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The tricky thing about the last baby is that you never know when the Last of the Lasts will come along. One day I’m feeding her while she sits on the counter in the bumbo and the next day the high chair I’ve ordered is delivered and I eagerly assemble it; thinking that we are on to bigger and better things. It’s not until a week or so later that I realize….that was the last of lunch in the bumbo. It’s not that big of a deal, really, I mean…I guess it’s not. Unless I think back on The Last and wonder if I really soaked it in enough to make a memory of it. Did I? Did I stop long enough and really enjoy that Bumbo Time? Perhaps it’s not really the question of ‘did I soak up the Bumbo Time or Infant Seat Time or Sleep Sack Time or *insert whatever milestone is ending time*’, but rather am I soaking up ALL OF IT. Am I living in these days completely? Or on some days am I distracted by laundry/cooking/not cooking, but ordering out/cleaning up toys/making lunches?

It reminds me of the story of Mary and her sister Martha when Jesus came to visit them in their home. Mary chose to soak it up. To really BE THERE when Jesus was there. She gave all of her attention to Him while Martha, the busy body, was too distracted by household things to really enjoy the presence of Jesus. In fact, she even TATTLED on her sister TO JESUS saying ‘…make her help me!’. Can you imagine? Ratting on your sister to the same man who turns water into wine and walks across water like it’s a regular ol’ Saturday afternoon at the lake? Sadly, I think I CAN imagine myself tattling and getting upset because I was doing all the work while my sister did (what I thought was) nothing. But then, Jesus pretty much said to Martha, ‘Oh girl. You are worried about silly and useless things when only few things matter in this life. Your sister has chosen what is best and I’m not going to take that from her’.


What was that you said, Jesus? Sit down, chill out and LIVE THIS MOMENT?

Each day I think to myself, my goodness Lord, help me to choose what is best and leave the mindless things alone. These days fade too quickly and I’d rather be a Mary than a Martha. Hopefully, I’m doing more living than doing.

I’m thankful that I do stop and photograph her and her sisters so that I can easily look back and remember the Last of the Lasts. The sleep sack, the *baby* car seat, and before the crib was lowered.

Silly? Maybe, but it’s not neccessarily The Lasts that I’m talking about, but rather the idea of choosing what is best and leaving the busy work to be.

Now. Anyone want to come over and do this laundry for me?


  • Katie - This is beautiful. And Josie is so sweet. When you’ve walked the road that is a bit more difficult than most moms who have children easily, these things are even sweeter.ReplyCancel

  • Ginger Unzueta - love everything about this and can relate 110%
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…to this blog.

I’m just kind of stoked about that and considering posting here again.

Until then, here’s a picture or two from the recent weeks.

lemme see if I still know how to insert an image.

*scratches head*




Josie Mae is a month old.  Well, she’s actually almost 2 months old and I’m just now getting around to posting this.

So I like sleep better than blogging.  And?

These last several weeks have flown by.  It’s completely true that the days are long, but the years are short.  As mommies (and daddies) we are blessed (tortured?) to watch our little ones grow up each day.  They are literally getting bigger right before our eyes and it’s so bittersweet to watch.  So many times I just grab them up and snuggle them.  Breathing in their smell (many times they smell like ‘outside’ and crayons or Bath and Body Works).  They’ll ask me what I’m doing and I say ‘shhhh….I’m making a memory of you’  Each time I put Josie Mae down for the night I can hardly bear it because I know when she wakes up cooing in the morning she’ll be just a wee bit bigger.  It’s great to watch these cuties grow, but then again it’s one of the hardest things mommies (and daddies!) have to do.

Anyway!  On with the show.  I take a picture of this chickadee everyday; however, on the 26th of each month I’ll use something other than my iphone and I’ll make notes of what’s going on with her at the time.


I also wanted to share 5 items that are our favorites.  With the fourth kid we feel like we are getting things down pat with this baby thing.  Here are the things we LOVE around here.

The Mini Cosleeper is fantastic.  My mom gave us this handy dandy item and it’s just perfect.  It’s a great size for us because it fits in just the spot we needed and it’s also a perfect fit for baby.  There’s great storage on each side where I keep diapers.  There’s also a large storage area underneath that zips up and that’s where I keep extra sheets, blankets, swaddles and baby wipes.  Also, it folds up and has a carrying bag.  Yep.  You need this.

The Moby Wrap is another favorite.  Josie LOVES it.  If she’s fussy, I can put her in and she zips it right up.  She loves being snuggled up to me and using the wrap is the perfect way to cuddle her and get things done if I need to.  Or, if I just want to walk with her to the bus stop to gather up the girls.

When we first brought Josie Mae home from the hospital we were using the traditional swaddle method.  Tony is way better at the swaddle thing, by the way.  I could never master it at all.  We were gifted a set of SwaddleMe Blankets and they are so great!  So very easy and the perfect amount of swaddle.  Her legs are able to move around and fall into the ‘frog pose’ that babies love.  I use this every single night.  Josie is a big fan.

Oh. My. Goodness.  The Sound Sleeper App is amazing!!  The free version plays for 30 minutes and the paid version will play as long as you want.  Josephine’s favorite sound on the app is the hairdryer.  It will calm her right away if she’s upset.  I’ve often used it in the car (if you follow me on Instagram you know how she and the car don’t get along) and always use it when she’s down for the night or napping.  Actually, if you want to know the truth, I find it pretty soothing myself.

The last thing I want to brag on is the mamaRoo.  It’s a bit George Jeston-ish and so very cool.  You can even control it with an app on your phone (that is what sold my husband on it).  There’s all sorts of combinations you can use…various sounds and movements with varying speeds and volume.  This is where she takes her afternoon naps.  I’ve tried to fit into myself, but it has messed my hair up just a bit trying to get in.

So there you have it!  Our Top Five Favorite Baby purchases…as of right now.  When she reaches another milestone age, I’m sure I’ll repost some favorites here.

Hope everyone is having a great Friday.  It’s date night up in this place!