,Around about 1 year, Parker finally started to love food. And now he actually only wants to feed himself! He doesn't like it when I try to feed him, so I am sooo happy with all of the progress we've made. We were really close to having to go to occupational therapy, which would've been just fine, but I'm glad we were able to make progress on our own and avoided having to do that. To continue to expose him to different tastes, textures, etc I have tried a ton of different foods with him, cut up in different sizes and shapes.
So this Valentine's Day I thought it would be fun to do something a little festive (I love all the holidays) - and wanted to share our little activity for anyone else who may be interested. Warning - it does get messy, so the splat mat is a must! But he had a lot of fun.
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I made the Jell-O as directed on the package, chilled it for several hours and then cut out the Jell-O with the heart shaped cookie cutters. To removed it, I used a spatula and put it on his highchair and let him go to town! It didn't matter if he just played with it or ate it, and he had a ton of fun. We bathed him right after, because it gets super messy! (PS some of my hearts look a little more like blobs, but oh well.)
High Chair - IKEA (BEST $20 ever spent!) - and it's white and gray. My jam.
Splat Mat - Gathre x Studio McGee, Buffalo Check
Have you ever felt a strong nudge or "gut feel" to do something? When that happens, I believe it's the Holy Spirit working within us, and amazing things can happen when you listen, even if you're scared. God will be with you and bless you along the way. I had a really incredible experience of this recently that I wanted to share, hoping that it may inspire someone to make amends or to act on something the Spirit has been pushing you to do.
Back in December before the holidays, I had a very strong feeling that I should reach out to an old friend from college, whom I had had a falling out with. I think it had been 11 years since we had a fight that ended up spiraling into a full on falling out. I have felt so guilty about it ever since I graduated. This nudge to reach out to her has come and gone over the years, but for some reason it came on really strong in the fall and then when Christmastime came around, I finally had the courage to act. It's scary to admit your wrongdoings (even if only to yourself), put your tail between your legs and ask for forgiveness, especially when it's been so long. I honestly can't even remember why we had a falling out, but I know that I said and did hurtful things, and I'm not proud of them. I am truly remorseful and regret those things, and unfortunately, I cannot take them back. I wanted to sincerely apologize to her and hoped that she would forgive me for acting the way that I did. I sure wasn't my best self back in those days, and am very grateful that I've had the opportunity to make many positive changes in my life since then, and credit those to my faith & husband.
After lots of prayer, I finally mustered up the courage to write her an email. It was short and sweet and from the heart, and I meant every word I said. When I hit send, it was scary... what if she doesn't respond? What if she doesn't have the same desire to make amends? It was one of those moments where you just hope that you get a message back soon, and to my surprise, I did. I was nervous to read it, but to my delight it was a warm reply, and we exchanged a few notes back and forth, and we even set up a lunch for the next month.
When we met for lunch, it was honestly so wonderful to see her. We caught up over a long lunch and it was so nice to hear about everything she's been up to and where her life has taken her. In the midst of our lunch she shared some personal news with me, something I was able to relate to her on, on a deep and intimate level, and it truly felt like this is why God has brought us back together again. It was so wonderful to leave that lunch and see how God is constantly at work in our lives.
It was a powerful experience for me to go through - admitting how ugly some of the things I did were, to ask for forgiveness and then to make amends. It wasn't pleasant to admit these things or relive them, but it was a situation that was and has been heavy on my heart and I needed to go through this process to try and find resolution and healing. And He provided that in a powerful way, greater than I ever expected. I'm so grateful for the rekindling of this relationship and for this experience. Praise be to God!
I never intended to blog about this, but it was such a powerful experience for me, I felt compelled to share it.
What is the Holy Spirit pushing you to do? Are you listening? How will you respond? I'd encourage you to listen to the Spirit, even when it may seem tough or hard. He will be with you along the way.
This past weekend we celebrated P's first birthday with a Winter ONEderland theme. I was so happy when I found this theme on Pinterest, because I had wanted to do something wintery, but that also tied into the fact that he was one. You can't really tell from my pictures, but our whole house was filled with snowflakes - all over the windows & doors. It was really cute. It was a fun day celebrating with family and some of my mama friends and their babes. P wasn't really into his cake smash and had to take a little nap half way through, but I think he had a fun time. :) He's also obsessed with these new wind up cars that he got!
This birthday is surely going to be one we remember, because somehow like half of the people who came to the party got sick with the stomach flu 1-2 days later. I feel sooo bad, but luckily none of the babies got it.
