2 Months with Arren Yuki

Another month has just flown by and all of a sudden Arren doesn’t even seem like a baby anymore! He’s grown so much and is getting spunkier each day. ¬†I just can’t believe how much I love this little weirdo. ¬†He’s been having longer periods of wakefulness, he really uses this time well, trying to be the cutest baby he can possibly be.

We’ve been trying to take him out more, but boy, we still look like deer in the headlights. ¬†We usually have a whole lot of things in our hands that we don’t end up using, but hey we are slowly getting into a rhythm as a family of three.

This guy is such a tall baby, he doesn’t even seem like a baby anymore he’s so tall! He’s growing rapidly and I just keep wondering where did my tiny little baby go?! ¬†I’m breastfeeding Arren Yuki exclusively and things are going great. ¬†This guy has been a natural from the beginning he’s had a great latch and with help from my midwife, we mastered breastfeeding from the beginning. ¬†I’ve found out Arren is allergic to gluten, ¬†so I’ve taken gluten out my diet now. ¬†I didn’t have that much gluten before, but I did have a piece of toast here and there, and almost everything seems to have surprise gluten in it.

I’m really happy that I kept exercising and eating healthy during pregnancy, its played such an important role in my postpartum recovery. ¬†I’m still trying to get moving and actually do stuff, but ¬†most of the time Arren doesn’t want anything to do with that nonsense, he just wants to be held and cuddled. ¬†He doesn’t even like being used as my exercise equipment! I still use him as a weight, when he’s not looking; shhhhh, don’t tell him. ¬†I’ve started sneaking downstairs in the morning to do a quick workout. ¬†I’m loving the tone it up workout series. ¬†It’s such a great start to my morning and gets me pumped to carry around a growing baby the whole day!

ARREN’S 2 MONTH UPDATE

  • This little guy is all smiles and giggles lately. ¬†It’s been really fun trying to get him to giggle. ¬†He really brings out my silly side.
  • Hes kicking away a storm. ¬†When he gets excited he starts kicking vigorously. ¬†It’s the funniest thing ever, it looks like he’s trying to run away.
  • He loves being carried looking over the shoulder, he holds my arm so nicely while he looks at the world in awe. ¬†He uses his other hand to steer me by my hair like I’m a horse.
  • He’s been really liking the baby in the mirror lately, he hated the baby in the mirror before and would scream at himself. ¬†I think he saw the other baby as competition.
  • All the cooing! He coos all the time and one of his coos sounds exactly like Hello! It’s just the most amazing thing. ¬†We’ve decided he should start a baby band called The Coos with his baby friends.
  • Everything goes into his mouth. ¬†He’s started putting everything he can pick up into his mouth. ¬†We got him this cute little crinkling lion and the first thing he did with it was give him a little taste. ¬†We’ve also fooled him into taking his pacifier like that. ¬†If he puts it into his mouth by himself he doesn’t hate it that much.
  • The witching hour here is more like the witching hours! between 5 – 7 this guy just seems to reach his limit of being overstimulated, grumpy and sleepy or maybe he’s just sick of seeing my face and looks forward to seeing his dad. ¬†Either way, it’s hard!
  • He’s starting to sleep better at night, he doesn’t need to feed as much as he used to. ¬†This guy sure knows the difference between night and day. ¬†He gets grumpy if we don’t start winding down and take him upstairs to the room for his bedtime routine. ¬†It’s like he’s got a little watch on him.
  • He smiles at everyone. ¬†I feel like we have to work so hard for a smile and then wham! A new person just looks at him and a smile happens. ¬†It’s really unfair!

This guy is such a little joy to be around! Watching him grow is just amazing.

 

an instant of life captured for eternity

^^ Arren got a new hat.  He looks so cute and tubby.  He still hates the brightness.  I need to get him some baby sunglasses.

^^ In this photo he actually looks like he likes the bassinet, but this guy…this guy hates the bassinet. ¬†He kicks the crap out of it while making a lot of displeasure sounds. ¬†I don’t know what’s wrong with the bassinet, maybe his baby friends told him horror stories.

^^ I just love these little zipper outfits. ¬†They’re just so convenient and easy to put on a cranky little baby. ¬†They were such a mission to find in Cape Town, apparently they don’t sell well. ¬†I don’t understand, they’re just the best! We even have some cute summer zipper outfits.

^^This is one of the short sleeve zipper outfits! Nothing cuter than baby shoes.

^^ Beautiful sunsets on an extremely windy day.

