Adam: 9 Months

On November 17th, Adam turned 9 months old! This is such a fun age. He is Mr. Personality!

Here’s what happened this month:

I chopped off all my hair! Some days I love it and some days I don’t, but it sure is faster to style when I don’t know how long Adam will be happy.

Adam started going to the nursery at Chapelwood while I sing in “big church.” He’s doing great! When we go to pick him up, he’s happy as can be playing with his teachers… until he sees us and then he starts crying like he forgot he missed us. Funny boy.

He saw his first Christmas tree at Ma and Pa’s and loved looking at all the lights and shiny red ornaments.


We voted in the 2016 Presidential Election! I took Adam with me to early voting and we both dressed up for the occasion. We are thankful for our country and our freedom. While we were outside in line, we saw Santa Jim walk out. Of course, Adam quickly made friends with everyone in line. I pray that he grows up in a country and culture full of respect, opportunity, and gratitude.

We went to a pumpkin patch with the whole Cousin Day crew! (me, Adam, Yaya, Ma, Pa, J. Crockett, Addie)

His first Halloween! Adam was the cutest astronaut on planet Earth – thanks to our real life astronaut friend, Anne McClain, and Summer and Briggs! We went to Trunk or Treat with Yaya at Champion Forest Baptist Church, and we trick-or-treated Mimi and BB’s house (McBeths).

National Preemie Day fell on November 17th – the day Adam turned 9 months old. It is so crazy to look back at photos from not even one year ago and see how far he’s come! I am so proud of him for growing so big and strong! I will praise God always for his life and health.

Here are his stats:

Loves: Dad – he is ALL about Dad right now, going on long walks in these cooler temps, and he is really loving to read and point to the faces on the pages

Dislikes: laying on his back for a diaper change, sleeping through the night, teething pain, oh- and mangos are apparently THE WORST

Favorite food: green peas, sweet potatoes, carrots, Mommy Milk

Favorite book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Accomplishments: now wears size 12 month clothes, says “Dada” all day er’ day, scooting and rolling everywhere, doing better and better in the church nursery

My beautiful boy,

I absolutely adore you and I’m so happy to be your mom. 

I know you will make this upcoming holiday season so special.

You are my greatest joy.

Love forever,
Mom

Adam: 8 Months

On October 17th, Adam turned 8 months old! That day also marked him being 34 weeks and 5 days old- which is exactly how long I was pregnant with him!

Left: 34w 5d pregnant; middle of the night after my water broke; about to head to the hospital
Right: 34w 5d postpartum; trying to hold my huge preemie baby down by my stomach. 

This past month, he went to lunch with friends (Claire & Annabel), went to my first Towne Lake gig to listen to me and “Uncle Trey” sing, and he went to his first pumpkin patch at Market Street. He attended the first birthday parties of his cousin, Cooper, and his friend, Zoe. He is loving the slightly cooler temps which allow us to play outside a lot more often. Speaking of, we were given a hand-me-down swing set by one of Randy’s clients. It’s our new favorite thing! Oh! and Randy won a big award: Top 20 Under 40 Realtors in Houston! We are so proud!

Here are his stats:

Loves: swinging outside, watches- especially Apple watches, his music-to-go toy, splashing and kicking in the bathtub, sleeping with and chewing on his lovey (square blanket with ribbon tags), speaking of tags, he loves the tags on anything: blankets, bibs, toys, etc.

Dislikes: teething, poop problems, peaches, bananas

Favorite food: Mommy Milk, sweet potatoes, green peas

Accomplishments: he can sit! (if we get him there), lots of laughing, growing more hair- enough for me to brush after bath!, and he’s got the “B” sounds down like a pro.

My precious baby boy,

My heart melts for you. You are my greatest joy!

“Many waters cannot quench this love.” Song of Solomon 8:7

I love you forever,
Mom

Adam: 7 Months

Adam turned SEVEN months old on September 17th! What a love!

Highlights from his seventh month:

He started eating food (pureed)! Just veggies and fruits right now. Some days he likes food, and some days he does not. Funny boy. I’m making all of his food too which has been a fun challenge. This photo shows a timeline of his very first food experience ever…  pureed avocados!! Yumm!

He had his first Aggieland experience! Randy, Adam, and I drove to College Station to celebrate his Auntie BayBay (Baylie McBeth)’s Aggie Ring Day! I was so honored to be able to present her ring to her. She made Adam his very own custom painted “yell leader” overalls. He was the talk of campus! He even made it through a fancy dinner celebration like a champ and fell asleep on BB (Blake).

Stats:

Loves: chewing on everything, bath time, other babies (like Lyla and Mary Finley!), Emily Weiss, rolling around everywhere, his Baby Einstein jumpy seat, going to Chapelwood rehearsal with me and hearing all the stringed instruments

Dislikes: shots, the first bite of every “food” meal (then he likes the rest), teething, poop problems

Favorite food: Mommy milk is still going strong, but now he’s eating puréed foods too! So far his menu includes: avocados, sweet potatoes, green beans, butternut squash, and green peas.

Favorite song: Jesus Loves Me

Accomplishments: can sit up (with our help), tolerating car rides and outings, survived 6 month shots, he had his biggest jump on the growth chart for weight, length, and head circumference (from 4mo to 6mo appointments)

My dear Adam boy,

You are making motherhood fun! I am so proud to call you mine. I love you with all that I am.

