. You're all hilarious, amazing and make me so happy.

I'm thankful for the family I've gained through Joey. So many amazing family members to love.

I'm thankful for my friends I've known since kindergarten. Love you girls crazy.

I'm thankful for the friends I've met since. I can't imagine my life without you in it.

I'm thankful for my puppy Penelope who snuggles with me.

I'm thankful that I had so many wonderful years with Janey pup. I'll always miss your snuggles.

I'm thankful for the success I've had in my business.

I'm thankful for my gorgeous city. I love you bumps and all.

I'm thankful for the people who take the time to read my ramblings here.

I'm thankful for being able to say the word love so many times in this post.

Im thankful.

Monday, November 18, 2013

A Note to My Baby Boy: You're 11 Months Old!


You are getting crazy big. You're 23 pounds and Mama's arms can feel it!

When you smile you have a mouth full of teeth! Four on top, two on bottom.

 You scrunch your nose a lot, like me. Sometimes we do it in unison. 

Penelope still likes licking your face a bunch. She also herds you a lot; she helps me keep tabs on you. 

You're more curious than ever. 

You've learned how to climb onto the couch.

You're walking a lot more, unprompted. 

You do this thing now, when a woman smiles and says hi to you, you grin and throw your head to the side and down in a coy "I know I'm cute" fashion. 

You've been really into growling lately.... 

You try to parrot actions and sounds. For example, I take your feet and lightly touch them to your mouth and say "bonk". You've mimicked this twice now!

 I always want to eat your toes. I can't help it.

Also, you in leggings is my kryptonite.

You're starting to have a clear preference for songs. We can tell by what you dance to. Currently you love, "Roller Coaster of Love", "Papa was a Rolling Stone", "What Does the Fox Say", and "California Love". Good variety kid. 

 Since you were born, I haven't gone 5 minutes without smiling. 
I love you with every ounce of my being.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Note to my Baby Boy: You're 10 Months Old!

My sweet boy,

You're 10 months old! And you're a lion!

I'm late writing this because it's been a crazy month. But, it works out because you decided to be a rock star and did a lot of "firsts" right after you turned 10 months!

On October 18th, you took your first steps! We're sort of terrified, but also really proud of you!

You are a hand clapping maniac! You often give yourself a round of applause after a rousing game of "slam two toys together" or heroically standing unassisted. You're the cutest.

You're newest word is "up"

You're loving making goofy sounds with your mouth

You've been going through a growth spurt, and have been eating like a 14 year old boy

You rocked your lion costume with no complaints

You scrunch your nose up when you smile like I do

You're giggle is still the best sound on the planet

You're strangely fascinated with Penelope's nose and eyes

You roll toy cars back and forth like a big boy

You've started pointing at things 

You crawled up to your diaper bag the other day, took out a food packet, held it up to me and clicked your tongue. You were hungry and my mind was blown. 

You're the sweetest boy who loves giving kisses. But you're also stubborn as all get out. 

You're a curious little monkey and love exploring. I love watching your reactions to new things; you're extremely expressive!

 I love you more with every breath I take.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Pumpkin Patch

Today we visited the pumpkin patch that my family has been going to since I was a teeny thing. We went last year when I was very pregnant with Oscar, and this year we had our little punkin' out and exploring!

Here are a couple last year vs. this year. I had a lot of fun looking at these side by side.