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Thursday, August 14, 2014

8 months

8 months
24 lbs

P is 8 months and is loving celebrating mommy's birthday (all month long)! We have had a busy August so far with traveling to weddings and such. Patrick has done a great job of traveling, sleeping different places, and hanging in there when his schedule is thrown way off. I have been really impressed, he is a tough guy! He totally rallies around other people (especially kids!) and is a trooper.

According to my wacky method of standing on the scale with Patrick, he is weighing in around 24 pounds. Still sleeping around 7:30-7:30 and taking a morning and afternoon nap.

I think his two front teeth are about to pop through. Poor little guy has some swollen gums and I just know he has got to be hurting. I can also tell when he is getting teeth (I mean, I think) because he tends to wake up more in the middle of the night.

Patrick loves to be outside, we usually wait in the driveway for daddy to get home and he loves it! He loves to swim and swing...and he is absolutely LOVING feeding himself! That is a huge game changer, he is so in to it and I love watching him try new foods. He seems to like most things he tries, so hopefully he continues to be a good eater!

Still not crawling, but Patrick is rolling EVERYWHERE and getting into EVERYTHING! He is trying to pull himself up on things, but isn't quite there yet.

Every day I get to spend with him is truly a blessing!

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Zoo!

It is no secret that Patrick and I love a good adventure. We actually have a lot of adventures coming up. That is, bigger adventures than our daily trips to Target. It is officially August (my birthday month!) and that means I officially have an 8 month old (!!!!!). Whoa, slow down time. (I say that in every monthly post but seriously...)

In a matter of weeks, we will be traveling to Bloomington, Michigan, Florida, and back again. Patrick attended his first wedding last weekend, but we have another one in Michigan! Then we are taking our family trip to Florida which means another plane ride for Mr. P. Watch out Florida - we are coming for you!

Last month Patrick had his first trip to the zoo, and he very much enjoyed it! I think he liked eyeing his friends and random people watching more than the animals, but can you really blame him? Following our zoo trip with friends, Patrick, Marc, and I went back to the zoo for Marc's work event. Patrick was actually awake for the whole time and he absolutely loved seeing the sharks, fish, and penguins. (He previously slept through this portion during his first trip to the zoo.)

If you didn't totally clock out when you realized I was typing a whole post about the zoo, I've included some fun pictures below!

P.S. These are all lovely iPhone pictures. I actually took my nice camera to the zoo when we went as a family and got some pretty okay pictures of Marc and P...overall I am sort of discouraged with my lack of talent for photography. I thought it was one of those things that would come naturally to me (I can take a BA iPhone picture) but apparently it requires both skill and practice. One day, I will rock it though. I'm that determined. And besides, if everyone and their mother can be a semi decent photographer - why not me as well?


Zoo with friends!



He tried so hard to catch those hasty penguins.

All of our pictures ever. I love it.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

7 months


It is weird to think that my baby boy is closer to a year than being a newborn...but it is true! Mr. P is 7 months old and every day I don't think I could possibly love him anymore, yet I somehow do!

He is growing and growing! He is loving his baby food and has started to eat some puffs. He loves the puffs and can grab them, but can't quite figure out how to bring them to his mouth. He just opens his mouth wide and sticks out his tongue wanting more and more food!

He absolutely loves his daddy. It is so funny to see how excited he gets when Marc gets home from work. I try not to take it too personally ;) and I am so thankful for their bond. I know they are going to continue to have so much fun together and I cannot wait to watch it.

Patrick also is saying some consonants and trying to babble, but really he just loves to squeal. It is the most precious thing I have ever heard. I love listening to him chat to other people.

He has been sleeping really well, typically from 7-7:30 and only waking up once to have a little snack around 5 or 6, because, why not?

The weather has been great for July and we are loving the beautiful temperatures. Patrick loves his baby pool so we hang out on the back deck in it sometimes, and we are definitely looking forward to our Florida trip next month! Whoop whoop!! Bring on the pool, sunshine, and beach.


