Zoe turned 9 months old last Friday. She's been on the outside just as long as she was on the inside and it has me feeling all sorts of emotions over here. She's taught me so much about myself, patience, unconditional love, life, true sleep deprivation, and how lucky I am to be her mama. It has been so much fun getting to watch her grow, learn and create her own personality. And trust me when I say she definitely has one. She is so funny, sassy, squishy, stubborn, sensitive, and caring. She loves to "pet" babies when they are crying. She's super hard to make laugh, but when you do it's just about the greatest thing your ears could ever hear. She loves bath time, sucking on apple slices, putting everything in her mouth, and burying her head in my shoulder whenever she gets shy. She has finally mastered crawling (if army crawling counts). She can pull herself up (but only on me, ha). She has one tiny little tooth finally making its way through. She still sleeps 10 hours straight at night and finally takes great naps in her crib. The most thing people love to comment on are her eyes and chubby little droopy cheeks. Zoe Jean, you are the best!

*Lately Zoe has been doing so many cute things I have to share them all soon. Of course everything she does is just about the cutest to me, but I just have to say that this is my favorite age so far!


This baby girl makes me so happy! It's been so fun getting to see new things through her eyes. And watching her eat a raspberry for the first time was priceless. That squishy little face and furrowed brow were simply perfection!



What can I say about our main squeeze? Eric is the kind of guy who is so smart, patient and selfless. All good qualities. But when it comes to being a father, he is the best there is! He's the kind of dad who wakes up early to play with your baby so you can get some extra zzz's. After a long day at work he'll come in and first thing he'll do is grab Zoe right out of my hands and play with her. He asks me to send daily pictures and videos. He sings all the funny songs to her during bath time. He'll even change those poopy diapers every now and again. How did I get so lucky to have a hands on dad?

This is the first year that I truly loved celebrating Father's Day! I love having a great example of what a father really means. Appreciating every sacrifice and being apart of every moment. I can't wait to watch Zoe turn into the biggest daddy's girl. Gosh, we sure love you!


I can't believe this littler munster is 8 months new! How could I possibly sum up all of my emotions about her without boring the rest of you.
A few words that best describe her:
Knows what she wants and gets it kind of girl.
She's as cute as a button and knows all the right ways to push mine. She also has a particularly lovely skill of always being able to find the tiniest baby hairs and pull them as hard as she can. Don't let those rolls fool you, she's a savage. It's a miracle I'm not bald at this point. And just when I'm about to hit my breaking point she gives me the gummiest, overbite of a smile and melts my heart into a million pieces all over again.
Gosh, I love her!


Over 7 months late, but better late then never right? So sorry I have been absent on here! Our Zoe girl definitely likes to keep us on our toes. I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things. In the meantime I do have a little mommy blog where I like to dish on all things motherhood, so if you ever miss me feel free to pop over there every once in a while!

I contemplated for a long time whether I wanted to write Zoe's birth story. A part of me wanted to leave some things between me and her but I have always loved and appreciated others birth stories so I thought, hey why not!?


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Did you ever watch The Oprah Winfrey Show? I used to be (still am) obsessed with Oprah and her positive energy and outlook on life. One of the things that she talked about regularly that helped her have such a positive attitude was keeping a gratitude journal, a journal where she would write down 5 things that she was grateful for each and every day. As a teenager I would go through hiccups of being depressed and I wanted so desperately to have that little outlet to bring sunshine back into my life. I was never very consistent with it, but when I was it really did help me to be happier.

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