Monday, July 10, 2017

Dear Gray


Dear Gray
You turned 4 months on July 4th! How cool is that. The more that time passes the more I see you growing and becoming little Mr. Independent. Mommy really wants you to slow down....I'm not ready for you to grow up just yet. But I know it's inevitable. So here are some of the things you've been doing in month 4. 

What you've discovered 
Your fingers, in-particular your thumb. You try to suck your thumb a lot but mommy stays on the lookout because I don't want you to get addicted. It's a tough habit to break.




How you amaze me
You can sit up on your own if we prop you up on the couch. You look like a total big boy sitting up this way. You're also very observant. You take in new sites, new sounds, and new people with ease. You especially are into technology. You're a pro at Facetiming and watching Sesame Street clips on Youtube. You also reach for your favorite toys now (the caterpillar rattle, and the plush elephant).




Road tripping
You took your 2nd road trip to Florida to attend the wedding of one of  mommy's collegiate friends from FAMU (which stands for Florida A&M University  you'll hear more about my Alma mater in the near future #babyrattler). Everyone was so pleased to meet you!!! That 7.5 hour drive was not your favorite but we managed to make it through in one piece.





What you do
I heard your laugh for the first time, it is absolutely adorable. Your laugh is infectious and puts a smile on my face constantly. You have a dimple that peeks out whenever you laugh or slightly smile. You're a lot more vocal more so than last month. I swear I heard you say hi one day. You carry full on conversations in your own language, which it is pretty entertaining because you know exactly what you're saying even if mommy and daddy can't fully understand you just yet. You follow daddy around the room with your eyes and head. He gets a kick out of it because you look up to him literally and figuratively and mommy thinks it pretty cute too!




Holiday Recap
You celebrated daddy's first Father's Day of many with him. Mommy bought you a cool onesie from Carter's that said "Happy 1st Father's Day" in Detroit Tigers colors (navy blue and orange), then I set up an at home photoshoot in your nursery and took pictures of you with your building blocks spelling: "I Love You Dad!" I even made a collage of you, then got it printed and framed. Daddy even took it to work and put it on his desk. #Proudpapa







Favorite book this month
Mommy purchased a book  called the "ABC's For the Little G's" that teaches you your ABC's using sneakers. It is such a dope book. I'm hoping we can use the book to help build your sneaker collection :) (just don't tell daddy). 




Favorite outfit this month
I bought you a shirt that says "The Remix" and mommy and daddy have shirts that say "The Original." Plus we purchased matching Superstar Adidas Shell Toes. We're going to take those shirts and the Adidas and do a photoshoot at the end of the month. I can't wait to see how the pictures turn out, because the last time you took pictures professionally, you were  only 2 weeks old. 

Meeting someone new
You met daddy's dad (Grandpa) and daddy's oldest brother (Uncle Derryn) over the 4th of July weekend. You got to hang with the fellas for a bit while mommy had some much needed "mommy - time." They flew all the way from Seattle, WA to come visit you, so you must be a BIG DEAL! 




Favorite song currently in rotation
Mommy found a song to play to you everyday that embodies how I feel about you. It's called "I Love You So Much" and it's on DJ Khaled's latest album! There is so much positivity oozing from the song. It's a song that DJ Khaled initially wrote for his son Asahd, but I think it works perfectly with the relationship we have, because I truly do love you [so much]!!! You are mommy's pride and joy!




So, as you can see, month 4 was awesome. Can't wait to see what month 5 has in store. Until next month...I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!

Love Mommy (and Daddy)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Dear Gray



Dear Gray,
You are officially 3 months old as of yesterday (June 4th). It seems like just yesterday I was strapping you in your car seat, riding in the backseat with you as daddy and I nervously drove away from the hospital to bring you home. As each month progresses my love for you deepens and the feeling of awe knowing I was blessed to be chosen as one of your parents takes my breath away.



One thing you do currently that warms my heart is you stare at the picture of your big brother DJ on the mantel in mommy and daddy's room. I can't wait until you're a bit older when I can truly explain who DJ is and the impact he has on own of our lives as a family suffering from pregnancy loss and then being blessed to overcome and joyfully celebrate your arrival as our rainbow baby.

