2016, you were so, so good to us! It was hands down, 100% the most life-changing year I have EVER experienced. We celebrated our first wedding anniversary, I grew a baby, gave birth to our sweet Lucy, and we became PARENTS. We packed a whole bunch of firsts and a ton of happiness into 2016, and I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings! I have plenty of goals that I want to accomplish this year, and I can’t wait to share them with all of you! I couldn’t thank you all enough for following along on our journey, and I hope you have a blessed and healthy new year:) Bring it on 2017, xo.
I sat down to blog today and thought, oh…wow it’s probably been two weeks since I’ve sat down and written something. WRONG. It’s been a month!!!! I have never done that, ever! I could sit here and make excuses like, “blah blah motherhood babies four month sleep regression breastfeeding laundry” OR I can just say whoops and move right along. So, WHOOPS.
Speaking of sleep regressions, (not an excuse just an update) Lucy gave us a serious run for our money for a couple weeks. She was waking up four or five times a night every night and she was waking up at 5 am for the day. FIVE. A. M. Lord help us all. Luckily she figured it out on her own, and we are back to a regular sleeping schedule of waking up one or two time a night. Phew. That may or may not have had a large impact of my lack of blog posts, but once again…..I’m not here to make excuses;)
There really is not a ton to update you all on, we are just starting to find our groove as a family & we are enjoying the holiday season! There really is nothing better than having a baby to share these fun times with. I can only imagine how much better it gets every year! Lucy is obsessed with staring at the lights on the tree and grabbing the ornaments, she’s not sure what to think about the snow, and she really prefers being in a warm pair of footies hanging out on the couch (same, girl).
I have been spending my entire Sunday brainstorming and making a list of things to improve my blog, so I will be sharing those things soon! Don’t give up on me yet, better things are ahead! Thank you all for following along and reading about my super exciting whirlwind of a life*, I appreciate you. Really.
*really aggressive sarcasm
Now here are some really cute pictures of my baby. Have a good night!
Fall weekends are our favorite around here! Since I actually had a weekend off from volleyball tournaments, we decided to take Lucy to the apple orchard for the first time! My sister and her family came along, and between three kids we only had to deal with three or four meltdowns;) I don’t know how we got so lucky, but we have the happiest baby! She is always so smiley, and it seriously makes my heart burst every single time.
Her hat, my word….I am obsessed. It’s from Old Navy, and you can pick it up HERE. There is nothing quite like a baby bundled up for cooler weather, I want to kiss her cheeks all the time! Seeing the seasons change and celebrating all of these firsts through Lucy’s eyes is the best, she makes everything SO much more fun. I hope you all had the best weekend, and hopefully your Monday flew on by;)
Happy Thursday, friends! Since I don’t always have a chance to post on my blog, I thought I would share what has been going on recently on my Instagram! Life is so good here, everyday Lucy is learning something new and it is my absolute favorite! Follow me @maryssaalbert to always stay updated 😉
Booties | Dress
My cute fall baby!
Early fall mornings with my girl.
I’m just in love with how she has to touch my hand while she’s nursing!
One of us can fit into our jeans, one of us can’t;)
Our precious two month old!
Someone took her first successful crib nap!
We are so excited to announce the arrival of our baby girl, little miss Lucy Clare Albert! She was born July 18th at 7:38 am, weighing in at a perfect 6 lbs 12 oz & 20.5 inches long.
This last Sunday was definitely a Sunday well spent. My sweet nephew Rocklan was baptised into the Catholic Church Sunday morning, and Shane and I were so honored when we were asked to be his Godparents! Rocky is the sweetest baby, always so happy and snuggly…and he was such a champ during his baptism! Minimal tears were shed by him (his sister though, not so much;) My sister and her husband are such blessings in our lives, and I couldn’t love their little family anymore if I tried. After we spent the afternoon with my family, it was time for me to spend time with Shane’s! Shane’s mom, sister, aunt, uncle, and I all went to see The Dixie Chicks and it was MAGICAL. If you know me at all, you know that I have a top three must-see list of concerts:
Shania Twain (twice in one week, boom), Reba, and THE DIXIE CHICKS. When I saw last year that they were going on tour, there was no way I was going to miss out on that!
