Oliver’s First Month

I can’t believe my sweet baby boy is a month old today. This has been the best month of my life. It scares me how fast it is going by.

A lot has happened in a month: c-section recovery, Oliver’s weight gain problems and my transition into motherhood. Luckily, my husband was home with me for the first 4 weeks. I don’t think I could have done it without him.

Coming home from the hospital was amazing. After 6 nights I was ready! I was on such a high. The lack of sleep had not caught up to me yet. Everyone had told me how hard having a newborn was and the first couple weeks I didn’t understand. It was a piece of cake! I was on cloud nine with my perfect baby.

My high slowly wore off around week 2 and the reality sunk in. I was tired. I was still in a lot of pain from my c-section. And taking care of a newborn who is feeding every two hours on top of that pain wasn’t fun.

At Oliver’s two week doctors appointment he had still not reached his birth weight. He lost 10% in the hospital, I am assuming because he was a magnesium baby. This week we were at the doctors office every other day to make sure he was able to gain. I saw the lactation consultant again which was super helpful. I’ve been seeing her about once a week to keep up with his weight gain.

Finally at three weeks, he hit his birth weight and at four weeks he surpassed 8 pounds! It is a huge relief.

At four weeks Daddy went back to work and things got a lot harder. Having the baby by myself is hard and I am still getting use to it. I am trying to get into a routine. Oliver sleeps a lot less than he use to and cries when I put him down, so now doing just about anything is extremely hard. Most days I just let the house go and enjoy the cuddles.

Thinking about leaving him in a month terrifies me. I am trying to make the most of the time I have left on my maternity leave because no amount of time off would ever be near enough.

The nights are long, but the years are short.”

Things I’ve learned about Motherhood-

  1. Motherly instincts are real, listen to them!
  2. You don’t know how much you can love until you have a child
  3. Recovery takes WAY longer than I had expected. It has now been a month after my c-section and I am still in pain. C-Sections are major surgeries and it takes a long time to heal.
  4. Parenting isn’t 50/50 – no matter how hard you try, being the mom means you give more. You give more physically and mentally. We were made this way for a reason.
  5. Mom guilt is a thing
  6. You learn that the baby comes first- which means I’ve eaten a lot of cold meals and went a little too long without showering
  7. You will get frustrated. Take a couple minutes to let that shit go.
  8. Days go by way too fast. Enjoy every moment.
  9. Things don’t go as planned and simple things like going to the doctor take a lot more time now
  10. Learn to love your body. It may never go back to what it was, but it gave me the greatest blessing of my life- my son.
  11. There’s many things in my life that I am proud of, but nothing beats being a mom

*** Also, thank goodness for snapchat filters that hide the bags under my eyes

Life saving baby products-

  1. Baby Bouncer
  2. Baby Swing
  3. Boba Wrap
  4. Velcro Swaddles
  5. Wubbanub 
  6. Sound Machine
  7. Humidifier
  8. Nightlight
  9. Gripe Water

A few things that have also helped the past few weeks- 

Babywise- I wish I read this before Oliver’s arrival

Babes and Babies Podcast + Facebook page

The Wonder Weeks App

Home owning

I bought my first home when I was 20 years old! I came into some money and felt it was the best investment. I bought a cookie cutter house in a very suburban neighborhood. I got the biggest house I could afford. Through out college I rented out rooms to pay my mortgage and now my husband and I live here.

Since his is in the military, I know I will have to move sooner or later. But I plan on renting it out and keeping it as an investment property because central Texas is rapidly growing.

There is so much we would like to do to fix our house up, but right now I am thinking of cheap visually pleasing things to do. I just want to get it looking presentable to rent out for top dollar, nothing fancy because renters break everything.

My house is about 13 years old and it being a cookie cutter, crappy builder grade everything home, things have been breaking.

In the past four year of living here I have…

-Replaced the back door

-Had the garage door repaired

-Installed all new flooring

– Painted inside + out

-Fridge fixed, dishwasher fixed, AC fixed, garbage disposal fixed

-Installed new faucet


AND there’s always some project I need to get done. Stay tuned because I will be posting all my DIY projects here!

