Adie Cecilia

  

We are so thrilled to announce the arrival of our baby GIRL!

Adie Cecilia joined our family on Saturday, March 21 at 3pm. She weighed 7 lbs 6oz and is 20 inches of perfection. 

Right now, I’m still processing the fact that we have a daughter and also adjusting to our new normal as a family of four. 

We are so blessed to have two healthy children, which is something I don’t take for granted. My heart melts every time our son says “bebé” and wants to pat her on the head or touch her face. The way my husband calls her “sweetie” and holds her with such tenderness is one of the best things ever. 

So that’s me over here. Just one big puddle of mush and feeling all the feelings. 

P.s. Thank you so much for all of your well wishes and congratulations! xo

ready or not

*Edited: I actually wrote this post last week, on Thursday to be exact. Well, I’m thrilled to say that over the weekend we welcomed our baby into this world! More soon, I promise. 

Here I am at 39 weeks, 5 days pregnant. Somehow (and thank God!) yet again, I’m counting my blessings for having made it this far.

As we’re in these last few days of life as a family of three, I’ve been reminiscing about a lot of things. (I’ve also been taking the time to try and savor every moment with my family, hence the lack of posting around here. Thanks for understanding!)

It’s interesting how the memories of things past always start creeping up when similar events become a part of your present moments. One of the memories that’s been on my mind the most is how our lives changed with the birth of our first child. There was this innocence, a sort of naivety about how life would look like after the baby arrived. Of course, the reality was much different, although I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way. A lot of adjustments and sacrifices were made, as a couple navigating those new waters.

That first baby is now almost 2 years old and over the course of time, we have all adjusted and fallen into a sweet routine. Yes, life is still busy and exhausting but when there hasn’t been drastic change life tends to feel pretty even keeled and that in itself brings its’ own type of comfort.

The thing is, I’ve learned over the years is that if there isn’t change in our lives, we become complacent. Honestly, most of the time it’s easier to be resistant to change rather than give in. After all, it’s the well-traveled road. Thinking back about the changes, especially in the first year after having a baby I have also realized that without the change (and accompanying gray hairs) I wouldn’t be who I am today. Knowing that adding a second baby will be a drastic change to our lives yet again, is going to be a less-traveled road. That is, until it becomes our new normal.

Often, I wonder if our son also realizes in his own way that change is in the air. Lately, he’s wanted extra snuggles and cuddles and even wanted to sleep on my shoulder. Momma has to be holding his hand all the time or always be in sight. I am so much more aware now that I’m going to have to split my attention and time between two little human beings. That makes me sad in a way, knowing that I can’t fully give 100% to each child, all the time. Yet at the same time, I know that it’s going to grow and stretch me in many ways for the better if I let it.

Of course, there are those memories that wash over me like a tidal wave at night when I can’t sleep. Like the fact that I cannot remember how to make a proper swaddle or if I will be able to function on even less sleep yet again. Remembering that I have to change diapers throughout the night and feed the baby constantly. Instead of drowning in the harder memories of those early baby days, I’m going to do my very best and choose grace over perfection because I now know from experience that the days are indeed long, but the years are short.

We’re all so ready to meet you, bebe.

The Pirate and the Firefly {book review}

In just a few short months, our son turns two. T-W-O, y’all. Someone hold me. And don’t tell anyone, but I still rock him to sleep at night because he will always be my first baby. Before we know it, he’ll be school-aged and playing pretend pirates with his buddies.

I’ve mentioned it before but our son just loves to read and always has, ever since we started reading books to him at a very early age. I’m not saying it to brag but he would much rather have a book while sitting in the stroller or car seat, instead of a toy. He’s a boy after momma’s book-loving heart. These days, his toys can actually go untouched by him for days at a time because he would rather drag his book basket around and have me read all his favorites. That just makes my heart melt.

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35 weeks: bebé dos

Here we are, facing the last few miles of the marathon that is pregnancy. I love a good running metaphor and told my husband the other day that though I’m on mile 21 of this marathon, some days it feels like I’ve only just began the race.

Such is the life of being pregnant with a toddler hanging around. Who told this kid he could ask me to pick him up 37 times a day? I joke (lovingly) but seriously, he weighs a lot and this momma needs to dust off and start using her 5 lb. dumbbells more often.

