Monday, September 30, 2013

We're back

Last night I slept a full 8 hours and woke up in my own bed after 4 nights away in Indianapolis. I can't tell you those 4 nights away were fact...they were some of the hardest parent-nights we've had since those sleepless nights in the hospital. Being at the Influence Conference was too much for the enemy. He attacked, attacked, attacked and we fell victim. But you know what, we came out on the other side feeling alive, healed, refreshed, and fulfilled. I need a few days to process, pray, and soak in all the goodness my heart experienced at the conference and I can't wait to share my experience with you.

Our sweet, awesome sleeping boy went through a growth spurt during the conference (thus wanted to eat, eat, eat and not sleep, sleep, sleep) and I ended up with an awful case of mastitis our last night/day. Friends... God heals! (blog post to come)

Today we are back home (Ford did amazing on our flights) and catching up on laundry and life and this afternoon my grandparents come to stay with us for a few days. Ford will meet his namesake.... I cannot wait.

Taste and see that the Lord is good -Psalm 34:8

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Mr Personality

I've been keeping my nice camera out in the living room to try to take more pictures with it instead of only with my phone so here are a few shots of Mr. Ford in the past week. This kid has so many cute facial expressions and is SO animated with his eyebrows and mouth. 

Ford is so sweet and talkative in the mornings, I shot this video with my phone after feeding him this morning. Such a cutie!

Ford gets his wings tonight... taking his very first plane ride to Indianapolis! Say a pray for us...our flight happens to be during his lovely witching hour :)

Catch ya next week!

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Because He loved us first

We love because he first loved us. -1 John 4:19

Ford had the treat of meeting his gramma and grampa great last week who drove in from Kansas City, MO to spend a few days getting to know him. It was so nice to have extra sets of hands wanting to hold, cuddle, feed, and change Ford so mama could actually get some stuff done! It was such a beautiful weekend weather wise which just puts everyone in a good mood. 

On their last night here, my gramma said to me with tears in her eyes that she loves our Ford so much and it is because of the love of Jesus. Isn't that the full truth of parenthood? Being a mother, 6 weeks under my belt, has given me only the tiniest glimpse of the way He loves us. Not a day goes by where I don't get a little frustrated or discouraged during Ford's witching hour or when he cannot be consoled but not a second goes by that I am not in love with that little boy so much that my heart could burst. And the love our Father shows us is a million times greater. The discouragement we bring on Him isn't in the form of a whiny half hour in the evenings, it is lying, cheating, idolatry, sin. And not a second goes by that we aren't covered by His perfect grace.

I know I will never be able to love Ford as much as the Lord loves him but what an awesome example and goal to be set before me. To show Ford grace when he disobeys, to be compassionate as he grows and shares his dreams with me, and to love him unconditionally no matter the path his life takes. If I love Ford this much, I can't even begin to fathom the way my God feels about me. 

For this is what The Lord says: "I will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of the nations like a flooding stream; you will nurse and be carried on her arm and dandled on her knees. As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem." -Isaiah 66:12-13

Jon and I have the wonderful ability to love our sweet son because of the cross and the intimate, loving relationship our Creator longs to have with us. It is our ultimate job and duty in life to show him that love and cover him in the same grace Christ gives us. Being a child of God is the highest privilege and honor that we can ever hold. We are given new life and great hope. I look at Ford's big blue eyes and can't believe God chose me to be his mother. 
What a gift.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Hart family update

I haven't done a life update lately so I figured I'd fill you in on our exciting life! Haha. Between nursing, changing diapers, taking walks, and occasional naps, things have been pretty calm around our house. We finally feel like we have our head above water and are starting to figure out what Ford likes, doesn't like, etc. He likes eating... doesn't like napping! There have been days where we have been go, go, go... errands, playdates, church... but then many days where I don't leave the house and I wouldn't change it for the world. Earlier this week Jon asked me if I still loved my new "job" and without skipping a beat, I said yes! Man oh man does motherhood change you and humble you. At times feelings of defeat cloud my heart but then I am redeemed when I get a 2 hour nap from my little guy in the ergo and I have a chance to vacuum, mop, and clean all the bathrooms (true story... I was so darn excited #momlife). The crazy thing about motherhood is that no day brings the same thing. Luckily Ford has been consistent at night and I have been getting lots of rest but each day we wake up not knowing what is in store for us, and that is the beautiful, exciting, frightening thing about being a mommy. 

This week Ford's gramma and grampa great are in town loving on him and being such a help for me! I look at the way we love our baby boy and it rocks my world knowing that so many people love him just as much. This little guy just has no idea.

Guy day with papa and uncle James

Daddy cuddles after a bottle

Ford is quite the messy eater so we've started using bibs that happen to be bigger than him... too cute

Some days the only way he will nap is on my chest... and I don't mind one bit

Our little half Aggie half Baylor Bear ready for the Bama game last weekend

Rocking the baby mank

For the most part Ernie ignores Ford but then will go cuddle right next to him at times

Daddy did some shopping for Ford this week #sicembears

The ladies sure do love kissing Ford!

