Oklahoma State Capitol Abortion Ban Protest

Today, for my first Mother’s Day with Tove being outside of my womb, we went to an abortion ban protest at the state capitol.

I can’t look into Tove’s eyes and tell her that she doesn’t have the same rights as a boy and that she doesn’t matter, because she does.

There were about 50-60 people at the protest. It was heartwarming hearing the cars honk on the underpass as we cheered them on with our signs.

I loved what one woman had wrote, “a quality man does not fear equality.”

I’m so proud for Tove to have a father that understands she should have bodily autonomy, and that it’s her right as a woman to make whatever medical decisions are necessary to her.

It’s terrifying thinking about how women might be punished under these new laws and it’s so unjust I couldn’t just be a keyboard warrior anymore.

#itsnotrighttimetofight #bansoffourbodies

9 Months

This post is a day late but Tove was extra fussy and stayed up an hour past her bedtime last night. I’m pretty sure I start every monthly post off the same way, “man it’s a wild ride..” but for real watching a little human who grew inside of you find her way in the world is the biggest trip.

Tove is able to sit on her own but cannot sit up from lying down yet. She’s begun army crawling around and to whichever nearby object she can find. She enjoys crawling to Tex and stealing his 🧸 toys- and he’s sweet enough to let her.

We’re in the shrieking phase- I do not love it, nor does Ben. Tove is finding her voice but currently it involves screaming at the top of her lungs at almost everything. It’s an ear piercing shrill sound but it’s not because she’s upset. Cute and funny when it’s at lower registers but when she gets you in the ear it’s definitely less cute.

Tove has started mumbling and babbling so the race is on to see what her first words will be. Tex, pappa, or hat are my guesses 🤪

Food wise, Tove is always hungry it seems! She loves purées and has been enjoying cut up fruit recently. Much like mom, Tove also enjoys bread and pasta!

She outgrew her first sleep sack and she’s pretty close to being done with her 9 month old pjs as well. Tove’s got them long legs like her pappa.

Bricktown Canal

Ben and I took Tove to Bricktown yesterday afternoon and took a stroll around the canal.

A bit windy like always but the spring weather was quite nice!

We stopped at Heyday for a refresher and thought we lost Tove’s pacifier for a good second. ALAS it was under her stroller and we were all good.

Eight Months

What a difference Tove has already made in this world. So loved from many areas of the 🌎 globe.

We’ve been blessed to have her as healthy and happy as she’s been these first 8 months.

This last month, Tove’s appetite has definitely grown. She’s still breastfeeding 3 times a day but we’ve also added in 2 meals and some snacks throughout the day. So far anything puréed has been a hit, but she’s also been enjoying some baby led weaning. We’ve started with some watermelon, tortillas, avocado.. you name it, Tove eats it!

She’s still stationary but honestly, I’m grateful for any extra time we get. I am not ready to be chasing her throughout the house just yet.

Tove LOVES dogs, like a lot. She screams with happiness at both my parents dog, Ziggy and anytime she can get Tex’s attention at home. She’s also fond of other dogs on our walks 🐾

We’ve recently hit a fussy phase, or leap if you’re reading the wonder weeks. Lots of patience is needed from us as parents and it’s a work in progress. Luckily she’s still sleeping well throughout the night in her crib so we’re able to be sane throughout her tantrums.

I can’t believe we’re just a few months out from her first birthday… like I said, life changing.

Mamma älskar dig så mycket, baby girl 💕

Truck Yard

Visited Dallas a few weekends ago. We left Tex at boarding and drove down on Saturday for a quick visit.

For Sunday brunch we decided on a less conventional option- truck yard! we went to the one in The Colony.

I ordered a sparkling rose which wasn’t bad, the rest of the gang drank Mexican beers.

We shared some food from the food trucks. Fries, chicken fried rice, and some fried pickles.

Tove tried to stay awake as best as she could but went down for a nap mid-lunch.

Was a nice quick outing with my parents, Ben and Tove 🥰 before I went to Megan’s bridal shower.

Trying To Keep Up

I really wanted to make this blog a full scale documentary of Tove’s first year with us but honestly I’ve enjoyed being with her too much to set aside time to blog.

I have a sneaking suspicion I will wish I did more during this time the older she gets, but it’s hard to keep up with it all.

I started to feel overwhelmed with a lot, mostly social media.. so I deactivated my fb and Instagram for a while. It’s been refreshing.

I’m hoping I remember to blog about the fun we’ve had recently but I may just have to journal it into my mom’s one line a day and document via Polaroids instead. I love the memories we’ve made this far…

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 😂