Happy Birthday, Grayson James

Grayson James.. my second baby. When you are pregnant with your second, you wonder how you will ever be able to love another tiny human the way you love your first born. Then they hand you that sweet baby, and you instantly get it. Being a mother is amazing. I love each of my three babies so much, and have a unique relationship with each. Each baby stole a piece of my heart, and each little personality makes me melt differently from the others.

I had Kaia to myself for three and a half years. I was nervous to have another baby! Grayson’s original due date was December 24th, Christmas Eve. He was, and always will be, our favorite Christmas gift!

Kaia loved on her baby brother from the second she met him. I remember being so anxious for her to meet Grayson!

Grayson’s almost-Irish-twin, Reece, would come one year later. At times, I felt guilty about Grayson’s first year. I was absolutely exhausted about 100% of the time, and the year flew by!

I try hard to have a special relationship with each of my children, and while I am spread thin a lot of the days, I am so thankful they have each other. My grandmother told my mom, “the greatest gift you can give a child is a sibling.” She had EIGHT babies.. that is extremely generous, Gram! (Please do not take offense if you decided one baby was the perfect fit for your family, or if you are unable to have more babies. Families are perfect, big, small or full of fur babies!)

(Pictured above: Grayson and baby Reece)
I totally get what my grandmother meant now. I am so incredibly grateful for my three babies. I love that they have one another. I seriously melt when they light up just seeing one another. Life is expensive as a family of five; child care costs, groceries, seasonal clothes for each growth spurt.. it adds up. But living on a budget and purchasing off-brand items is such a minor sacrifice. We have far too much to be grateful for over here!

Gray is so important to our family! He is our loudest of the three, very sensitive (in a great way) and cautious. He is learning so much, and his little voice is the sweetest ever (when he is not screaming!)

Grayson James, your little face, squishy cheeks and absolutely gorgeous eyes are so incredibly precious to me. You are such a beautiful little person, inside and out.

I won’t wish for you stay little forever, because I know you are meant to do great things!

I will just keep chasing you around with a camera, snapping these sweet pictures, so I can always remember just how fun these days really are. Time is only going to move quicker with each passing year.. I’m just trying to soak it all in.

“yah sometimes this ol’ life will leave you wishin’.. that you had five more minutes..”

I loved reminiscing tonight, as the hours pass and my baby boy turns TWO! Thanks for looking back with me.

Jess. xo

So PLAID You’re here!

I love planning my babies’ birthday parties; like, oddly enjoy it. We are in the midst of planning a combined first and second birthday party for our sons, Grayson and Reece. I love themed parties, and smile when I look back just one year to Grayson’s first birthday bash.

We planned a lumberjack themed winter brunch for our sweet boy! I am going to apologize in advance; the quality of the pictures below is less than stellar. Gaze through the grainy haze and take a look at some of the fun details that went into Grayson’s lumberjack first birthday celebration!

It definitely helped that Grayson’s birthday is in December.. all the Christmas decor went with our theme.

Big sister, Kaia in her flannel!

Grayson woke with a fever, right as guests arrived. He pretty much slept through his whole party. We managed to sing ‘Happy Birthday,. Poor guy!

Naturally, mustaches were provided!

Hoping Grayson can indulge in the festivities at his second birthday party!

Jess. xo

Kids’ Thanksgiving Style

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is just a couple weeks away! Like most, I love spending time with my family. My father is such a great cook and I look forward to his grilled turkey and hand mashed potatoes each fall. Getting three children dressed and out the door is definitely a lot of work! I have their coordinating outfits ready to go this year. Christmas and Easter are the holidays when I splurge a bit more, and get a little more “fancy”. I like to keep Thanksgiving attire simple and affordable for our family.

Here is my Kaia girl in a chambray jumper from Target. Click here for this exact Cat & Jack jumper, or see the products below for a similar look.

Grayson James.. he gave me a run for my money trying to get a nice picture of him in his Thanksgiving outfit. Below is the best I could with my wild, almost-two-year old! I included a flat lay, so you could actually see the clothing. Yikes!

Last but not least, sweet Reece. He is seriously an angel! He is also rocking his big brother’s hand-me-down sweater, which is just life with three small children. I am happy we are getting another wear out of this collared sweater.

Hopefully I will be able to get a picture of these three cuties together, or our family of five, on Thanksgiving.. I won’t hold my breath though! I can’t blame my toddler for not wanting to sit still and pose. “Let them be little”, right!?

Jess. xo