In other Hart family news...
  • Ford has a bad case of cradle cap and we are using adult shampoo to try to get rid of it... poor guy
  • We got down all of our Halloween/fall decor and I am getting antsy to put it up. Our Halloween party will be quite different this year with a little guy 
  • 6 days until Influence!
  • I have my 6 week postpartum checkup on Tuesday and am anxious to see what my doctor says. I've noticed that the more I get back to normal living (lifting things, bending over, etc) the more my incision bothers me. C section mamas, how long (if ever) did it take for your incision to feel normal?
  • I went to Costco yesterday and Ford was due to eat so I grabbed a display camping chair and fed him and the end of an aisle. I am so shocked that more stores/places don't have nursing rooms thse days!
  • Ford is a talking machine these days! Cooing and babbling... cutest thing ever! I've managed to get some on video but you know how it is when your baby does something cute, and then stops when you bust out the camera.
  • I've started taking daily videos of Ford since he is changing and growing so fast! Major cuteness below

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Ford's nursery

I tried my best to write down where we got certain items in his nursery and if something isn't listed, it was most likely made by me, made by a friend, or given to us! 

Color: Colorplace Concentrated Chromium from Wal Mart
Crib: Jenny Lind from Wayfair
Curtain/ottoman pouf/chair pad fabric: Carousel 
Ottoman pouf: Sew Caroline
Lamp: Home Goods
Rhino head: Z Gallerie
Yellow owl: Ross
Mirror: TJ Maxx
Whale wall art: TJ Maxx
Ford emblem: bought at a carshow in town
Haboo mini hoop art: Ten Feet off Beale
Prints on wall: Livy Love Designs
You Are My Sunshine frame: Twigs Florist (owned by my aunt)
Bookshelves: made from gutters from Home Depot
Ford bench: Damhorst Toys
Chevron crib sheet: Target
Chevron Ford pillow: Very Jane
Changing table dresser: thrifted & painted
Wooden dresser: mine from childhood
FNH monogram: template here, painted by Jon
Wire baskets on changing table: HomeGoods
Yellow diaper pail: IKEA
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Monday, September 16, 2013

Chicken wire frame tutorial

I had a blank wall staring at me in Ford's nursery and I was stumped when trying to figure out what to hang. Since the dresser is taken over by a changing pad and changing gear, there isn't much room for picture frames so I knew I wanted to add something to house pictures. Shelves? Big frames? I was in the clearance section of Hobby Lobby and found huge, wooden, empty frames for $6 a piece and decided to let my creative juices flow.

Empty frames
Chicken wire (can be purchased at Home Depot in the gardening section)
Wire cutters
Staple gun

The most tedious (and physically painful!) part of this project will be cutting the chicken wire to fit the size of your frame. Be careful, the edges are sharp! I ended up with quite a few pokes and cuts on my hands...whoops. 

Once you've cut the chicken wire to fit the frame, use your staple gun to attach it to the back of the frame. Make sure it is tight and smooth.

You're done!

We hung the frames side by side with nails in the nursery and use wooden clothes pins to attach pictures, cards, etc. 

I am hoping to take pictures of the rest of his nursery this week for a nursery tour/reveal!

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Friday, September 13, 2013

I'd love to meet you... the Influence Conference!

T minus 12 days until our family of 3 heads north to Indianapolis to experience something God has been so kind to put in our lives. I could have never imagined my blog would allow me to travel across the US, be in community with other women, and use it as a platform to further His Kingdom. 

Today I am linking up with the Influence Net Blog for a little pre conference meet and greet....

2 things I will pack in my bag
-Non maternity's been almost 5 weeks since I had Ford and truth be told I am still wearing maternity pants to protect my incision and house my postpartum bump. I never realized that lots of non maternity clothes aren't nursing friendly but I am excited to bust out outfits that have been collecting dust in my closet for 10 months!

-My cell phone/laptop- I plan on using the conference as a way to unwind and focus my heart on what God has in store for me over the weekend but I will absolutely be documenting everything! As a first timer, I've read so many posts and recaps about how powerful this weekend will be and I don't want to forget anything

2 things I am looking forward to
-Hugging my bloggy friends in real life! I have had the pleasure of meeting so many bloggers thanks to work travel before I had my son and it feels surreal that I will finally get to meet some of the women who have made such an influential impact on my life

-Kara-Kae's Mom+Blogger workshop. As a new mommy whose full time job is feeding, changing diapers, and being the COO of our household, I can't wait to learn from one of my favorite veteran mamas on how to calmly balance blogging, family, and life while pursing Jesus. 


I'd love to know if you are going to the conference and look forward to meeting you! I will be the short brunette next to the beefy man with a faux hawk ... oh and baby with a faux hawk in the Ergo too!

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