Noah’s 1/2 Birthday & Family Photos

carcache-32Our sweet Boy has reached the 6 month mark you guys! That means 1/2 birthday! This means that after this he will almost be a teenage baby! This boy has kept us on our toes. He is the most sweetest baby and always has a smile on his face… literally melts our hearts. He’s at a point where so many changes are taking place and his little personality is starting to make an appearance. I anticipate a strong-willed little guy  but with the kindest heart in our future. He loves his momma and daddy and has started to reach out his little arms for us to pick him up. He loves his skip and hop play table and loves putting all toys and mostly everything in his mouth! lol Maybe teething? But at the moment no teeth in site! He rolls over like a pro but can’t take the heat lol aka, he gets frustrated and lazy when it comes to “trying” to go on all fours to explore the crawling position. We’ll let him lead the way on that one and see when this big little fella wants to start making us chase him around.  Oh and Food… well not his favorite just yet! Lets just say there’s been a whole lot of gagging in the works haha! But he does seem to like avocados like his mama. He’s at 95%tile for both weight and height so no concern there just yet. And although he’s an amazing baby and can pretty much adjust anywhere (beside his car seat, lol) he’s also not a great sleeper. Lets just say this is the area that has ‘kept us on our toes’ or what I should  really say,   ‘barely’ on our toes from how sleep deprived we are. All I know is, he’s lucky he is cute… we will take all the advice we can get on that one! Any tips to get him to sleep better?? help a mama and dad out. He also loves Mickey mouse and his eyes open wide when that little mouse is in sight! Bath time is his favorite followed by a game of papa chases mom and Noah around the house. I know someday these will be my favorite memories, maybe minus the sleep deprivation..

But in all seriousness, we have learned so much from him and although real life has been an adjustment. He really has challenged us.. he has made us aware of how little sleep an individual can run on, while at the same time, teaching us how much someone can also love. Because people, THIS IS REAL LOVE. It’s not always hearts and rainbows because I don’t care how perfect a picture can seem, real life can be hard with a baby. And although we know this is our first, and this is all new to us, were trying our hardest. Challenges have presented themselves, but we have learned to lean on patience and show each other grace. We’re not a perfect family but were trying to live it out to the best of our ability. Even though, there are days we may fail, this is OUR family and to us its OUR perfect little family. Noah these past 6 months has brought and taught us the real meaning of unconditional love, and I have never felt more blessed or grateful to God for trusting us to be his parents. In the midst of all the struggles we may face, while adjusting to this little guy, I hope to always focus on enjoying the process of HIM, because he’s only little once and these will be memories that last a lifetime for us as parents. It’s easy to be overwhelmed when you feel like so much is going on. But, all those feelings placed to the side don’t compare or surpass the feeling I have in my heart, body and soul for this precious boy. He’s taught us more about life and its meaning these past 6 months then we ever thought or thought we knew before. He’s our greatest adventure, the most rewarding and the biggest blessing.

And even though, I may talk about struggles and adjustment, I just want to keep these emotions and feelings as raw as possible for our memories and for my readers and fellow parents out there. Because although, our lives may seem perfect in all these tiny IG stories and pictures or Facebook  that everyone posts’ or even on my blog and my pages, LIFE IS REAL. Life isn’t perfect for anyone and sharing with you all that we’ve encountered struggles in adjusting and our sleep deprivation, it’s all real and we know were not alone. And in the midst of it all, no matter how big or small are struggles are, our life has been fulfilled with a greater purpose and were so incredibly blessed to be where we are as parents, as husband and wife and as a family of three in our journey right now.   We will always remember these days….

Our friend and photographer Beca @ Becacphotography  who pretty much  has documented all our big milestones with her camera, captured these amazing photographs for us as a family and our little Noah at 6 months! Life may not be perfect always, but these Photographs are PERFECT!  We may not have it together all the time, but together is my favorite place to be with these boys, and with all these good feelings! I hope that our love can be seen through these photos in our smiles and faces! Because there’s sooo much of it surrounding us and were so incredibly blessed. Looking back at these one day will be so amazing.

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Love you NOAH ❤

 

Parenthood Feelings

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Our little guy turned 5 months a couple of days ago and my heart is conflicted. Part feels like time needs to slow down, another part feels proud when he reaches another milestone, and another feels just plain out blessed. You never really understand when others used to tell you, “you’ll understand when you’re a mom or dad” until you actually become a parent. My hubby and I have been all about the feelings lately with our little guy. He’s growing up and growing fast, he’s been changing right before our eyes and it makes us feel all sorts of way. We keep wanting him to stay little forever, so that forever he can look into our eyes the way he does with that twinkle of all the love for us. A look that just completely consumes us with a good overwhelming kind of love.  We felt it was necessary to write these feelings so that forever we could remember them even though I doubt we will ever forget… as a mother and as a father we’ll remember this….

