Thursday, July 24, 2014

Two Year Photos and a Special Addition

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It's been pretty quiet around here lately on Minne-Mama. While the wonderful warm summer weather and all the fun activities away from home that go along with it have been a lot of the reason, there have been some other exciting things keeping us busy!

Our Skyler turned two in June, so last week we went to one of our favorite places, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, to get some two year photos taken. As you will see from some of my favorites pictures, we had a special guest along for the photo shoot as well! 

Oh hey, baby!

We are so excited that we will be adding another little boy to our family this holiday season! Skyler is thrilled about being a big brother (That sweet shirt he is wearing is from the Etsy shop 4BlessingsCreations. We also used it back in April to tell our parents about the new baby - how fast this pregnancy has gone!) In the beginning, I was completely exhausted and constantly nauseous. Luckily, I have been feeling better in my second trimester, but my motivation to create has been pretty much wiped. I am hoping to have more activities on the blog again soon (and more activities aimed towards babies in the near future I am sure), but right now I am loving spending this summer with my THREE favorite guys! 

All photos (with the exception of the final canvas shot) were taken by MJ Fotography, Inc.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Something I Never Want to Forget

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Snuggles in bed with Skyler at one month old.

Skyler never slept in our bed. He has always been a great sleeper, and actually did better at putting himself to sleep than being rocked to sleep, even as an infant. In the morning, he will often come into our bed to snuggle for a bit, but it usually consists of a bin of books, a quiet toy, or some precious iPad time. Last night Skyler woke up at midnight crying and screaming, so strange for my 7pm-7am sleeper. I went into his room and when I asked him what was wrong, he quickly stood and said "I snuggle! I snuggle!" After trying to calm him and having him lie back down, he cried even harder, so I pulled him out of bed without really thinking about it, and brought him across the hall and we snuggled in the middle of the night.

Of course, right away he asked for books and the iPad and I told him it was still time to sleep. For the most heavenly 5-10 minutes, he curled into my body with his head facing mine on the pillow. He said "I hold Mama's neck" and wrapped his whole arm around me. Then I watched as he fell asleep for a few minutes. It was so wonderful. Skyler is an excellent cuddler - always giving me random hugs and kisses, but it is not often that I get to really snuggle with him other than right before I put him to sleep or when he has just woken up. Most nights I will go into his room before I go to bed to cover him up with his blanket (since he has always moved to a different spot in his crib) and watch him sleep for a few seconds, but I can't remember the last time I cuddled with him while he slept. Although I really appreciate what a wonderful sleeper he is, that time was so precious. He woke up after a little while and smiled at me, then he turned over onto his stomach and started running his legs along Joe's back, saying "That's so silly!" When he started rubbing Joe's head with his hand and saying that he wanted to get up and play, I decided our night of snuggling had to be over. I laid Skyler back in bed and he was asleep within minutes, and out for the rest of the night.

It was such a strange half hour, but I hope that I will be able to remember the feeling of his arm around my neck and his yummy Skyler smell, his slow sleepy breath on my face, and his warm little body all curled up in mine forever. It was such a perfect moment with my baby boy. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Story Book Summer Guest Post

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I am excited to be taking part in the Story Book summer over at Rainy Day Mum. We have been big fans of Barefoot Books since discovering their fun YouTube channel filled with song versions of their great books. For Skyler's birthday last month I bought him some of our favorites.

This version of A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea was a fun way to tie in an activity with his new water table that was another birthday gift.

Check out the full post and tutorial at Rainy Day Mum here.