Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Walker is ELEVEN Months Old!

Walker, you are 11 months old! I can't believe that this time next month, you will be ONE! Where has the time gone?! 

You still have the exact same eating schedule as last month. You love to eat, and I am still loving that I can just give you smaller bites of what we're eating. You are big on yogurt pouches and the Happy Tot Organic SuperFoods Mixed Berry Puree with Coconut Milk right now. Now that you're strictly on straw sippy cups {your favorite are the weighted straw ones}, we are about to start putting your formula in those and then start weaning you off of formula and onto whole milk. 

You are still such a great sleeper! You have been sleeping through the night for six months now, and I will always be grateful to Baby Wise for that. Since you've been sick recently, we have put a really flat pillow in your crib to elevate your head to help with the drainage. I think you're pretty obsessed with that dang pillow, because when I go to wake you up in the morning, you lay your head back on it and look up at me grinning. 

You go to bed around 7:30 p.m. During the week, we wake you up at 6:30 a.m. On the weekends, we just let you sleep; you go anywhere from 7-8 a.m. You take two good two-hour naps when you're at home, and while they offer that to you at school, I'll often walk in at the end of the day and you're playing quietly on the floor while all the other babies are sleeping! My little stinker! 

Different from last month, you have wanted us to rock you again! However, you want to be rocked with your head on our shoulder, which I just love because that means more cuddles with you! 

Since we've been to the doctor so much recently, I know how much you weigh! You're 23.4 pounds, but I'm not sure about your length. I can tell you've gotten longer, however, because all of your nine-month pants that fit a few weeks ago are now high-waters on you! 

You are trying with all your might to walk! You will stand and balance yourself and will walk with us holding onto your hand, but you haven't quite taken off by yourself just yet. {And secretly, I'm okay with that!} You pull up on and scale every single thing in this house, and you've taken a tumble or two when you can't figure out how to get down. 

You have started giving us the "stink eye" when you are told "no" or if we're doing something  you don't like. It absolutely cracks us up! You definitely don't have a personality shortage, that's for sure! You are becoming quite the little flirt and give girls the closed-mouth, sly grin. I am in for it in about 15 years! 

You are a little chatterbox! I get so tickled at you when we're driving; you'll just be in the back yammering away! It's precious. 

We have been working on baby sign language with you for a while now, and you have finally mastered "more!" I am so proud of you!

You have become a picky little eater and will look at me and throw whatever you don't like off the side of the highchair. Sometimes eating is a battle, because you will like something one day and then decide you don't like it the next. There have been many a night that you eat quinoa and yogurt, since that's all you will want. Whatever works, right? 

Your firsts for this month included: your first Christmas; your first "Jammie Lights" tradition with Mommy and Daddy; visiting Santa; moving to the Infant II class at school; your first {and hopefully only} bout with pneumonia; your first ear infection; meeting your great-great grandfather; and celebrating Daddy's birthday for the first time. 

You are officially in 12 month clothes! I packed away your nine-month pants and pajamas last weekend. I've even found that you can wear some 12-18 months clothes and pajamas. 

You are such a sweet baby! {Can I still call you a baby?} You have my personality and lack of patience, that's for sure! We have had our fair share of temper tantrums this month. However, you are so loving and will give us kisses all the time. It's so sweet! You are very social and will go to practically anyone {which halfway terrifies me} and have become a huge flirt! 

You love: your rocking horse, pushing anything that will move, getting into the toilet paper in the bathrooms; your toy remote control; anything electronic; giving kisses; our cat, Oliver; swinging; shutting any open door; and turning light switches off. 

You are not a fan of: being in the car seat; macaroni and cheese; sitting still; and getting dressed. 

Walky, Walk, Walkerton, Walkalicious, Little Man, Buddy, Monkey 


We love you so much! You truly make our lives better just by being in them. I truly cannot believe that you will be one next month; my baby is growing up too fast for my own liking! 

I have loved seeing this Christmas season through your eyes; it has been nothing short of magical. You are such a sweet, loving baby and I will never cease to be thankful for that and for you. You never meet a stranger and I am told all the time how much people love you. According to your day care teachers, they fight over who gets to hold you first every morning! 

Your Daddy and I pray that you will always, always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second-rate version of someone else. We pray that you will always be a gentleman - loving, caring, kind and polite - even when others aren't that way to you. We pray continually that you will come to know the Lord and all of the joy and happiness that that brings to life. We pray for your patience, for your ability to turn the other cheek, and for a deep love of your family. 

We love you to the moon and back again. You are truly a joy and a delight.