^^ Its a great day if you wind surf.

^^ I actually did my hair and make up, but it was so hot, windy and cold all that hard work for nothing!

Hi friends! How was your weekend? I feel like i haven’t done one of these posts in ages! Baby life has been crazy, but so much fun. ¬†We actually went out twice this weekend! Twice! Can you believe it? Both of the trips were a complete bust, ¬†Arren really, really doesn’t like any form of heat or wind! but hey, we made it out! that’s a miracle in itself!

 

 

Cloth Diapering 101: Why we love it!

Cloth diapering seems like such an old fashioned notion. ¬†Something that our grandmothers used to do. ¬†Big white cloths that had to be folded and pinned with a safety pin and the whole thing would be covered in diaper cover in hopes of making it look a little more attractive. ¬†These days cloth diapers have gone from being something that’s incredibly inconvenient to amazingly aesthetically ¬†pleasing. ¬†Its not just all about looks though, cloth diapers have come a long way and now is a pretty, convenient option that’s way easier on the planet, but also easier on baby’s bum.

When I first found out about ¬†Arren making a little home in my body, I knew that I wanted to cloth diaper. ¬†I wanted to have a lighter footprint on the planet and Carl loved all the money we would be saving. ¬†As my due date approached and I started thinking about how tired and love struck I was going to be in the first couple of weeks I started getting a little scared. ¬†No one wants to wash a crap load (pun intended) of laundry when you’ve got a fresh little poop monster on your hands. ¬†That’s why we also got a bunch of bio degradable disposable diapers to go along with the cloth diapers. ¬†I’m really happy that we had them on hand they were great! ¬†They fit Arren really well and we got to throw away the gross black poop stage diapers!

As soon as we started on the cloth diapers I was sad that we didn’t start sooner! First of all he looks so cute in all the different colours. ¬†He’s got a colour for every mood. ¬†We even have a cute little pink diaper that he looks so punk rock in. ¬†He seems so excited every time he sees pink! ¬†He also seems happier in his cloth diapers, he doesn’t mind peeing in his diapers, doesn’t get diaper rash in them because it never really leaves him wet and he sleeps in longer stretches at night because he’s never that wet.

CLOTH DIAPER 101 TIPS AND TRICKS

  1. Find a brand you like: We ¬†have two sets of diapers. ¬†The one batch we got second hand and the other is a cloth diaper brand called biddykins. ¬†The second hand brand is terrible! they fit a bit strangely and the insert doesn’t really do anything. ¬†We double up on these diapers and that took away the problem,but they still fit a bit weird. ¬†The second brand Biddykins, is just AMAZING. ¬†We just love them so much, the quality, the inserts, the cute prints and the price is just the best. ¬†Always read the reviews of a cloth diaper brand, that’s the best way to find a good brand and have an idea of what people think of them.
  2. Washing: ¬†I wash the diapers with all Arren’s clothes. I’ve even used a 30 minute cycle without having a stain problem. ¬†If it seems a bit discoloured I hang them up outside to get naturally bleached by the sun. ¬†It works perfectly! It also works on white clothes.
  3. Tea tree essential oil: ¬†I don’t think the diapers smell that bad in a diaper bin, but we throw tea tree oil in the bucket to prevent odour. ¬†This also works great for any bin.
  4. Make sure it fits everywhere and doesn’t have any escape holes for bodily fluids. ¬†Its easy to clip these diapers on, but taking the time to see if its tighter is for your best interest.
  5. The booster pad matters! Having a good booster pad makes  your diaper experience that much better.
  6. Don’t be freaked out at the cost: Cloth diapering saves money! When you buy your first pack it doesn’t seem that way, but this is a once off cost and that once you have them you have them. ¬†If you’re planning on having more than one child you wont have to buy more for your next baby.
  7. Cloth diapers can become an obsession. ¬†With all the cute prints its hard to stop buying new ones. ¬†I don’t see a good reason to stop because they are just that great, so I shall continue to shop until I drop. ¬†Or until I have no house left at all, and all my furniture is just covered in cloth diapers.

I’m just loving cloth diapering, seeing a happy baby is just the best and he just looks so cute how can I deny him of those things!

 

Lessons I’ve learned From My Son

Having little Arren Yuki in my life has truly filled my life with so much joy, but one of the biggest surprises has been what a little quiet philosopher this little guy is. ¬†I feel like I’m getting the best wisdom in the world just from being this guys mom. ¬†Every day is a learning experience with him, not only learning how to be great at eating with one hand ¬†( eat with chopsticks! It’s easier!), but some of the most amazing thoughts about simplicity and taking it slow.

