We met with Sam’s behavioral therapy team lead today, to talk about his goals and starting a new communication system (PECS), and it was the first time I walked away from a meeting feeling more excited than sad, and more hopeful than shattered, and more proud than ashamed, and more encouraged than worried. ❤️ This boy. I just love him so freaking much. And he is so smart, so sweet, so full of love and potential, and goodness, I wish everyone could experience this smile of his firsthand. The way his whole face lights up when he looks at you. Those stunning eyes, staring right into yours. He’s got this. We’ve got this. I have no doubt. 👊🏻❤️ || Outfit details linked here 👉🏼 #email@example.com
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Early morning swim/baths. Trying to keep these two cool ☀️☀️
Story time: this happened a few days ago. Charlotte and I went to go lay down and take a nap (I usually don’t actually fall asleep I just scroll through my phone) but this time I waited until she fell asleep and I drifted off too. When I woke up, I opened my eyes and she was literally staring right at me, wide eyed and smiling SO big. At this point I start asking her questions that I wish she could answer like “how long have you been awake girl!” and she just smiled at me again and let out an “Oooooohhhhhh” it was so sweet. I know she’s three months old and obviously can’t talk to me but I have a feeling deep down that she understands me completely. It’s hard to explain. Like yesterday when I was just having an overall rough day, she snuggled me so hard, held onto me with her little hands and rubbed her head on my chest. I feel like she knew I needed it. And I did. To someone else this might seem like the most unimportant thing ever but THESE are the moments I will cherish and remember forever! ❤️❤️❤️
...and dreamers 📷💫 I swear Zach and I are always thinking of the craziest things we could do with our lives! Like move to Hawaii + start a surf shop, or sell everything we own and travel indefinitely! 😂 were completely content with life right now, but we’ve just always been this way. It keeps us on our toes. ✨💞
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This is our last night sleeping in this bedroom...can’t believe we move tomorrow!! We had a low-key last night in NYC, ate some Joe’s Pizza and watched part of a movie with Wyatt. Movers come at 8am tomorrow 😬 To get the product details for this room click the link in my bio or like this picture and follow me on the LIKEtoKNOW.it app! @firstname.lastname@example.org#liketkit#LTKhome#hellohughes
I don’t care what anyone says about ‘living in the now’ it doesn’t take away the fact that I was robbed of what should have been a beautiful birth and a blissfully tiring newborn phase.
It’s true when they say follow your instincts. If it doesn’t feel right, then it probably isn’t.
1 33:50 AM Feb 25, 2018
Disney at night ✨ ✌🏼 out Disney, you were good to us
This photo was taken the first month Jack + I tried to nurse. It was THE WORST. I cried like everyday + often wondered why I was putting myself through this kind of torture. But I pushed through, with the help of a super supportive husband, knowing this was the best gift I could give Jack. 13 months later, Jack cut his bedtime feeding on his own. I literally sat down to nurse Jack before bed like I always do, and he reached for a book instead. The second he reached for the book, I knew it was time. We read our books and I held him super close before laying him down for bed. I stood outside his door + cried + thanked God for the beautiful gift of nursing.
That may sound crazy + I totally get it. I was the mom who literally had zero interest in breastfeeding. I tried it knowing it was a really good, nutritional gift I could give my son, but with zero expectations. The first month was so hard - physically, mentally, emotionally. In fact, I think it was harder than pregnancy or birth.
But like most good things, it was worth the work, and I’m so thankful I did it. Nursing gave Jack + I a little extra emotional connection I didn’t count on. When he was sick, and I mentally had no idea how to give or what do, my body was able to give him exactly what he needed. Also, nursing made me realize even more how freaking awesome God is. It still BLOWS MY MIND the way he has created a mothers body to perfectly complement the health + growth of her child.
So if you are still here with me at the end of this incredibly long insta post, here’s the point. Good, sweet things take time, they take work, they take sacrifice. They may start out as tears in the shower, but they may end with a healthy little boy reaching for a book, knowing he is safe + loved, and having the self confidence + assurance he needs to put himself to sleep.
And just like that this dapper dude is one! He is the funniest kid. His new favorite thing to do it roar/growl like a lion. He started walking last week. He says mama, dada, and baba. He loooves Trolls and Moana. When you ask how big he is he puts his hands up and loves to dance. He loves books and is the sweetest, cutiest, best little nugget ever in the history of the world. He makes me so happy and even though its only been a year I can't imagine life before him. Momma loves you bug. 💙💙
The shirt says it all.. it’s Addyson’s world and we’re all just living in it 🤷🏻♀️
3 623:15 AM Feb 25, 2018
Ok so there’s this thing that happens when you become a parent where time doesn’t make sense anymore. Like, Elliot is two but I just a gave birth to him and he’s been in my life forever, right?! And Addie is only 10 months old but she’s always been here, ya know?! There’s also this thing that happens (to me anyway) where you kinda lose yourself in the “Mom” title and feel like your life has been hijacked but then find new meaning and identity in the role, hit your stride, and feel so confident in who you are, what you’re doing, and where you’re going and realize that you couldn’t be happier that these kiddos knocked you out of orbit and put you in a time warp for a little while. They helped get me where I am today and I’m so grateful for this season and this time I have with them. They have molded me into this Mom form and I’m so happy for it. So, so happy. ✨
A day late but happy six months to my chunky monkey. These past six months have been nothing but pure joy, he is just such a good baby. I am so thankful to be his mama. Sad the time has gone by so fast but so thankful we have a happy healthy baby. I love you bubs. (FYI I kid you not as soon as I brought out the phone he did this pose)
8 543:10 AM Feb 25, 2018
I’m supposed to be at a girls night in event but my husband had a work event to attend and we have no child care 🤷🏽♀️. So I’m left with laundry, Snap chat filters, ice cream and Carmel rice cakes after the kids go to bed 😂 #turnup#momlife#saturdaynightselfie#thisishowiparty
It's been a whirlwind of a month and an extra crazy week at our house meeting deadlines along with two sick kiddos and the little one also in full force potty training mode. Any moment this pregnant mama got to sit down and cuddle with them the growing babe inside me kicked and squirmed as if they were saying, "I'm here too!" Which certainly made us giggle with love and so much anticipation to meet this little one eager to join in our wild days. #momlife#artistmeetsmother .
Thank you to The Amdak Productions for capturing this amazing photo for us.
I snagged another sweatshirt on clearance at Target 💪🏼 and despite his face he wanted it so he could be matching too - and while the little guy may not be able to twin with us he gets to be an astronaut 👨🚀 so win-win! My goals of convincing my boys to be matchy matchy are ever so slowly coming to fruition. If I could find this thing in a men’s size then all my dreams might just come true 🤞🏼✨
3 423:02 AM Feb 25, 2018
New blog post about these two cute sisters ❤️ link in bio.
This is the kind of Saturday I’ve dreamed about as a mom. Iris woke up cooing and Alonso changed her diaper and took care of her then brought her to bed with us. We played with her for awhile before she started whimpering, so I pulled her close to me and she fell asleep right away. This kind of Saturday happens maybe 1% of the time but it only makes us treasure it more.💗
16 4805:33 PM Feb 24, 2018
My heart and soul... The love I have for these three is more than words could EVER explain! Thank you, God for blessing me so...