Five on Friday: Happening Lately

Happy Friday y’all! Sorry for the radio silence, but here’s what we have been up to lately. I am linking up again today with the lovely April, Christina, Darci, and Natasha for Five on Friday!

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Starting off with Team Teddy! Read all about Menkes Syndrome here. Spread the word to help make people more aware! I personally had never heard of this until today’s link-up.

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  1. We officially have now had 2 full snow days in Charlotte, and are going on 3. We aren’t much for snow in the Phaler household, but we did have to take SJ outside to “play” in it at least once. He wasn’t a huge fan, probably because we had him in 3 layers of regular pants that weren’t waterproof and 2 sweaters and a jacket so his mobility wasn’t at an all time high. He did try and eat the snow, so maybe snow cream for next year’s snow days? And by that I mean, in 4 years based on Charlotte’s snow history.

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2.  We are over halfway to having a one year old in our house! I cried at Party City the other day when I saw a giant “1”
balloon. The recap of his 6th month on the blog Monday!

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3. In honor of Valentine’s day, we have entered the 4Moms Smooch Contest! Check it out HERE and vote for SJ!

4. Ok, that was a lot of baby in the first 3 points, so the last two will be about V-Day for the grown-ups! Below is what I
would love to wear for a sweet date night out with the hubs. Seriously, I need to hit the lottery soon, because I am D-Y-
I-N-G over this dress.
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              5. And of course, if I am wearing something fabulous, Sean should too. So, I would imagine him wearing the below on
our way to Bentley’s on 27th, obviously.

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To be honest, I have no idea what our Valentine’s day plans are, just that we are going out Saturday somewhere. I will report back on where we go. Or, follow me on instagram for up to date posts! What are y’all’s V-Day plans?

Hope everyone has a super steamy Valentine’s Day weekend, we need to melt this snow somehow!

XO

nicole

Workout Wednesday: The Ghost of Cores Past

Happy Hump Day everyone!! Sorry for missing out the past two days, there are still some things in the works at the Phalers, but I will be letting y’all in on it very soon, I hope!

So, let’s get down to it, shall we?

Weight – 1/21 – 215. Back down to my starting weight, but debating on cutting out some things from my diet to help…

Plan for the Week of 1/15 – Reflections on the past week

  • Wednesday – Core reformer workout. I didn’t workout Wednesday night because I deep cleaned my house. Based on the number of stairs alone I had to climb, I am calling that a win. I also got in an incline walk at the gym for lunch!
  • Thursday – Do Madison’s TV Commercial workout. Thursday night is Grey’s, so I think planning this workout won’t set me up for failure. I actually did the Kettle Bell routine and skipped Grey’s!
  • Friday – Core Reformer workout. I need to get my money’s worth! Excuses for this, but I had a rough day at work and we had a friend in town, so I actually just vegged out with some pizza….
  • Saturday – Fitness Blender Kettle Bell routine. I actually started this last Friday, but SJ got really fussy so I stopped to feed him and didn’t pick it back up. :( No workouts for Saturday either….
  • Sunday – We are clearing out the garage and storage room, so I am going to use that as a workout, but also try and get a long walk in. I did not clear out the storage room, but we did get a long, hilly walk in!
  • Monday – Fitness Blender Cardio Bodyweight workout. I did this in one of my 2.5 workouts last week and loved it. You really sweat it out! I did Fitness Blender’s Thigh and Butt workout….omg, I still hurt.
  • Tuesday – Core Reformer workout – YES! I did this!

Last week at work was crazy, so I barely took lunch, much less got in more than workout. I am definitely hoping that the lunchtime workouts will improve, starting tomorrow.

Reviews of Workouts

  • Kettle Bell routine – I highly recommend this for anyone new to using a kettle bell. It’s intense, but manageable and you work all muscles in your body. I really could feel it in my core and glutes the next day.
  • Thigh and Butt workout – Obsessed with this workout. I plan on doing it at least once a week. I don’t plan on wearing Mom Jeans ever, and I don’t plan on having a Mom Butt.
  • Core Reformer workout – I was going to take pictures of me doing this last night, but I actually was embarrassed. Y’all, I was a college athlete – I played collegiate basketball and had ABS. Seriously, I had one hot midsection. However, after 2 years of floundering workouts and 40 weeks of pregnancy, my core is shot. It was so hard to balance on the reformer machine, and even harder to add in the workouts they requested. I chose to get this machine because i have heard that Pilates is great for your core post-baby because your abs need to be worked in a different way. What I didn’t hear….PILATES IS HARD! Oh my goodness, I never knew how hard it was. I always assumed that if you weren’t lifting weights or running sprints, you weren’t working out hard enough. I was so wrong. My entire body aches, especially my core. I am excited to start doing this at least twice a week and see the results!