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Family Fanatics - AAU Days

Growing up sports were a huge part of my life, after all I was born in basketball country - Bloomington, Indiana (Go Hoosiers). Sports continue to be a big part of my life to this day. My dad is a basketball coach. I have two brothers who played basketball and baseball. My older brother is now a D1 basketball coach. I, myself, danced and cheered. I have a mom who is more than supportive and dragged us three to every town imaginable to compete while always making sure we were having a great time. My dad even started a foundation to help bring kids over from Africa to help live out their dreams of playing basketball here in the US. I met my husband through sports. I got to watch him play college basketball. We got to go to the World Series and see the Cardinals win. My college major was even Sport Broadcasting! Throughout my life, sports have always found a way to bring my family together.

When I first heard about the "Family Fanatics" campaign and was thinking about how sports brought my family together, I immediately thought of past AAU basketball tournaments. I think it is because one of my earliest childhood memories is of me sitting in the bleachers and hearing the familiar bounce of a basketball go up and down the wooden courts of a musty old gym in my hometown. However, all of these AAU tournaments always meant one thing - family. My dad was a basketball coach and my grandpa was his assistant coach. My older brother played on the team, and my younger brother was the ball boy. My mom and I cheered from the bleachers in team t-shirts with the other parents and siblings. I loved always being together and I always looked forward to how these tournaments lead up to Nationals in different parts of the country. This always meant a family summer trip! My favorite Nationals were probably the ones held at Disney World. My family and I would always spend our days in the gym, but we had time to visit the parks as well. I also loved going out to eat as a family after the games, often times with the entire basketball team.

My parents are divorced and have been since I was 4, but basketball always brought my whole family together. We always traveled together, ate together, and celebrated together.

A huge thanks to Fanatics and their "Family Fanatics" campaign for allowing me to relive some of my best memories. Sports have always been a huge part of my life and I hope they continue to be. I look forward to many more memories involving sporting events and perhaps even watching my own children create their own sporting memories.

Also, Fanatics has my FAVORITE selection of St. Louis Cardinals gear! I typically always have some sort of clothing item from Fanatics on my Christmas List and this year I am already eyeing this fantastic sweatshirt. (Hint, hint family!) You should check out their selection of sporting gear, it is definitely impressive.

P.S. These AAU tournaments I mentioned also lead me to meet the man of my dreams. I loved how God winked at me during the early years and allowed me to have glimpses of Marc throughout the tourneys, and then brought us together later!

Below are some other pictures from sporting events that I cherish:

My dad and I enjoying a Cardinals game.
Tailgating with my cousin, B!
Marc and me at the WORLD SERIES! 2011 - Game 6.
My brother, Coach Adams, after New Mexico won the MWC Tourney - 3-peats!
My brothers at a Cards game back in the day. Family trips to St. Louis are another great family memory.


Do any of you have a favorite memory of how sports brought your family together? I'd love to hear all about them! 
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

6 months!

I can't even believe that I am typing a 6 month post already. 6 MONTHS! My baby boy is half a year old. I am so excited for him because he continues to grow and learn new things, but at the same time I am a little sad that time is going by so quickly. Every new day is a new adventure, and we really are having a blast!

6 MONTHS!
22 pounds
28 inches

Little P grew 2 inches since his last appointment and put on a couple pounds. He is still enjoying baby food and loves when he gets juice.

This month we went to a friend's first birthday party! Patrick loved going to his first party (daddy let him try some cake pop) and had so much fun celebrating little Lucas. I love watching P play with little kids. He loves to look around at other children and it is so fun to watch them interact.

Also, a couple weeks after his 6 month doctor's appointment, he got his first TOOTH! The bottom two teeth came in within days of each other. Poor guy was in some pain and having a hard time sleeping, but thankfully I think we are past it now.

We are still working on the sleeping. Some nights he does really well, other times he is up a couple of times a night. P's doctor says he should be able to go at least 10 hours without a snacky, but P thinks otherwise. We well get there!

Patrick is also doing a great job of sitting up by himself, I'm very impressed. We finally moved him to a big boy car seat this month as well. It was definitely needed, but I was putting it off for as long as possible because I really like how easy the infant seat was.

