Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Feeling the love and summer photo blast

Thank you so much to everyone for the warm well-wishes on this new adventure as we move toward becoming a family of four.  We are feeling very lucky these days.

Since I have been a bit absent over here at The Friedbaby, I thought I would share a smattering of cute pictures from the past few months to catch you up, and today I will be sharing some serious cuteness from this summer, most from our recent trip to Hilton Head Island.

These first few are actually from the Crown Family Farm Party - we had a blast out in the suburbs showing Colin a real live dairy farm, complete with cows, pony rides, face paint, and an epic mess of ice cream cone consumption.  So so cute.

While it wasn't quite Friedbaby related, the main reason for the trip to Hilton Head was the wedding of two fabulous people - the newlywed Candun and Shannon Griffin.  We were so lucky to join Lawrence and Bo as the only non-family guests invited to the beach ceremony, which was so beautiful.  

The bonus of the trip was that we made it a full-blown week-long vacation, brought Colin along and the rest of the Friedman/Craddock clan scheduled their beach vacation for the same trip.  This meant that we got a ton of awesome family time as well!

It was so adorable watching Colin discover his love for the water.  This trip finally lit the fire under our butts to register Colin for swim lessons (which start this weekend) - although he was great with no floaties AND with the awesome puddle-jumper floatie that the Craddocks so graciously passed down to him (huge win - best invention ever!).  We loved hanging at the beach with the fam, playing at the pool in our complex, checking out the seafood restaurants on the island, visiting the lighthouse at Sea Pines, seeing Shannon Tanner's kids concert, frolicking with the cousins in the splash pad and more.

It's amazing that summer has been flying by as fast as it has.  Watching Colin grow makes me want to stop the clock sometimes and just freeze him at this stage - he is curious, adventurous and loves trying all things new. I can only hope we can pack even more fun into his last summer as the only child.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

And then there were four...

Hey there friends and Friedbaby followers.  Once upon a time, back on New Years day, I posted on this lovely blog that I was hoping to post on this blog more frequently in the coming year.  And now, in the middle of July, I am following up with my next post.  So yeah, please excuse my colossal under-delivery on that promise. I have discovered that sometimes, life truly does get in the way.    

(If you are craving updates, I've posted quite a bit on Hellobee.  Some highlights, including my Colin bi-monthly updates, are here, here, here, here, here and here.)

Make a wish...

Anyways, I am back here typing away on the Friedbaby blog, coming back to the very reason we started in back in 2011.  Because we have NEWS!  Because after a bumpy journey getting to this point, David, Colin, Kenzie and I are thrilled to share with our friends that I am pregnant, and we will be adding another little Friedbaby to our family at the end of January.  

We are truly over the moon (although Colin and Kenzie don't quite understand yet, but they'll figure it out by the time I'm big as a house). While I thought about taking some precious photo of Colin in a big brother shirt (or any of the fabulous Pinterest-worthy creative announcement ideas...), I realized that we hadn't ever posted C's two year pictures (because they were taken in my first trimester, and so many of them already were revealing the little tell-tale bump I am brewing), so these adorable pictures of our current family of three are more than enough for now.  And since it isn't quite fall, I feel no guilt not carving up another round of pumpkins this time.

(Thank you Kristin for these great pics)

So if you've gotten this far, and you're still reading, here is the scoop on this pregnancy so far. 

1)  Whereas with Colin, I was just a walking lethargic zombie, this time around I have been blessed with fatigue and morning sickness (minimal actual vomit, just lots of awesome nausea).  Of course, feeling like crap is amazingly reassuring when you're worried about the well-being of the little bean growing in there, but at this point, I am ready for it to lay up (are you listening baby??).  

Last time, I didn't have many strong feelings about food, but this time, I am insanely sensitive to smells and very often, nothing sounds like it will taste good. I have eaten more fast food than I would care to admit, and we have seen a large uptick in dessert consumption in our house. Even drinking water makes me sick sometimes, so it's been an interesting couple months.  Whatever gets me through the day is my motto.

Poor Colin has survived this stage with lots of "playing under the covers" - aka playing while I lay in bed - and excessive media consumption (thank you Frozen g-ds for making my child obsessed with you...and also, I kind of hate you too).  

2)  Yes, we are definitely going to find out what we are having again.  We don't have any strong feelings or desires with regard to sex/gender, and our only hunch is that because it is such a different pregnancy, perhaps there is a little girl in there.  But alas, time will tell.  We should find out mid-September, so stay tuned.

3)  This time around, I am "showing" sooooo much sooner than with C.  As in, the day I found out I was pregnant, I shouldn't have been surprised, because I looked it.  Now at 13 weeks, I look so so so much further along.  It's been a miracle that I haven't been called out my more people - thank goodness for very loose and baggy shirts.

4)  We are so, so, so thrilled to finally be sharing this news with you.  I look forward to updating this blog more often than every six months with news of our growing family.  

Baby's first picture
(at least the first one that looks remotely like a baby)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Hello 2014 - shoveling and a resolution

Last year, I created an ambitious set of 13 goals for myself.  Some I conquered (baking from scratch!), some I completely failed (I am sure you can guess...nail biting...), and some are still a work in progress (um, nearly everything else?).  What I think I have learned is that setting too many goals allows far too many of them to fall by the wayside.  Being specific can be effective, but can make you feel like far more of a failure than necessary when you fall short.

This year, I am going simple: take better care of myself. Of course, this is multi-faceted.  Being the best "me" I can be means taking care of my health, my happiness, my marriage, my happiness in my work - aka being the best caretaker and mom I can be, and more.

This year, there will be no book quota, no workout minimums, no tally of ounces of water consumed, meals cooked, or date nights scheduled. Don't get me wrong - I hope to do all these things. I may not run a speedy 5K, but I will run - or at least get my butt to the gym. I plan to continue our new tradition of fabulous gourmet date nights in, but whether they are weekly or monthly, I just don't care.  As long as we are dating, at home or out of the town, I will be happy.  I may or may not quit biting my nails, but I will try!

I want to continue to cultivate my hobbies.  I will read, and I'm sure I'll be crafty, whether with my scrapbooking or other fun projects (with Colin, even!).  This year, I will complete my certificate in photography and practice A LOT; I've toyed with wanting to do a Project 365 (shooting every day), but again, I don't want to set myself up to fail.  As many days as I can, I will.  And perhaps (perhaps!), I will dabble in photographing people who don't live under my own roof - maybe even for a fee!  But if that doesn't happen this year, that is okay. Honestly, living with a ever-changing toddler has made me realize that childhood flies by in a blink, and being present and living in the moment is okay, even if it means that my business ambitions move at a turtle's pace.

As a mom, I hope to cultivate my patience, something that I once confidently claimed to have a ton of, only to find that Colin is slowly becoming a master in depleting my patience reserves with his toddler tantrums. This year will be a year of picking battles in the parenting department, and my battle with myself with be patience - the battles I will pick with Colin, well, time will tell (toddler are HARD).

There you have it.  My 2014 goal: taking better care of myself.  Oh, that and posting more often on this blog!

And with that, I leave you with a couple of very cute photos of Colin "shoveling" the snow this morning.  He loves being daddy's helper, and since it snowed about a zillion inches today, he had a lot to help with!

PS.  Colin's gloves are pink with hearts.  David HATES them, but alas, I could not find one single pair of toddler snow mittens for boys anywhere in this friggin city.  Nowhere.  So when I stumbled upon the very last pair of mittens at Kohl's, I got them.  Sorry Friedman, warm hands trump macho manliness.

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