Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Better and Better

when you've dreamed about something for so long, a lot of times you set your expectations so high that you're bound to be at least a little disappointed when it finally happens. motherhood is not like that at all. it is seriously everything i dreamed of and more.

there are no words to describe the love that you feel for your child. you think you know how much you'll love them, but the first time you set eyes on them, the first time you hold them in your arms, your heart swells and you are so overcome by this indescribable emotion that it is overwhelming and peaceful at the same time. i feel so humbled and blessed to have this perfect little soul entrusted to my care.

it's amazing how much you're willing to do for your child. i love B with all my heart, but cleaning up his vomit or getting peed on by him is well beyond the limits of my tolerance. if mack pukes, i patiently clean it up. if he pees on me, i laugh it off. if he wakes me up at 3:00am, i jump up to hold him. now, i wouldn't say that i love mack more than i love B, but it is a completely different kind of love, like comparing apples and oranges.

i can honestly say that i am completely and utterly happy! my life is so blessed and it just gets better and better.

now, i promise not to make all of my posts a mommy-fest or turn this blog into a mack brag book, but every now and then you'll just have to indulge me while i vent my happiness. ;)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Another Cheap Trick: DIY Dessert Stands

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one of the ways i passed the time waiting for mack's arrival was by working on projects inspired by things i saw on pinterest. (have i mentioned how much i love pinterest?!?) i figured they would make great how-to's to share on here.

today's cheap trick is a super fast & easy how-to for making your own cake stand/dessert tower. i needed these for a party i threw for christmas and i LOVE how they turned out.

here's what you'll need:

liquid nails
spray paint

 i bought my plates, saucers, candlesticks, and vases all at goodwill for $0.48 each.

arrange your pieces and attach them with the liquid nails. if you're doing a tiered tower, be sure to work on each tier independently, allow to dry, and then combine the tiers. when applying the liquid nails, be sure to press firmly and wipe away excess. let it set overnight, or until completely dry and stable.

when choosing your spray paint, be sure to choose one that adheres well to any surface. i used krylon. i've tried lots of different brands, but i always seem to go back to that one, because it drips the least, dries really fast, and works on pretty much any surface type. however, regardless of the type of paint you choose, this project will require more than one coat. just be sure not to get too close or spray in one area for too long, otherwise you'll wind up with drip marks and make sure you let them dry completely (as in a couple of days) before using.

here's the finished product:

the best part about them is that i didn't spend $30 for each one, like i would at a home goods store. in fact, i spent about $9 on all three!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Baby Face

thank you all so much for all of the sweet comments and well wishes! as promised, even if i am a little late, here are some pics of little mack.

i am so blessed to have this little face to stare at all day. every time i see him, my heart melts. yup, i'm in love. <3

i'm loving being able to put my photography skills to use on my own baby!

life has officially changed in our household. every day with a baby is an adventure and he's only 6 days old! i've already been pooped on and peed on, so i've been officially initiated into the mommy club, and the weirdest thing is that i didn't mind at all! i don't even mind when he wakes me up in the middle of the night and we all know how much i love my sleep. love will do that to ya, though.

well, mack just went to the pediatrician for the first time. actually, it was the very first time he has gotten out of the house and he did great. he slept the entire time he was in the car and didn't fuss at all in the exam. he's only down 2 ounces and grew a half an inch. dr. L said he looks great and i agree! not that i'm biased or anything. ;)

tomorrow's agenda includes laundry, diaper changes, lots of feedings, another mini photo shoot, and lots of cuddles. it's going to be a great day!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Best Day of My Life!

today is the day i have waited for for nine and a half years. today is the day i held my son for the first time and looked into his beautiful face and fell completely, madly, and irrevocably in love. today is the day i became a mother. i have lots of pics to post, but my iPad and blogger don't seem to get along too well. i can, however, upload a few to facebook, so feel free to look there. in the meantime, i'll give you a brief rundown of the day's events. we met at the hospital at 7am and he was born at 12:47pm. i'm usually very squeamish and was really nervous about being there for the delivery, but it was actually a beautiful experience. it went really fast and he cried as soon as he came out. it was music to my ears! when i saw his face, the tears just flowed. i sobbed as i snapped pics of him getting cleaned up and weighed. i was so overcome by emotion that i could barely see to take the pics! mack weighed in at 6lbs 12oz and measured 19.75". he's a lean little guy with a calm personality. he rarely cries so far - didn't even make a sound when they had to prick his foot twice to test his blood sugar level! he eats like a champ, looks right at you when you talk to him, spends most of his time observing his surroundings, and looks like an angel when he sleeps. he is absolutely perfect in every way! he's in the nursery getting a bath at the moment and i am having withdrawals already! i can't even begin to describe the depth of the love i feel for this perfect little stranger. the moment i laid eyes on him, i experienced a complete paradigm shift, my entire world suddenly revolving around him, like a gravitational pull drew me to him and i'll never escape its grasp...but i don't want to. i love this feeling. i love this new chapter of my life. i love this tiny person who was the one that changed everything...more than words can say.
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