Saturday, September 28, 2013

One Month!

I can't believe it has been one whole month since Raleigh James Price entered our world! He has been a joy!! Motherhood is much harder and much more rewarding than I ever could have guessed. I love this baby boy with all my heart... and then some. Nathan & I just stare at him in disbelief that he is ours!
With the teddy bear Papa bought me!

A few dates to remember:

On September 22nd marked one month. That morning Raleigh rolled over! I was stunned. I mean, we knew he was strong... but dang! I guess his daddy has been training him well! (They do tummy time and Nathan tells Raleigh to do his pushups! ha. It's pretty cute to watch.)

On September 15th Raleigh went to church for the first time. That day he also lost his umbilical cord!

On September 6th Raleigh had his newborn photoshoot. I LOVE all of the pictures!! How in the world am I going to choose which ones to print!?

On August 31st Raleigh experienced his first College Gameday! (We're raising him right!) ;)

On August 24th we went home from the hospital!

On August 22nd Raleigh was born!!!

Raleigh likes:
his swing
bath time
white noise
his paci
mommy & daddy
his activity mat
peeing when he's naked
facetiming with his family & friends!

Raleigh dislikes:
wet & poopy diapers
gas drops
wind blowing in his face
spitting up
red lights 

Are we done yet mom!?

This month has been wonderful! We are thankful to be this sweet little boys parents.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

My Momma.

Never in my life have I ever had such an appreciation for my mother as I do now. It's not like I didn't appreciate her before... its just now... I know.

I know the ache she feels because she loves me so much.
I know the hurt she felt when she saw me hurt.
I know the helplessness she felt when there was nothing she could do.
I know the joy she felt when she saw me succeed.
I know there is no other mom I'd rather have!

When I had Raleigh, she was quick to take care of me and him! She told me it was ok to cry when my hormones were all whacky. I believed her and cried. She lovingly washed our clothes and cleaned my house. She prepared and cooked healthy meals for us. She kissed my son's head and sang to him, just as she had done to me.

Watching my mom with my son has made me realize all the more, what an amazing example of a beautiful mother I have. I am thankful to walk in her footsteps and tenderly care for others.

Happy Birthday Mom, I love you and understand you all the more!
A special thank you to Sarah Gray Photography for these beautiful pictures.

Monday, September 16, 2013

My new norm.

It's Monday & 1pm. So far I've fed Raleigh (4 times) and I've eaten too. 
I could have done laundry or dishes, but I haven't. 

I had a great conversation with Whitney. I had coffee and oatmeal... I even painted my nails while face timing with her! It was lovely & much needed "girl time"! 

Yesterday was a great day. We took Raleigh to church for the first time! I needed it. Corporate worship and teaching is so good for the soul. 
Raleigh's outfit was pretty darn cute. It was a handmedown from the Dorseys! He also lost his umbilical cord...finally!!
After our busy day... we came home & rested. Raleigh was pooped!! 
That night I decided it was time for Raleigh to sleep in his own room! He nursed, I changed him, swaddled him & placed him in his swing. Soon after he was out! I scooped him up and placed him in his crib... he was not phased at all! I *may* have slept with the baby monitor next to my pillow. :)

Raleigh slept for 5 hours straight!! Yay!!! He nursed and then slept another 2.5 hours. I'm hoping it wasn't a fluke! We'll try again tonight. 

I suppose I could do laundry now... or dishes... or a bunch of other chores. But maybe I'll just cuddle and hold my sweet baby boy. Mondays aren't too bad! I'm liking my new norm. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Three Weeks!

Wow. It was a busy week for Raleigh!! Let's recap with some pictures!

Sarah Gray came to meet Raleigh. It was so wonderful seeing her, catching up & lounging around with her & my sweet baby boy. Sarah is an incredibly talented photographer, check her out here! I mean she is gooooood. I'm so blessed to have talented friends who can capture sweet moments like Raleigh's first days! 

We woke up & set up! (While lounging in our pjs & sipping coffee!)
She is a baby whisperer. (Seriously... she's good) See....?!

Yeah.... & that's not even the tip of the iceberg!!! I cannot wait to see the rest!!!!
That night we went out for Raleigh's first dinner at a restaurant. (9/6/13) We went to CityPlace and ate at Brewzii's. Yum!
Auntie Katherine also came into town! As well as "Gramma & Papa". Raleigh kept them all entertained! 
We went to a Palm Beach classic for lunch, Hamburger Heaven! (We also go stuck there due to a monsoon!!!)

Raleigh made new faces & sounds this week! The cutest squeaky noises. 
He also LOVES the swing. Thanks to the Ramos Family for letting us try it out!!
(Sorry it's blurry... it's hard to get a picture in focus with a moving object!) ;)

Raleigh also took his first bottle this week! Daddy got to feed him while I watched, it was a little weird for me... I was kind of sad & equally enjoying my "freedom". 

Raleigh also got baby acne this week! :( He is still the cutest little thing I've ever laid my eyes on!

Finally to wrap up this week, Raleigh got to meet his uncle!! Owen drove down from Raleigh, NC to meet his nephew Raleigh James!
Yep! Raleigh loves his Uncle Owen!

It's been a busy and wonderful week, filled with family & friends! We're blessed to share & make all of these memories with them! 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Two Weeks!

It's hard to believe we met Raleigh 2 weeks ago today! It's flown by yet I can barely remember life prior to his arrival. It's been a fantastic 14 days... full of pee pee, gassy smiles, an array of poo colors, nursing (the kid likes to eat!), postpartum recovery (yes I tore), teamwork with my hubby like never before, cuddles & tears. 

I can't believe we've been entrusted with someone so precious. God is good! 

When Raleigh was born he weighed 7 pounds 2 ounces. At his first pediatrician appointment he weighed 6 pounds 11 ounces. One week later we went back for a check up... now... Raleigh weighs 7 pounds 11 ounces!! Yes, my little man gained a whole pound in a week! Yep- he's mine! Ha!

Raleigh is also impressively strong! This kid picks up his head looks around or holds it stationary upright. I'm not ready for these milestones to fly by so quickly!! 

Also, we've moved up a diaper size. Yes... we're no longer in newborns! :( He kept peeing out the side or up the back... I mean we were going through 3 outfits a day! We went up to the ones and haven't had an issue yet! They look huge on him, but they work!!

He likes car rides, bath time, peeing, pooing, eating, swinging & snuggling. 
He dislikes very little! Seriously, he is a great baby. He isn't fussy unless he hasn't eaten in a while! But who isn't?! 

This week: 

Raleigh experienced his first College Gameday! I'm sure this was not his last!

Raleigh went to his first picnic!
We also went to The Percy's annual Labor Day party! 
Raleigh also went to Publix! Thankfully Grandee went too which was SO helpful!
Daddy & Raleigh snuggled. 
Mommy & Raleigh snuggled.
And Raleigh happily slept... a lot!
That profile!! I just love everything about him!
Baby burrito!
Comfy!! He sleeps like his mommy!
This morning he got a little bath, which he didn't cry or whimper at all! 

Life is good & I can't believe our little baby is growing and changing before our very eyes!