525,600 minutes….

That’s how many minutes are in one year and one year is exactly the amount of time Grayson has been in our lives. One year ago today a little 6 lb 10 oz boy entered our lives and we became parents. Parents to a boy who through his first year of life has amazed us, worried us and made us better people. I am so thankful Grayson is in our lives and we are truly blessed. Happy birthday to my son.

On this happiest of day’s I want to thank you my sweet boy for….

entering our lives and flipping our lives upside down…..

teaching us patience….

teaching us to slow down and turn off the world at moments…

letting us view this fast paced world through your eyes, a child’s eyes and wonderment….

cheering you on for the tiniest milestones and the biggest….

laughing and cuddling with you….

your open mouth, slobbery kisses….

all the 2am feedings, and 4 am feedings and 6 am feedings….

making our hearts full.

6 tiny pounds, that’s all it took for our lives to be changed forever.

Happy birthday my sweet, funny boy. I can’t wait to celebrate many, many more with you.

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Sunday Coffee

*One of the products we are loving right now is the NoseFrida Snot Sucker. Grayson is in daycare and seems to get EVERYTHING, which I hear is quite common for daycare kids. I LOVED the bulb syringe they sent home with us from the hospital. I used it ALL THE TIME, Grayson is almost 11 months and I used it well into his 9 month at least….until I saw this article. (DISCLAIMER: DON’T READ THAT ARTICLE IF YOU HAVE A WEAK STOMACH). Anyways, I knew I had to toss the good old bulb away….even though I cleaned it after every use, used soapy warm water etc. As most of you mommies out there probably know the store bought bulb syringes SUCK!! So I did some research and turns out the NoseFrida got rave reviews. I will say it totally grosses me out to actually use it on him, but it helps and it is so much better than just wiping his nose. I never get ANYTHING, you literally couldn’t get anything…so my review 4 stars out 5. I’d give it 5 but I just don’t think it’s as good as the hospital syringe they give you…plus it is pretty gross to do.

**Speaking of noses, while we are on the topic. When I gave birth to Grayson before we left the hospital we were giving loads of stuff. Bottles, nipples, formula (didn’t even ask or need it), witch hazel wipes, that wonderful mesh undies etc….I mean bags full of stuff…But one tiny little bulb syringe! Couldn’t they have given us 10 of those like they did everything else?! Maybe I should have asked the one nice nurse I did have…I didn’t have very many (another story). Lesson learned. Next baby I will be asking for more of those awesome syringes.

**Everyone and their sister seems to be having babies this year. And I mean early in the year….I probably know at least 10 women who have or will be giving birth in the very near future! Good luck to all you future mommies or brand new mommies or veteran mommies. Ask for some extra bulb syringes for me and let me know if you get any! 😉

**Well, we got hooked on a new Netflix show…this time it’s only on Netflix. It’s called Orange is the New Black. Ever heard of it? It’s based (loosely, I think) on a woman who actually went to prison for about 11 months…Luckily this time it’s only one season so far but it sucked us in. I’m thinking about looking into the book too. Has anyone read the book? I’ve heard it’s got some MAJOR differences…let me know what you think!

**I wonder if we will be the only ones not watching the Super Bowl?? Not even for the commercials or half time show will we watch it. I like Bruno Mars, but not enough to watch a football game to see him, and I can see all the commercials online….I’m just not a football fan…gasp! Sorry! I know, I know…..but instead of watching the game I think I’ll go get my weekly stash of groceries…trust me the time to grocery shop is right in the middle of the game…not before..GOD NO, not before the game…in the middle. Will I see you there?

**We have been trying out some new churches in our new neighborhood….but so far they all seem to hit around the time of Grayson’s morning nap. I refuse to take him to sleep in the church nursery. To me the point of going as a family is to go as a family, even if he doesn’t quite get it I don’t want to shuffle him off to a nursery. Nor, do I like him to sleep in another please any more than I have to…daycare is enough for me and that’s barely ok for me….So the search continues for one we love, one we can actually attend during awake time. Let me know if you go to a church you love in the DSM Metro. Would love to check it out!

Enjoy your day whether you are watching the game, napping during the game or grocery shopping like me during the game.

Oh and I heard the Groundhog saw his shadow….6 more weeks of winter!!!! UGH, I think I’ll spend some time today daydreaming of green grass, sprinklers and Gerber Daisy’s! 🙂