Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Lauren is a far more dedicated blogger than I am, (obviously, judging from my maybe two or three post contributions) and much more blog-writing-eloquent. However, Everett (the Shnoog) has given me plenty of good material to work with, so he is basically writing his own post by his cuteness. I didn't realize before having a baby that in his newborn stage he would do much more than eat, sleep, and poop, but it turns out that even as a new born he has little personality traits and does a few very darling or quirky (and thusly endearing) things that I find hilarious and wanted to share with you all because I know you are all DYING to just hear more about and see more pictures of my baby : ) There will probably be a lot of text, so if you want, you can just look at the pictures, the texts underneath will just explain what's happening. So without further delay, I present to you, Everett the Shnoog's Shnoogisms:

Two things here. With the exception of about four baths, he has hated every bath he's taken. I think we have all the trappings of a mud loving, bath hating, rough and tumble boy here. But in addition to this, since literally day 1, he has had the bottom lip pout down. This means that when he cries it IS sad, but in the interludes between screams when his lips come together, his bottom lip is stuck out so far it is almost folded over and it's hard not to laugh at his (hunger) pains. 

When we are succesfull at bathing him, he comes out with a curly poofy (almost to the point of being and afro) hair due. 


He looks like an angel when he sleeps. Seriously, this is how newborns get posed for the pictures that they take, but he does this all by himself. It's like he's begging us to recognize how stinkin precious he is, and document it.


The picture on the left comes from a little walk we took with Everett at the hospital shortly before checking out. We wrapped him up in his cozy blue blanket lovingly made for him by his aunt Chelsea and went for a stroll. One of the nurses stopped us to check him out (something I think he'll have to deal with his whole life, the ladies already love him). While admiring him and the blanket, she pointed out that he was just holding on to the edge of it. Since then we've noticed that he always seems to find the edge of a blanket, sleeve, or shirt collar and curls his little fingers around them. I've been surprised several times while wearing a hoody to find that he has found one of the drawstrings and gotten it tightly into his clutches. The picture on the right is of the inside of his stroller. He somehow found the two lines of the headrest insert, and grabs on to them every time we go for a walk. 

This is one of my very most favorite things. E's lips are very versatile and he makes all sorts of faces (see below). But this one is a recurring face. He makes this tiny little pursed "O" with his lips sometimes, as if he is shocked by something that is happening, but then he will hold it that way for 30 seconds at a time. 

It seems as if this move is trending out which is really sad, but for the first few weeks this was 100% every time. So when he would feed, he would flex his legs straight out. They would be like two stiff little twigs jutting out from under mommy's arm. And then, at the end of his stiff legs he would stretch out all of his toes. I think with some work E could be quadradextrious. Sometimes when we kiss his toes he grips our bottom lip or shirt collar with them. If I put my finger on the pad of his foot at the base of his toes, he will curl them around it.

E is a Shnoog of a million faces. Sometimes there are repeat faces that are adorable (like his O face from above), others are like shooting stars, fleeting, unique and really fun to look out for.


After he feeds when we burp him (L leans him forward like this, I will set him on my chest) and he is content with life, he will crane his head up like this to get a good look at us.

This is my very favorite. Because E has acid reflux (a fancy description for spitting up ALL the time and in large quantities) we have to give him a little medicine in the morning 30 minutes before he eats. So I give him the medicine which I think  makes him a little sleepy, and we get to cuddle up like this until he wakes up for breakfast. Usually he needs his binky to stay asleep, but sometimes he shares with daddy.

Last of all, for about one out spurts several times throughout the day, E is just very happy and smiley. He likes looking around, he likes looking at lights, and really enjoys being outside. Lauren discovered that during these happy moods, if we give him a little prompting in the form of tickles under his chin his face will light up with these gigantic smiles. I don't think there is anything cuter in the entire world.

Thank you everyone for reading up on me, peace out!

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Mom Life

I have had a lot of people ask me if I am missing my job
and how I am adjusting to the mom life

I love the mom life
it is incredibly different
and much slower paced than my job
but I love hanging out with E everyday
he is much nicer and cuter than the 8 men I worked around

However, the cultural aspect is a little harder to get used to
- I now feel accomplished if I am showered with hair curled by 11am
- spit up is my new perfume
- baby voice is the new norm
- Mothers Lounges are the new place to hang out
(side note: had a weird experience at church though- evidently you are not supposed to talk in there... whoops. I was shushed!)
- my 5 inch stilettos are now safely stored in the back of my closet
- All my shirts must be "easy access"- goodbye dresses
- Exercise  pants are now way in (stupid swelling)
- We now cheer and praise when a sound comes out of little E's mouth... or little bum
- I drive slower
- I price things by "how many diapers could I get"
- I passed on a jcrew sale to buy E clothes at the  children's place sale
- I feel "rich" when we use Huggies instead of generic diapers
- Date nights are target runs instead of dinner and a movie

However, I can honestly saw
I am so incredibly HAPPY
I love looking and interacting with our little guy
He truly is such a blessing and such a good baby

now only if he would enjoy bathtime...

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Pictures for Nana

Since I still am recovering from this C Section 
all I really have are pictures of Everett 
so here are a few from the last few days
 mom- hope there are enough here to last you a few days
E got the cutest robe from his Cousin (once removed??)
It's a little big but he looks so grown up in it!
I sure love this little face
Love how this binky takes over his face
I finally got around to putting up everything in E's nursery
This poster is very fitting
E sure loves his Art History Aunts!
E is one month old!
Every month I will take a picture on his cute quilt with his sock monkey from his aunts and uncles
This picture is my favorite
Look at E's expression
this kid sure is full of them
E on his quilt from his aunts
He loves it!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Family Time

 Everett with his quilt
 My adorable sisters made Everett a quilt
I am in love with it
I take him to look at it everyday
I won't let him lay on it until his acid reflux calms down
he can spit up on everything but that quilt
I just love them so much 
I know it took a ton of time and effort
 It's amazing I have a clear pic of Navy
usually she is moving around too much
She loves her little cousin
So far all she wants to do it reach down and grab him
 We took Everett on his first outing to SLC
 He saw the temple, the Beehive house, the MIcrosoft store
and a few nursing rooms
Everett really loves his Nana
And really loves hanging out with Grandpa
Love hearing my baby voice on video
poor T, he hears it in the house all day