Home owning is hard work. Especially being so young and unprepared, but it was the best thing I could have invested my money in and I love having this house to call home.


Greatest Love Story

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“Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite.”

Of course everyone loves their own love story, but I feel my husband and mine’s is super special.

Justin & I attended school together since I was in second grade. We grew up a few streets away from each other and we never really knew each other until my senior year in High School. Justin was the best friend of my friends boyfriend, ya dig? The beginning of February 2010 we were supposed to go on a double with them, but they ditched us leaving us alone.

We went to see Dear John and the movie theater and ate dinner at Taco Bell. The entire time I think Justin said 5 words. I was panicking. I am a talker and find silence super awkward. At the end of our silent first date, he leaned in and kissed me and I have never been so confused in my life!

A couple weeks later (February 25th, 2010) he asked me to be his girlfriend and that was how it started.

Now, if only it was that simple. Things got pretty complicated. I was leaving for college at Texas State in August, while Justin still had a year of high school. After high school Justin joined the Air Force. We were off an on for a few years during this time.

After tech school Justin got stationed in Japan. I was heartbroken. We didn’t know what to do. He wanted me to come with him, but I wasn’t done with school and did not want to leave Texas. So he left and it was hard. We were on again off again.

The timing was just never right for us and long distant relationships are very hard. Especially living two, very different lifestyles. We hit a couple bumps and became more off again than on again. We broke up for a solid two years without communication, which was the longest we had ever gone. And even though we dated other people during this time, Justin always had my heart and I always had his.

He happened to get stationed in San Antonio after he left Japan, which I believe, was God bringing him back to me. We reconnected and everything was right in the world. Looking back I wouldn’t change a thing. We grew up, we grew as people, and I think our years apart really made us appreciate each other. It was all God’s plan. Proving to me that whatever is meant to be will always find a way. I am so blessed to have my high school sweetheart as my husband.


LANco- American Love Story is a perfect song to narrate our love story. Take a listen –>

December 17th, 2016

On December 17th, 2016 I married my High School sweetheart. If you would have asked me 7 years ago if I would get married at a court house I probably would have cringed. I always dreamed of a huge fairytale wedding, until I realized it’s about love and commitment and not much more. I feel like weddings have become outrageous. It is one day, yes a very special day, but one day. I couldn’t imagine spending all the money and time for one day, when the years after are what is the most important. Also, I am a perfectionist and could see myself turning into a bridezilla, control freak and I just didn’t want to put myself in that situation! I had to trick my husband into this elopement, he wanted a wedding. After it was all over he was very happy with how we did it. He also knows he can’t even plan his lunch for the next day, so he didn’t want to take on planning a wedding.

(I’m not knocking a wedding, if that is what you want. But after interning for a wedding planner, I just knew it wasn’t for me.)

Justin picked out my dress from David’s Bridal, online! I didn’t even try it on before I ordered. It was perfect. I really love vintage, timeless style. Which is also why I chose my ring, a solitaire diamond (that my dad proposed to my mom with) and both diamond bands.

My bouquet is from H-E-B. I went in and told them I needed a Christmassy bouquet and they came up with this. Without a photo or a real description. They ARE amazing. It was better than I could have ever imagined.

I picked Christmas time, because it’s the most wonderful time of year, duh! But also because I knew everything and every where would be decorated! The San Antonio River Walk is the most magical place at Christmas time. Even the weather was a lovely sunny and 75!

Our wedding day was just PERFECT! We had our closest friends and family in front of the San Antonio Court House. The ceremony was 10 mins and the celebrating continued all weekend. We stayed on the River Walk, which was decorated with Christmas lights! It was quaint and intimate and everything I wanted. There was little expense, barely any planning, and I got to marry the man of my dreams!

We hired a photographer + had Justin’s mom capture it:


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& they lived happily ever after