Above - this is the IKEA high chair - it's seriously my favorite and is only like $20.
Below - Cake and cupcakes from Wuollet's Bakery
I made these with my grandma's sugar cookie recipe.
2017 was an incredible year for our little family. We welcomed our miracle, Parker, in January and spent the rest of the year loving on him & getting to know our sweet boy, and settling in with our new roles as parents and, for me, as a stay at home mom. My blog has allowed me to keep channeling my creativity and passion for photography, photo styling and writing, so thank you again to everyone who has been here to support me. Blogging got a whole lot harder this past year (you can read about that here) and I've been trying to decide whether to keep doing it or not, so for those of you who have been here with me, thank you so so much. You support honestly means so much.
I took a peek back at my new year's goals that I put forth last January, before Parker arrived. You can read that post here. The three main goals that I set out to accomplish were to learn how to cook, continue to date my husband, and to take care of myself (self-care) after baby. These were good goals for this past year and I'd say that I accomplished all of them to some degree. I loved cooking for Todd and trying new recipes this year, but I'd still like to try to have a family dinner at 5-5:30 each night, which I could improve on. Going on a date night every week was a little ambitious, but we've been good about enjoying each other's company after Parker goes down at night and getting a sitter for an occasional night out. I think your marriage must come first in order to be the best parents you can be. I'd like to think that Todd and I do a really good job of making sure things are going well between us so that we can create a peaceful, loving home for Parker to grow up in, that is centered on Christ. I have also been lucky to have a lot of help, mostly from my mom and her husband, so I have time for me as well. This has enabled me to grow my faith by going to BSF and Mom's Morning at church, connecting with other moms, and also helped give me time to workout (BBG) and play tennis.
2017 was a good year, filled with so many blessings. My heart is very full.
As I start to think about what I want to accomplish in 2018, a few things come to mind...I try to only choose 3 things each year so I am not overwhelmed, so here they are. :)
Strengthening my Faith & Serving Others - I aspire to think less of myself, and what I want, and more about what God wants for me, and how I can serve others and help them feel the love of Christ. I used to look to material possessions or people for happiness, and I was constantly feeling disappointed and like something was missing in my life, I was always searching for more. When I turned to Christ, He fulfilled me in a way that nothing else could. This has also helped me want to serve others and extend His love. Serving and loving others not only blesses them, but blesses you, too and I've experienced this first hand.
To be more Present
As a new parent, I try to spend time reflecting - and one of the questions I ask myself is, if I were to look back, are there any things I am doing that I would regret or want to change? The one thing that comes to mind is the amount of time I spend on my phone. I noticed this early on after I had him, and have made a conscious effort to try and only go on my phone when he's napping or in the care of others, but I can do better. My emails, Pinteresting and Instagramming can wait. Parker is growing up so quickly I don't want to miss out on all of these moments. He deserves to have my full attention. And, the less time I can spend on my phone and getting caught up in the evils that come with it - comparison, in particular, the better for both me and my family.
This one is rather light compared to the other two goals, but I really want to drink more water! I drink a lot of coffee and Spindrift sparkling water but I really want to drink plain water because I think the benefits are so great. I'm hoping to infuse water with different flavors to help make it more flavorful and enjoyable to drink. I want to try to stick to only 1 big cup of coffee in the morning and then drink water throughout the day. I totally quit soda, but love sparkling water... now I just need to drink more plain water. I'm hoping it helps hydrate my skin and just help my body and energy. I could also forego my evening glass of wine more often, too.
Here's to a happy & healthy 2018, filled with love!
Thanks for reading.
Lori Wildenberg came to CPC to speak at Mom's Morning this past fall, where I signed up to receive her emails. I happened to have a really awful day the other day, and right there in my inbox was the encouragement from the spirit that I needed. I loved this post of hers so much, I had to share it here, too. It was titled, 10 things to get rid of this Christmas.
From Lori's Eternal Moments Blog...
During this season, with God’s prompting, I have challenged myself to ditch the qualities that look more like me and less like the babe in the manger.
Here’s my list of 10 characteristics to stop hoarding and 10 qualities (plus a prayer) to replace them.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Against such things there is no law.
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Hi! I'm Lindsay, a new mama to our little boy, Parker. I started my blog as a way to channel my creativity and document our life happenings. From the pretty, styled shots to the real, raw experiences, too, like our journey to start our family. I love to share about my faith, my personal style for interior decorating, holidays and entertaining & for our little guy. too. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your support. XO