Introducing …

It is time our new addition makes her appearance. Robert, Tobias and I welcomed a beautiful and healthy baby girl in April.

Meet our Hailey!

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Hailey has been an excellent addition to our family and is as sweet as can be. I have put off this post for quite some time since I was struggling with my own well-being, so my Hailey Bug is almost 6 months old now.

She is honestly such a joy and is learning to find her voice. She adores her older brother, and he is smitten with her. In fact, Tobias is the one who got Hailey to laugh for the first time.

There are so many stories I could tell, but I think it may be better just to show some of her moments over the last few months.

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There will be more updates on Hailey and Tobias to come.

Each day I continue to discover my own heart and what the Lord has in store for me.

Love,

Sarah ❤

Small Victories

Tobias is one of the pickiest eaters I have ever met, and I have met a lot!

Maybe it is because I never let him eat from my plate, or maybe that is just who he is. Either way, I find it to be extremely irritating.

I hear the same advice all the time, “he will eat when he is hungry.”

Yes, I know, but the trick is getting him something he will actually eat when he is hungry!

I have tried switching up meats for him to try, but that never seems to go well. Once he ate a chicken nugget and I was so thrilled I literally jumped up and down.

I looked like an idiot, but I didn’t care.

Guess what! He hasn’t eaten one since then. Of course, he will dip it in the ketchup and lick the ketchup off of the chicken, but he won’t bite into the chicken.

Toddlers!

Need I say more?

We go through the same routine every night when its time for dinner. He runs over to his chair, sits himself down and inspects his plate. Then he will point to each thing given to him and waits for me to tell him what they are.

I have never given him pork, simply because we don’t eat it often in our house, but this night was different and I served him a pork cutlet.

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So he started with his favorite item on the plate; ketchup.

Tobias points at it smiling and I say “that’s ketchup.”

He giggles and moves on.

He always points to the other items that aren’t meat first.I explain what each is as he smiles, but still nothing has gone into his mouth yet.

Finally he gets to the pork. The smile is gone from his face. He points at it and looks up at me.

“That’s pork.”

Now I seem to have gotten his attention. He is now really watching me. He inspects it further and then points again. And again I tell him its pork.

What does he do? He picks it up, smells it and then dips it in the ketchup.

I’m thinking well he we go again, another meal my child won’t eat.

Then it happens, the pork made it into this mouth, and it was the first thing he finished!

He consumed three servings of food that night!

The one thing I put on his plate that I thought he would eat, he ignored. Sorry sweet potatoes.

It isn’t much, but it is a small victory. After two months of him wanting nothing to do with the meals I prepared, he finally ate something!

His stomach was so full that you could see it popping out of his shirt!

Current Score: Tobias: 2,599 —Mom: 1

I’ll still take it!

First Family Vacation

When most people think of vacation they get excited – I am not most people.

Don’t get me wrong I love vacations, every one needs a break now and again, but I am a planner by nature. Add a baby into that and you have one stressed out momma!

Everything that I packed was based off where we were going, what we would be doing, and where we were staying – and it still wasn’t enough! This includes items to help my child sleep peacefully– and let me tell you it is very hard to get a baby to bed in a hotel when there are high school basketball teams surrounding your room! (Go Warriors!)

But after it was all said and done we had a great time.

Here are 5 tips if you are traveling with a baby younger than 1 year old.

Note: our vacation had 10+ people so some of these tips may seem like common sense, but it never hurts to be reminded.

1. Breathe

I know this step sounds basic, but for me it was essential. When you are with a large group there are things that are out of your control. For instance, on our way to the hotel Tobias was just done with the whole car ride he screamed and cried for 2 hours and nothing I did could calm him. I know its sad, but I made a short clip of it, honestly his face is so cute when he cries…I just couldn’t help it!

2. Stop trying to control everything

IMG_2556Maybe I am the only one, but I love order (I know I am not the only one, my sister-in-law and I battled it out on our vacation to see who was really in control.

Most of the time it isn’t worth it. If you want to enjoy your vacation with the 10+ people in your party and your baby you just have to go with the flow. Sadly, it took me until day 3 to figure this part out.

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3. Pack plenty of play clothes
Now what I mean by play clothes are clothing that you don’t mind if they get stained and dirty. After returning home and doing laundry, even with Shout, stains were set. Now personally I don’t care if my son has stained clothing, but some do so just be prepared that no matter what you do to prevent it, something will get messed up.IMG_2534

4. Bring extra clothes for you

I didn’t think it was necessary to bring extra clothing for my husband and I. I made sure I packed extra clothing for Tobias, but never thought anything would happen to our clothes. Boy, I was so wrong. The second day my son decided it would be funny to pee on me!

Yes, I had everything covered, but his little hands moved quickly and he wiped it out and peed. It soaked through everything I was wearing and the whole time he was just smiling!

I have to be honest though, I can’t be mad – he is just too cute to stay mad at!

5. Relax and spend time with your family

IMG_2546Since I work full-time I don’t get to see my son often, so it was very important to me that I spent as much time with my son as I could, but I also got to spend time with my brother and his family and of course our parents.

We don’t live to far from our families, but we don’t get to see them all the time, so I was really enjoying talking to my nieces and nephews and hearing about their adventures at school and with baseball and soccer.IMG_2526My husband and I are embarking on a new journey soon and I know that it will take me further from our family. This time with them was precious and greatly needed!

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These are just a few tips, too be honest I could keep going, but I am sure you would get bored!

Also, here is a video of Tobias swimming for the first time! Hope you enjoy!

What are some of your favorite memories from one of your family vacations? Leave a response in the comments below!

Happy Monday!

~Sarah