For the next week, I am actually going to keep a similar plan in place, but I added in the Thigh and Butt Workout, as well as threw in a yoga workout for Saturday. Let’s see how it goes!

  • Wednesday – Fitness Blender Kettle Bell routine.
  • Thursday – Do Madison’s TV Commercial workout. I really do need to settle in and watch Grey’s, plus I did a little of this on Saturday, and it is pretty killer!
  • Friday – Core Reformer workout.
  • Saturday –  Fitness Blender Yoga
  • Sunday – I have some shopping plans, so I am going to try and make sure I get a lot of steps in, but let’s consider Sunday – “rest day”
  • Monday – Fitness Blender Thigh and Butt workout
  • Tuesday – Core Reformer workout

How did y’all’s weeks go for workouts? What were your downfalls? What kept you on track? I am definitely starting to feel stronger, but i have to get more consistent….I can feel those Chevron workout pants slipping away!

XOnicole6

Five on Friday: New Year Gear

Happy Friday y’all! This has been a long week for the Phalers, but I will go into that more next week. I am linking up again today with the lovely April, Christina, Darci, and Natasha for Five on Friday!

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After all of the amazing feedback I got on my Workout Wednesday post, I decided to focus this week’s Five on Friday on rewarding myself for a full month of working out. (Thanks for the idea Rachel!) What better way to reward yourself, than with new workout clothes. Nothing makes me feel better than looking cute at the gym…well except chocolate chip cookies, but those clearly are the opposite of what I need right now.

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1. This tank has shown up on several different blogs over the past couple of weeks and I am obsessed with it. I love the draping so that my midsection isn’t on display, and it has a very high fashion feel to it. Maybe I could wear it to the gym and then throw it on with some sequin leggings and heels? (not really, but a girl can dream for multifunctional clothes right?)

2. Once it starts to warm up in Charlotte, I plan on running outside again. These adidas by Stella McCartney pants are so fun and yet will keep me cool and chafe-free while getting in some miles and dropping some lbs.

3. I love working out in tank tops. I have a whole drawer full of colored tanks from Old Navy. This graphic tank from Old Navy is loose and has a fun saying. Workouts have to be fun, or your going to give up.

4. I saw this hoodie at Dick’s and can’t get it off my mind. Right now, I have been wearing Sean’s XXL sweatshirts over my workout gear. Not. Cute. This hoodie would keep me warm when I need to run errands after a workout and I could even wear it on Saturdays and Sundays with some fun leggings.

5. Enter fun leggings/tights. If you didn’t know…I am OBSESSED with Chevron. Seriously, it’s in every part of my life. Home, fashion, blog….I love it. These amazing chevron tights are everything I could ever want in a workout pant.

What are your favorite brands and clothes for working out? Do you reward yourself for being consistent with work outs?

Hope y’all have a great weekend!

XO

nicole

WorkOut Wednesday

OK, so I didn’t even want to write this post, but I have to be accountable to all of you and myself….

I got in 2 and a half workouts last week. Embarassing, I know. I have excuses, plenty of them, but the fact of the matter is I didn’t set aside 30 minutes to an hour to take care of my body. So, here goes last week’s recap.

  • Weight – 216 (i gained a pound…)

Goals for the Week:

  • Plan workouts. I think this is going to be the biggest thing to help me. I have put together my plan below.

Plan for the Week of 1/15

 

  • Wednesday – Core reformer workout.
  • Thursday – Do Madison’s TV Commercial workout. Thursday night is Grey’s, so I think planning this workout won’t set me up for failure.
  • Friday – Core Reformer workout. I need to get my money’s worth!
  • Saturday – Fitness Blender Kettle Bell routine. I actually started this last Friday, but SJ got really fussy so I stopped to feed him and didn’t pick it back up. :(
  • Sunday – We are clearing out the garage and storage room, so I am going to use that as a workout, but also try and get a long walk in.
  • Monday – Fitness Blender Cardio Bodyweight workout. I did this in one of my 2.5 workouts last week and loved it. You really sweat it out!
  • Tuesday – Core Reformer workout

Alright, so the plan of action is in place! Now, let’s do this. My goal is to also go to the gym on my lunch breaks Monday, Wednesday, Friday, but that’s a little bit harder to plan.

How do you find motivation in your busy schedule??

XO

nicole6

Tuesday Blues

Just so y’all know, this was originally supposed to be Monday Blues, but then I really did have the Monday blues after a tough Panther loss on Sunday and a rough workday Monday. So, you get to enjoy this on a Tuesday.

