Why I would be perfectly happy with another boy

When we found out we were pregnant with our third child, we couldn’t wait to share the news with our friends and family. They have been beyond excited for us and even my fellow bloggers and blog readers have been offering a huge amount of congratulations! We feel the love! One thing that seems to keep coming up though since everyone found out is… people either assuming we want a little girl or “Are you hoping it’s a girl?” At first, I didn’t say anything except to my husband that I would be more than happy if we have another boy. Once I came forward and told family and friends this, I’ve gotten… “Really?!!!” “You NEED a little girl.” “But girls are so much fun.” “You’re missing out.” or complete silence. People have acted like I’m crazy for saying I want another boy. {Let me go ahead and say, we would be thrilled if it is a girl, but no, we aren’t hoping and praying it’s a girl, we are hoping and praying for a happy, healthy baby}

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Why I would be perfectly happy with another boy

To answer these questions & statements I have received:

“Really?!!” Yes, really. I love having boys. God blessed me with two amazing little boys and I have so much fun with them. The bond between a mother and son is incredible. They are my little princes and to them, I am their queen. I love everything about having boys from the messes they make to the sweet way they still curl up next to me anytime they can or wrap their arms around my neck and whisper “I love you mommy.” God knew what he was doing when he gave me boys and if this time he wants to give me a girl, then that is perfectly fine, but if he wants to give me another boy to make it a trio of boys, that’s perfectly fine too.

“You NEED a little girl.” Ummm, I’m glad you think so? Really, If I needed a little girl, God would have given me one and he still might, but the point is, God knows what I need and he knew I needed these two sweet boys.

“But girls are so much fun.” I KNOW they are. I have seven nieces. I know how adorable girls are and how fun they can be. I also grew up with two sisters. I’m not “girl deprived” as everyone seems to think that I am. What you should know though, boys are fun too. If not more fun than girls. Yes, I said it. My boys have an absolute blast and I have a blast with them. I may not be playing princess or letting her wear my shoes, but I’m making mud pies, building huge buildings & knocking them down, wrestling around on the floor at the most random times of the day, throwing the ball, playing video games, laughing until my sides hurt, locking up the “bad guys”, having water gun fights, getting dirty, and so much more. Boys are a whole different world of fun and I am so beyond thankful I have two boys to share that fun with.

“You are missing out.” This one irks me the most. What exactly am I missing out on? I’m not missing out on love, my boys fill me with so much love that I feel like I will overflow with it. I’m not missing out on a bond, I know that a bond between a mother and her daughter is wonderful {I have that bond with my own mother}, but the bond between a mother and her sons… nothing compares to that. I’m not missing out on laughter, my house is filled with it. I’m not missing out on shopping, I love picking out adorable clothes for my boys. I’m not missing out on sweetness, my boys constantly amaze me with how sweet they are. The random hugs & kisses, the random I love yous, and the way they care for others. I’m not missing out on dreaming dreams with a daughter because, I dream those dreams with my boys. I listen to the dreams of wanting to be a fire fighter and a police officer. I’m not missing out on teaching them to value themselves and respect themselves because, we teach them those things. Boys don’t just come magically equipped with confidence, they too have to learn how to have it. I’m not missing out on dress up, my boys love to dress up as ninjas, police officers, and firefighters. They also love putting on the most random pieces of clothing {santa boots, underwear, shirt, cowboy hat} and making me laugh hysterically. I could go on forever with this one, but I’ll stop there.

Last, but not least… Being met with complete silence. I get it, it may shock you for whatever reason that I would want to add another boy into our home, but instead of not saying anything you could say, “Oh, that’s great. I hope it’s a boy!” or “Either way, I hope it’s a happy, healthy baby.” Or “I don’t know how you handle boys, but if you can handle more, go for it!” Don’t just say nothing because your silence speaks volumes.

One last thing, if you know someone who already has x amount of one gender, it’s okay to ask them what they are hoping for, but don’t give them the “are you crazy look” or a pity look or anything else. Be supportive of them and wish them a happy, healthy baby no matter what the gender is.

Believe it or not, there are quite a few mothers who have all boys or all girls and they are perfectly content with having all of one gender and you should be perfectly content for them too.

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Kage has some exciting news to share

Dear Mommy’s readers,

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Kage has some exciting news to share

See that little stud in the picture? That’s me, Kage. I know Mommy talks about me on here, but I thought it was time I took over her blog. Mainly because she hasn’t been blogging much and well, her blog is suffering for it. I keep trying to tell her to pull herself together and get writing, but she’s not listening. You see, she’s been dashing off to the bathroom way too much. It’s gotten to the point that when she goes to the bathroom, I’m asking her if she is throwing up. It’s ridiculous. She’s also been majorly tired, that’s why she claims she hasn’t been blogging. I think it’s laziness, but whatever.