We love you,
Mommy and Daddy 


Monday, December 29, 2014

Weekending + Christmas Wrap-Up

Well, here we are! Christmas 2014 is in the books...and boy, will it be one to remember. We visited my family in my hometown, and my poor baby wasn't feeling well the entire time. More on the details below, but in a nutshell: Walker has pneumonia and a double ear infection. So I'm sure this will be a Christmas we'll be talking about in the years to come! 

So, where was I? 

We made the four-hour trip south to my hometown! It was our year to be with my parents on Christmas Day, and I was so excited to have Walker's first Christmas with my family! Tuesday night, we had our first of four Christmases with my grandparents {my mom's parents} and aunts and uncles. Before we left, Walker was running a fever, but it wasn't anything we weren't able to take down with Motrin, a cool rag on his forehead and offering him lots of water. He did great and we so enjoyed getting to be with my grandparents, who live in Mexico City and don't get to see us hardly at all. 

We had our annual Christmas Eve celebration with the extended half of my mom's family. Our tradition is that we eat gumbo and lots of appetizers, and of course that didn't disappoint! I always look forward to my Aunt Charlotte's gumbo! Walker was feeling himself again, and even took some selfies with my aunt: 

He also met his great-great grandfather for the first time! I can't express how special that moment was to me: my son meeting my 96-year-old great-grandfather. Not many people even know their grandparents, much less their great-great grandfather. It brought tears to my eyes when Walker leaned over and gave him a kiss! 

Per usual, my great-grandfather read the Christmas story from the book of Luke, and that, too, brought tears to my eyes! I love that special tradition with our family. 

We went to Christmas Eve service at church {minus Walker and my mom, who stayed home with him}. That night, Santa found Walker at his Papa and Foxy's rent house, and Santa was super good to him! {See my gift list here.} 

As an aside, my parents are building a house on the lake in my hometown, and it is absolutely gorgeous! They thought they would be in it for Christmas, but sadly, delays kept that from happening. I can't wait until Christmas next year with the gorgeous lake in the background! 

Walker was up all. night. long. with a horrible cough and a fever. I was so sad for him, and, selfishly, sad for me because I knew his first Christmas wouldn't be the one I had been imagining for months. He woke up at 5:30 a.m. with a 102* fever - and a really scared Mommy and Daddy - so we pulled him into the bed in our guest room and let him sleep it off while we had coffee and breakfast and opened presents. 

Santa was super good to us, too! A few of the highlights for me: Kendra Scott earrings, Tory Burch Caroline flats, Ray Ban aviators, Coco Mademoiselle perfume, a spa membership and a new Nikon camera! Brandon's highlights: Amazon Fire TV, a jump start thingamajig from my parents, JayBird headphones and lots of goodies from J Crew. 

Walker woke up fever-free around 11 a.m., and really enjoyed playing with his new toys...and my parents dog, Lilly. 

But, later, the fever came back in full force, and we had to continue his breathing treatments and lots of rest. My mom stayed home with Walker again while we went to my other grandparents' {my dad's parents} for their Christmas. I'm so thankful to my mom for rocking Walker countless times for countless hours and letting us rest. 

After a completely restless Christmas night {complete with Walker throwing up and screaming, ultimately ending up in our bed}, we called his pediatrician Friday morning. She advised us to get him into the children's urgent care in Dallas {since her office closed that day at noon}. We did, and it was determined that Walker had a double ear infection and pneumonia. I felt absolutely horrible. 

We started Walker's antibiotics Friday evening, and by Saturday afternoon, he was up and around. His appetite started to return and he was really wanting to play, which is something he hadn't wanted to do for a few days! 

And of course, sitting in his new chair playing with a Nerf gun. Boys will be boys! {As an aside, my parents gave this to Brandon for Christmas since he always steals my brothers' when he is at their house!} 

Brandon stayed home with Walker while I ran a ton of errands to catch up from being out of town: bank, dry cleaners, Target, grocery store and picking up lunch! When I got home, we pulled out some of Walker's new toys and had our own little mini Christmas morning do-over in the living room! 

We couldn't go to church {again} because of Walker's sickness. They are seriously going to start calling us trying to figure out where the heck we went! Walker slept until 8 a.m., and we just lazed around the house. I got a massage {so heavenly!} and picked up some Mexican food for lunch. We watched the Cowboys win {!!!}, did some laundry and picked up around the house. 

Walker finally started acting like himself, albeit hoarse and coughing a lot, and that made me relax 

I hope y'all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed spending time with those you love.

I'm linking up with Biana and Meghan today. 


Friday, December 26, 2014

One Lovely Blog Award | 7 Things About Me

I'm pretty sure I have a Christmas hangover today. We had such a wonderful day spending it with my family, and seeing Walker experience his first Christmas was nothing short of magical. And, being with my family for his first Christmas Day was seriously the icing on top of the cake. Or the blue cheese-stuffed olive in my martini. Or the...okay, I'll stop. But seriously, it was wonderful. I hope yours was just as blessed as ours was. 

