Instagram

[instagram-feed]

Subscribe to our Mailing List

Get the news right in your inbox!

One Year With Grayson

August 29, 2016 in Grayson, Mom Life, Motherhood - No Comments
one year with grayson

One Year With Grayson

August 29, 2016 in Grayson, Mom Life, Motherhood - No Comments

(Yes, my boob is now on the internet. I don’t know how I feel about that yet).

It has been one year with Grayson in our lives. I’m just letting that sink in.

Last week was emotional to say the least. How else are you supposed to describe such a special week/day? It hits you right in the feelings. You’re celebrating this beautiful and perfect human that you brought into this world. The one you carried with you (inside you) every single day for nine months. He’s out in the world now…having birthdays and biting you and stuff.
You’re reminiscing and cherishing every moment that you have spent with them up to this point. There are some days that are a complete blur and some that I will remember forever.
20150830_110457

On the 17th, we celebrated Grayson’s birthday. My not so little boy turned ONE.

Grayson’s birth story has yet to grace this blog, but that’s a post for another day that I promise I’m working on. I will say though, that he has been the greatest thing to have ever happened to me. He saved my life in so many ways. He brought so much light and happiness into my life that I wasn’t sure I would ever get to experience (not to mention countless dimpled smiles).

20150821_183800
We share such a special bond, him and I. One that is so hard to describe. I know that all of you mommies can relate to this. I am in awe of him every single day. Some days, it’s still hard to believe that Jacob and I created someone so absolutely perfect.DSCN0725

I remember laying in bed with Jacob a couple of nights before just talking about how we couldn’t believe that it had already been a year. Of course, that’s the cliche thing to say, and I will most likely repeat it every year on his birthday.

It’s true though, I can’t believe that it has been a year. In this last year I have learned some invaluable skills. Skills that I think will better my overall quality of life. Those skills include: cutting food into little tiny bits, changing a diaper one handed while trying not to get poop on my hands, carrying 500 things at once, pooping and showering at record speed, and preparing a bottle while asleep.12316065_4241168518497_5425771266713110624_n

Let’s not forget the cross country road trip in the dead of Winter with a baby. That’s gotta be a skill. The car was off and parked, calm your tits.
Seriously, I’m putting that in my resume.

I still remember the night before I went to the hospital to be induced like it was yesterday. I was nervous, anxious, and scared. “Am I really ready for this?” “Am I ready to be someone’s mother for the rest of my life?” In all honesty, I don’t think that we’re ever really ready. There is too much pressure to have your life completely one-hundred percent together before ever having children…no one would have children if we thought and planned like that. Just my two cents.

Jacob and I decided not to go all out for his birthday this year. In all honesty, we couldn’t budget for it right now, there are just too many things going on. We also don’t know many people, having just moved back to Tennessee. So, we decided to have family over for cake. My in-laws came all the way from California to spend the week with us and to spend Grayson’s first birthday with him. The week was spent gallivanting around town seeing the sights and eating way too much food.

Here are a few pictures from his birthday that I thought I would share. Shout out to Target’s Dollar Spot for the adorable ‘Celebrate’ banner, that I will definitely be using every year.

FullSizeRender (36)The cake is from Publix and was delicious. If you order a cake from them that’s $23.49 or more, you get a free smash cake. The word free just speaks to me on a spiritual level. We needed the smash cake for his first year and smash cake photos anyways.
They let me design and pick colors for the smash cake as well. Some moms that I’ve talked to didn’t know that Publix did this, so I figured I would share that bit of information. I’m hoping that the photos will be sent to me soon from his shoot so that I can share with y’all!

FullSizeRender (56)FullSizeRender (59)FullSizeRender (60)He hated this hat. It took Jacob and I 5 minutes to distract him and convince him that he wasn’t wearing it. It’s from Party City. Sidenote: Why do hardly any stores have First Birthday hats? Is this some shit I needed to order from Etsy like 8 months in advance?

FullSizeRender (46)FullSizeRender (49)FullSizeRender (35)Out of all of the toys that he got, his favorite was this broom. Yes. The broom. Not the car, the V-Tech laptop, or the water table. The broom. He holds it in the air and chases everyone around the kitchen with it.
FullSizeRender (39)
FullSizeRender (44)
Celebrating Grayson last week was a not so subtle reminder to me of how far my little family has come—together. Jacob and I survived our first year as newlyweds and parents. We haven’t quite made it through all of the obstacles placed in front of us, yet, but I know that we will. I know in my heart that we will come out of every hardship we have faced this year better and stronger and still together. Always together.

It is with a full and grateful heart that I thank everyone for reaching out to us and wishing him a happy birthday. Thank you for visiting me here weekly and being a part of our lives. My hope is that I can become more present on this blog, I am working on it. The idea of being able to connect with so many wonderful people while sharing, inspiring, encouraging, and experiencing life together is what drives me.

FullSizeRender (52)

And, that’s enough pictures Mom!

 

Brandi
Brandi

All posts

No Comments

Leave a Reply

About Me

About Me

I'm Brandi, a thirty year old Mom of two living just outside of Nashville. I share all of my passions here. My hope is to help you realize that you can make some absolutely amazing, flavorful, and healthy meals at home...meals that your family will love, and you don't have to spend a lot of money or put in a ton of effort in the kitchen. I want you to be able to find community, encouragement, tips, and several laughs here.. So grab a snack and your favorite drink and stay a while! Let's be friends. Read More

Subscribe & Follow

Subscribe to our Mailing List

Get the news right in your inbox!