Anyways, if you’ve been reading my mommy’s blog for any amount of time, you know I’m the little brother. I’m the baby of the family and I like it that way. Except, mommy and daddy recently told me that I’m going to be a big brother like Jay. Jay was happy when he found out, I wasn’t. Psh, I don’t want to share mommy & daddy or my toys even more. I mean come on, isn’t sharing with Jay enough? Apparently, it isn’t.

Well, I’ve finally come around to the idea and I’m finally okay with being a big brother. I like babies as long as they don’t spit up on me. I guess I don’t mind sharing my toys or mommy & daddy a little bit more. Well, I just wanted to let y’all know I’m going to be a big brother in January 2015. I’m off to drink my tea and play on mommy’s tablet because she’s too tired to tell me I can’t.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Kage has some exciting news to share

Peace out.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Kage has some exciting news to share

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We love summer

School is almost out for the summer and I am counting down the days, but the summer season has already kicked off. There have already been water sprinklers and slip & slides! If there is one thing to know about me and my family, it’s that we are total summer people. We love everything about summer. The warmth, the longer days, the BBQs, the smell of sunscreen, the taste of fresh fruit, and being in the water. We soak up summer like it’s nobody’s business around here. Today, I just wanted to take a moment and document a fun day the boys had. :)

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // We love summer

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // We love summer

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // We love summer

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // We love summer

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // We love summer

Are you already soaking up summer?!

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Little Mister Style #5

Happy Tuesday y’all. When I decided to give my blog a complete rebrand {the new design is live yay!}, I thought long and hard about what posts I wanted to do more of, what posts I wanted to continue to do and what posts I wanted to get rid of. One thing I really wanted to keep was Little Mister Style. I started it as a linkup and one day I might bring it back as a linkup, but for now. I just want it to be a fun post I do every week showing off fun pictures of my boys and their cute outfits. This week, I decided to match them. The fact that they are only eighteen months apart makes me loveeeee matching them! Do you match your little ones? This was on a day that they both had colds, but the weather was so beautiful that we had to go outside for just a little bit and I’m so glad we did. I love the moments I was able to capture.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Little Mister Style

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Little Mister Style

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Little Mister Style

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Little Mister Style

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Little Mister Style

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Little Mister Style

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Little Mister Style

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Little Mister Style

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Little Mister Style

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Little Mister Style

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Little Mister Style

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Little Mister Style

Both of their outfits are from Kohl’s.

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Mommy guilt on a good day

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Mommy guilt on a good day

Yesterday was a day meant to be spent outdoors. With my depression, lately I haven’t wanted to take the boys outside when it’s nice because I’ve just had no motivation to do anything. I talked about that in this post. Well, the medicine is slowly working and while I did have to force myself to take them outside to play, it wasn’t as bad as it has been the past few weeks and I’m actually happy I did it and the boys of course had a blast. We stayed out there way too late and they wound up staying up later than normal because we still had homework and reading to do before bedtime. It was worth it though and I’m hoping for many more days like yesterday in the near future.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Mommy guilt on a good day

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Mommy guilt on a good day

Watching them laugh, play and be extremely giddy was wonderful, but at the same time made me feel bad. I know the depression isn’t my fault, but I know they haven’t been getting my full attention and we haven’t been doing a lot of stuff. I tried to make up for that yesterday by grabbing dinner and having us eat it in the back of the truck, which they thought was the best thing ever. Before we had grabbed dinner I told them that they had to clean up their mess in the living room and in the playroom before we went outside to play, but seeing how happy they were randomly eating dinner outside, I decided the cleaning could wait until afterwards. We wound up staying out until about thirty minutes before their regular bedtime so, it was a little hectic when we came back inside due to cleaning, homework and reading, but I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Mommy guilt on a good day

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Mommy guilt on a good day

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Mommy guilt on a good day

I don’t care what I’m going through, watching my boys have fun and laugh, fills me up with so much joy. Today, I listened to them tell me stories about what they were drawing and Jay and I talked for a long time. Longer than we have in the past few weeks and it made me realize how much I’m missing because of this damn depression. I made a vow to myself though, that until this medicine fully works, I will do whatever possible to be able to see their faces light up like they did today and to hear the stories they tell me. I will try my hardest to be present and spend as much time with them as I can because, this depression has robbed me of time and I’m going to do what I can to not lose anymore time.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Mommy guilt on a good day

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Happy 6th birthday Jay

Dear Jay,

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Happy 6th birthday Jay

You turn six years old today. How do I even begin to describe what you have done to my life these past six years? How do I even begin to describe the absolute joy you bring to my life? You made me a momma. I remember being so scared, I remember thinking that motherhood was going to be impossible. Sometimes it still is, but you make it all the more worth it. I thank God over and over that he blessed me with you. You are such an amazing little boy. You are growing up right before my very eyes and as I write this, I’m fighting back tears. It’s crazy how times flies. I feel like just yesterday I was holding you in my arms for the first time and all of a sudden I blinked and your six.

