Being Genuinely Positive


Last Sunday at church we had a lesson about being genuine.  I feel like I have always tried to be genuine and “real”, almost to a fault. Somtimes I am too honest or speak my mind too much.  I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic lately and have come to the conclusion that I really need to be genuinely positive.

I want to be a genuine person, I want to be real, but the problem with that is that sometimes I am a skeptic and a pessimist.  I can unfortunately be a grump and focus too much on the negative, instead of just being happy and having fun.

My life has definitely had it’s share of challenges, but overall I really am so blessed. I am married to an amazing man, have a beautiful baby boy, live in one of the best places in the country and never really want for anything.  I have always had food to eat, clothes to wear, and loads of other conveniences that others don’t share.

So, my new goal is to be genuinely positive. Yes, if I’m being “real”, I could tell you all about how my son was screaming at me last night, how I went to bed feeling like the world’s worst mother, how my bathroom shower doesn’t get cleaned nearly enough or that even after being a mother for over 3 months I still feel like I’ve just treading water more often than not; but instead I want to be the person that forgets all those things.  I want to be the person that remembers how she made her son laugh and giggle, how she finished all the laundry and had dinner ready for her husband when he got home, how she remembered to pay the bills or mail off the birthday card.

For me, the “failures” or struggles always overshadow the small “wins”.  Here’s to changing that.  Here’s to focusing on the good.  Embracing the bad and focusing only on the things that will bring me up and remind me that I’m doing alright.

On the Road Again

You’d think I would have enough sense to say no to a trip down to southern California a week after our month long vacation, but you’d be wrong.

One of our good friends decided to get married this last Thursday down in Newport Beach.  He is a great guy and Jared and I both really wanted to be there to support him. You can’t tell from the picture, but Jude wanted to be there too.



Since we didn’t have anyone to watch Jude, I skipped the ceremony and let Jared represent our family. I did however go to the reception and it was beautiful. It was at a gorgeous home out in Temecula and the hostess and bride did a great job with the decorations and catering. I love it when people pull indoor furniture outdoors for a wedding. It’s just so perfectly out of place it makes it seem so special. They are a super cute couple and we wish them all the best!

Another reason I knew Jude and I had to make the trip was to see this guy.


I love how they both have about the same expression. lol! We love our Aar Bear and Jude was dying to meet him.

Aaron was down in southern California for a medical rotation and conveniently had the weekend off to come play with Jared. Jared, Aaron and their college buddy Matt all went to Six Flags the Saturday after the wedding and then we all met up for dinner before we drove home.


The boys were glad to see eachother and have some bro time, but unfortunately they got rained out of Six Flags. No bueno.

And just for kicks, here’s a picture of a very happy baby up WAY past his bedtime. I guess I’ll just have to blame it on the traveling.

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Thanks for being such a trooper, Jude!


Jude’s 4th Trimester

Baby Jude at a week old!


That first week was tough but so great. It was just the three of us for the first week; Jared, Jude, and me. Jude and I spent the time learning how to nurse, sleep and meeting new friends. Jared was a big help at home and really enjoyed that first week of bonding time.

The first couple nights Jude didn’t want to sleep on his own so I held him most of the time, I even fell asleep with him on the couch (definite no, no.) Sleep has probably been one of the hardest topics for us. I think we have tried it all and he still isn’t the best sleeper. He tends to fuss a lot when he goes down for naps or bed at night and wakes often needing some help to fall back asleep.

He looks so small in that picture, but still just as alert as ever!

Just a week later at 2 weeks, he started to fill out a little. Still so precious, with those mesmerizing eyes.

At 4 weeks, Jude was 10 lbs. 7 oz. He put on almost 3 lbs. since leaving the hospital. He can definitely eat like a champ, and it’s a miricale he puts on so much weight with the amount he spits up.

He’s always been a very alert baby and I can tell he is a thinker.


At his 2 month appointment he was 13 lbs 6 oz. Again, he put on about 3 lbs. in a month. He is definitely our chunker.


Just before turning 2 months he started mimicking my smile. He started to do it after I would kiss his face and then smile after. It must have been the cutest thing ever. At 2 months he started liking his play gym. He’s our mover and shaker and is always kicking and swinging his arms around.


We didn’t have an appointment at 3 months, but my guess is that he weighed 15.5 lbs. He is slowing down a bit but still growing like a weed.


Everyone that sees him says, “he’s big for a 3 month old, right?” He is definitely solid and gets rather heavy after carrying him around for too long.

Right before turning 3 months old Jude started laughing. Jared got it on video and it’s probably the happiest I’ve ever seen him. Jared sure loves his baby boy.

The newest form of entertainment in our house is Jude babbling. He is quite the talker sometimes and we have had some really good converstations.

I can’t believe he is already 3 months old!  Looking back at the 1st picture in this post and then to the last, you can tell he has changed so much! We love our baby Jude! (AKA Squish, Chunk, Bug-a-boo, JuJu, Judey, Bug, Buddy,…)