Southside on Lamar

I never posted our 1 year anniversary staycation in Dallas… 5 years ago 😱

Back when I had dyed my hair blue and it hadn’t quite turned a terrible green tinted blonde yet.

I’m sat waiting for an appointment and scrolling through old photos and remembering how much of a fantastic time we had.

It’s no longer the NYLO hotel, they reopened as CANVAS but the location is still the same with the rooftop pool.

Our anniversary is on the Fourth of July so we went to the roof to enjoy the fireworks. We had friends recently go for NYE fireworks as well because the view of the Dallas skyline is KILLER.

Plus if you do a midweek staycation like we did, chances are you get the pool to yourself in the AM! 📸🤳🏼

It’s in the cedars district and there’s plenty of places within walking distance for dinner/drinks as well.

We stopped by our favorite bar in Deep Ellum before heading back home after our staycation. Thinking we may do a repeat this summer 😝😏

Spring fling

Tove’s napping in my arms so while I’m stuck on the couch I started surfing the web for shoes.

I came across these from Steve Madden and I’m slightly obsessed. The colors, the utility of the shoe.. yeah this is like the ultimate mom shoe for the spring/summer 😅 (nothing will ever replace my love for heels but utility!)

First Christmas

Meant to post this on December 31st… time flies when you’re getting settled into new routines.

The week of Christmas we moved into our house here in Oklahoma. My dad took time off work to come help move all the furniture, then help unpack everything and clean leading up to Christmas.

Traditionally we celebrate Christmas on the afternoon/evening of the 24th but due to the move my mother arrived that afternoon and we met my brother and his girlfriend Helena out for dinner. Then on the 25th, like most Americans, we celebrated Christmas with our traditional family meal. Felt a bit different but I was so happy my family made the trip up to celebrate with us.

The first Christmas of many more to come for Tove. It’s going to be so much fun 🎄🤶🏼

Broad City

Tove wearing her onesie aunt Becky in London sent us 💕 can’t wait to reunite with her in February.

If you’ve ever seen Broad City than you may remember “in da clerb we all fam”… if not you should probably catch a few episodes for a few laughs 😂

High five!

Yesterday marked Tove turning five months old. A whole handful of months- high five to getting this far 😅

Five months out of the womb sure went faster than five months of pregnancy.

Tove is almost to the point of turning from her back onto her front. She’s fascinated by all things beverage/bottles – la croix, topo Chico, water and beers are her current favs. She also mastered griping things with her tiny hands- moms skin on her boobs included (ouch!).

We’ve successfully gotten a room set up for Tove now and she’s taken a few naps in her crib. Sleep has been a little less than stellar since we stopped using a swaddle but we’re still doing one okay stretch in the bassinet at night.

Tove has outgrown most 3-6 sized clothing already. She may be tall like her daddy because the 6-12 pants are already perfect for her. We’ve successfully gotten Tove to wear a bow and a hat without crying at this point as well!

Tove tried carrots for the first time and seemed to enjoy them, frozen blueberries were not as liked.

She shrieks in happiness when she catches eye contact with Tex our dog and I can’t wait to see what this next month of me staying at home with Tove brings.

Ending 2021

Not everyone has the same sentiments regarding 2021 as I do. It has been the greatest year of my life thus far. I couldn’t feel more empowered going into 2022- ready to continue on this path of success for me and my family.

Lots of changes ending this year and I’m really excited to see where next year takes us! Tove is 2 days away from 5 months old and we’ve just moved into our first home (thanks to the help of my parents- slaving away and cleaning over the last week!). I’ll be missing my old job dearly but keeping faith in my abilities going forward into new opportunities in 2022.

Cheers 🥂

IG vs. Real Life

I call this the new mom edition.

Top photo is filtered and bottom one shows more of the “entire picture.” No shower, no make up, and two baskets of laundry that need to be folded and put away.

I hope social media doesn’t negatively affect Tove as much as it did me in my teenage years. It’s so easy to forget that most of what we see has been curated, and isn’t always the truth.

Double date

Two weekends ago Ben and I went out with Sierra and Quez for drinks. We don’t get out much.. bet you can’t guess where we went 😅 (hint) Of course Tove was equally as sociable.

Sierra and I met through work and I’m so happy she’s become one of my best friends. I’ve learned patience from her and I envy her ability to keep her thoughts to herself.

It’s a bummer we won’t be working together after next week but I’m super excited for all the future get togethers we will have!

Ben was in full dad mode at Social Capital wearing Tove and dancing for her smiles. Although it was windy the weather was good enough to sit outside in December 😱

3 + 4

Today Tove is 4 months old.

I didn’t write a blog post for her third month, mostly because it felt like chore on my never ending to-do list but also because 143 is a special number to ben and I. It means I love you; there is 1 letter in I, 4 in love, and 3 in you.. 143. A lot of the time I will message Ben 143 instead of writing it out and it’s been this way for as long as I can remember. Ben’s favorite number and his football number was always 4, my number is 3. On top of that.. Tove was born at 4:31 in the morning. So it kind of made sense in my mind to group these two months and blog posts into one.

Tove is still as happy as can be.. until she’s not. She’s finding her voice so lots of random shrieks coming from her these last two months. We’ve had a few tough car rides where she wouldn’t stop screaming. She’s growing to be tall like her Pappa, she’s ~2 feet tall now and we’re convinced she weighs more than 15 pounds. She’s still in size 1 diapers but she’s outgrown all of her newborn and the majority of her size 0-3 month clothing.

We’re still nursing and luckily after 2 weeks of oral exercises Tove’s latch has improved and she’s all healed. She’s definitely teething and putting all the things in her mouth. Tove has also started to hold things with her cute little hands as well. I have conversations with her daily and she’s so close to saying “hej!”

Ben and I live for her giggles and I never want her snuggles to end. We are so in love and my only goal in life is to keep her as happy as she’s been for as long as possible 💓