Anyway, what better to do today than blog, right? Brittany nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award last Friday, and I'm finally getting around to doing it. Brittany and I "met" via the blog world, and she and her husband are expecting their first baby, a boy, in April. As a fellow boy mom, I'm so excited for her and the immense joy she is about to experience! 

For this award, you are supposed to share seven random facts about yourself, and then nominate other bloggers to do the same. So, without further ado, here are seven random facts you might not know about me...

I was once a Fashion Merchandising major. {Cue the laugh track now.} I know, I have no idea what I was thinking. I'm not the least bit fashionable! Then, staying in the Family and Consumer Sciences Building at Baylor, I moved to a major in Nutrition. I guess you probably have to pass Chemistry to be a good Nutrition major, right? After that epic fail, I finally - with the encouragement of my boyfriend-at-the-time's mother - moved to a PR major. And that was totally the right place for me! 

When I graduated college, I worked for a PR firm doing public relations for Samsung Mobile. Then, I moved to another PR firm, where I did public relations for American Airlines {yup, during their bankruptcy, merger and rebrand...whew!}. Then, two years ago, I moved to a local school district to do communications for them, and this is where I am now! 

While PR is a stressful career, I basically thrive off of it. {And it's definitely not the glamorous Samantha Jones career I'm sure you're thinking of!} I'm a grammar freak and can't handle when people use the wrong form of "your" or "you're." AP Style and I are best friends. :) 

This is a picture of me {second from left} - pre-baby, of course! - in front of an 
American Airlines Boeing 777-ER engine. 

I have weird nicknames and abbreviations for practically everything. I have zero clue as to why I do this, but I do! Sometimes my "abbreviations" are longer than the actual name. I know, I'm weird. I have even gotten my co-workers and husband in on it. 

Some of my abbreviations? 
  • Kroger = Krog
  • Target = Targ
  • Starbucks = Starbs or Starbys 
  • Anamia's {a Mexican restaurant I love} = Annie's 
  • Wal-Mart = Wally 
  • Tortillas = Torts 
  • Champagne = Champs 
  • Margarita = Marg 
  • Yogurt = Yogi 
  • Walker {my son} = Walks, Walky, Walkalicious, Walkerton
  • Perfect = Perf
  • I also say texting abbreviations out loud: BRB, IDK, LOL, OMG 
I'm telling you, ridiculous. 

Brandon and I met in class at Baylor when we were both seniors. I can't even remember the class now, but I was in there for my minor {Corporate Communications} and he was in there for his major {Communications}. He sat behind me in class, we flirted for a good two months until he asked me out on our first date - of which he stood me up! Yup, my now-husband stood me up on our first date! I gave him a second chance; we had dinner at On the Border a few nights later, and then he asked me to be his girlfriend in his truck parked out front of my apartment. 

After two years of dating, he proposed in March 2010. We got married in October 2010 {yup, just six short months...I wouldn't have it any other way!}. 

This was on the front of our rehearsal dinner invitation. If this doesn't tell you something about our personalities, I don't know what will! Ha! 

I am a habitual shampoo-changer. Every single time I'm out of a bottle of shampoo and conditioner, I buy a new brand. I have this weird mindset that the shampoo stops working after I use the entire bottle, so I switch. 

On that same note, I am addicted to beauty products. Sephora is basically my Mecca. I seriously cannot walk in there without buying something. 

I have loved the boy name "Walker" for as long as I can remember, so when we found out we were having a boy, his name was completely set. 

Walker is a family name on both of our sides, and George Walker Bush is my favorite. And, when you are driving to my hometown from Waco {where I went to college} or Dallas {where I live now}, you drive through Walker County. As soon as you hit that county line, the East Texas pine trees start, and pine trees always remind me of home. So, there you go! 

I love carbs. I know, it's awful. But I seriously don't know if I could ever give them up! Pizza, spaghetti, enchiladas, bread, tortillas {"torts"}, tortilla chips, bagels...the list goes on and on. I'd probably do really well living in Italy. ;) 

When I was 17, I was named Miss Polk County. I swear it's not as pageant-y as it sounds. Ha! Miss Polk County isn't tied to any other pageants like Miss Texas or anything; it's just a big deal in my little hometown. My mom was actually First Runner Up when she was in high school, so she convinced me to do it. I had never done a pageant before then {and haven't done one since}. When they called my name, I was so shocked because never did I ever think I was actually going to win! Ha! I was also the Interview Winner and Evening Gown Winner. 

How funny is that?! 

I can't find a picture anywhere for the life of me, but you can bet your bottom dollar as soon as I do, I'll share it with y'all! 

