Thursday, February 22, 2018


Luca has now been sleeping in his BIG BOY ROOM for almost two weeks! I'm not gonna lie, my heart broke a little knowing that my first baby was no longer going to be spending his nights snuggled safe in his crib, but thankfully Luca transitioned amazingly and my proud-mama feelings quickly overcame the sad ones. Nights have been an actual dream! He has gone down perfect almost every night and stays in his bed until morning. Although his 7am wake-ups have now turned into 5-6am wake-ups that include a 15 minute cuddle sesh with mama in bed as I try to get a few more moments of shut-eye while he lays on top of me and pulls my hair. But at least he's not coming into our room in the dead middle of the night. That was my worst fear! Naps, he has the occasional play session before I have to go back upstairs and tell him to get in his bed, or we've had the occasional nap on his rug, which doesn't look that comfy, but I don't even mind as long as he's asleep in his room and I get my 2 hours of peace for the day! All things aside, I don't have much to complain about regarding the transition. Luca Loo has been a champ!
When it came time to choosing a color theme/style for his room, I knew I wanted to do something a little out of my comfort zone. If you haven't been to my house, the majority of it is white/off-white or blue-ish-white. So I told myself it was time to try something new! I'd seen a couple insta-bloggers go dark with their bedrooms and I found some other inspo on Pinterest and that's how I came up with this green/grey color. I kept one wall white so the room didn't feel too closed in (and let's be honest, for my own sanity). Turns out, I absolutely love it and Luca's room is now one of my favorites in the house!
I really wanted this room to be a space Luca loved as a two-year old, but something that I wouldn't need to change in two years when he got a little older. So overall, we kept it pretty reserved but added elements here and there to still give it that "little boy's room" feel. He absolutely loves "choo choos" right now, so I thought a couple train pictures on the walls would be that little boost he needed to make the room feel special just for him. And he loves them! After we hung the pictures up, one morning I found him jumping on his bed chanting "I got a choo-choo picture! I got a choo-choo picture!" My mama heart pretty much burst right then and there. I'm so glad he loves it, because I know I do! 
-At the bottom of this post, I'm going to link a few of the things from his room that I have already gotten questions about!-


Friday, January 12, 2018

Pregnancy, So Far

Well, it's 2018.. And guys, and I’m having a baby this year! How I’m 5 months through this pregnancy already, is beyond me. I know everyone says your second pregnancy flies by and I can say for the most part that has held true. But thinking about waiting another 18 weeks to meet our sweet baby feels like a lifetime away.
I’m just trying to love and embrace each and every moment this time around. Each week I carry this baby is such a gift and as hard as this pregnancy has been on my body I’m just choosing to be thankful for all of it. Every day, every symptom. The good, the bad, the ugly. This baby was wanted, prayed for, and hoped for, for a while. So I know now, more than ever, that pregnancy is not something to take for granted. I’m so blessed to be able to experience this again.
With Luca’s pregnancy, all I looked to was the end result. From the moment I found out I was pregnant it was just a countdown to the day I would hold him in my arms. Not saying I’m not counting down this time around, but I’m trying to live more in the moment. Enjoy being pregnant. Enjoy having this sweet bump, that is popping a whole lot sooner the second time! The first time around, I didn’t have a baby yet obviously, so my heart just yearned for the day that my baby would arrive. I wanted to be a mommy so bad! But this time around, I’ve been through it. I’ve experienced it all. I have a baby already in my arms. So as much as I’m still yearning for the day that I see this sweet baby’s face for the first time, I’m just trying to enjoy and embrace this pregnancy as much as I possibly can. Because I know now, I’m going to miss it. In half a year’s time, I’ll be holding this baby in my arms looking at bump shots on my phone and a part of me will want this back.
So I’m trying to document and take all the pictures I can. And sure, I’m smiling in every picture I post, but if I’m being completely honest, this pregnancy has really been a tough one. With Luca, other than some nausea for a month at the beginning and bad heartburn at the end, I seriously barely felt pregnant the whole time in between. I know now, I had it good. I was spoiled. This baby, has not been so nice to me, thus far…Between that same pregnancy nausea that lasted  from week 5 until about 2 weeks ago, 2 stomach flus, and approximately 4 colds, my body has been through the ringer since I found out I was pregnant in September. I lost 10 pounds, that I really didn’t have to lose in the first place, and I just finally completely gained them all back as of 3 days ago. And amidst all this sickness, John has been travelling what feels like non-stop and I’ve been home alone with my two year old just craving one morning of sleeping past 6:30am.
But, enough with the negatives… like I said earlier, I’m blessed. Were those last few months hard? Yes, very. But they just put me one step closer to having this baby. And sure, I might have diminished a bit, physically, but as of our last ultrasound, this baby is still growing perfectly on track.(Even though most of my nutrition the past few months has been strictly from Starbucks refreshers.)
I’ve been feeling kicks for about a month now, and my goodness are they strong already! This baby is a mover that’s for sure. Every ultrasound, my doctor struggles to get good images because this baby just won’t lay still. Makes me think we might be having another crazy little boy, even though everyone else is just convinced I’m having a girl. And no, I do not have a preference for those who have asked me already, and for those wondering! I will be absolutely thrilled either way! We have names picked out already, which is a new record for us. John and I are on completely different wavelengths when it comes to names, but for some reason this time they just clicked and I’m in love with them both. Gosh, I can’t wait to see who this little person is. See you in May, little one <3