It was such a great night, they looked and sounded absolutely amazing! During the whole concert, I was picturing 10 year old me swinging in the backyard listening to Wide Open Spaces on my green Sony Walkman just living. the. dream. Ahhh, the good ole’ days;) Standing for three hours on the tip of your toes (#shortgirlproblems) isn’t exactly ideal at 33 weeks pregnant, but for the Dixie Chicks…I DEAL. Since Shane’s family lives several hours away, I always am SO excited to see them! So seeing them AND The Dixie Chicks was just an added bonus;) I hope you all had a wonderful weekend like I did!
I’ve been dealing with a nasty head cold this week, and it has not been fun! Mix my congestion in with the fact that my daughter basically lives in my ribs and on my lungs, I haven’t quite been a ray of sunshine. ESPECIALLY at night. My doctor told me to try taking some Benadryl to get some sleep and feel better, and let me tell you: It helped me sleep….However, it made me SO. MEAN. I am mean. Every time I woke up to pee during the night and I came back to bed, I felt the need to shove Shane out of the way, rip a pillow out from under his head and literally say “MINE” like a five year old claiming her friggin’ barbie doll. I even said, “can you not” every time he touched me. Yikes. Since I am so used to getting a sub-par night of sleep, I think it really threw my body off when I was in such a deep sleep that it reacted with anger. Whoops. I text Shane the next day and apologized for being mean and he tried to tell me that I am always mean in my sleep. I disagree. I find it hard to believe that I would still have a marriage if I was yelling at my husband CAN YOU NOT every single time he touched me. Personal opinion. Anyway, moving on.
Sunday afternoon, our baby girl and I were completely showered in love (& lots of clothes;). I’ve dreamed about this day for so long, and it turned out so wonderful. My mom and sisters planned the perfect baby shower for us…and I couldn’t be more grateful!
Dress: Boohoo (Non Maternity) HERE | Wedges: Sold out, Similar HERE | Tassel Garland: Target HERE
I definitely didn’t take as many pictures as I would have liked, but I was too distracted with everything going on! It was so nice to have all of my friends and family in one place, there really is nothing better. I was suuuuper emotional this day (I cried in the shower for absolutely no reason), so I definitely thought it would be waterworks central….But luckily I only cried twice at my actual shower! *Winning* I’ve spent the last three days going through everything from the shower and loving EVERY. SECOND. It is so fun! I just sit on the floor of her nursery folding her little onesies that smell like heaven and dream about her chunky little thighs in them, I can’t wait:) Thank you’s have already been written and sent, boxes and boxes of diapers are organized, and we are officially in full on nesting mode over here. 9 more weeks (or less!) until we meet this sweet little soul!
Only 100 more days until my due date…..Are you kidding me? When did this happen? WHO AM I? She will be here before we know it! I used to think 100 days was an eternity, but that feeling quickly went away when my wedding was 100 days away and I managed to procrastinate everything until the last month….It fleeeeew on by and I was not ready at all. Whoops. I’m trying to be slightly more prepared these days, even though I feel like there is still a long, long list of things that need done.
One year ago today, we were celebrating one of the best days I could have ever asked for. The weather was perfect and we had the chance to celebrate our love with our favorite people…We were on cloud nine! Fast forward a year later and we are still going strong, learning new things about each other and growing our marriage stronger everyday! I hit the jackpot.
I love this man I married more than I could ever imagine. He is my rock, I lean on him, I believe in him + trust the decisions that he makes. Marriage is by no means easy, but it is so worth it. We have flaws, we make mistakes, we argue about diaper bags (really)….But at the end of the day we are on the same team and seriously obsessed with each other. Shane was just made to be a husband, and I am so lucky to be his wife. We’ve got five years under our belt, one year married….Here’s to 80 more years, hot stuff!