I want you to know I’m so proud of you, daddy and I both are. You are one of the best students in your class. Your teacher seriously brags about you all the time and it makes my heart swell. You have the sweetest soul I’ve ever seen. You believe in being nice and standing up to those who pick on you and others. You believe in peace above all else. Your love of God amazes me on a daily bases.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Happy 6th birthday Jay

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Happy 6th birthday Jay

Your headstrong too. You and I but heads quite a bit, it’s not surprising and I kinda like it. It shows me that you know what you want and you will stand up for what you think is right or what you believe. You are a little storyteller. I love listening to you tell me whatever story has popped into your head. You have the funniest expressions and your eyes hold all of your emotions. Those beautiful blue/green eyes that holds depths of love. You are a wonderful big brother. You and Kage fight a bit, but at the end of the day, he’s your best friend and you would give anything for him and that is so amazing to see at six years old.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Happy 6th birthday Jay

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Happy 6th birthday Jay

I could say so much more. Like how your laugh fills the room or how when you dance around the living room, energy radiates off of you like the sun. You bring joy wherever you go and it’s beautiful. I want you to always keep the important parts of you. Your selfless at six baffles me and I hope you hold onto it. Your sweetness, your honesty, your faithhold onto it all. More than anything, hold onto the fact that you are beyond loved because love, it fills a person up and Jay, it flows out of you in waves. We love you so much and we are so proud of the wonderful boy you are.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Happy 6th birthday Jay

We had your birthday party over the weekend and you had an absolute blast. We had a Disney planes theme birthday party. You were surrounded by friends and family that love you so much and I can’t wait to celebrate your birthday some more today!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Happy 6th birthday Jay

I love you Jay, always and forever.

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7 things your kids will do to drive you crazy

{I had this post sitting in my drafts and I thought, why the hell not}

This parenting shit can be hard. There is no reason to sugar coat it and if you are a soon to be a momma, you may not want to read this post because I’m just in one of those moods and this post may scare you about motherhood and I promise it’s not always as bad as what I’m about to write. You know, I think my bad mood stems from having my husband work 12 days in a row. Freaking twelve. I get a bit cranky when that happens and so do the boys and I feel like when daddy works that much, by the end of it, they have set out to make my life hell. I say that half joking, half serious. Let’s just get on with it shall we…

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // 7 things your kids will do to drive you crazy

7 things your kids will do to drive you crazy

1. They all of a sudden turn deaf. Oh yeah, you read that right. Okay, they don’t really turn deaf and that’s probably a bad joke, but they all of a sudden pretend they can’t hear you. “Hey Jay, can you come pick up your mess.” Silence. “Hey Kage, put your coat in the closet please.” Silence. “HEY BOYS!!! YOU BETTER CLEAN OUT YOUR FREAKING EARS AND LISTEN TO ME OR YOU WILL BE GROUNDED FROM YOUR TABLETS!!” Oh, now all of a sudden they can hear.

2. They begin to think it’s funny when you get mad. Yes, you read that right. They smirk or smile or laugh, which is only going to piss you off further, but it’s what happens.

3. They begin to believe sleep is apparently for the weak. In those last few days, I find myself saying, “Boys, y’all better go to sleep.” “Boys, stop messing around!” “BOYS STOP PLAYING!” “BOYS, WHEN YOUR DADDY GETS HOME Y’ALL ARE IN TROUBLE!!!!.” Oh, again now they listen.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // 7 things your kids will do to drive you crazy

{Can we just take a moment and giggle at the way the headband is making his ears point out?}

4. They will start to ask you for everything under the sun or maybe they already do, but you really begin to notice it. It’s always things that either a} you can’t get or b} they can get themselves. Awesome toys come across the TV, I hear, “Mom I want that! Look mom, that right there.. MOM!!” or “Mom can you get me a capri sun… a bag of chips… can you play with my toys for me since my arms apparently don’t work.” That last one was an exaggeration, but you get the point.