As a mother I will always remember all the hard sleepless nights, but I will also remember that during those nights, Noah looks up at me, his mom to be consoled, to be given love and affection. I will remember how sometimes, sleep just wasn’t on his mind but rather a smile to lighten up our dark nights. I will remember all the sleepless nights where I fought not only to close my eyes to sleep but also to keep them open to just be able to stare at him a little longer before we both fell asleep. I will remember always every little inch of him. Everyday that passes all I pray for is for guidance. Guidance to be the best mom I could be for our little boy. To have patience, to be a good example, to keep him safe, to be his friend but also his Mother above all. I pray to always be able and capable of always being there for him. As a mother I hope that when I fail and make mistakes, I hope to learn from those mistakes to be a better me and a better mom to Noah. But through it all I hope to always lean on my faith and his grace during this whole journey of motherhood and parenthood along with my husband.

As for my husband… this is what he’d like to share…

“Our baby boy Noah turned 5 months old. It reminded me about a month back Jen brought home a onesie that seemed rather big. I told her “no way he fits in that in 6 months”, she said “he almost fits in it now”. I held it up next to my torso and I couldn’t believe it. I remember getting emotional just thinking about how big Noah is quickly becoming. I kept asking myself, “is he really that big”. Our baby boy is growing up so quickly. I think that night it hit the both of us, that Noah is growing up and time is way past us. I wish time would slow down and he wouldn’t grow so fast! Might be selfish, but I want to keep him this way a little longer.

You really don’t know what it is to be a parent until you are one. I am quickly starting to find out the meaning of that saying. The love that grows in you for your child is something beyond this world. I never thought I can love something or someone so much. I never thought I would care so much about someone growing up and changing. These feelings extend much deeper, not even words can describe it. The one thing I can say is not to take these moments for granted. This is a unique experience and as a new parent, try to soak as much of it in because it’ll flash right before your eyes.” – Xavier

As for our little Noah, know that you are sooo very loved. You have changed our lives in ways we never knew. Your dad and I thought we knew what deep unconditional love was, but the truth is, we didn’t until you came into our lives. We promise to always be there for you and love you with all our might our sweet babe. We’re so grateful and feel so blessed God chose us to be your parents, there is no greater privilege. We hope to be the best of us with the guidance of the one up above for you baby boy.

With all our love,

Your mom and dad.
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Second Trimester Week By Week

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Recapping our 2nd trimester photos with you all with our week by week progress photos! We shared our 1st trimester photos with you all here a couple of weeks ago. We shared our first trimester feelings and a little of the rough patches this mama had to deal with in regards to morning sickness! I have to be honest, while there was a significant change during the 2nd trimester, this mama still had a rough time with the “morning sickness“…ALL day sickness.. even during our second trimester up until about 23 weeks! Then things seemed to start clearing up, which was the best feeling EVER guys! Seriously! Even the slightest relief was much appreciated by this mama!

Its been so fun for us to see my belly growing and knowing that its growing because our little guy is growing healthy and strong, it’s all sorts of good feelings. I think some of our favorite things during this semester were two special moments. One of those moments was when I realized I was actually feeling my little babe move around in my belly.. that was a sweet moment that I will cherish forever. The second, was definitely when my husband got to feel our little guy as well from the outside. I think seeing his face and his reaction warmed my heart like crazy.  I also think it starts putting things into perspective, that soon enough our family will be growing and that more love will be poured out. I seriously couldn’t feel more blessed. The excitement of entering our third trimester is also overwhelming in good ways and of course with a little bit of nerves. But I know that things will come and it will be a learning process. Thank goodness for family who has your back!

This semester is definitely when you start getting really noticed guys! I’m so serious! This is when all the strangers ask all the infamous questions.. “are you pregnant?!OMG I didn’t know” “when are you do?!” “do you know what you’re having?!” oh… and my ultimate favorite…. “are you sure there’s only one in there?!” -_- Seriously? This is when I have to count to 10 and calm my raging hormones…lol seriously. Sometimes, this is also when I just smile and walk away and say…”Its one healthy baby, but have a nice day!”  Lord knows I try to stay humble about it all.

I think most of these questions started coming up for us mostly around the 20 week period. Which God knows I don’t mind, but sometimes I wish people would be a little more mindful of how they ask certain questions… Do they not realize you’re a basket full of hormones!? Also, I think its easy as women to compare and judge a little bit… But I’ll take this time to say, “I FORGIVE YOU, for saying it how you did, haha” We should all just be conscious of the fact that were all different. We are all different shapes and sizes and we all show our pregnancies differently. I think as a woman, we need to embrace that fact and just be super proud of what our amazing bodies are capable of and our doing. So if you’re a mama to be like me, and in the midst of these wonderful body changes, I say… you go girl! Wear it proud! God works within us and this is just another of his ways to show how present he is within us and what his capabilities are for us as mama to be’s and for our nurturing bodies!

P.S pregnancy always doesn’t always make you look your best, we get tired, we feel sick, we want sweat pants, etc! Some days we are feeling more beautiful than others… Reason why I chose to be as raw with you all as possible. Some of these photos aren’t always when this mama has felt her best… But in each one of them, I felt truly blessed and confident!
img_073514weeks in the Bahamas for a weekend getaway!

img_072219 weeks in Brooklyn NYC for this mama and daddy’s 1 year wedding anniversary!
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