Last month you helped me celebrate my 1st of many Mother's Day. I'm forever indebted to you (and DJ) for making me a mommy to an angel and to you here on earth! You both will forever be in my heart, no matter how old you grow to be!



Here are some things that you currently do and enjoy:

Favorite things to do at the moment: You are a lot more vocal and love to make "cooing" sounds. You look around and take in your surroundings more intentionally, and of course you still love to sleep (naps are king around here but you do sleep a little less than you did when you were a teeny weeny little tyke). You are becoming better at holding your head up, sitting up, and practicing tummy - time (even though you're not so fond of it at the moment."



Things that make you smile: When I make silly faces at you, when I chump on your chin or cheeks, and when you Facetime grandma and granddad. 



What you like to eat: You currently are drinking about 3.5 - 4 ounces of liquid gold (breast milk) each sitting. I think you are almost ready to graduate to 4.5 - 5 ounces if your growing belly can stomach it!




Meeting someone new: Last month you were able to meet your cousins for the first time. They were truly inquisitive about you and love you very much. You even had your first play - date with cousin Abel.




Favorite book: Right now we're totally into Dr. Seuss books from "Hop on Pop" to "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish." 

Favorite outfit (According to Mommy this month): You finally moved out of newborn clothing and transitioned into 0-3 Months and 3 Month clothing. You have a closet and drawer FULL of clothes, so much so that you don't even have to wear the same outfit twice for an entire month. But for now Mommy's favorite outfit for you last month is the Batman  onesie with the detachable cape. You looked like you could conquer the world  in that outfit (which by the way, you can...don't let anyone tell you any different).




via GIPHY

Fun fact: We FINALLY got you comfortable sleeping on your back in your bassinet next to mommy and daddy's bedside. You even almost sleep through the entire night (typically from 10:30pm - 4am). You like to fall asleep to the white noise sound of rain on leaves! It's very soothing to you and to me.



All in all Gray, it's been an eventful 3 months with you and I wouldn't trade any second of it. I can't wait to see what awesome things you learn this month as we continue to watch how you develop and grow.



Happy 3 month birthday Grayson!

Love,
Mommy (and Daddy)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Dear Gray



Dear Gray,
Here we are at Month 2! I cannot believe you've been on this earth going on 9 weeks. Time is truly flying and I want it to SLOW DOWN (you can't get these moments back). You continue to grow physically every day (your cheeks are getting fluffier, you have a slight case of double chin...don't feel bad mommy had one as a baby too, etc.) and you are beginning to develop your own personality. Every day I look at you, you look different. I've officially deemed you a chameleon ;) 

You are starting to stay up longer, make more facial expressions, follow voices, faces (on Facetime), pictures in books, and sounds you hear! You also have built an amazing bond with your daddy, which I absolutely LOVE!


In your 2nd month here are some of the things you do and love:

Nicknames we call you: Gray, G, Flipper (you make this funny dolphin noise), Maggie (like Maggie from the Simpson's ,you suck your pacifier really loud and hard)




Favorite Position to SleepOn mommy or daddy's chest or in your Boppy





Morning Routine: You have a pep talk with daddy before work, then you have your morning feeding, then you take a nap with mommy, we read a book, then I play your affirmation playlist to help us get the day started!




Favorite outfit this month (picked out by Mommy): The navy and white striped outfit you wore for Easter, because we all were matching as a family #TeamAnderson 




Favorite Book this month: "Oh The Places You'll Go" - Dr. Seuss

First trip: Road trip to Fort Walton Beach/Destin, FL with daddy for a work trip (May 2 - May 4)

Fun Fact: Your picture was featured on 3 Instagram sites this month



I love the little person you're turning into! You truly mean the world to us. You motivate me in ways I never knew I could be and I thank God for you on a daily basis. I can't wait to see what next month has in store. 




Happy 2 month birthday munchkin!

Love,
Mommy (and Daddy)

*1st and 7th pictures taken by Kimberly G Photography at 2 week photo shoot.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Shake Things Up


A couple of weeks ago I wanted to straighten out the top of my closet. It was absolute chaos. I removed every item of clothing and reorganized everything (grouping the items, folding the items, and giving each piece a specific home). Since I got the top of the closet organized I decided to go through my clothes that were hanging up as well. It was about that time that I did some official spring cleaning with my clothes anyway. 