We seem to be on a good schedule and with the nice summer weather, we try to go on an adventure every day! (Usually it includes lunch and Target, mommy's favorite things.)

It seems like I have been a mommy to Patrick forever (in an extraordinary way), he fits into our family so perfectly. We love our little P!


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Monday, June 23, 2014

Influenster Go VoxBox!

My month has been so crazy, I completely spaced to blog about my Influenster Go VoxBox I got in the mail a couple weeks ago!! Former Amy, the one who worked out a lot, would have appreciated this box x1000, but Current Amy was eagerly excited as well. It even inspired me to exercise a couple times :)



My goodies included an adorable protein shaker (with a handy handle that can easily be clipped on to a gym bag!) with protein shake mixes from The Vitamin Shoppe, Playtex Sport Fresh Balance (victory, Playtex is my favorite), Blue Diamond Blueberry Flavored Almonds, Profoot Triad Orthodic and Profoot Pedi Rock, Aqua Spa Body Creme (smells so good!), and a free Muller Yogurt product!  

Make sure to check back for my favorite products in the box :)

 (I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.)

#GoVoxBox #influenster #PlayOn #mullerquaker#RelaxWithAquaSpa #GetYourGoodGoing#GoPROFOOT


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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Florida Vacay!


Patrick had his FIRST trip to the beach a couple weeks ago! His first week away from home (and from daddy!) and his first "vacation." Of course, being the super anxious person I am, I spent the week before being nervous about everything. I was anxious about the flight, the sleeping arrangements, how we would go about dinner (my brother and his fiancee met us down there and they are on a different time zone so I was worried they wouldn't want to go to dinner at 5 to get Patrick in bed by his 7-7:30 bedtime), basically I was just being anxious about everything. Once again I was anxious about nothing I could control, and Patrick was perfect!!

The plane ride down to Florida was very early in the morning. Patrick was so confused when he woke up at his 5:00am feeding and I put him in his car seat and daddy took us to the airport. By the 7:00am take off, Patrick was sleepy and fell asleep after nursing during take off. He slept for over an hour and woke up totally lost and confused on where he was. It was precious.

Florida was filled with amazing memories! It was the PERFECT weather for us. Sunny with a cool ocean breeze. We could sit outside for the majority of meals (this is huge, I never want to sit outside if there is a slight possibility I may start sweating) and that was great since Patrick LOVES being outside. He does so much better when he is outdoors.

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It was so nice to go to our favorite vacation spots and be able to hang out with my brother and his fiancee. And a huge thanks to my mom, I cannot imagine being on vacation without her help. Seriously, I don't think I could have made it through the airport without her help. Then she was super nice and would play with Patrick in the mornings and stayed inside while he napped while I went to the beach and pool with my brother and Brooke. She is the best mom and Mimi in the world. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't hope and pray that I am as good of a mom as she is.

Patrick, Marc, and I are going back in August for a family trip. I cannot wait! Our own trips are so fun and I can't wait to make more memories. I never took Patrick to the beach/ocean because I wanted Marc to be there for Patrick's first "beach" experience. I am looking forward to spending time in Florida with our little family in a couple months.

Patrick was great on the plane ride home as well. Curious as ever during the airport and then took a little nap after take off. He was so excited to see his daddy when we got home, and I know he missed his big bed! (I think part of the reason he woke up a lot during the night in Florida was due to the fact that he was in a tiny pack-n-play.)

I can't believe we go to his 6 month appointment in a couple of weeks. Wishing time would slow down a bit... (a lot like this Tuesday...how is it only 2:00pm?!)

Lunch time adventures!

If you look closely, you'll see my brother, Brooke, and myself in the ocean during P's nap.

Before dinner fun!

 Patrick's first swim with Auntie Brookie!

Lunch at Conchy Joe's

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Adventures in the airport!

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P having a little snacky before take off...

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More pool time fun!

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Drew and Brooke got engagement pictures done while we were there...they turned out so dreamy. I was creepily stalking them.

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So we went to Once Upon A Child and bought this bouncer to keep little P entertained. Traveling with a baby is harder than it looks, but totally worth it. 

Okay, so this was actually from the pool this weekend, but I love it. 
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