^My favorite Valentine!
I never thought I’d have so many highs and lows being a mother. It’s strange how quickly I forget the lows. The highs are just so much fun that I find myself basking in them like the first sunny day of the season.
Anderson is 4 1/2 months old now and we couldn’t be more proud of him. Since birth everyone that sees him estimates him being much older than he is. “He’s so alert for a newborn!” “Look at him smiling.” “his head is so round!” “He’s so strong!” “But he’s holding his head up.” “Wow, he really likes to stand.” And the comments go on and on. I like to think he’s strong and developed because I did CrossFit the entire pregnancy. Reality is that he’s obviously got the LaRowe genes in him. Daddy walked at 10 months. I think we’ll have something similar. Time to start baby-proofing the house now!
I wish I would’ve been blogging more frequently since his birth but it’s hard to find the time. I love him so much. I take a MILLION photos of him and anyone that follows me on Instagram or is a friend of mine on Facebook can confirm that. I only have 3 photos of me as a young kid/baby. One at 1 month on Santa’s lap, one at 13 months on Santa’s lap, and one of me holding a pogo-stick wearing a marroon shirt with a picture of a hand holding up three fingers with the words: I am this many. I wish there were more of me so instead of pining over it, I just make up for the lack of photo documentation by not missing a moment of Anderson’s life.
4 things that I LOVE about digital technology:
1. Sticky Gram.
2. Groove Book
4. Costco Photo Center
6. A Beautiful Mess Photo Editing App
1. Sticky Gram is a cool company that lets you turn your photos into magnets. The most fun way is using the square photos from instagram. They come printed about the same size as you view on your phone. They are fun to decorate your fridge with as well as give as gifts. You can get 9 for $14.99. Sign up for their newsletter to get 40% off or buy 2 get 2 free.
2. Groove Book. I don’t know how they do it but they do. For $2.99 you get 100 of your cell phone pictures printed and delivered. You heard that right. If you don’t watch Shark Tank you should. They were featured on Shark Tank and got a sweat deal with Mark Cuban and Kevin O’Leary. I downloaded the APP immediately (available on iPhone and Droid) and was surprised at how easy it is to use. You can choose which photos you want printed and then you click submit and in about a week you get all 100 of your favorite photos from that month in the mail. Literally for $2.99. If you want more than 100 photos a month, you can simply pay an additional $2.99 for more. The quality of the photos isn’t amazing, but for 3 cents a pop, I was expecting much less. I’ve already filled a few empty photo frames and added a couple to the fridge. I LOVE this app and I hope they never change it.
3. Shutterfly. I’ve made about 6 photo books from Shutterfly. In the begining their software was archaic and annoying to work with. It continually gets better and better so I prefer to use them over any other site. I make an annual photo book kind of like a year in review. It is a way for me to actually have physical evidence of my digital life. I LOVE how easy it is and that it’s very customizable. I’ve also made books for our wedding, the baby, and our trip to Europe. I need to do 2013. Next on my to-do list. Also, if you sign up to be on their email list you constantly get 40% off. Never pay full price!
4. Costco. I love Costco for the obvious reasons, but they are my go-to for printing high quality photos to place in albums. I like their Matte finish and if you don’t like what you recieved they will ALWAYS take it back. No questions asked. LOVE it!
5. Chalkboard. I love doing updates using a chalkboard. You can find a chalkboard almost anywhere. Amazon has them but the better ones for similar prices are found at Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, or Ross.
6. A Beautiful mess App. This is my favorite app to add words and make photo collages. It’s so user friendly and modern. The filters on it aren’t great so edit your photos before hand. Then you can upload to the program and add words, pictures, frames and phrases. It’s not free, but it’s worth it!
And my biggest mommy indulgence is Ellen! I LOVE her show. She’s hilarious and every day there’s something new to laugh about. My favorite skit she does is sending her associate to work in random stores. He messes with customers to the point of sheer and utter uncomfortability and then the relief comes when they finally say he’s just kidding and they’re on the Ellen show. Makes me laugh every time!
Speaking of Ellen, I don’t get to watch Thursday and Fridays because I decided to come back to work part time. I honestly didn’t think I would want to, but right when Anderson hit 4 months everything changed. For him developmentally as well as me mentally. All of a sudden I needed something different. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my son to the moon and back. I thought the first day would be hard and that I’d bawl my eyes out but instead it flew by. I came home and was refreshed and excited to see him. It was getting to the point that I wanted a break from him and didn’t have anyone to pass him off to. We got really lucky and found a nanny that is GLORIOUS. She knows more about babies than me and Anderson loves her. If I had to put him in daycare I think It would be a different story. I even trust her more than Trevor the first couple of weeks. So she takes him on Thursday and Friday’s and Trevor has Daddy/Son day on Saturday’s. I definitely enjoy the time away and by the time I don’t want to work anymore, I get 4 days in a row with my little angel.
I feel so scatterbrained right now like I have so many things to say and so little time to say them. Much like eating lately…I have to down as much and as fast as I can before his naptime is up! I’ve gotten faster at a lot of things by being a mom. I can’t wait until time slows down a bit but I wonder if that will ever happen?