During my pregnancy I "outgrew" a lot of the items I have in my closet. I lived in leggings because they were comfortable and the only piece of clothing in my closet that could "stretch" with me and my growing belly. Overtime I got really bored with the items in my closet (as I felt like I was wearing the same things over and over and over again). So while I was cleaning out my closet I decided to "shake things up" a bit.

I knew there were some items that needed to be thrown out, there were others that I simply did not like any more that needed to be donated, there were some pieces that I was on the fence about keeping or discarding, and then there were my showstopper pieces and staples that I knew I wanted to keep. 

Sometimes we get so bored with things in our closet that we cannot see the great outfit potential we already possess. It's easy to overlook great pieces we own because we wear them too often, don't know what to wear with them, or we want something new. But there is a way to spice up the items you already have, by looking at your closet with fresh eyes. Those fresh eyes can be found by using Pinterest 's search tool.


I went to Pinterest (especially with items I was on the fence about keeping), typed in the article of clothing I needed inspiration for, then I found 3-5 pins of that said article of clothing to aid in creating multiple outfits. For example. I searched "Black Floral Kimono Outfit" and many styles popped up. I pinned outfit inspiration that incorporated items I already owned in my closet so I wouldn't be compelled to go out and spend money, and to also help me stretch my mind to create new looks.


Here's an example of a search I did and how I was able to create a look from items I already had in my closet.

Once I searched for black floral kimono outfits I ran across this look and countless others. I liked this outfit because I realized it was composed of items I already own (i.e. a black floral kimono similar to the one pictured above, a striped shirt, denim skinnies and a pair of cognac booties). Check out how I remixed the look below!







    Outfit Details: Black Floral Kimono: Amazon, Striped T-Shirt: Target, Distressed Jeans: Charlotte Russe+, Fedora: Forever 21, Booties: Charlotte Russe, Gold Frames: Charlotte Russe

While this is a great outfit as is, this exercise is not about just copying and pasting an outfit. It is all about taking inspiration, tweaking the outfit to fit your style, and making it your own using items you own (hence the reason I added my tan fedora, gold rimmed frames, and earrings)! Don't be afraid to shake things up. Use the wealth of inspiration found on Pinterest to help you spruce up your closet to create an infinite amount of new outfit ideas just in time for Spring/Summer to hit! You'll thank me later. Trust me :)

*Hint: Create a Pinterest board with all your inspired looks. Keep a log of which looks you've recreated. Try to document the looks by taking pictures when you wear them, then store them on your phone in a special album, so when you feel like you don't have anything to wear you can reference your Pinterest board and/or photo album of looks you created!

Happy Friday luvs,
-Ali

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Rock Mom


One of my favorite people in the fashion world is stylist June Ambrose. I've always loved her positive attitude, her infectious spirit, and her fly sense of style. But the thing I love most about her is what I discovered when I started following her on IG a few years ago. Auntie June is the quintessential example of a rock mom. She works in the fashion industry (an industry that I WILL land a position in very soon - speak it into existence right?), she is a wife, an amazing mom of 2, she cooks healthy meals from scratch with organic foods, works out and has an all around fab life (not to mention a wardrobe to swoon over).  She is someone I don't mind trying to emulate, especially as a mommy, since she's an awesome Rock Mom! 






Outfit Details: Rock T-Shirt: Charlotte Russe; White Button Up with Puffy Sleeves: old; LC Pants: Kohl's; Cropped Leather Jacket: H&M; Lace - Up Booties: Charlotte Russe; Choker: Charlotte Russe; Mirrored Sunglasses: Charlotte Russe

Being a rock mom is not about being perfect, it is about doing your very best in all aspects of your life from being a great wife/partner, awesome mommy, career oriented, spiritually and physically centered, and most importantly aware of when you should block out time for yourself to rejuvenate. I haven't gotten it all figured out just yet, but I am on my way! Here's to all the amazing rock moms out there; and a special shout out to one rock mom I've had the pleasure of getting a front row seat of viewing for 31 years, my very own rock mom! I pray I can be as half as good as a mom to Grayson as you were to me and my siblings. Love ya mom.

-Ali