Thursday, November 8

belated halloween

halloween happened our house despite the delay to post about it 
i loved having a baby for halloween.  
even though it's a little tricky squishing everything into one day it was worth it 
we visited both grandparents, my grandma, the office and a cousins school parade 
here's the holiday through pictures








Friday, October 19

he grows too fast!

2 weeks 

4 and a half months

We had Mack's 4 month checkup last week 
15 pounds 5 ounces- 70% for weight
20something... i'm a bad mom and forgot 95% for height

tall, skinny and big headed just like his dad.

Wednesday, October 17

pumpkin patch

Last year we went the pumpkin patch for our first time
loving it we knew we had to go this year.
it was a great day there, we found some cute pumpkins for our front porch
if you've never been you should go.

my favorite boys


loving the wheelbarrow

to the cabin

it's a family tradition to head to the cabin in woodland for conference weekend 
usually we are running up in between sessions on Saturday and then hurrying down on Sunday
this year was so nice, we went up Friday afternoon and stayed until after dinner Sunday
no rushing involved!
.... I love not working full time.
this was Mack's first time at the cabin
it was beautiful up there
even though it was a bit chilly
it was such a nice weekend away, thanks for having us 

playing go fish with the cousins.... we missed abby, sarah, eliza, annie, calvin and peter!

swinging with grandpa

provo river

tummy time by the fire

checking out the fire

snuggling with amy

just being cute

chilling on my couch outside

one of those moments

Sometimes being a mom is so easy.  The day just flows by without too many bumps and when the bumps come I somehow handle them perfectly, making the day that much better.  But then there are those days that it seems so hard!  It feels like Mack won't stop crying, or won't sleep longer than 30 minutes and won't be happy.  It feels like the day goes on and on so slowly.  Yesterday was one of those days.  After Mack fell asleep in the car for 20 minutes he woke up once we came inside and wouldn't go back to sleep, but he wouldn't be happy either.  So I tried to distract him for the next hour until he'd eat again hoping he'd sleep soon after that.  Long story short after trying for 3 hours to nap he finally fell asleep.  **sigh** I just felt so relieved that he was finally napping.  I went to the kitchen to start dinner and make the banana bread I couldn't wait to try and clicked on my phone to see if I had missed anything, here's what I saw.  

my heart melted
I love my sweet little babe even in the middle of one of those moments

Wednesday, October 10

utah game

we were feeling a little adventurous last week and took Mack to his first football game
of course we were so nervous of how he would respond to all the noise 
and to our great surprise he did great!
he was so into all the people and action 
we were super lucky and sat right on the front row 
he loved watching the Utah red jersey's walking around right in front of him 
we stood for most of the first half and he just sucked on our fingers as we jumped and screamed
he screamed at the band and dancers during half time 
video
and snoozed during the the third and part of the fourth quarter
we got home and he went straight to bed and then slept for most of the next day, recovering




Tuesday, October 2

4 MONTHS

can't believe our little guy is 4 months this week 
you hear people say this all the time.... but i can't remember life without him
he has been the best thing that has ever happened to us
he brings us so much joy and happiness
i feel so lucky to be his mom

he loves chattering away
he is the biggest flirt and smiles at every girl who stops to talk to him
his favorite toy is his binky, it loves pulling it out and trying to get it back in
he is super strong and always wants to be standing on his feet 
when he lays on the floor he kicks and rolls in circles
he is sleeping 7 hours consistently through the night, he wakes up to eat and sleeps a few more
he is getting good at putting himself to sleep, and usually wakes up chattering to himself

of course our life isn't all glam over here
we have hard moments too but I like to think the good strongly outweighs the bad

Wednesday, September 26

a little extreme

Many of you know that I have dipped my feet into the couponing world 
I feel like if I am going to buy something anyways I should try to buy it when it's on sale
and yes that means a lot of the time I don't need it right then but I will use it 

for instance... 
this week there is a deal on tide detergent, which is my favorite 
but boy it's expensive and doesn't go on sale often
so when it does I like to stock up

we stopped our paper awhile ago because once the baby came my couponing went on the back burner
so I don't have the extra coupon to get the extra $$ off but I read on pinterest that you can buy them on ebay

so I found the coupon I need on ebay but here's the catch I would buy a stack of 20 
which means I would be buying 60 tide detergents!! yes 60!

that's a little extreme for us right now but I'm just throwing it out there, 
DOES ANYONE ELSE LOVE TIDE AND A GOOD DEAL. 

LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SHARING THEM WITH ME FOR $4.32 A PIECE.... THEY ARE NORMALLY $6.00.... OBVIOUSLY THIS IS THE SMALLER SIZE

the deal ends this Wednesday, one week from today

Friday, September 21

tough boys

we sat right behind the Utah players bench at the opening game 
it was so entertaining watching the players, game
this player was especially entertaining his tat says
'cherish family'
hah funny.  


Wednesday, September 12

thank you bumbo

we first put MC in his bumbo about a month ago
he loved it 
he seems to love sitting and watching what's going on as compared to being carried
after he eats he typically has some floor time
he's pretty good at entertaining himself watching me or eating his fists
as long as I keep talking to him he is content for 20 minutes ish
after that we do a little tummy time and I sit and play with him 
then he is starting to get tired so I put him in his bumbo and he'll sit next to me wherever I am 
he will sit about another 20-30 minutes before getting bored 
it's great, I just set him on the counter and chop everything for dinner
or on the floor while I get ready 
it's so much easier to do these things with him sitting next to me instead of wearing him 
I love his curled little toes


yesterday I looked over and he had fallen asleep about 30 seconds after I gave him his binky...
I wish it was that easy all the time.

*** don't worry I am aware of the recent recall on bumbos and I don't leave him sitting alone.  I always stay within arms reach just in case his head topples over.  

Wednesday, September 5

grateful

my brother (inlaw) but I like him so much he is just my brother is so talented and thoughtful
he started a non-profit organization for a close friend(his wife helped a lot too)
I was so touched by the stories shared on their website

here's the youtube video

to read more stories and to help support babies in need visit 
keep your kleenex box close by because you will need it 
your heart will be softened and you will fall in love with each family 
you will be amazed by their strength, dedication and continually ability to deal 
with what I think would be one of the most challenging of trails

gone to work

Mack is 3 months today!
time has just flown by
how is it that the last month of pregnancy lasted a year and three months lasted a day?

today is my first day back at work.
i'm just working two days a week and feel super lucky that my job is so flexible
I found an awesome babysitter for Mack.... his dad!
even though I would much rather be home with my boys it was so easy leaving him with Sam
plus I feel like this is an experience that Sam will never get with another child
it's unique and I think so special

it was really weird walking into work today
nothing has changed, it smells exactly the same, everyone looks the same
it seems like yesterday I was here
I can't believe how fast all my responsibilities came back and how second nature they seem
and I love that I don't have to come back tomorrow!


Thursday, August 30

gramps turns 96

over the weekend we celebrated my gramdpa peterson's 96 birthday!
you read that right, NINETY-SIX!
can you imagine all that he has witnessed in his life 
he is your typical jolly happy 'little' grandpa
of course he has the best stories(still has a great memory), he is lovable, kind, and so giving 
I remember bragging as a child that my grandpa gave me a 100 dollars for every birthday and christmas
he has lived the last 10 years or so alone 
he cared for my grandma until the day she passed and he misses her so much 
the day was special
he talked about the wonderful family we were and how proud he was to have us all 
he talked about how happy my grandma must be watching the family grow and all the little ones 
he did a little jig as we sang happy birthday to him 
he gave us all 10 dollars because he thought we were perfect 10's in his eyes
and of course he was wearing a bright colorful shirt

last year we bought 95 balloons and individually staked them in the front yard 
right after we finished... before a picture could even be taking they are started to pop 
after about 2 minutes we literally only had about 20 balloons left 
this year we went a little more simple and all the great-grandkids helped make a banner
 mack dressed up for the occassion and wore a tie
 some of the kiddos with the banner
 mrs. bakers tasty cake
 such a cutie
 he blew them all out

remembering

I remember the day Sam set up our crib
our room wasn't painted... in fact it was a mess 
since we had moved into our house we knew the room was going to be a nursery 
but it became the, 'just put in the babies room' room 
it was filled with lots of random things needing to find new homes
once we bought our crib we started to get motivated to clean it out and make it a special space

