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Piper at 18 Months

June 1, 2017

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How is this girl already 18 months old!? It’s been a  year in a half with her, but it already feels like a lifetime. What was life before her? She is such a light, and keeps us laughing all day long.

I will say though….18 months has been tough. At times it feels like pure.total.chaos. I’ve been in the process of fully weaning her, and she hasn’t taken it well. Which means I haven’t taken it well either. She’s has been falling apart over it, which just breaks my heart. I think we are over the hump though, and every day gets easier…for the most part.

EATING

Piper has quite the appetite and hasn’t had too much trouble trying new foods, thank goodness. We introduced her to crackers recently, and when she’s hungry she chants “cracker, cracker” which sounds more like “dada, dada.” ha. A girl after my own heart. She’s finally warmed up to broccoli, she’ll eat fish when we call it chicken, and she’ll devour any and every fruit.

SLEEPING

Just like me, this girl loves some sleep. She had a week or so where she was sleeping until 10!? I was worried at first, but figured it was just a phase so I welcomed the extra quiet in the morning. Lately she’s been going down at 7:30 and sleeping until 8:00 or so. She’ll go down for her afternoon nap at 1, and on a good day sleep until 4 pm. One thing’s become certain, and that’s that she has to have her blanket to fall asleep at night.

FAVORITE MOMENTS

It was probably around 17 months, she was taking a bath and kept pointing to her bottom. I held her on the toilet just to see if she’d respond, and she used the bathroom in the potty for the first time! She has yet to do it again, and sometimes I’ll point to the toilet and she’ll exclaim “no.” Watch us be the last ones to potty train now ;)

Her favorite game is “Where’s Piper,”….where she covers her face or hides behind a chair, or table or curtain and yells “Where’s Piper!!” It’s my favorite too. She loves to sing and dance, and often points to our bluetooth speaker and asks, “dance, dance?” When we sing her to sleep at night, if we stop even for a second, she signs and says “more, more.” She’ll watch Clifford on weekends or when we’re in a pinch and really need to keep her occupied. She loves it. So now she refers to TV’s as “dog.” haha. I just love seeing her little personality pop out.

photos by sophie brindle photography

How Motherhood Taught Me I’m Loved

May 14, 2017

Filed Under : Motherhood

How Motherhood Has Taught Me To Love Myself | lovelolablog.com How Motherhood Has Taught Me To Love Myself | lovelolablog.com So, I’m changing it up a little bit this Mother’s Day. Instead of posting perfect pictures of my breakfast in bed prepared perfectly imperfect by my 18 month old and her dad, I’m sharing the real, raw, vulnerable side. The side that every one tries to sweep under the rug, or tuck away in those dark corners, and pretend it doesn’t exist. The side that will overtake your life if you let it, and how motherhood has taken my life back…

I’ve always been plagued by that little nagging voice. The voice that is sometimes so quietly chanting negative mantras at me. The voice that at other times is screaming at me and throws me in a panic. Growing up, it was called “perfectionism.” It’s what made me a straight A student and always kept my room clean. Now, as an adult, it’s more pinned as “anxiety, worry, fear.” “Will they like me? Will I be enough? Will I be accepted?” It responds back so confidently, “No, no, and no.”

Fighting back is something I’ve done better at different seasons in my life. The fighting seems to come when I’m down on my knees left with no other choice. Fight or die.

For so many years I’ve listened to this voice feed me lies that I accepted as truth. I’ve let it knock me down, strip me of all I have, and then take the little that I had left. I’ve listened to it tell me, “You can’t, you can’t, you can’t.”

In college I learned about these little neuro pathways, or something, that we have in our brain that build roadways, or something, of consistent thoughts. The more we replace those negative thoughts, the more the old pathways will become grown over and new, positive pathways will be paved. So fighting is the act of replacing the consistent negative thoughts with truth. Refusing to listen to the lying thoughts that come flooding my brain. Filling my mind with positivity. It’s when my Dad use to tell me as a child, “Would Jesus say that to you?” Or when Scofield tells me now, “We take every thought captive and teach it to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).” The mental fight isn’t the easy way out…it’s exhausting, the road less traveled, and just plain hard.

But it’s worth it. So very worth it. And until Piper was born I didn’t understand just how worth it it was.

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As I look at that bright smile, the beaming ray of light that she is, it crushes me to think that light could ever be snuffed out by lies and negativity. It would break my heart if she were to think the things of herself that I have thought of myself. As she’s learning to talk, she starting to repeat everything we say. I mean everything. What if the things she started to repeat were the negative things I say … “I’m not pretty enough, my teeth aren’t straight enough, my hair’s not thick enough, I wish I was different.” It would crush my soul.

I look at that little face and cheesy smile, and think about just how much she’s taught me about who I am. This child loves me. Like, LOVES me. She doesn’t care if my hair is greasy, what I ate that day, if I worked out, if there’s food in my teeth, if the house is a mess…basically if I’m less than perfect ;). We laugh together and play together; she begs me to hold her and demands we snuggle during episodes of Clifford…and it has nothing to do with how I look on the outside. But has everything to do with the person that I am … my spirit … my love … the comfort I provide for her, the care and love I give to her. She’s sees beyond the surface, and loves me, needs me, wants me. If my child can love me the way she does, it gives me just a teensy tiny glimpse into the love my Creator and Savior has for me. And understanding that love is the kind of stuff that transforms your soul. It’s the stuff that slays those negative voices. That changes you forever.

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“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:17)

So Happy Mother’s Day my fellow Mama’s. Keep fighting. They’re worth it … You’re worth it.

photos by sophie brendle photography

Home is Where the Pants Aren’t

May 8, 2017

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I thought I would share a few snapshots from a just a regular ol’ morning at home. Mom with her coffee, Piper with her milk…and probably sans pants because who needs those anyway!? Not this 18 month old.

This girl …. she is giving us a run for our money lately. But it’s moments like these where she pulls all her cute strings that the tantrums from the day before seem to just fade away ;). Love our Piper girl, her cheesy smile, and her curly red locks. Love our simple, silly, everyday moments at home.

Easter in Pictures

April 21, 2017

Filed Under : Lifestyle - Motherhood - Style

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I hope you had a wonderful Easter! I look forward to this weekend every year, and the joy and hope that it brings. It’s funny how having a baby makes you look at things, like holidays, a lot differently. I found myself super conflicted over the easter bunny this year, and we ended up not doing an easter basket. In the coming years we’ll probably bring back the easter basket, but I don’t see the “easter bunny” ever delivering it in our house ;). We did do an egg hunt, and Piper had so much fun searching for eggs. I was so proud of how well she did! They were pretty much all laying out in the open, but she knew to pick them up and put them in the basket. Can she stay 17 months old forever!? I could eat her.

I also couldn’t get over her in her little easter dress. Looking back at these pictures, she is the subject in every single one, ha. So if you aren’t her grandmother or aunt, you might not find this post super intriguing, but a few pictures from Easter anyway…

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Dress: Mint Julep | Shoes: Marc Fisher | Earrings: Baublebar (similar) | Piper’s dress (on sale!) | Piper’s shoes: Stride Rite

I hope you had a wonderful Easter!

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