-Mom

Life (of hair) After Baby

Real talk: I have always enjoyed my hair and have had just about every length and style you could think of. But it wasn’t until the last few years that I started thinking about the HEALTH of my hair. I started shifting my lifestyle to become more natural and healthy in *all* areas of my life. Recycling, practicing yoga, eating clean and organic, etc. I’m actually quite passionate about natural and healthy living, so I’ll write more about that later.

For now, enjoy a sampling of my hairstyles over the last 12 years…

THEN I got pregnant with my little love and had him in February AND ALL MY HAIR FELL OUT! Ok maybe not all of it, but y’all… postpartum hair loss was real for me. Plus, I’m exclusively breastfeeding, so all of the best nutrients that I’m feeding myself are going straight to Adam. The health of my hair was definitely suffering.

This was 4 months PP. I sure didn’t plan on wearing my hair in a ponytail that day and showing off this fabulous new hair line, BUT Houston. Know what I mean??

My sweet friend, Francie, offered to let me try some of the hair products she sells that can help with hair growth / volume / health called MONAT (short for Modern Nature). My first question was if it was safe to use while breastfeeding. Her answer? The entire line of products is natural and made with botanical oils and ingredients! I needed these products!! At least it wouldn’t hurt to try. To start, I used the Renew Shampoo and the Replenish Masque (<– A deep conditioner; my fave!!) No lie: I could already tell a difference in the overall strength and health of my hair just after the first use!

More real talk: Randy’s hair has been thinning the past few years. Yay life. Going back to school, changing jobs, learning new industries, having a baby, and being in his mid-30’s have all contributed to hair loss and thinning – both in his hair line and the top of his head. I thought, if there’s a NATURAL product out there that can help his hair, then we’re sold! (I’ll devote an entire blog post about Randy’s hair later.)

I believe in these products and the philosophy behind this company. It was an easy decision to join with them as a Market Partner! These naturally based products do not contain parabens, sulfates, DEA/MEA, phthalates, PEG, harsh salt systems, silicones, or harmful colors and fragrances. These products completely align with my goal of living a more healthy and natural lifestyle!

If you or someone you know could use some help with hair loss or hair thinning, OR if you just want a more natural approach to hair care, let me help you! 

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Martha womac - September 3, 2016 - 9:14 am

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Ellen Olive - September 3, 2016 - 1:49 pm

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Hi Julia! Thanks for reading! I will send you a message on Facebook! -E

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Adam: 6 Months

Dear Adam,

How in the world have you been here half a year already? What a joy you are. Six months old is so much fun. You are learning something new almost every day!

Many of my friends posted back-to-school photos of their kids today. I know that will be you very soon! I pray that God will help me cherish the little moments that may seem mundane – I know that’s where some sweet memories will be made.

From July 17 – August 17:

July 20 marked one year since we found out we were pregnant with you! Our entire world changed that day.

You met your newest baby friend, Nora Jane Jackson. Her older brother, Nash, wanted to trade babies because he wants a brother.:)

Your Aunt Leah Olive had to come to Houston for work, so she spent the night with us and you got to meet her! You loved her! Uncle Travis Face-timed in.

This month, I achieved a huge goal when I got back down to my pre-pregnancy weight! Probably thanks to breastfeeding and me carrying you around all the time. You are getting quite heavy!

At this year’s Alaska dinner (which is when YaYa and Poppa come home from their Alaska mission trip and we eat fresh Alaskan salmon!), Baboo / Uncle Andrew finally held you! If you’re like J., he will quickly become your favorite.

We took a road trip – just the two of us! – to Tyler, Texas to visit my old mentor and youth pastor, Whitney Prosperi. You did so well! You loved Mrs. Whitney, Mr. Randy, Annabelle, and Libby! (And I got a speeding ticket in a speed trap heading home. Boo.)

Last mention and most special, you were baptized / dedicated at Chapelwood UMC where I sing each week with Mr. Wayne Watson. It was such a beautiful moment! We vowed to raise you in the faith and to do our best to point you to Jesus. Our family vowed to support us and encourage us in this endeavor. You were surrounded by our family and friends like YaYa, Papa, Ma, Pa, Baboo, Uncle Jonathan, Addie, the Santoses, the McBeths, the Loesers, the Snells, and the Schotts. Pastor John Stephens baptized you and prayed for you and asked the congregation to speak out words of blessing over your life. Some of the words were: Strength, Believer, Musical, Wisdom, Integrity, and Good Teenage Years :). My blessing for you was Faithfulness. Your dad’s was Creativity. May each of these words be true of your life. May you know God early and recognize His Spirit. This is the most important thing we could teach you, show you, and leave you.

Here are your current stats…

Love: smiling and making faces, your bouncy activity exersaucer, your swing, chewing on everything, finding new noises to make, splashing in the bath, reading books

Do NOT love: sleeping through the night… still.

Favorite food: Mommy Milk 💪🏼 (but we just introduced food this week! I’ll write about that in your next update!)

Favorite song: The Star Spangled Banner (in honor of the summer Olympics in Rio! Team USA!!)

Accomplishments: You finally remembered how to roll from tummy to back, so now you move all over your crib; you are very vocal and always finding new sounds

My Adam boy, this has been such a fun month. I have a feeling that it will just keep getting better! My heart has grown from the amount of love I have for you, my dear one. I am trying to be the best mommy I can be for you. God is granting me enough grace and patience and energy for each day. Life with you is such a gift.

I love you forever!
Mom

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