I remember waking up the next morning and walking out of our bedroom and seeing the crib
chills shivered up my legs and into my spine as the realization hit me
that crib was for my little baby growing readily inside of me 
of course excitement filled me up as I pictured myself going to fetch my little one over and over again

thanks to a wonderful support system, friends and family that room transformed 
it soon filled with diapers, wipes, bath gear, blankets, books, clothes etc. etc. 

and now all those things I envisioned and dreamt about are coming true.  
that room has become Mack's room and it's arguable my favorite room in the house
I love hearing him talk in his crib as he patiently waits for me to come and get him

yesterday Mack slept until 830, I woke up before that and went to take a peak at my sleeping little one
I found this little sweet one peacefully sleeping away. 







Monday, August 27

new trick

video
ignore our new parent enthusiasm.  

Thursday, August 23

birth announcement

I was so excited with how great Mack's announcements turned out 
here are the 2 that we sent out to family and close friends


I found a great etsy shop that designed the announcement 
I especially liked her because she is from Utah(gotta support the locals)
then I printed them for cheap at costco(since everyone will throw it away)
and since I loved them so much it was motivating to get them in the mail

lazy day

Today was a lazy day.
it's very rare that I get to have one and I must admit I really enjoyed it.
Mack and I spent lots of time snuggling together
I didn't worry about the laundry, cleaning, cooking or any other projects 
I didn't have anywhere I had to be
I just enjoyed the day.
why is it so hard to enjoy and live in the moment? 
maybe it's just me, but my mind is constantly a step ahead

'once Mack is asleep I'm going to .....' shower, eat, clean this, sew that etc. 
but today once Mack was asleep I just held him and didn't worry about the other stuff 

you wouldn't be able to do this everyday, nothing would ever get done 
but today I was okay with it and looking back on my day, you'd think I would feel dissatisfied or unaccomplished but I actually feel such great joy. 

after doing nothing all day we topped it off with sitting around the pool enjoying the night.
Mack took his first ride in a truck

Tuesday, August 21

becoming my boys momma




i was told time and time again while i was pregnant how intuitive becoming a mom is
i didn't understand it
in my mind caring for my child and taking care of a baby seemed so foreign and scary
i read lots of books hoping to prepare me for what i was about to take on
even though I didn't read something that has magically worked or solved a problem 
i'm happy i read them 
knowledge is power right? 

but i can't believe what a natural transition it was becoming a mother 
i held my baby for the first time and looked into his eyes and fell in love 
after that love came, whose foundation started during pregnancy, the rest was easy 
it's been so easy and so hard all at the same time 
i love every minute, i love the challenges
i love that i can hear Mack move or make a noise on top of any other noise in the room
i love that i can tell when he is about to cry or if he wants something else 
i love that i know what he wants by listening to his cries or watching his body(still mastering)
i love that when he hears me he looks for me 
and when he sees me he smiles
i love thinking i am his favorite person in the world right now
i love being a momma 

i understand now how becoming a mother is intuitive
and i even better understand how being a mother brings the most joy 
each phase and week just gets better
they each come with a unique challenge but the reward gets greater and greater 
i love feeling like i am fulfilling my duty. 
that's all for now. 

i'm thinking of all my friends that are pregnant right now so excited for the days and weeks ahead
you are at such a wonderful part of pregnancy and life, try to enjoy it!!

Thursday, August 16

photo shoot

we had a little photo shoot in our house when Mack was 9 days old 
I almost didn't do it, let's be honest babies are expensive 
but I'm so glad that I did
our photographer, Katherine Wallin, did a great job capturing the tender moments of those first weeks
here are a million of my favorites.