In case you didn’t know, I am a huge fan of pink. It’s my favorite color, the color of my engagement ring and wedding ring stones, and basically the color of my life. That being said, I live in a house with 2 boys and 2 male dogs, so I am surrounded by a lot of stereotypical blue. The good news for me is, blue looks fab with my hair and my eyes. Therefore, I am going to embrace the hot new blue looks out for the spring transitional phase and share with you my favorite blue fashions right now.

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  1. I have a serious obsession with cardigans. I think other than dresses, this is the largest section in my closet. I just love that they work in every season based on their weight, and they still look more stylish than a coat you need to take off and on. This navy blue aztec print cardi would be perfect to throw over leggings on the weekend, or even belt over a pencil skirt for the office. (And it’s on sale!)
  2. This outfit is EVERYTHING. I need this in my life. I think it is the perfect mom on the go outfit (for me, of course) or just the perfect “I just threw this on” outfit for any weekend event. I don’t know why I am surprised at how perfect this outfit is since it’s J.Crew, but gimme the sweater, shorts, shoes, purse and I may never wear anything else in my closet again. Jenna Lyons, you know my heart.
  3. Of course you need a blue statement necklace in your collection. This one could jazz up a white t-shirt, or even go perfectly with the navy jumpsuit.
  4. OH.MY.GOSH. This jumpsuit is divine. I actually haven’t ever ventured into jumpsuit territory, but this one is perfection. It would be amazing with silver heels for a fancy night out, or even in flats for a day of errands. I know Christmas is over, but can I get just one more gift Santa?
  5. Henley and popover style shirts are my go-to right now. They allow easy access for nursing without screaming “nursing top”, and also skim away from my “problem areas”. Anthropologie always does an amazing job with this style and cut of shirt, and this blue print henley is no exception. This with white pants and some red flats would be perfect come summer time.
  6. While I used to be a 4-5″ stiletto heel girl, those make me nervous now when carrying around the nug. Y’all, he’s 20 lbs and teetering around in those skinny heels just terrifies me. Lucky for me, wedges have gotten to be so sexy. This blue wedge by Nine West is amazing and I could literally wear it all the time, and I love a shoe with versatility.

What are y’all’s favorite blue hued fashions right now? Is there something out there that NEEDS to be in my closet? All these fun pops of color are making me long for spring…

XOXO

nicole6

Workout Wednesday: Week One

Happy HumpDay Everyone! I hope you are all staying warm during the Polar Vortex….Charlotte is getting down to single digits, and I am not a fan.

Alright, so the format for every Wednesday is going to include the following:

  • Starting Weight (taken on Tuesday night)
  • Goals for the week
  • Reflections on the past week – which will include achievements and downfalls
  • Reviews on Workouts

Since this is week one, I have no reflections for last week. I did do one workout, but not enough to suffice as a valid start to a resolution. Also, sorry for the lack of pictures, I am waiting to install photoshop back onto my computer, so next week’s post will be way more enjoyable. (And may include some amazing photos of how great I look dying from lack of oxygen working out.)

Starting Weight: 215 (I can’t believe I am sharing this with the blogosphere, but it’s real life)

Goals for the week:

  • Complete 2-3 cardio workouts (I completed one fitness blender workout Tuesday night already! I highly recommend this one.)
  • Complete 2 Ab Reformer workouts. This came in the mail this weekend, but I will be starting it either tonight or tomorrow.
  • Complete 1 workout fully (without cheating and taking extra breaks)
  • Reduce my soda intake to 3 per week. My goal is to eventually give this up completely, but I have learned that cold turkey isn’t a great tactic for me.

Ok, I think those are some solid, achievable goals! Next week I will let you know how they go, as well as which my favorite workouts were. I have only done two fitness blender workouts, but already love them. I am hoping I enjoy the ab reformer just as much. Fitness Blender also offers a full meal plan. Have any of you ever done a meal plan? How did it go? It’s only $14.99, but it’s hard to have a meal plan in my house with a husband who prefers only meat and potatoes…

Get out there and SWEAT!

XOXO

nicole6

Five on Friday: Recap

Happy Friday everyone! Hopefully you were all lucky enough to have a short week….I am just coming off of a 10 day vacation that I was able to spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve/Day with my parents, Mimi, Grandma, SJ, and Sean. It was a fantastic time and my Five on Friday is dedicated to what all has happened in the past 10 days.

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I am linking up again with Christina, April, Darci, and Natasha!

