Milestones

Watching your child grow is probably the best reminder of how fleeting life is. As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been trying to work on some lifestyle changes. One of the things on my list is to keep a journal to track Logan’s growth. I’ve always kept a journal but lately I have been so horrible about actually writing in it.

So as I lie awake in bed, not able to sleep because of the amount of caffeine I’ve consumed today.. I choose to write. Not in my journal because that would require lights and a pen, but here in my online diary for all to see!

April was a big month for little Logie. She was baptized, tried solid foods, got two bottom teeth, and started rolling all over the place. So far in May, she has begun to say things like “mamamama” and “dadadadada”, and she sits up on her own like a champ. She’s working on her dexterity all the time and I have so much fun watching her grab things and try to shove them in her mouth.

She’s been sleeping better too! How quickly I’ve forgotten having to wake up every couple of hours for feedings. She was waking up twice for the past couple of months but now she pretty much only wakes up once, usually around 4am. Then goes right back to sleep after I feed her. AND she’s starting to sleep in her crib.

All of these little milestones are amazing to watch. I see this little baby that I brought into the world and just observe as she becomes more and more intelligent each day. It happens so fast! Blake and I hear it ALL THE TIME… “enjoy it, they grow up so fast”. We actually laugh about how many times we hear that when we go out in public because it’s a ridiculous amount. But they really are growing so fast when they’re babies.

During the first three years of life, we learn more than we ever will in any other three years of our lives. That’s why the early stages of life are so important. Babies are constantly absorbing new information and they totally vibe off of the emotions and reactions of the adults around them. I don’t even like yelling at my dog in front of Logan because I don’t want her to think I’m yelling at her. Yelling is toxic and can have lasting effects on a child.

Granted, it’s bound to happen sooner or later when your kid is misbehaving but I think it’s important to try to discipline without yelling. Ever since I’ve become a parent, I think a lot about what a huge responsibility it is. We are responsible for raising a whole generation of people and if we collectively do a great job then the world will be a better place for everyone.

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Motivation Monday #54 

Happy Monday! I hope all the moms out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day! 

Blake and I finally got to announce our big news yesterday- I’m 12 weeks preganant and we’re super excited about this next chapter of our lives. In only a couple of months my life has already changed quite a bit. I’ve been totally exhausted and had to give up a lot of things that I really love to eat, drink and do- and this is just the beginning. I have always thought about pregnancy as something that seems entirely impossible, yet without it, none of us would exist.  

It just goes to show that we can do incredible things, whether we think we can or not. God designed women to be able to create new life, so what’s to say we can’t do other amazing things that seem entirely impossible? 

You can do anything that you put your mind to. However, it’s always important to think about the ways your life will be changing as a result of that thing and to prepare yourself mentally. 

Pregnancy itself is hard but raising a child is too. Similarly, school can be hard- but the job you’re going to get after school may be just as hard. Losing weight is hard, but keeping the weight off is also difficult. Starting a business is hard, keeping the business successful… also hard. Lu know what I’m saying. Basically anything worth having in life is going to take some hard work. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth it though, when the reward is more important to you than the risk- you should go for it! 

Have an amazing week and keep working towards those goals of yours. You are capable of doing amazing things- God designed you that way.

Motivation Monday #41

Happy Monday everyone! I mentioned last week that I was hunting for jobs and that I hadn’t been having much luck. Well, I have a phone interview for one job today and two in-person interviews tomorrow! So it’s looking like my patience has paid off and hopefully one of the jobs that I am interviewing for will be the right fit for me.

But that’s enough about me, I’m here to motivate you! So here is a motivational quote to help get you through the week:

” This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever. In its place is something that you have left behind. Let it be something good.”

I absolutely LOVE this quote. Although it is good to have lazy days too, I feel so much better when I’m actually accomplishing something or making memories with friends. So do something good today! 🙂

Motivation Monday pt.3

Yes it’s true, I have been totally slacking on my Motivation Monday posts! 

But I’m back on track now after the holidays and getting settled back in to our North Carolinian habitat.  

I know it’s a holiday so a lot of people don’t have work or school which means you may not really feel like you need motivation on this Monday. 

But do you know what holiday it is? You’d better! It’s not just a day that was made for us to lounge around and do nothing, it’s a day that represents one man and the great cause that he dedicated his life to. 

Martin Luther King Jr. went to great lengths to fight for equality. What better way to remember him than with one of his many inspirational quotes? 

“Faith is taking the first step, even if you don’t see the whole staircase. ” 

Don’t be afraid of what may happen. Don’t think too far into the future and stress yourself out about what might go wrong. Take each day one step at a time and accomplish your goals. Have faith, dream big, work hard and be kind. 

Have a beautiful Monday and don’t forget the reason you have today off!  

  

Motivation Monday pt2

As I am sure you are aware, it’s Monday again! Which means that it’s time for a little motivation.

For today I have chosen a quote from one of the Harry Potter movies to help remind you of something.

It goes:

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Good ole Dumbledore was so wise. Although he wouldn’t even exist without the brilliant mind of J.K. Rowling. So I guess technically this is her quote.

Anyway, when I first heard this it just about gave me the chills. It’s a great way of saying that YOU ARE IN CONTROL OF YOUR OWN HAPPINESS.

Of course there are circumstances in which we can not control our emotions such as the loss of a loved one or any sort of terminal or mental illness, BUT if your biggest problem today is that you’re having a bad day at work or your boss is being mean, then GET OVER IT and TAKE CHARGE of your happiness.

Don’t let someone else decide whether you’re going to have a good day or not, that’s up to you!  Just think about how lucky you are to have woken up this morning.

I mean, it is your life after all. Make it a good one!

Have a magical Monday readers! (get it? magical… because harry potter… never mind)