Monday, June 21, 2010

Family Creed

Do you guys have one? Now that Brecken is officially here (and someday more Carbonattos), I want to be very intentional about how we live and spend our time. Ryan (our pastor) a few weeks back said something that just totally resonated with me and hasn't left. He said that someday we are going to stand before God and He's going to ask us "What did you do with what I gave you?" Blake and I have had several conversations about what this means and looks like for us in the last couple of weeks, and I'm feeling like it would be a good idea to articulate it in writing somehow so that Brecken knows what kind of household he is going to be raised in and can jump on board for what the Carbonattos stand for when it's time for him to make his own choices.

I don't want it to be a list of rules, but rather a legacy. It has to be a timeless outline of guidelines on how we will live. How are we going to live so that we can excitedly answer God when he asks us that inevitable question someday?

Plus, I've got this frame up in my house that currently has some ugly homemade art from when we first moved in and I'm dying to put something more substantial and more appetizing to the eye there - a family creed just might do the trick!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sleeping Baby is Bliss

Wow. We are 5 weeks, almost 6 weeks, into this parenthood thing and wow - what an adjustment! I absolutely love and adore my baby, but this no sleep thing is for the birds.

I just plain can't function with no sleep. Scratch that, I can function - just not very nicely (poor husband).

Yesterday I was able to get out of the house, just me, for a couple of hours and I chose to wander aimlessly up and down the aisles at Ben Franklin. Can I just say how much I LOVE Ben Franklin.  I wanted to be inspired, I needed those creative juices to flow through me.

I came home so energized and amped to TACKLE my unfinished projects. {I wish so much that I could be that crafty mom who has all of these adorable personalized things all over her house, but alas, I'm really best at just copying (it's a serious timesaver).}

PS have you ever looked at my mom's blog? It's amazing what she makes! I am hoping that I inherit at least HALF of her creative abilities. We're very similar though in that we like to create different crafts, but they aren't just freehand. We have to be inspired. I have to have structure. And then my creations come out! (photo examples to come later).

I actually feel pretty refreshed today though. We have adapted some new sleeping strategies for little Mr. Brecken and what it has resulted in is more quiet time during the day for mom and more concentrated, continuous, sleep for mom AND dad at night. Bliss! I'm honestly really just starting to feel a little more normal. Does it normally take this long? 5 weeks?

I have had the desire to get together with so many friends and family and continue the long string of visitors that are wanting to meet Brecken, but it seriously has taken everything in me to not just say NO!! GIVE ME SOME SPACE!! (in of course the most gracious Christian way possible).

I love all of these people, I truly do, but it has been all I can handle to just adjust to my new way of life. Now though, with some sleep under my belt, I am feeling MUCH more normal. In fact, I'm even going to finish Brecken's nursery (starting yesterday)! So I apologize to those friends and family that I have been shelled up within the confines of my house for the past several weeks, not super eager to get together or attend all outings invited to, but I'm adjusting and finally feeling like I can say yes.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Mem Day 2010

A couple weeks delayed, but a few pics from our trip to Spokane to see my fam and the Bergmans...




Brecken meet Brutus...


Fam pic!


Love her!


A little sisterly love - yes, she is that much tanner than me. Not for long though!


The little man...


Auntie Brittney givin Brecken some love...


Weirdo (but delicious) can sandwiches from the Staggering Ox...

Friday, June 4, 2010

4 Weeks Old

In 4 weeks of being a mom, this is what I've learned so far:
...I LOVE a sleeping baby - especially on my chest...
...Everyone needs meal delivery - such a blessing...
...They really do grow SO fast...
...My boobs are magic...
...Other moms with newborns are clutch...
...I couldn't live without my (borrowed) pump or diaper caddy...
...You can never have too many footy-jammies...
...Wearing normal clothes feels OH SO GOOD...
...I love my husband and have HUGE respect for single moms...
...Time magically vanishes every day...
...Sleep is not overrated...
...I wish I could capture every sound, gaze, and coo that he makes...
...I am 100% head over heels in love with this little boy...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Brecken Photoshoot

We were slightly delayed in taking Brecken's newborn pictures, but here is a quick preview of some of the highlights from his 3 week photoshoot. :)








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