{Please feel free to skip this post if it’s not your cup of tea. I promise things are G-rated, but sometimes I know pregnancy talk can be annoying or painful for others’ to hear.}

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chippers

One thing I love about the Internet is how you can bridge long distances with the click of a button. Whether you’re communicating with family or friends, knowing that technology (and freedom!) allows this to happen is a huge blessing that I often take for granted.

I’ve been blogging for just about 5 years and in that time, I’ve been able to forge some virtual acquaintances (dare I say, friends?) in the blogging community. I know a few people in my real life would roll their eyes at this, but it has been cool to develop a camaraderie and relationship with someone who you relate with and maybe haven’t met face to face yet.

Though the exact details escape me right now, I’m pretty sure (and please correct me if I’m wrong, Madison) it was through leaving comments on each other’s blogs that we found each other back when I first started blogging. Last spring, I had an opportunity to finally meet Madison but we just happened to be out of town at the same exact time that her and her husband were visiting our city. One of these days we’ll make it happen, but until then I’m happy to continue using technology to our advantage.

Now let’s talk about these cookies! Since Madison and her husband are keeping the sex of their baby a surprise until he/she is born, the decision to have a gender-neutral SWEETS themed shower was perfectly fitting.

If there’s one thing I know about Madison is her love for all things peanut butter. That’s why I knew these would be the perfect cookies for her shower and it doesn’t get much more gender-neutral than some golden brown cookies. {By the way, you need to go and read the story about their miracle baby. Maybe it’s my pregnancy hormones but their story gives me the chills.}

The texture is perfectly soft and yet has a delicate crumb, just like a cookie you would buy at a bakery. Of course, with all the peanut butter in the recipe the flavor is absolutely intense but then the dark chocolate chips add a nice surprise without being overwhelming.

These cookies received raving reviews in our house (toddler included) and when my husband took the rest of them to work, he said they were gone by lunchtime. I would call that a success!

Madison, I am so excited to see you become a momma to your sweet little baby in just a few short weeks! Motherhood is everything you’ve heard it is: hard and messy yet filled with more joy and love than you can even begin to imagine. You are going to be an amazing mother!

Be sure to check out all of the other sweets for Madison’s shower!

Thin Mint Cookie Cake from Keep It Sweet Desserts

Mini Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes from Greens & Chocolate

Gingered Pear Coffee Cake from Food Loves Writing

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chippers from Urban Wife Diaries

Lemon Meringue Pie Cupcakes from Heather’s Dish

Chocolate Malt Milkshakes from The Avid Appetite


 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chippers

  • Servings: 2 dozen
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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 adapted from here

Ingredients
1/2 C unsalted butter, softened
1/2 C light brown sugar, packed
1/2 C granulated sugar
1 1/4 C smooth peanut butter
1 C peanut butter chips, melted
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 C all purpose flour
2 T cornstarch
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 C dark chocolate chips

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, salt and dark chocolate chips.
3. Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugars oil on medium-high speed for about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
4. Melt the peanut butter chips in the microwave (I used 50% power for about 2 minutes, stopping every 30 seconds and stirring) or use a double boiler.
5. Add the melted peanut butter chips and peanut butter to the sugar mixture, mixing on medium-high speed for 1-2 more minutes.
6. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until combined.
7. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet, mixing on low-medium speed until just combined. The dough should be crumbly but stick together when you roll up your cookies.
8. Using a cookie scoop, measure out and roll up the size of cookies you want. For bigger cookies (like the ones pictured) you will measure out about 1/4 C of dough. If you want them smaller, just use less dough.
9. Place cookies on prepared baking sheets about 1-2 inches apart.
10. Bake in preheated oven for 9-11 minutes or until lightly golden. Let cool on pans for 2 minutes and then move to a wire cooling rack.

Notes:
*The cookies won’t spread but once they’re done baking, you will need to gently flatten them if you wish so leave room on your baking sheet if you’re doing that. Otherwise, if you roll the dough into balls and bake the cookies that way, they will stay in that shape.
*Larger cookies (as pictured) measured out at 1/4 C of dough will yield exactly 2 dozen. I rolled them into a ball and once they finished baking, used the bottom of a cup to gently press down and flatten them.
*Smaller cookies measured out at 2 Tbsp should yield around 4 dozen. Watch them during baking, as they may need less time than the full 11 minutes. Of course, every oven varies regardless of your cookie size.
*These cookies keep best in an airtight container (or Ziploc bag) for up to 1 week, if they last that long in your house. 

Enjoy!