He’s become one of the best teachers I’ve ever had and I know it’s just going to get better, he’s probably going to be a tough professor when the terrible twos hit, but the best lessons come from the toughest teachers.

LESSONS LEARNED FROM MY SON

  1. Enjoy the little things;  Going out for a simple shopping trip seems like the most extravagant thing you can possibly do and the most enjoyable experience.  If you actually get to shower and get dressed you will feel like its the best day of your life.
  2. Patience; When you pray for patience we get challenges.  Arren has taught me how to have patience and not get so easily worked up.
  3. A smile can make your day, your week ,your month.  We sometimes forget that a smile can make someones day.  Smile easily, you never know who needs one.
  4. To be brave; ¬†I’ve always seen myself as a complete hypochondriac, but Arren has shown me my own strength. ¬†From Pregnancy ¬†to birth. ¬†To doing everything in my power to get him away from the wildfire that had us evacuate our home and even seeing Carl chase a baboon out of our house while screaming and grunting at it.
  5. Endurance; ¬†When you bounce the whole day, and you feel like you can’t go on anymore somehow you find the strength and endurance to continue or deal with the aftermath.
  6. Finding time for romance; everything can be turned into a romantic date.  Finding some time to watch netflix or having sneaky breakfasts alone while he sleeps.  Always find time for affection.
  7. To always look at the world with wonder: Always look at the wonder of this planet like its the first time you’ve seen it and the awe of being alive. ¬†Sometimes just finding your arms is amazing just ask Arren.
  8. Don’t take life so seriously. ¬†Laugh easily, but also cry easily. ¬†Sometimes a beautiful nursing moment can have a surprisingly loud fart added to the mix.
  9. Babies are like cats: They love scratching you, making you work for their love and just seem disinterested in you a lot of the time, but them they smile at you.

I can’t believe I’ve been a mother for 6 weeks! ¬†It feels like we’ve had him with us forever and I can’t wait to see what other lessons he teaches me. What lessons have your children taught you?

 

 

Postpartum Essentials for Mom

Recovery after birth is sometimes the last thing we think about when pregnant.  I on the other hand had a really overdue baby, and had a lot of time to get really prepared for baby and to get everything ready for an optimum birth recovery.

I had a month worth of freezer meals ready to go, I still have some left over in the freezer! I wrote down easy recipes that Carl would be able to make,  I set everything up for my home birth, made balms for baby and me and researched everything for a great, fast recovery after birth.

The one thing I found while trying to find what I would need in my postpartum kit, was a lot of the same things or rather obvious things, like a nursing bra? ¬†If you’re breastfeeding I think it would be quite obvious that you would need a nursing bra and breast pads for that matter. ¬† To me these postpartum essentials posts weren’t really helpful, but that was just because it was filled with the stuff I already knew I had to get, but not the strange and insanely helpful things that I really used.

Postpartum days are a whirlwind of lack of sleep and grazing for the nearest food you can just quickly shove in your mouth, while you and your baby get to know each other. ¬†These are some of the essentials that I used during postpartum that made me feel more human, during a time when lack of sleep, getting peed on and just staring at poop seems to be the norm. ¬†Don’t forget googling about what poop is normal.

