wonderfully made: October 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

five things Friday | our week

I'm mixing it up just a little this week and blogging five things we did over the past 7 days. Happy Friday!


Beau (and the rest of us) survived his first Sunday morning at church. We had gone one Sunday night and even though it was more casual and a shorter service, he ended up being a little fussy and had to nurse for half of the service. He was much better on Sunday morning and slept all the way through! It was fun getting to worship with my little family of 3. <3


Beau and I went to a nearby nature preserve on Tuesday and did a little walking. He slept the whole time and I sweat it out for just a mile. I am SO out of shape. I have never been a super in shape person but was in the best shape of my life about a year ago after going hard in the gym and eating much healthier. That's all gone now so I'm back at square one! I'm working up the mindset to jump right back into my gym routine here in a couple weeks but it takes some major coordination! Wish me luck!


I'm pretty sure my boy grew a few inches overnight. This week, I noticed that he had crossed the line and was too big for a lot of his clothes! We pulled out this 3 month bunny sleeper (my favorite outfit of his) and it fits him pretty perfectly. I'm afraid he won't get too many more wears out of it!

This is his bin of clothes and shoes he has already outgrown. I just found 3 more 0-3 month onesies that he never wore and doesn't fit anymore. Wah!!!

We found out at his appointment on Monday (an update coming on that soon!) that he weighed 14lbs 4oz and was 23.5" long. I don't know what percentile that is but it does mean my 7 week old baby is way out of his league! Strangers and friends meeting him for the first time are so shocked when we tell them he is only 7 weeks old!

Here he is in his 3-6 month dinosaur sleeper (also slightly snug):

He sported his business casual onesie that Mark and I bought the day we found out he was a boy:

And I pulled out this 3 month octopus sleeper that's a little too short in the legs :( He didn't mind, though, and fell asleep while I was burping him!

Both his Pandy (my dad Andy, nicknamed Pandy as a boy and transitioned into his 'grandpa name') and his daddy drive Mini Coopers and I just had to snag this shirt at a consignment sale. "Mini Man" it says. It's a 3-6 month onesie and the socks (the first pair that has fit since the hospital) are 6-12 months! Yikes!

I have to say, though, that newborn socks are tiny. Does anyone's kid really fit into those??


We spent some time with my family this week while Mark was in Chicago for business. My mom and sister argue over Beau when we are with them and my mom had him at this particular moment during church. He loves his Nana!


Rounding out the week, we met my dad for lunch on Thursday with my mom and sister at Joe T. Garcia's in Fort Worth. It's this HUGE landmark texmex restaurant in old Fort Worth. It spans two city blocks and is one of my very favorite places. The food has always been hit or miss but the atmosphere usually makes up for it. It was a nice 70 degree day in Texas and we loved our time with family!

I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween! Don't forget to set your clocks back! 

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

beau's halloween costume options

Halloween has really crept up on us this year. I've failed as a mom because my child has ONE Halloween-themed daily outfit (and it's kind of tight, at that) and I haven't decorated for the holiday this year. Regardless, we have a few fun things around here that could pass as a Halloween costume, like...

the giant child that can't fit in any clothes

the dinosaur with a striped body

the football-headed infant

and of course, pumpkin-booty.

(he's not amused)

I didn't fail TOO hard though because my baby does, in fact, have a costume this year. I was really disappointed that Mark didn't want to dress up and match him:

...and I am kicking myself for not getting the family involved:

Beau's costume may not be quite as GREAT as those two, but I think he'll be a pretty cute hungry caterpillar (even though we've heard from many people that he doesn't appear to have missed a single meal in his life). My mom is whipping up a simple costume and we are spending Halloween night with family. Can't wait! 

Happy Halloween!
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Monday, October 26, 2015

pumpkin patch 2015 & an update on Beau

One thing I LOVE about being a stay at home mom is that I'm now able to participate in some of the fun things I've watched my sister and mom do over the years. They both live about 45 minutes to an hour away from us so I have to pick and choose what I can do with them, but so far we've really enjoyed getting to spend more time together!

Last week I joined them for their annual trip to this farm and pumpkin patch for pictures. It was a little last minute so Beau didn't have a full-on "fall" outfit ready but I think he did just fine...

Beau with cousins Noah and Audrey

The patch they go to is also a botanical garden so we spent some time following these silly kids around the grounds.

After we explored, we prepped Beau to join his cousins for a photo op.

There was no shortage of paparazzi...

...and no shortage of shenanigans, either.

He had to put up with a WHOLE lot of crazy, but it was worth it! Lots of fun was had at the pumpkin patch. Can't wait for next year as a 1 year old!


Beau update: Shortly after my post about Beau's possible condition, we got an appointment with a geneticist. That appointment won't be for another couple of weeks, but we were also able to secure an appointment today with an orthopedist at Scottish Rite. We are thankful that we are able to be seen by them so quickly. The orthopedic team there is renowned and we think we are in really good hands. Our appointment is this afternoon and we hope to learn more about what is going on with our boy. I'm a little nervous going into it not only because of the gravity of the appointment but also because I don't feel like I'm prepared. To be honest, I have kind of gone numb over whatever condition Beau has since I last wrote about it. I've done a little bit of research but it is all so overwhelming, especially as I'm already pretty mentally overwhelmed just with learning to care for a newborn and morph into a stay at home mom all at the same time. I'm hoping my mind will clear for bit during the appointment and the doctors will be able to lay the groundwork and guide us along this new path we are taking. 
I'll be sure to update you all as we learn more. Thank you, as always, for your prayers and advice during this time!

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Friday, October 23, 2015

five on Friday | deals

I'm switching it up on you today because this news is too good to share!

Right now, Groupon is offering 20% off Local Deals and 5% off goods until TODAY! Plus, Ebates is offering 6% cash back (see my post here for why you should be using Ebates!) at Groupon, so you end up saving AND earning! 

Groupon has been my go-to for a while and even more so when there are additional perks to using the service! Here are 5 great Groupon deals:


Movie tickets! I cannot and will not pay $10 for a movie ticket. We always go during off-hours and we ALWAYS buy these tickets through Groupon. We went twice the week before Beau was born!


Fitbit! They have the Fitbit flex as well. It's the perfect time to pick one of these up for a Christmas gift or even for yourself! I know I'd love one to get my pre-prego body back!


If you're a Reebok fan, this is a great deal! $25 for $50 gift card at Reebok.com.


I just found my receipt from my CHI and it was four years ago! I can't believe it's lasted that long.This is a REALLY great deal!


There are a few 'exotic car' deals on the site and they make for great gifts. I got Mark one similar to this last year for his birthday and it was a big hit!

So there are your deal alerts for this Friday. It's about that time so start your holiday shopping now with Groupon and Ebates!

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

sorry y'all

Believe it or not, these are just a selection of the photos I took. After I posted them here, I even went through and tried to narrow it down and I COULDN'T! I guess it's a good thing to be obsessed with your baby? Nevertheless, here's my baby Beau at 6 weeks old on the blanket his Nana made him!

barely dodged that one!

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