My 1st Mother’s Day!

Being a mother is the most magical thing in the world.  Life get’s so crazy with a baby in your life but I couldn’t imagine it any other way!!  I was so excited to celebrate my 1st Mother’s Day this year, which also happened to be Ella’s 8 Month B-day.

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{At a picnic with the babe}

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{Showing off her art she created for me!!!  I was SO surprised!!}
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{How are you 8 months old already?!}photo 4

photo{Last Year vs. This Year}

Sunday Sessions

I am going to start this new piece on my blog called Sunday Sessions.  Welcome to my first one!  We are less than 3 weeks till it’s “officially” Spring!! YAY

This is my new piece where I will dish a little bit about myself: maybe something that inspires me, something that makes my life a little bit easier, something that I am currently drooling over (probably a pair of heels), or just another photo of my baby girl, that I am obsessed with.  Sorry I won’t kill you with that.  I do enough of that on Instagram!!

Right now, I am currently in love with inspiring quotes.  I find myself  scouring all over Pinterest lately, searching for the best Boards and Pins!  Here are a few gems I just found! Follow @Beauxoxo🙂  Here is their Wise Words Board I’m loving.

What’s your favorite piece of advice that keeps you inspired and moving and motivated?  I’m finding that as I am experiencing being a new mother, trying to be a better wife, making time for myself, and working hard for that next big break at work, I need to keep the positive thoughts flowing through my mind.  How about you?

Check out my Inspiration Board too!

Things to give up

"In my moments of doubt. I've told myself firmly: If not me, who? If not now, when?" - Emma Watson

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{rule of three}

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(all quotes were found on Pinterest-non of them are my work)

 

First night away from the Baby!

She’s five months old this Tuesday. That’s old enough to leave for my first night away, right? Is it harder on them or us? Seems to be us. I literally wrote a 12 page PowerPoint Ella guide/manual for my parents who watched her. I know my parents know what they are doing and I trust them completely with her… But I just don’t want her to be unhappy for one silly second. But she’s a baby…she needs to adjust…and I need to adjust.  We all grew in this experience.

My husband and I headed to NYC city for the day and our first overnight away from her this past weekend. We met up with all of his cousins and aunt and uncle.  His uncle treated us to a day in the city as our Christmas Gifts.

Leaving your baby is not something you can prepare for, mentally or emotionally. Leading up to the weekend, friends at work asked what I was up to this weekend and I would respond with my eyes slightly tearing up, with, “headed to the city for our first night away from the baby.”

We ended up walking around Central Park, getting lunch at a small cafe, saw the Blue Man Group and ate dinner at Cuba!  I had a Cuban Colada…basically dessert with liquor🙂    Ended the night at a bar with a champagne toast!  It was much needed, because apparently we had walked 7 miles!

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 {Ashley, Me and Lauren}

 

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{central park skating rink}

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{i’m obsessed with my pink hat}

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{hubby stealing kisses}

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{poncho seats at the blue man group}

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{met a blue man!}

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{dinner at Cuba}

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{champagne toast}

I was looking forward to sleeping though the night for the first time in 5 months-but that didn’t happen- we got back to his uncles house in CT at about 1:00am and my head hit the pillow by 1:30am….only slept till 7am…

I definitely missed holding her at night, rocking and feeding her and then walking into her nursery that next morning and saying “good morning peanut!”  I am grateful for every day I have with my baby and husband and as exhausted as I feel every morning, her smile in the morning is one of the best things on the planet!  I couldn’t imagine life any other way.

We came home to a wonderful report card about Ella.  My Dad was not excited going into this and thought it was going to be a nightmare watching her.  He took those words back.  He admitted that everything went so well and that she was so delightful.  Meaning, Russ and I can get away again!  AND, my Dad went shopping by himself and bought Ella PJ’s, because she is growing like a weed!  I died, it was cute.

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{ella and her new pajamas!}

How did you do on your first night away from your baby?

H&M Addiction? Share your go-to outfits after having your baby!

I’m not big on doing selfies-especially in the bathroom at work-but I know it’s not going to happen once I get home to the hubby and baby.  But somehow in these past 2 days I have noticed that I have worn complete head to toe, H&M attire….ha!  What can I say, it’s really been the one place I have been able to rely on to have something I like!  Especially after having a baby.  PLUS, they have amazing sales🙂

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Lace Top: Similar

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Sweater: Similar

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Skinny Pants: Similar

What stores are you addicted to shopping at?  Especially after having a baby?  I find that H&M has the most versatile pieces I can, affordable and on trend!  Even through my pregnancy, this store was my go to for Maternity clothes.  I’m finding myself finally getting back into figuring out outfits with what I currently have, and not trying to spend money on new clothes.  What has become your easiest go to with your newish mommy body?  Me: obsessed with the high waist skinny jeans-helps hold it all in!  Pair with some high heeled and a somewhat loose top and couple necklaces layered-I’m set.  I want to hear from you!  I need more ideas please🙂

New Traditions and Something Personal

This past Christmas, Russell and I had decided to not exchange gifts with each other…for many reasons.  The first reason and main reason was, because Ella was gift enough to both of us!  We wanted to really focus on her and make this Christmas special for her, (even with her being a little over 3 months old) because she had already made it very special for us.  We actually couldn’t wait for her to wake up on Christmas morning to take her downstairs.  All the firsts with her make you have the best feeling inside-makes your heart melt.  She just makes my heart melt everyday with her amazing smile and laughs…

Ella on Christmas morning, admiring the beautiful tree and all of her little gifts...

Ella on Christmas morning, admiring the beautiful tree and all of her little gifts…

The second reason we decided not to exchange gifts was because we wanted to start 2 new traditions with her.  We wanted to instill goodness into her heart and as she grows up and into our own little person; make her aware that there is more to Christmas morning than receiving.  That its about family, giving, and being there for people that need you.

So this past year, we “adopted” a family.   This was our first time doing this but we have admired our good friends for doing this the past few years.   We worked with the Lord’s Pantry on this.   We ended up adopting 2 little girls…a 2 year old and a 5 year old.  They each had a wishlist of a few things they each wanted for Christmas…specifically, a Little Mermaid Backpack, a Baby Doll.  We filled their wishes and in addition, bought them each a couple of outfits and some new PJ’s.  Each year as we continue to do this, and each year as Ella gets older, it will be fun to have her help us pick out gifts and deliver them.  It warms my heart to think about those little girls being able to open gifts on Christmas morning with their families.

The other tradition we started was specifically for Ella.  Each Christmas, we plan on giving her 2 books.  We will write a special message inside of each one for her- somewhat pertaining to what the book is about.  This year, we got her  “The Giving Tree” and “Where the Wild Things Are.”  The Giving Tree was in line with adopting the family and that when give, we will receive back.  And the Where the Wild Things Are” refers to her and her wild little personality and amazing energy.

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Years prior to this Christmas, Russell and I had started making each other gifts, with a $20 limit.  But this year, like I said before-no gifts!   ….guess who didn’t follow that rule?  Miss Ella!  She gave mommy her first little gift and it’s such a personalized one…she’s so advanced for her age😉   It’s something I will treasure for the rest of my life (thanks for helping her Daddy).

Here is my personalize roman numeral gold bar necklace, with her birth-date 9.10.14.  Check it out at this wonderful Etsy Shop: Shop LUCA

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Did you receive any special or personalized gifts for Christmas or a recent birthday from your little ones or hubby that you will cherish forever?  I can’t wait to get her a little something with a Sapphire in it for her first birthday!

xoxo

Reba