POSTPARTUM ESSENTIALS FOR MOMS

  1. Coconut water.  It felt like coconut water saved my life during the first couple of days of postpartum.  It hydrated me and gave me a little energy boost that I needed during that time.  It also helped replenish electrolytes that I lost during birth.  It was also the most refreshing thing in the world to me at that point of time water felt like a drag to drink, while coconut water seemed like a gift from God.
  2. Robe. ¬†This is one of those ” it could be obvious” things, but I decided its just a must to add. ¬†I was having so many hot flushes and just sweating like crazy during those first couple of days ( thanks Hormones). ¬†I just never wanted to wear a shirt. ¬† I was always just in a nursing bra and pants, when we were alone of course, but man I wish I had a robe! I feel like it would have made me feel more decent and like I had all my ducks in a row.
  3. Dry shampoo. ¬†I had a quick sitz bath everyday, but it wasn’t really a shower. ¬†That first week postpartum is all about the baby and if you get a shower in , you’re lucky! With guests coming over to see the new baby, not feeling like ¬†a complete mess is essential! ¬†Dry shampoo is a lifesaver for those times.
  4. Vitamins. ¬†Your body lost a lot of energy and vitamins during¬†birth. ¬†Keep taking your multi vitamins, but also take a probiotic to keep digestion going. ¬†A magnesium tablet is also essential to keep cramps at bay after birth. ¬†You won’t believe how achy your body will be.
  5. Leggings: Comfy pants is a must postpartum and these from mermaids and unicorns have such an amazing design that you can wear them while entertaining guests.  People will be so distracted by your amazing leggings that they wont even care how bad you look.  The cute baby that everyone is passing around will also be a distraction.
  6. Cocoa butter. After pregnancy you will be left with that beautiful brown line on your stomach….Linea nigra if you want to get all fancy, or if you just want it gone and not even bother knowing its name, get some cocoa butter and massage it all over it everyday. ¬†It will help get rid of it fast! ¬†I also used cocoa butter for the most amazing breastfeeding nipple cream, it was a lifesaver during those first couple of days when you and baby are just trying to figure out breastfeeding and you wonder if you gave birth to a snapping turtle.
  7. Arnica Everything: I used arnica oil after birth for my achy muscles and believe me did it help. ¬†You won’t believe how sore your muscles are! Labour is the most intense workout of your life and you will hurt in places you didn’t know you had muscles. ¬†I also took arnica tablets for inflammation, pain and aches. ¬†You just have to get it! ¬†Its a homeopathic dreamboat.
  8. Exercise ball.  This ball is not just helpful during labour, its amazing afterwards as well.  Bouncing a fussy baby on the ball is a great way to calm them down, help burp them and make them fall asleep.  Its also a great workout.

Extras.

Sitz bath.  A sitz bath after birth will help ease discomfort down there.  If you cant find some of the herbs to make your own sitz bath bags, just add 1/2 cup Epson salt to your bath water and 5 -10 drops of lavender oil.  It will help heal you faster and ease any discomfort.

Perineum spray:   This is great for healing and keeping things clean down there.

Granola and Snacks: I loved my healing golden milk granola as a snack during those first couple of days, it was so easy to eat and had all the healing properties I needed.

Lactation cookies:  I lived on these amazing cookies I created during the first couple of days when waiting for my milk to come in and when my milk came in I had one happy baby on my hands.

Chocolate:  Having a some dark chocolate when you feel so tired will be that pick me up you need.

Support: having your partner there helping you and making things as comfortable as possible is just what you need during your postpartum period. ¬†I’m really grateful to Carl for all his help and support he gave me and how involved hes been in Arren’s life even before he was born, this guy doesn’t want to miss a thing.

Feeding Pillow: ¬†A feeding pillow is a great thing to have to adjust baby just right, I only really started using mine this last week or so. ¬† I was too frazzled to remember where I put my feeding pillow and just made a pillow fortress with all the pillows in the house, but now that I’m using it I can’t believe that I didn’t use it from the start.

The most important thing is to get enough sleep! I know it can be so difficult when you have a perfect little angel sleeping next to you and all you want to do is stare, but trust me try and get some sleep when your baby sleeps.  It will help you heal better and make you feel more sane!

I hope this helps all those new mamas out there!

Musings Of First Time Parents – The First Month with a Newborn

The first month with little Arren has been a complete whirlwind. ¬†It’s somehow been the shortest yet longest time of my life. ¬†I personally didn’t know my body could run on such little sleep and still be able to care for someone else so well, even be slightly entertaining. ¬†I mean the songs you start to sing once you have a baby will have you think maybe you should go into a music career? but we all know that’s just lack of sleep talking.

Carl and I just can’t believe how such a little person can dislike him so much. ¬†Little Arren has claimed his mommy and just shows his dislike for Carl the whole time. ¬†Arren will also not be fooled into being held by his dad when he’s wearing a mommy milk covered shirt or blanky. ¬†He’s too smart for that! ¬†We’ve decided to stockholm syndrome our son into liking Carl. ¬†Every time I nurse Arren, Carl creepily lurks and forces Arren to make eye contact with him, ¬†believe me Arren hates it! Soon this little guy will be forced to love his dad….

It doesn’t help that Carl gave Arren the biggest fright of his little life so far! ¬†By laughing! ¬†We were watching SNL and Carl laughed so hard that, little Arren went into purple screaming and wouldn’t stop for so long! ¬†I finally managed to calm him down, but we decided that Alec Baldwin is way to funny to watch around Arren.

