Momhood

Yes, it’s been over a month since I’ve posted. And yes, it is completely because I am soaking up every second of this sweet season with my baby girl. Our little lady has already brought us so much joy in her two months outside the womb! I LOVE being her mama. This morning, I rocked her by the Christmas tree and cried happy, ugly, emotional tears. She’s a little picture of how faithful God is, and our hearts are full.

All my days are blurry. They’re full of SO MUCH, and they’re going way too fast. Here’s a glimpse into our lives the last month. โค๏ธย (And by glimpse, I mean a giant heap of photos.)

We took family pictures with our ever-growing families.

We celebrated our first Thanksgiving as a family of three.

Annie posed for lots of pictures. ๐Ÿค—

Jack continues to exceed all my expectations in the role of big brother. He has been SO GOOD.

I’m so excited to watch them grow up together. Their relationship already gives me all the feels. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Andrew continues to steal both our hearts. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

Annie was super smiley and super sleepy for her first visit at church.

And it was fitting, of course, that her first restaurant visit was Longhorn. โ˜บ๏ธ

If you follow me on Instagram, I apologize for the heap of Insta stories. Except not really, because look at her.

I did not knowย it was possible for a newborn to smile this much. It’s like she’s a photographer’s kid or something. ๐Ÿ˜œ

She even smiled in our group pic at her first Christmas party. ๐Ÿ˜‚

But yes, she cries too. Lol.

Styling.

This peace sign kills me. ๐Ÿ˜‚

She slept through her entire meeting with Santa, but it was the best. (Super cute Santa at North Park mall by the way.)

We’ve been on top of our monthly pictures so far, but to be fair, we’ve only had two. Haha. I’m already sad at how fast she’s growing!

Apologies for all the baby talk. It’s our life right now, and it’s awesome. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย Have a happy week, friends!

-Cait

Things I Don’t Want to Forget

-Annie’s first (and only) concert in the womb was shortly after we found out we were pregnant. We saw my favorite, John Mayer, and our girl was born on John Mayer’s birthday!

-When she came into the world, the song Eye of the Tiger was playing in the operating room. It was unplanned perfection.

-Sometimes I look at her and just start crying because I love her so much. Everyone is completely right when they say you have no idea how much love your heart can feel until you meet your child.

-She smiles a TON. It might be gas, but who cares, it makes for cute pictures. ๐Ÿ˜‰

-We have been blown away by how nice people have been to us. ๐Ÿ˜ญย We’ve been overwhelmed with meals and gifts and generosity, and it makes my heart swell!

-Annie and I have watched almost every episode of Frasier and The Office during our maternity leave so far. Maybe twice. We also enjoy Planet Earth. Sometimes she’ll just fall asleep in my arms while we watch Netflix, and I don’t care at all that we’re being bums. (…I may never go back to work…)

-I have never been prouder of Jack than I have this past few weeks. I was a little nervous with how hyper he can get around new people, but he has been an absolute champ. He has adjusted so much faster than we thought he would, and he has beenย super gentle and sweet. He LOVES her!ย ๐Ÿ’•

We made them Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf for Halloween. ๐Ÿ˜‚

-I toyed around with the idea of shooting our own newborn session, but I am forever glad we had photos done with Trish. It was so nice to have someone else behind the camera, and I am OBSESSED with these photos! She’s a magician. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผย (Go like her Facebook page here!)

I didn’t know Andrew could get any more attractive, but it happened. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜

Don’t you just want to squeeze those cheeks?!

This. Photo. Is. Everything. ๐Ÿ’•

There is nothing cuter than a pair of baby feet.

One of my “push presents” from Andrew (or “pull present” I guess since I had a C-section) was this necklace with her name and birthday. ๐Ÿ˜

Life is busier and less busy at the same time right now. It’s weird, joyful, exhausting, fulfilling, challenging, and amazing. I love being a mom. Every now and then, I look down at her beautiful face and start tearing up remembering all that led to her little life. God is SO GOOD. ๐Ÿ’•

Happy Monday, friends!

-Cait

The Birth Day

No three days of my life have ever been full of more emotion than the three days we spent in the hospital with our little love. It felt like an insanely fast vacation that made my heart explode with love and my eyes constantly fill with happy tears. โค๏ธ

We checked into our room at 5:45 AM and had two hours of nervous excitement before we were rolled into the operating room for my C-section. The fear of the unknown set my stomach into a nauseous state when the nurse started to put my IV in, but that was weirdly the worst I felt the whole day. And let me briefly spread the planned-C-section gospel, because it was GREAT. It was over so fast, and I thought it was going to be so much worse than it was. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Our doctor and nurses were amazing, and we were so well taken care of during our whole stay.

My wonderful best friend came to the hospital early to take pictures of all the action. I will cherish these photos forever!

One of us is calmer than the other in this photo. ๐Ÿ˜

Annie’s fan club waited patiently in the hall.

And 45 minutes later, we were out with a baby!

BAH. I love my family SO MUCH. โค๏ธ

My girl. ๐Ÿ’•

My Mama being adorable.

In-laws finally got their first grandbaby! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I STILL can’t look at these photos of us and my Dad without crying. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

So thankful for this most precious BFF!

Uncle Brad and Aunt Sherree are baby pros!

All hail Target for their perfect floral pattern on this swaddle blanket.

World’s most handsome Daddy. ๐Ÿ’•

Uncle Tanner loves her, and it’s adorable.

We’re excited for the future day that these two join us in having babies. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The day after Annie was born, we had a hospital session with our amazing photographer, Trish ofย Sweetberry Photography. We are OBSESSED with these photos! (And wait until you see the newborn photos she took!)

Look at that hair! ๐Ÿ˜

This photo is my favorite ever. ๐Ÿ’•

These four souls have the biggest hearts and have been so helpful the pastย few weeks. We are so thankful for our tribe!

Happy Aunt. ๐Ÿ’•

I absolutely love being a mom. I am soaking up every minute of being homeย just holding her and taking roughly 200 photos a day. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย We are sleepy, but our hearts are so full! ๐Ÿ’•

-Cait