4 months

Mila is 4.5 months old. Time is flying by, while feeling so slow. It’s so strange when I reflect on her life until now. She’s learned to grab, and reaches out for things. She’s even rejected individuals who want to carry her. She grabs her toes and sucks on her right toe-hard! She talks a lot now, but only when she is in a happy and relaxed moment. She recognizes faces and smiles and coos at them (human faces, and her plush dolls). She’s so funny, and has a strong personality. She reminds me a lot of Danny. She knows what she wants. I love my little Mila Marie to pieces, and just cry when I think of how much the Lord has chosen to bless me with her. Love you babycakes

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Merry Christmas

Hope everyone had a good holiday. We were feeling extra blessed this year, having little Mila around has been the best gift. A lot of my thoughts surrounded ideas of traditions and lessons to teach to Mila during the holidays. Traditions that would ensure we always celebrate Christmas for the right reason. Danny and I have always been mindful, but teaching our little one about everything from the beginning sounds easy enough, but it’s actually very daunting lol. I’m looking forward to many more Christmas’ to come.

I had such a great time buying little things for Mila. I got her a doll from Cuddle and Kind , a dress from June and January, The Rebel Girls book and Some Disney Tsum Tsums for her stocking. I love gifting people, so this was extra special for me. I got Danny a Marmot tent and a MuteMath Vinyl and Lana got some goodies too! Nothing crazy but all special gifts. I hope to always keep that in mind when it comes to gifts for each other.

Hope you all had a Merry Holiday. <3

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Charleston, SC

A few weekends ago, we took a road trip to Charleston, SC. it was the first long trip with Mila and overall-she did great! Our friend, Giovanna was going up for some work and we tagged along to explore the city. We had an amazing time. Charleston is so beautiful! We didn’t have specific plans, which was easier for us to go at our own pace, thankfully. Flexibility is key when you have a baby that is strict on her routine, not by my doing! She is a clock. She wakes from nap time to eat almost at the exact time, she dirties her diapers immediately after, and demands a change. Its always the same, so wherever I am, I tell myself to be flexible with how the day goes. She’s on schedule but life is not lol so asking about a restroom changing table in advance helps me be prepared, and if they have boiling water so i can warm her bottle. I get flustered pretty easily ( I hate that about myself), but Danny helps me remember to be grateful that Mila is pretty easy to handle <3

Anyhoo- back to Charleston. A few restaurants and places I’d recommend:

The Revelator Coffee – got a latte here every morning. So yummy.

Husk (you need a reservation WAYYYY in advance. Like a few weeks.)

167 Raw – Great spot, small but perfect. Service was amazing as well.

Taco Boy

High Wire Distilling Co.

The Daily coffee shop

The Brown Dog Deli – I had an amazing sandwich here. Amazing!!! Pulled pork, mac n cheese sandwich. Dead. Sooo good.

Angel Oak Tree – 1000 year old oak. #dreams

Henry’s – for some great drinks and chocolate cake hehe They have food too, but we just went for a short while.

Glazed Gourmet Donuts

We also, took a day to head to Parris Island to see where Danny went to Boot Camp for the Marines. So intense! I’m so proud of him for his time in the Marines. He’s the best.

Well, if you’re ever in Charleston, enjoy because its awesome. Take time to explore and ask locals because you can miss so much when you go on a strict plan!

 

Nice packaging for the win

On our way to Charleston, SC we stopped to refuel and I stumbled upon some beef jerky products.  Normally beef jerky and such items are wrapped up in red/yellow/bold/loud packaging. Why? Probably because they (marketing specialists) have targeted their audience or something. Apologies to the audience for them thinking this is what appeals to you. You are better than that. Alas, I digress. Enter Duke’s and the Epic Bar.  Brilliant. Honestly, I don’t even eat beef jerky, but I purchased the Bison one (well Danny actually bought it-but he doesn’t like jerky either so they’re doing something right!!) and it was delicious, and I wanted to keep the packaging forever. I have a deep love and appreciation for unique and masterfully done design. I mean-way to take something ordinary like jerky and make it beautiful. Granted, the design isn’t anything new to the world (there is nothing new under the sun) but it’s new the world of beef jerky. Thank you designers who care. 

Check it out: 

Little Mila

I realized I never posted this! tragic. Mila is 2 months old today. She’s grown so much already! She had her shots and ears pierced on Wednesday (also my birthday), and i went into the doctor’s office thinking she was so big, and then I saw all these babies that were 6 months old, and she suddenly looked so small again! Hey, I don’t hate it. She’s only this small once. Gotta love it.

She did great at her appointment. She cried of course, but I was so proud of her. She stopped crying and took it like a champ. I look at her 1 month picture, and I see such a difference. haha. She smiles more now, she makes cute faces when she’s trying to poo, she coos a lot, and has conversations with you. She’s eating so much more now too. Geez, I love my little girl. Can’t believe she’s 2 months old today!

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National parks 

It’s no secret that Danny and I are National Park fans. Danny’s deep love and appreciate for our country’s preserved, natural beauty has made me a fan. It’s one of the things I love about him. He loves it so much that he wants to share it, and open people’s eyes to beauty sitting in our own backyard. We haven’t traveled to Europe as a couple yet- but don’t really have the itch to do so because of our National Parks. haha Last Christmas we both (coincidentally) got one another posters that you can mark which parks you’ve been to. I definitely recommend visiting one. Do some research, and find the park for you- I promise you won’t be disappointed. I think my favorite so far is Zion National Park. Summer before last, we drove from Colorado to Utah and visited 5 National Parks. It was amazing to say the least. All the parks were different, but the most challenging (which I appreciate) park was Zion because of the hike we did on The Narrows. We hiked in the water for 6 hours. Cray.

Anyway- all of that to say that I love National Parks, and a dear friend gifted me these National Park illustration postcards and I LOVE THEM. haha She knows me well. <3 I love this style of illustration, and I love that it draws attention to something one may not have considered before.

Just wanted to share. xoxo

48 Days of Mila

Mila is a month and almost 3 weeks old. She has gained almost 3 lbs and grown 2 inches since she was born. I  can’t even believe it. I can’t believe we’re parents. I can’t believe this is our kid. She’s so cute and perfect. More than ever, I feel God’s love, grace and mercy through this little girl. I’ve learned so much about His love for us.

I’ve seen all her so-far firsts. Her first poop (So important. It’s pretty much all I worry about haha), first snuggle session, first smile, first laugh, first bath, first tummy time fit, first spit up, and much more. There are a lot of firsts when you’re new to world hehe. Can’t wait for the many other firsts to come.

I love my Little Mila. <3