Jacob's First Easter

Monday, April 21, 2014

 Even though our little guy is only 10 weeks old, we had a great time celebrating Easter with him.

Children just make holidays so much more fun.

On Saturday we took Jacob on base to meet the scariest looking Easter bunny I have ever seen.
Part of me is thankful that he was so little, otherwise I think he would have had nightmares.

Earlier in the week I put together an Easter basket for Jacob that included some toys, sunglasses, a book, stuffed bunny, and a onesie. 

We showed him his basket on Easter morning, which I'm sure was more fun for us than it was for him.

We went to a noon Mass, which was was wonderful because it gave us some time to relax at home in the morning.

Jacob did an awesome job sitting through his first Mass. Even though he stayed awake the whole time, he barely made a peep. He started to get fussy towards the end, but that's because he was hungry.

I would have loved to get a nice family picture after Mass, but unfortunately someone had a bit of an explosion, so his clothes had to go straight into the wash. Along with mine. And the cover of the chair he was sitting in.
There were a lot of casualties. 

This was the first real holiday we have gotten to celebrate since we had Jacob, and now I can't wait for more.

It makes my heart so happy to know that soon we will be able to spend holidays with family!

Happy Hour {Let's Chat} v.1

Friday, April 18, 2014

I thought another round of happy hour chatting was in order. There's so many random things swimming around my head this week, and these posts are a great place to share everything. 
Here we go! 

Home Decor Obsession: If you follow me in Pinterest, then you've probably noticed the plethora of home decor pins from me lately. I am getting super antsy to leave Italy and move into our next little home. I would love to buy a small inexpensive house that we can fix-up, so that is what I have been daydreaming about these days. 

DIY Furniture: I tend to be the last person to discover things. With that being said, I'm sure many of you already know about Ana-White.com. I stumbled upon it during a Pinterest marathon last weekend, and I am completely obsessed. The site is full of DIY wood projects with really detailed instructions. She makes building furniture look SO easy, and when I get back to the States I can't wait to try! I'm dying to build my own farmhouse table.

Travel: My in-laws will be arriving next week, and I know they will want to do some traveling. This will be our first time really out with the little man, and I am definitely nervous about it. Between feeding him every two hours and the constant diaper changes, I'm not quite sure how it will all work. I'm trying not to stress about it and just see what happens. I definitely won't be taking him anywhere major. Any tips for traveling with a baby would be appreciated!

World's Toughest Job: This video has been making it's way around the internet all week, but if you haven't seen it yet definitely take a second to watch. It'll put a smile on your face :) 

Summer: I've been ordering things to get Jacob all geared up for summer! One of my favorite things that came in the mail the other day were these sweet shades.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and a Happy Easter!

Simple Easter Decor

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Does anyone else feel like Easter came out of nowhere this year? 
I kept thinking it was so much farther away, and now here we are, just a few days out.

For whatever reason we have yet to accumulate any decor for this holiday, which means I've been taking the DIY route and making the most with what I have.

I put together a simple centerpiece for our dining table. I used mason jar vases that I made back in the fall (read about that here) and an old lantern we acquired from Ikea years ago. It was originally blue, so I used some leftover spray paint to turn it into something I could actually use.

I created my Happy Easter sign by painting a plain wood picture frame blue, then distressing it with sandpaper. I wrapped burlap over the glass, and made the happy Easter letters which I attached to ribbon using mini clothes pins. 

I really wanted to put together a basket for Jacob's first Easter, but couldn't find one I liked out here.
I decided to take a regular basket we had around the house and turn it into an Easter basket.

Someone wanted to help Mommy with his basket.

For more Easter decor inspiration, check out my Pinterest board

2 Months Old

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Dear Jacob,
I cannot believe that you are 2 months old today. You have grown and changed SO much in such a short period of time.

Your eyes are still blue and everyone has their fingers crossed that they will stay that way! You have some insanely long eyelashes, and I love seeing them when you look up at me while we're feeding. You have brown hair, but not very much of it is left. Most of it is gone in the front, and in the back you just have patches.

You are such a happy baby! 
You have a huge smile that absolutely melts my heart. About three weeks ago you started mimicking me when I smiled at you, but now you do it all on your own. 
You love to lay on your play mat. You kick your legs and swat at the toys that are hanging down in front of you, and talking up a storm. You are able to completely entertain yourself, and the other day you laid there for about 45 minutes having a blast on your own. 

You are a hungry guy, and most days eat about every two hours. 
You have started sleeping for longer spurts during the night, which I am so thankful for. You usually fall asleep at about 9pm, and wake up at around 2:30am to eat. The whole ordeal takes about an hour (thats from the time we get up to the time you are back asleep) and you sleep for another 2-3 hours after that. Speaking of sleep, you are still in a bassinet next to our bed but I fear that you will be too big for that very soon.

You LOVE laying on your changing table, which your Dad and I think is hilarious. That is where you give us your biggest smiles, and love to chat. You could lay there forever and be perfectly content.
Your Dad and I think you are the most entertaining thing we have ever seen. Between your animated facial expressions and many noises, we have a blast with you.

You have to know what is going on at all times, and love to see the world around you. You get upset when you can't see me, but that's ok because we are best buds and pretty much do everything together. When we put you in a baby carrier to wear you around, you refuse to face into us which is what's recommended for a guy your size. You are a curious little dude and insist on facing out.

You love the water, and always enjoy bath time. Sometimes you take a shower with Dad and don't mind the water spraying you in the face one bit. We can't wait to get you in a swimming pool for the first time this summer.

You are the most amazing thing that has ever happened to us, and we are having so much fun with you!

Your Mama

Weekend Happenings

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My idea of what constitutes a "good" weekend has changed drastically since having a baby.
We used to spend this precious time traveling, tasting wine, dining at new places. 

My how times have changed.

Now what gets me the most excited about the weekend is that Daddy is home, so I have someone to help me with the little guy. 

Saturday was a great example of how we enjoy spending our down time these days.
After our 5am feeding Dad took Jacob and played with him for a bit so I could sneak in a bit more sleep (the crack of dawn is this child's favorite time to play). 
The weather was fabulous, 70 and sunny, so we moseyed down the street to our favorite cafe where we sat outside and enjoyed a cappuccino and brioche. 

Grilling out seemed to be the perfect way to enjoy the sunshine from home, so we headed down to the store to pick up the necessities (food and beer of course).
The rest of the day was spent relaxing on the patio and eating good food.

Later on, the little guy even happily sat through a quick photo session with me (7 weeks old!).  
This child has no idea how much entertainment he provides us with.

The best part?
We were all upstairs snuggled in bed by 8pm.

In my book, that was a very successful Saturday with a newborn.

How did you spend your weekend?
If you've had babies, did your weekend itinerary drastically change after having them?