So here are some of our musings of new parents.  Please note these are honest musings, meant to be amusing.  We love Arren a lot, and he made our lives better and complete, but man is it hard!

MUSINGS OF NEW PARENTS

 

  1. Do not throw away any ugly blankets or outfits that you get from colleagues, family or friends. You can use these to wipe up pee or poop or use as a changing mat cover; just because you are busy changing the diaper doesn’t mean that baby has finished peeing.
  1. You as a new parent know better than any parent before you. The internet is your friend.
  1. Everything can be made into a song.
  1. An exercise ball is a lifesaver for bouncing. Babies love to bounce, don’t you dare stop bouncing.
  1. You will get pee and poo on you. Boys are gross. ¬†I’ve turned my back for a second only to have had pee on my back and hair.
  1. You will talk about poo a lot. Like all the time.  This is your new life.
  1. You wouldn’t have guessed that such a little person can go through so much laundry and that your laundry has quadrupled.  Drowning in laundry everyday.
  1. Sometimes white noise is too white and your baby just want’s some rap music to console him.
  1. There will be a moment when you think you have finally gotten the hang of it and then your baby will wake up, scream in your face, like he has never seen you before, and be inconsolable.
  1. There will be a moment when you feel like giving up and that everything is too much and then your baby will give you a fleeting smile( around one month) and then it makes everything worth it.  Your baby is a sadist.
  1. You will do everything possible to get that smile again. You will be silly, you will beg, you will negotiate.
  1. After dancing with your baby and bouncing for two hours, you think he is finally asleep, so you put him down, only for him to wake up and to start the process again.
  1. You will lie and tell people your baby sleeps great, not mentioning that it happens about two nights a week.
  1. Babies want constant entertainment, even when they aren’t able to show appreciation, they want to walked around and have everything explained to them.
  1. You will get to know every corner of your house.
  1. Your baby is now your exercise equipment, and only gets heavier with time.
  1. When you air dry your baby, you will probably end up getting pee or poo on you.
  1. The first bath time, is one of the scariest moments of your life.  You have no idea what to expect.
  1. The first month is all about surviving, you will be sleep deprived, you will turn on each other.
  1. Sleep when they sleep, we haven’t, but you should.
  1. Colic is a real thing and sometimes it just happens, regardless of what you eat and don’t eat.
  1. You will google everything to find out if it is normal, and then be terrified of IDS.
  1. Your baby’s first outing will be nerve racking, a car trip can get your baby to sleep, but a noise in a mall can wake him up super quickly.

 

One Month with Arren Yuki

I can’t believe little Arren is one month old. ¬†Oh, how ¬†time sure does fly! ¬†Motherhood has definitely been the hardest job I’ve ever had. ¬†I don’t know how people can look down at stay at home mothers like they do! Being needed constantly, never being able to take a break, having to be the nurturer, the cook, the maid and teacher without expecting anything in return is amazing! ¬†and incredibly draining. ¬†Giving yourself completely to your children so you can be there for them the whole time is a selfless act, that people have forgotten about. ¬†A couple times during this month I’ve just wanted someone else to tap in for a bit, while I go and have a nice little break! Don’t get me wrong all mothers are amazing! It doesn’t matter if you’re a working mother or a stay at home mom, we’re all doing our best ! However we can!

The first month has just felt like Carl and I have been in survival mode, while we try and figure out this whole parenting thing and learn how to function without sleep!

It doesn’t help that baby Arren seems to just like being in my arms, when Carl tries to hold him he just screams away a storm, its actually really fun. ¬†I’ll take this moment where I’m definitely the favourite! It feels good to win the favourite game right now, I know soon it will be all about Carl and I will be a distant memory, but that’s why cookies were created!

This month has been hard, but so amazing. ¬†The last week or so I’ve finally felt like I’ve gotten the hang of this motherhood thing, ¬†feel like I’m doing a pretty good job ( sometimes you have to pat yourself on the back).Bring on baby number 2!Just kidding. ¬†The memory of his ¬†giant baby head is still too clear in my mind! Give me 1 more month and I’ll be ready to go! ¬†haha

Its been amazing seeing our beautiful son developing and growing everyday. ¬†He is such a blessing to us and I can’t imagine life without him. ¬†He’s the perfect third amigo to our little trinity. ¬†He’s so strange and wonderful and my heart just burst with love every time I see him. ¬†I’m so grateful to be his mother, he’s taught me so much already. ¬†He’s shown me my strength and what I’m capable of. ¬†Spending all my time with him is just the best thing ever. ¬†There ¬†really is never ¬†a perfect time for a baby. ¬†Yes, he was planned, but things just completely went crazy when we found out I was pregnant, things are still uncertain, but by having him everything has just become clear to us. ¬†Being led by God and trusting his guidance has really made us stronger as a family, and gave us the biggest blessing of all. ¬†I cant imagine our life without this guy!

