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{Seasons}

In this new season of life that we are shifting into I feel myself pulled more to really focus on being a wife and a mother. When Hayden was first born I was in such a different season than I am now that Mad is here… maybe that is because I didn’t truly understand how quickly time flies by when you have kids. When I first started feeling this need focus more on my crew, to really be present for them, I knew I needed to find a way to continue to work. I’m a worker y’all and the thought of all the financial responsibility being on my husband makes me itchy. I’m super independent/i-pay-my-own-dang-bills in that aspect HA!

Recently, my job has allowed me to almost exclusively work from home which is such a blessing.  Part of me focusing on our crew is also focusing on myself and little things (besides my crazy little fam) that fill me up! I love crafting, so my recent Etsy shop adventure just made so much sense! It’s something I love doing (crafting), while working from home and helping financially. I also want to spend more time with my friends and focusing on those relationships, focus more on my blog, I love sharing my thoughts and documenting our days while staying connected with family and friends and connecting with new people through social media.

Think good thoughts for me and our crew as we go into this new season. And while I get accustomed to working with little people – although Hayden will still be in preschool part-time. We’ve also got some pretty exciting things coming up… One thing in particular that has always been a passion and calling for me! I can’t wait to talk more about that soon!

Writing this out has me realizing that I have quite a bit going on right now… I tend to do that lol! I want to be present for my family, all while working on the things I love and am passionate about. Can’t I have it all? Here’s to snuggling babies, playing ponies with the 3 year old, talking about dogs to everyone, stringing all the boards, cookin all the food, connecting with all the friends and reading all the mommy blogs <3
but right now? baby snuggles.

xoxo, Elizabeth

{10 days old & Big Sister Stuff}

I’ve been referring to Madison as my little dream baby because seriously, she’s a little dream! Sure, she’s an infant and waking multiple times at night but I don’t even mind. She’s such a good baby. Most of the time at night time I have to wake her up after a few hours to feed her. She’s so calm, smiley and easy going!

Hayden has far exceeded what I thought she would be in her new role. I KNEW she would love her baby sister and I knew she’d be a great big sister but I did think it would take her some adjusting. I was wrong. She slid right into “Big Sister” with helpful hands and a smile on her face. When the girls met in the hospital Hayden was definitely overwhelmed. She had just seen me the whole day saying my belly hurt, which is how I explained my contractions to her, so with that and hooked up to everything I’m sure was a little concerning for her. But then she saw her baby sister and she was enthralled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She knew. Right away. “Bebe Sisser” “Bebe Madsi”. Heart Melted!

We’ve been adjusting to life at home pretty well. Hayden asks to be held a lot which we expected. And honestly, Sean and I are soaking that right up from our little independent girl.


 

So basically I’m on cloud9. I’ve had plenty of help “making” bottles, feeding the baby, changing diapers and tons of baby snuggles. Loving every second of this time with my girls!! This holiday season I’m feeling extra thankful and extra blessed! Can’t think of anything more I could possibly need. Blessed Wife. Blessed Mama.

xoxo, Elizabeth

{Sisters}

When Sean and I first discussed the possibility of baby number two one of my wish was for another girl. Don’t get me wrong, truly the only thing we really care about was a healthy baby. Boy or Girl it really didn’t matter. But my heart kept going back to Hayden having a sister. I’m the baby in my family and I’ve got a few of each but spent most of my childhood with my older brother. While growing up we fought like cats and dogs, it wasn’t until we got a little older that we started to have a good relationship. That being said, there is not a single person on this planet who I have always looked up to more than my sister. My sister is 17 years older than I am. So, granted we have (I’m assuming) a much different kind of relationship than if we were 2 or 3 years apart but even still, we have always been close. She’s always been the image I’ve strived to be. I still remember her taking me with her… and still remember starring out the front window when she didn’t lol! My hope, while thinking about baby number two has always been that Hayden would have that close relationship. A sister. Because really, there is nothing quite like it.

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From the beginning of (and even before) this pregnancy, I just knew, we would have another little lady joining our family. Once we found out we were expecting, or shortly after that, is when I really started to question that. I’m not sure if it was the fact that E V E R Y O N E (aside from really Sean and I) kept referring to “it” as he or if it was the fact that this pregnancy has been so, so different than mine with Hayden. I mean everything is different. When it came time to find out the baby’s gender I had decided that I really didn’t want to know. Truthfully, this pregnancy has been hard. It hasn’t been enjoyable at all and while I’ve tried my very best to keep a positive attitude, it’s just been hard. I thought that keeping the gender a surprise would give us something to really look forward to, aside from meeting our little one of course! And we had done great! Until nesting kicked in to high gear and we still hadn’t decided on a boy name. *side note; I have PLENTY of boy names I adore. My husband on the other hand couldn’t give me a single suggestion. Not one ya’ll. It’s crazy the amount of unrealistic anxiety that you have while pregnant. Would it really be the end of the world had we gone into the hospital without a boy name? No. I mean, people leave the hospital with their unnamed babies for goodness sakes! But, to me, it was a huge deal.

So, ya’ll we caved! 

And we are beyond thrilled that Mommy and Daddy were correct and we are having a little girl! A “Bebe Sisser” for our Hayden. She’s going to be the best big sister, I just know it! I can’t wait to watch these girls grow up together. And I’m so thankful that this little one will have Hayden to look up to! Which leads me to our name choice, I let Sean choose her first name because I truly did love every one of our top 5 picks and Malissa, after my Big Sis! <3
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xo, Elizabeth

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