Latest Posts

Instagram

  • AD When Grayson was diagnosed with #hearingloss, one of my main concerns was being able to afford everything that he needed to maximize his quality of life. Hearing Evaluations, Speech Therapies, and any Devices that he needs aren't covered by insurance. If you know someone with a disability, have one yourself, or have a child with one, you know that it can become expensive FAST, and extremely overwhelming. When I heard about ABLEnow®, I was really 
excited to partner with them. ABLEnow accounts help eligible individuals (even children!) pay for expenses related to their disabilities. This includes everything from health and wellness, to housing, to education and so much more! Being able to help save for my son's financial future gives me such peace of mind. You can click the link in my bio to find out if you or someone you know is eligible to sign up for an ABLEnow account, and head to http://bit.ly/2ZrAozy for a chance to win a $500 contribution to an ABLEnow account! @ABLEnowVA #ABLEnow •
•
•
#hearinglossmom #specialneedsmoms #mommyblogger
  • OH HEY. Remember me? 😂
I can’t even begin to describe the last two ish weeks that we’ve had over here. 
First of all, remember when I thought Grayson had pink eye? It turned out to just be a virus, that he also passed along to Sawyer, and they’re both still not over it. It’s gross, but I think we’re at the tail end of it. *Hopefully* 
Also, I got a new job. It’s part time and from home and I think it is going to be great for us. Does that mean you’ll see less of me? Nah. Probably the same or more since it’s I’ll be sitting at my desk way more often day to day. 
I also got hit with some severe dental pain on Friday, which was FUN to have to deal with over a holiday weekend, let me tell you. Thankfully, I’m finally on the mend and pain free 🙌🏻
I can’t wait to settle back into this space. 
Tell me something good that’s happened to you this week! I want to hear all of the things. •
•
•
#myhonestmotherhood #motherhoodunhinged #mysweetmotherhood #themotherhoodcorner
#motherhoodrising #momsoninstagram #beingamom  #momentsinmotherhood #justmomlife #messy_motherhood #memoirsofmotherhood #magicofmotherhood #inspiremothers #simplymamahood #honestlymothering  #acupofmotherhood #dailyparenting #stopdropandmom #parenthood_unveiled #lifeasmama
  • D I N N E R • T O N I G H T. 
Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. Say that three times fast. I will be throwing this really quick recipe up on the blog later tonight. I made it last week and y’all were really excited to try it. Having two small children, I always try to make meals fun, versatile, and full of flavor so that they will enjoy it. I also love making recipes that are able to be tweaked to make it comfortable for your family. You CAN make your family healthy and delicious meals at home and it doesn’t have to take hours or require a ton of effort! 
SWIPE—>> to see an example of how I serve this meal to each of my kids. And keep your eyes peeled for this to hit the blog. •
•
•
#nashvilleblogger #beautifulcuisines #bonappetit #buzzfeast #eatfamous #eatingfortheinsta #eatmunchies #eeeeeats #epicurious #feedfeed #foodie #foodiemom #foodlove #foodphotographer #forkyeah #huffposttaste #imsomartha #lovefood #makesmewhole #nashvillefood #nashvillefoodblogger #seriouseats #spoonfeed #todayfood #foodblogger #foodieblogger #nashvillefoodie
  • #ad Did you know that September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month? In preparation, I've teamed up with #Mazola to share this delicious Blackened Chicken and Shrimp Taco with Creamy Avocado Garlic Sauce Dish. It's packed with so much delicious flavor, you'll forget it's a "Better For You" Recipe! #ChooseMazola
Click the link in my bio to read how to create this at home. •
•
•
#nashvilleblogger #beautifulcuisines #buzzfeast #eatfamous #eatingfortheinsta #eatmunchies #eeeeeats #epicurious #feedfeed #foodie #foodiemom #foodlove #foodphotographer #forkyeah #huffposttaste #lovefood #makesmewhole #nashvillefood #nashvillefoodblogger #seriouseats #spoonfeed #todayfood #foodblogger #foodieblogger #nashvillefoodie
  • I hope that you always stay kind and gentle, that you’re always so appreciative of everything, and that you never ever forget to use your voice and share your feelings. 
I will celebrate you every day, delight in your triumphs, hold you when you falter, and love you unconditionally for the rest of my life. Thank you for making me a mom. I’m so glad that you had such a great day.
•
•
•
#documentingmotherhood #honestmotherhood #momblogger #momdotme #mommyblogger #momsofinstagram #momsohard #motherhood_squares #nashvillemom #nashvillemomblogger #theycallmemama #memoirsofmotherhood #momentsinmotherhood #motherhoodinspired #motherhoodintheraw #motherhoodloop #motherhoodmoments #motherhoodsimplified #thisismotherhood #unitedinmotherhood #themotherhoodcorner
  • I’m so excited to share this Better Than Takeout Beef Fried Rice with you guys. (You can totally sub the beef for chicken, pork, or shrimp!) We add a little extra veggies and an extra egg because Grayson like a lot of egg in his “egg rice” 😂 I also included a Homemade Yum Yum Sauce recipe because...do I even need a reason? You can find this recipe by clicking the link in my bio! •
•
•
#nashvilleblogger #beautifulcuisines #bonappetit #buzzfeast #eatfamous #eatingfortheinsta #eatmunchies #eeeeeats #epicurious #feedfeed #foodie #foodiemom #foodlove #foodphotographer #forkyeah #huffposttaste #imsomartha #lovefood #makesmewhole #nashvillefood #nashvillefoodblogger #seriouseats #spoonfeed #todayfood #foodblogger #foodieblogger #nashvillefoodie

Follow @brandiamabisca

Blogs That I Love

×