Our son Kenton was born four months ago & our lives have forever changed. Here’s what we’ve been up to & a few things we believe:
We believe in having our cake & eating it, too! We believe in family and in having all the cousins over for a little family birthday party for the new big sister even though we had a newborn only a few days earlier.Â We believe in leftover ice cream cake for breakfast every once in awhile.Â We believe in legacy. We believe in love at first sight. We believe in capturing as many moments as possible with our “real camera” . . . especially when a beautiful great grandmother is meeting her youngest great grandson for the first time.Â We believe that you can never spoil a baby. We believe in so many hugs, cuddles, kisses, and snuggles. We believe in hugging our babies tight until they’re the ones to break the contact. . . even if there are a few too many things on the to-do list.We believe in patience. . . lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of patience. We believe in chocolate as parental stress-relief when Tenley isn’t looking. . .Â We believe that seeing our sweet niece as a big cousin to our babies has made us love her even more.We believe that our hearts can get very dangerously close to bursting with love.We believe that these fleeting moments are some of the happiest of our entire lives.We believe in letting her “help” even though it makes tasks take two or three times as long.We believe so-called ordinary moments are truly the extraordinary moments. We believe these are the moments we’ll look back on in 20 years with so much wonder & awe.
We believe that family is the most precious gift from God. And that marriage is the most beautiful human relationship.We believe in being IN the photos. . . even though we may not feel 100% back to “normal” post-baby.Â We believe in freedom, in playing outside, and in soaking up the sunshine of summer every chance we get.We believe in childhood innocence & in prolonging the wonder of being a kid for as long as possible.We believe in lots of giggles & belly laughs. We believe that they want our time above all else and especially more than things.We believe in feeling the softness of those glorious little baby thighs every chance we get.And we believe in gazing into those bright baby blues as often as possible.We believe in soft blanket cuddles & sweet little smiles.We believe she needs us to show her an example of what a marriage should look like even from this young age.We believe in unending kisses on those squishy cheeks & precious double chins!We believe in #pugsnotdrugs & #pugsandkisses.We believe in singing lots of silly songs & playing games over & over & over when she wants to.We believe in playing outside as often as we can & instilling our love for the outdoors into our children.We believe in playdates with fun friends even when our lives seem “too busy.” We believe there should always be time for friends!We believe in wrap naps & in snuggling our littles close. We believe they’re only little for a little while & we need to soak it up!We believe in family traditions & allowing them just a bit too much candy a couple of days per year.We believe seeing the joy of the little things in their eyes is one of the most joyous things about our lives.We believe that candid shots are fun, but we believe every once in awhile you have to make them sit together & look at the camera even though they’re less than impressed.We believe it’s way too much fun to see our aunts become great aunts.We believe cousins are our first best friends.We believeÂ the best thing a dad can do for his daughter is to love her mother well.We believe in laughs, lots & lots of laughs.We believe it may be the cutest thing ever when a baby sleeps through the commotion of 10 other kids running around on Easter. Â We believe that the phrase “sleeping like a baby” was invented for sweet little babies like Kenton.Â We believe that many, many moments with little babies are NOT picture perfect. But we believe that it’s all a part of the journey.We believe our babies are the absolute cutest. . . doesn’t every parent?!We believe that there is no sweeter relationship than that between siblings. But we also believe that we should get an award for protecting Kenton’s very life from certain danger with this little lady’s enthusiasm & intensity sometimes!We believe in letting them make a mess.We believe every child is an artist.We believe the most important job in the world is raising little humans to become loving & caring adults.We believe they are nothing short of miraculous.We believe in letting the dirty dishes sit just a tiny bit longer so we can play just a little bit more.We believe babies in pajamas are definitely on the top five list of Cutest Things Ever.We believe baby giggles are probably number one on that same list.We believe in make believe & in playing dress-up even though it causes her to change clothes 12 times a day & makes our never-ending laundry pile even more gargantuan.Â We believe in naps. . . lots & lots of naps.We believe our children’s generation can change the world by simply loving others.We believe in posing for a photo even when the lighting conditions aren’t perfect. . . the moment is what matters.We believe in being silly with your crazy aunt!We believe in lounging in your diaper when the weather is hot.We believe in encouraging creativity in fashion choices & in chalk art.We believe love multiplies as families grow.We believe in exploring & learning something new each day.We believe seeing our parents become grandparents to our kids is one of the most beautiful things.We believe in helping them soar through the sky & chase their dreams.We believe that baby toes are the sweetest.
We believe that love grows stronger with each generation.We believe that popsicles are the perfect Memorial Day treat.We believe that there’s no love like grandma’s love.We believe that having Aunt Lisa in town for the weekend is one of our favorite things!We believe in babywearing for as long as they’ll let us. We believe in helping them feel safe & secure. We believe squishy baby cheeks are one of the best things to kiss in the whole world.We believe parents have one of the most profound jobs in the entire world.We believe in letting her run absolutely wild in the backyard. We believe in letting her wear her favorite shirt over & over & over again.We believe that having these photos to look back on will take us right back to these unbelievably precious times in our minds.We believe in letting her wild spirit run free.We believe that there’s no love like a mother’s love & no sacrifice like being a mama. We believe there’s no greater privilege.We believe there will never be a time of such chaos in our lives. We believe our house will never be messier than it is now. But we also believe that the cuddles & reading a story just one more time are more important than having a pristine home.We believe in spontaneous dance parties.We believe babies are much smarter than we give them credit for sometimes!We believe in reading lots and lots and lots of books.Â We believe toddlers need lots of cuddles, too.We believe seeing them grow up together will be full of many laughs, lots of bumps & bruises, much tribulation, some frustration, and more love than we can imagine.We believe their little voices are the sweetest sound in the world.We believe boys can rock pink, too.We believe the squishy belly from pregnancy will eventually fade, but the love and miracle it held will last forever. We believe thatÂ remembering the heart wrenching moments of utter despair after our pregnancy losses makes us appreciate these moments with our babies even more.We believe dogs are a girl’s best friend.We believe summertime is for messy hair and no pants!We believe that the little things are the big things. We believe that the day-to-day with toddlers & babies can feel monotonous at times, but the monotony & the frustration & the times that require patience beyond belief are the times that culminate in the grandest love story of all. We believe we’re blessed.