ARREN ONE MONTH UPDATE

  • This little guy is such a grabber. ¬†He grabs my hair, Carl’s chest hair and he’s even pinched the crap out of me.
  • He’s got all the expressions! ¬†He just pulls the funniest faces all the time, since day one he’s been really observant.
  • He like going on tours of the house and have everything explained to him while he rubbernecks and looks at everything!
  • Bounces are his jam! ¬†He loves all kinds of bounces and hates it when you start slowing down.
  • When he senses the attention is not on him for a second, he starts crying. ¬†Don’t talk about politics and not pay attention to this guy.
  • He’s all smiles and makes the cutest coos. ¬† You can see the difference between a gas smile and a real smile! Its insane!
  • He’s got such a strong little neck, and loves being in the over the shoulder burbing angle. ¬†Sometimes he just whines, until he’s over the shoulder.
  • He’s a really vocal baby, he seems to want to talk sooo badly.
  • He’s trying to potty train himself. ¬†He hates peeing inside his diaper and will scream until we open the diaper up and he can go outside his diaper. ¬†Burb cloths? Should be called pee and poop cloths.
  • He likes all the snuggles and cuddles, he can get.
  • He hates the heat. ¬†Hes so happy on colder days, I cant blame him…he signed up for Ireland.

I just cant wait for more developments and watching this sweet little angel grow.

 

He’s HERE!

We’ve been in newborn baby bliss for almost two weeks! Time really is flying…taking care of the cutest little addict around, pooping himself and puking all over us, has just been the best. Sometimes really tiring, but little Arren Yuki knows he owns our hearts and we will just do anything for him. ¬†Like never putting him in the bassinet because he just hates it so much. ¬†I never in my wildest dreams thought a bassinet would bring someone such unhappiness, you would think its made out rusty nails or something? Its not, its all comfy and wonderful, but being held in mommy’s bony arms all day is just way better. ¬†I’m enjoying this time being confined to the bed or couch, being taken hostage by the cutest little heart thief around. ¬†He only needs me for such a short amount of time, so I’m just trying to soak in all this newborn baby goodness, while I can.

During this pregnancy and now postpartum I’ve realised that people just generally suck. ¬†People tend not to listen to how you want to raise your child, and feeling disrespected all the time is apparently just the norm. ¬†Carl and I both feel like no one cares to listen what we’ve ¬†said and have felt a little to a lot disrespected. ¬†I think its mostly just the fact that no one actually listens anymore and people make up versions of reality in their head that suits their tastes (that makes them feel better). ¬†Our little family means everything to us and we just want to give Arren all the opportunities we never received. ¬† I want Arren to live a happy life knowing he can be whoever or whatever he wants to be. ¬†He can love who ever he wants without me judging him, and knowing I will always listen completely to what he has to say, I never want him to feel like he can’t talk to me about his worries. ¬†I will never tell him to do what I say not what I do, I wan’t him to see the good and learn from that. ¬†This little monster has filled my heart with so much joy.

Sometimes you just have to take the reigns of your own life and do what you think is best for your family. ¬†Carl and I both discuss everything in great detail and weigh all our options before we make decisions. ¬†It feels good to be with an intelligent, strong minded man that voices his thoughts and researches everything like crazy. ¬†Hes already such a good father to our son and the fact that hes been such a big part of this pregnancy ;never missing an appointment and being so proud of little Arren already is just a joy to watch. ¬†I can’t wait to see the man our little baby becomes with such a lovely dad showing him the ropes and I can’t wait to see Carl grow more and more in his father role.

Here’s like a million more photos of Arren, if you follow me on Instagram you might have seen some of them there.

^^ Hes always just staring at things.

^^ Making cute faces.

^^ Or being utterly serious.

^^ Sometimes he just wonders. what the hell is mommy doing.

^^ Or he thinks hes home alone.

^^ This was when he was 2 – 3 days old, check out my beautiful knotted hair, thanks to sleep deprivation and not being able to take a bath.

^^ Gas never looked so cute.

^^ 1 day old and I was already rocking the hair knot.