[ONE] SJ’s First Christmas

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I now completely understand when people say giving is more fun than receiving. SJ was only 5 months old for his first Christmas and yet he got excited over every toy. Granted, it was because he wanted to get a hold of it to put it in his mouth, but I will take those sweet faces any day. I have already started planning Christmas for next year – and bought a large amount of Target Christmas on clearance for the decor!

[TWO] New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve was very low key this year, but still very fun. My parents invited over their friends and their 3 little boys, as well as my cousins and their 3 month old son. I got to play party planner and handled all of the decor and the majority of the menu. My mom and Mimi were great assistants though and I think everything turned out pretty cute!

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I created the fringed garland using this tutorial I found on pinterest. I wanted to make sparkly cheers or bubbly letters, but waited too long (there was a lot of fun stuff to be done besides crafts) so I improvised by cutting C-H-E-E-R-S out of foil paper. The 2014 banner is foil number pasted onto a sparkly black card stock that I got inspiration from here. The hats, crowns, glasses, horns, and poppers were all found at Target and Wal-Mart. I should have backed the buffet with a white sheet so that it popped more, but I’ll make a note of it for next year! How were your New Year’s celebrations? Did they end with sweet kisses like these:

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[THREE] Current Accessory Obsessions

This scarf (similar here) and yes, that’s an office selfie…..judge away friends, but the scarf is F-A-B.

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And these earrings (found here) a sweet Christmas gift from my amazing hubs!

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[FOUR] Core Body Reformer

Staying true to our new fitness goals, Meghan and I ordered the Core Body Reformer. It’s a Pilates machine, so I am excited to give it a try because I have heard great things about Pilates for women who have had babies. It comes in tomorrow, but we will do our first workout with it on Wednesday and I will give you an update on how that goes!

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Speaking of workouts, Meghan and I did this one tonight – short but brutal!

[FIVE] Binge-Watching

Sean and I are very guilty about getting into a show way later than anyone else. This is mostly because we are both really busy with our jobs (especially during basketball season) so it’s hard to commit, and then on the weekends we like to run errands and spend time as a family rather than catch up on DVR shows. This has led us to constantly Binge-Watch various shows (Mad Men and Gossip Girl being the previous choices.) Right now we are totally sucked into Breaking Bad…..it’s addicting (pun intended). Four solid days at my parents’s house and we are now starting Season 4. OBSESSED.

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Hope everyone has a great weekend and I look forward to catching up with you Monday!

XOXO,

nicole6

Hopes, Dreams, & Resolutions for the New Year – [Pop Fizz Zzz Link-Up]

Happy Thursday everyone!

I am back at work today after 10 amazing days spent with my family and my little nugget. Seriously, it made me never want to leave him again….but if I did that, then it would be really hard to stick to my resolutions this year. Today I am linking up with Khala and Samantha for the Pop, Fizz, Zzz link-up.

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And actually, we aren’t going to call them resolutions. Why, you ask? Because I suck at those. I think the longest I have ever stuck to a resolution has been a month, and that was when I gave up soda. I have better luck with that during lent (40 days rather than 30!) Goals I am good at, I can set them and achieve them. The best way to do this is with mini goals leading up to the big goal. So I have put together a list of my goals for 2014 and the mini goals that will lead up to them. i also split them out into the Personal and Professional categories (because that’s how I separate my life).

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I actually have a few other goals as well, but currently they aren’t something that I want to put out in the open until I have all of the logistics worked out. I do of course want to get out of debt, and stick to an actual budget each month, but that is something I am going to put into a singular post, because I think it deserves a full post.

Here are a few things I found on pinterest that you can use when planning and executing your goals for the new year!

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My hopes and dreams for 2014 are simple. I just hope that SJ grows to know how loved and blessed he is, and that Sean and I are able to soak up every single second because he’s already changed so much in the past 10 days, so I can’t even imagine how the next year is going to go!

I can’t wait to see what y’all are wishing and planning for this year!

XOXO,

nicole6

Workout Wednesdays

Happy New Year everyone! I hope that you had an amazing night and got a kiss when the ball dropped!

With the New Year comes new resolutions, so I wanted to start mine with getting healthy and back in shape. It’s now been over 5 months since I had SJ and I am rarely walking more than once or twice a week, and it’s just not going to cut it. I have made a pact with one of my dear friends, Meghan, to work out at least once a week via FaceTime and to keep each other accountable, so I thought, why not blog about it? That will keep me accountable, right? If not accountable, at least provide some sort of encouragement…

I will blog tomorrow about my goals for the New Year, but for now, I will leave you with some of my favorite websites for free workouts – listen, this addiction to Baby GAP doesn’t leave much money left over for a gym membership. Plus, y’all know how crowded the gym is at the beginning of the year!