5. Those last few days, they start fighting and I don’t mean, “Mom he took my toy so I hit him in the arm.” I mean, I hear a pop and then a scream. I hear a jumble of screams and then more screams back. I hear, “NO, THAT’S MY TOY. NO IT’S MINE. I HAD IT FIRST. GIVE IT BACK.” In the most high pitched screams little boys can utter.

6. “Mommy, I miss daddy.” “I know baby I miss him too.” Ten minutes later, “Mommy, I really miss daddy.” “I know sweetheart I miss him too.” This goes on for about thirty minutes, “Mommy, I really really miss daddy.” “I KNOW JAY I GET IT.” Insert mommy guilt.

7. They begin to eat you out of house and home. It’s like oh daddy’s going to have some days off soon, better be hungry 04485049575 times throughout the day and that’s saying something since Jay is in school for eight hours and Kage is a picky eater.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // 7 things your kids will do to drive you crazy

That concludes my rant for the day. Oh, you should also know. Don’t overuse the threat that when daddy gets home you are going to be in trouble. It eventually doesn’t work.

What is something your little one{s} do that drive you crazy?

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The flu is for the birds

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // The flu is for the birds

In my weekend recap post, I mentioned that Jay had no school on Monday. I wasn’t even sure I would have even sent him anyway because he wasn’t feeling that well and as the day wore on, I was quickly relieved there had been no school because he was just getting worse and Kage was starting to feel bad too. School was resuming on Tuesday and I told Hubby that if the boys weren’t feeling better in the morning, Jay wasn’t going to school and I would be taking both of them to the doctors. I wound up not being able to get them into the doctor’s on Tuesday at all, so we headed to the ER instead. They were feeling and looking awful and I just didn’t want to wait until Wednesday when they would be able to get in and see their doctor. Thank God I didn’t wait because it turned out they got the freaking flu.

It has been stressful and scary and full of worry, but I am also thankful. While I have had a couple of sleepless nights because of it, I know it could be a lot worse than it is. Jay did bust a blood vessel in his eye however from coughing so hard Tuesday night. They both have had pretty bad coughs, stuffy/runny noses, fevers and of course the chills, but they are on good medicine and we are taking extra good care of them. They are also being surprisingly good for being sick. Jay is supposed to return to school on Friday as long as he is feeling better, so we are just playing it by ear right now. Friday is only a half day though and then he will be out for spring break for a week! My online presence {unless you only read my blog} has been spotty this week and now you know why!

I would appreciate any and all prayers for a quick recovery for my little boys please because this flu shit is for the birds, I never want them to have it again! I would also appreciate a small prayer for myself and Hubby because we are both catching something!

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A Sunday well spent

Not this past weekend, but the weekend before that, we took the boys to the park. We have really been trying to get Jay to master riding his bike on his own without any help. The weather was absolutely beautiful and Hubby was off work so we decided to load the boys up with their bikes and head out. The boys were of course thrilled. There is just something about little kids and parks that turns them instantly into the happiest children that ever walked the planet. Anyways, we had them ride their bikes for a little bit, Jay rode a little without any help, but Hubby was right there to help him when he needed it. {Kage didn’t have a real bike at this point, he does now! Also, Jay pretty much mastered riding his bike slowly this weekend!} After that little bike ride they played all over the little playground. The weather was so beautiful that I told Hubby we should take a walk around the trail and that is exactly what we did. I snapped some beautiful pictures {that I can’t share with you yet because I have something in the works with them ;) } and the boys enjoyed running up ahead, stopping to look at the creek and just enjoying being outside. Hubby and I held hands and walked a little ways behind them and stopped to read the little signs on the trail out loud to the boys. It was truly a Sunday well spent…

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // A Sunday well spent

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // A Sunday well spent

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // A Sunday well spent

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // A Sunday well spent

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // A Sunday well spent

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // A Sunday well spent

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // A Sunday well spent

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // A Sunday well spent

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // A Sunday well spent

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // A Sunday well spent

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // A Sunday well spent

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // A Sunday well spent

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Little Mister Style linkup #3

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Little Mister Style linkup #3

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Little Mister Style linkup #3

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Little Mister Style linkup #3

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Little Mister Style linkup #3

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Little Mister Style linkup #3

These are pictures from a recent trip we took to the park. I’ll be posting more about that later on this week I hope!

Both shirts & both pairs of shoes – Walmart I believe // Both pants – Kohl’s

Can you tell we kinda love Walmart and Kohl’s? ;) {you can view past Little Mister Style posts here}

Ready to link up? The only rule is to make sure you grab a button and put it in the blog post you are linking up!

Little Mister Style

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