Thursday, October 12, 2017

You Are Two

How can it possibly be October 12th again? Like every parent says, each year goes faster than the last.  I am trying my hardest to soak up every moment, but just like everyone else I have to blink, so here we are… you are two.
I feel like life these days is a never ending battle of wanting my baby to stay, well, a baby, but at the same time always looking forward to the next chapter. I sure do miss those newborn snuggles, but at the same time I cannot wait to watch Luca grow and mature to be an independent, hardworking young man. It’s a hard battle to conquer and I think as a mom I’ll never truly win. A small part of me will always look to the happy memories of the past, never wanting to let those precious moments go, but at the same time I’ll always be looking forward to the future and the happy moments that are to come.
And this year. This year. Holds so many amazing memories of my precious little boy. The amount of growth and learning that happens from age one to age two is astonishing and I got a front row seat to the whole thing. Luca is so many things. And I promised myself I would not let this get too wordy so I will just highlight the main things that come to mind. He’s joyful: rarely without a smile on his face. He’s energetic: the kid never stops moving! He’s extremely athletic: I cannot wait to be in the front row cheering for him when he’s a soccer, football, hockey, name any other sport, star. He’s loving: he gives the sweetest most spontaneous hugs and kisses. He’s for sure a daredevil: always pushing the limits and never without at least 5 bruises on his body. Some of Luca’s favorite things include, taking baths (the more water in the face the better), playing outside, wrestling with our dog, Elsie, ice cream, jumping on his trampoline, pointing out all the letters from the alphabet, cars, trucks, trains (also known as choo choos), Lightning McQueen, building towers, knocking down said towers, making messes for mom to clean up, the list could go on and on and on.
Luca, my love, you are the one who made me a mommy, a dream come true! You bring me so much joy. Thank you for all the amazing memories you have given me already. I look forward to another joyous year of watching you grow!
Happy Second Birthday my precious boy.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This Is My Twenty-Six

I imagine most twenty-six year old girls spend their birthdays much differently than me. Maybe they spent their day at the office before partying it up in the evening in the city. Or maybe they’re adventuring: Travelling to a new place without a care in the world. Maybe they’re falling in love with the man they will one day marry, spending a romantic evening at the most fabulous restaurant. Or maybe they are surrounded by their best friends, a girl’s night out, opening the most fabulous gifts.

My day, I’m guessing, looked a little bit different than most twenty-something girl’s birthdays do. To many girls this day in age, I married “young” and had a baby when I was just a “baby” myself.
But if I’m being completely and utterly honest, I wouldn’t change a single thing. No maybe my nights aren’t filled with late-night adventures or crazy parties. But they are full. So incredibly full of their own little “adventures” and their own special “parties”: they are just a little different than most.

You see, I also spent the day at the office. But my home is my office. My kitchen table is my desk. I have playdate meetings. And snack-time deadlines. I also party it up in the evening. But that party is located outside playing with cars and balls with my son.
And I also spend my days travelling… to the nearest Starbucks and Jewel-Osco. Sure I usually go to the same ones, but who’s to tell me I can’t go on an adventure and check out the new Starbucks a few miles up the road?

And I’m also falling in love… with my already husband. More and more each day. And our romantic night looks like cuddling with our feverish son before we put him to bed and then watching America’s Got Talent on the couch while eating a can of Pringles. Maybe a glass or two of wine before bed… if we’re really feelin’ fancy.
And last but not least, I also spent my day surrounded by my friends… my son, my husband. They are my best friends in the whole wide world. And sure, maybe I didn’t get a “girl’s night out” but I got the most fabulous “family night in”. There’s no place else I’d rather be. And my requested gift… A diaper bag. I am absolutely positive most 26 year olds do not ask for a diaper bag for their birthday. But I think it’s freaking amazing and I am super duper excited about it. (It’s a back pack and it’s leather #amothersdream )

So sure, my day may look different than most. I know, I don't really "party" or "adventure" but in my own special way, I do. And I absolutely love it. And I would not change a single thing. This exact life is the sweetest birthday gift a girl could ask for and I am so so blessed. This is the life for me and I couldn't be happier about it.
This is my Twenty-Six

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Slowing Down

Life is busy. There's no doubt about that. My son is only a year and a half and I find myself wishing for more time in a day. So a few days ago when John was talking about taking this Friday off of work I immediately said, yes please! He had no real reason to take the day off, but what a better reason to do it then. No plans, no real to-do list, we had the whole day! We could do whatever we wanted.

I've been kind of dying to go to the city. I basically lived there a good portion of my college days. So being that it had been months since my last visit, I thought why not have a city day? Zoo, beach, the works. We packed our lunch. Pringles, Jewel chocolate chip cookies, Kool-aid Jammers, and we left after rush-hour traffic. We cruised right in and had the best time.

Luca could care less about the animals at the zoo, and it took me a little while to accept that, but once I did, suddenly the day turned magical. While sitting on some steps overlooking the sea lions while John and I watched Luca happily climb up and down the steps to his hearts content, we realized something.... time, it didn't matter. We could sit there as long as we wanted without a care in the world. And we had all the time in the world to just enjoy together, as a family. Whether that be watching Luca climb up and down those steps or walking along the beautiful, open beach on Lake Michigan. There was no time limit to our day, no to-do list. We could just do what we wanted, how we wanted, and when we wanted. And boy was it heavenly.

It was a good lesson learned for me and my husband. We get so wrapped up in always having to be productive. Any day we have off we're always planning, working, cleaning, doing yard work, going to this or that event. But we need days like this. Days where we can just take a step back and enjoy each other. Be a family. With no real plans, no real time lines. And I've decided that days like this are going to become a more regular thing for us. We need them. And maybe you do too.

Cleaning and housework can wait. Life can't.