I'm now going to nominate (only if you want to and haven't already):

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

repeat the sounding joy.

"While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born. She wrapped him in cloths, and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks by night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.'" -Luke 2:6-11

May we all repeat the sounding joy this Christmas. 

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Gift Ideas for One-Year-Old Boys

Christmas is only three days away; can you believe it?! I most certainly can't. I'm literally counting down the minutes until Walker's very first Christmas. Experiencing this season through his eyes has been amazing. 

Shopping for a baby who is almost one wasn't exactly the easiest thing, I will admit. Some things are a little bit "big" for him now, but I wanted to get him things that he could grow into. And plus, his birthday is next month {seriously, I cannot believe he will be one in one month!}, so I felt like I had double duty this year for Christmas and birthday. 

We don't wrap Santa at our house, so I can't wait to lay these things out on the couch and see what he does with them. 

So, without further ado, here are the gifts that Walker is getting from Santa this year {and Santa personally thanks Amazon Prime!}:

one // two 

five // six

nine // ten

*Links are affiliate. All items have been purchased by me at full-price, yo!

Monday, December 22, 2014


Happy Christmas Week! 

We had a fun-filled, jam-packed weekend...so let's get to it! 

Warning: Lots of pictures! :)

It was my last day of work for 2.5 weeks, and our boss treated us to lunch at Mellow Mushroom before we all took off early. Then, Walker and I came home and took a quick nap until Brandon's plane landed. I got a haircut, then picked up dinner at one of our favorite local Mexican restaurants. Of course I had a glass of sangria while I waited! 

We had Christmas with Brandon's family at my in-law's. It was so fun seeing Walker and his two cousins {Brayden, 1.5 years and Ellie Kate, 14 months} "open" their presents! They were all more interested in the tissue paper and boxes than their gifts. Oh well! 

Before any of that, though, we had to take a ton of pictures. My mother-in-law loves them, so I think we have every familial combination of photos there is! Ha! 

And, uh...True Life: I Have a 10-Month-Old. Exhibit A: 

And Exhibit B: 

Me, my niece Ellie Kate, my sister-in-law Becca, my mother-in-law, and my brother-in-law's girlfriend Nikki 

My brother-in-law Jeff, Brandon, my brother-in-law Todd and my father-in-law 

My in-law's with Walker 

My in-law's with their three grandchildren: Brayden, Ellie Kate and wiggle worm Walker

The cousins: Walker, Brayden and Ellie Kate 

Walker in my mother-in-law's vintage rocking chair that was hers as a little girl!

After our 5,001 family portraits, my mother-in-law brought out a rocking horse she was gifted for the babies from her neighbor. Walker absolutely loved it {which is great because Santa is bringing him one!} and wouldn't get off! 

Clearly he loved his first Christmas experience! 

We did a whole bunch of this: 

We were complete lazy bums and had so much fun! I went to Target for a couple of things {it was a mad house!} and we just lounged around. Walker and I both took two hour naps yesterday afternoon, and that was absolutely heavenly. 

Walker has decided he wants to "share" his paci with his Daddy. 

Last night, we did our annual "Jammie Lights," where we wear our Christmas pajamas, go get hot chocolate from Starbucks and drive around to look at Christmas lights! Brandon and I have done this since we got married, and I was so excited that Walker got to do it with us for the first time! 

I hope you have a wonderful Monday! Only four more days until Christmas! 

Linking up with Biana and Meghan 


Friday, December 19, 2014


Hallelujah for Friday! 

As of today, I am officially on a 2.5 week Christmas break. {The perks of doing communications for a school district!} Brandon has been gone all week on his last business trip of the year, and Walker and I are both so excited to see him! It's a happy day 'round these parts!

And this should probably say, "Teachers and central office staff..." Ha! 

I updated our closet on Monday night, and to say I'm in love with my closet now is quite the understatement. Savannah got me hooked on velvet hangers when I was on maternity leave, and I have done little bits at a time since the hangers aren't exactly the cheapest! 

Since we have Amazon Prime {seriously can't say enough great things about Prime!}, I ordered these hangers on Saturday and got them on Monday. My closet went from a mess of plastic hangers in all colors of the rainbow...

It's so clean and nice looking, and there is so much more space!!! I would highly recommend doing this to your closet...with a glass of wine, of course! :)

I'm pretty sure I need this mug in my life. Now.

Loft has sucked me in again with their 40% or 50% off sales! The latest recent purchases? I seriously need to stop since Christmas is less than a week away! 

And because I love him more than words, here's a picture of Walker to round out this post. He's pretty excited it's the weekend, too! 

Linking up with the following lovely ladies today: 

Amy and Karli

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