  • Fitness Blender – my friend Mackenzie told me about this one. Their workouts can get pretty difficult. I plan on doing these at least twice a week with my kettle bell and free weights at home.
  • Fitness Buddy – this is an app that I have on my phone. It’s awesome because you can choose what type of workout, what area you want to target, how long you have to work out. I haven’t tried it out yet, but I will definitely let you know how the first work out goes!
  • Pinterest - There are SO many free routines on here. You can check out my Motivation board to see all of the different workouts, recipes, etc. that I have pinned to be used on this new venture.

Alright y’all, we can do this….I will post every Wednesday on my workouts for the week, my faves, feelings, results – and I want you to do the same! Let me know what you are doing, what advice you have, any routines you love. We are going to kick this baby weight’s behind, because the only rolls I want to see are the cute ones on my baby’s chunky thighs.

XOXO

nicole6

SJ is Five Months Old!

I can’t believe that it’s the end of the year and I am spending my New Year’s Eve with a five month old! People aren’t lying when they say time goes by so fast. He already is so different than a month ago and a totally different baby than when he was born!

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Height and Weight: At 4 months, he was 16 lbs 15 ozs and 27 and 3/4 inches long. We don’t go back to the doctor until 6 months.

Health:  He’s been great this month. All we have dealt with is some baby acne and rashes. The doctor said that this is normal and recommended we scrub him up more when bathing. We tried that and it worked out great.

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Sleep: So he usually sleeps from 8 PM to 12 AM, and then wakes up and fusses a bit. I usually pull him into bed with me (I know, worst habit EVER) and then he falls back asleep until around 5:30-6 AM. I will nurse him around this time, then give him to Sean and they sleep until around 7 while I get up and get ready for work.

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Diet: We started on solid food around the beginning of December. He isn’t a fan of rice cereal or oatmeal, but loves apples, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, pears, and most recently carrots. He still nurses in the morning and at night, and drinks 3-4 7 oz bottles at daycare. He is still 100% on breastmilk. (so blessed for that!)

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Clothes: We are up to 9-12 month clothing based on the brand. He got quite the wardrobe for Christmas, and then I picked up a few more things at Old Navy and Gap. I try to only buy his clothes on sale, because most companies will seriously discount their baby clothes within 2-3 weeks of releasing them. He typically wears onesies and soft pants for daycare, and then I have dressier clothes for our family outings and holidays. I am debating buying him a couple pairs of leggings from easy. Has anyone bought these and have any feedback?

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Baby gear love: We are still loving the mamaroo and our piano playmat. He got a Baby Einstein jumper and loves it. He doesn’t really jump around in it yet, but loves to stand or stomp his feet. He is also a fan of his Green Toys twist teether toy that he got from his Citrus Lane box. That was the best little subscription we ever made. He falls in love with at least one toy from there a month, and they always have some great stuff for me! Sophie the giraffe is worth every penny – he gets so excited when we give it to him and will chew on it for hours. I got a new stroller this month – we sold our orbit on craigslist – and got the B-Ready on sale on Amazon. I love it because it’s very sturdy and easily converts to add another seat for baby #2. (don’t get all excited just yet….this isn’t even in talks)

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Crying: He still cries when he is hungry, or when he is fighting a nap. He hates napping and will let himself get so tired before he actually falls asleep.

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Likes: Eating and being held. Walks in his stroller. Chewing on whatever he can get to his mouth. Neck and side nibbles make him giggle and he loves raspberries on his belly. He is also a huge fan of watching sports with his Daddy. :)

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Dislikes: Going too long between feedings and naps.

Postpartum: I am seriously having body image issues right now, but with the new year and new resolutions, I am hoping to get back on track. I have a gym in my neighborhood I plan on going to in the mornings, as well as doing workouts off of Fitnessblender.com.

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Social: He is still so happy and smiley at everyone. He “talks” a lot more and has started screeching when excited. It sounds annoying, and may eventually be, but right now it’s adorable and makes me laugh.

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Milestones: He literally started to sit up a bit 5 days before he turned 5 months old. He is still a bit wobbly, but can sit up for at least 5-10 seconds before falling forward. He can also twist and squirm himself places when on his back, and kicks like he is trying to crawl when on his belly.

This little boy is just amazing and every day I feel like he is learning and soaking up everything around him. 2013 was a bit of a rough year for my family, but he has brought so much joy to our lives that I still feel very blessed. I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store and am excited for him to get on the move!

XOXO

nicole6