10 Firsts With Our Sweet Son

Happy Monday dear friends! What an amazing weekend we had! As you probably know by now by the blowing up of my Instagram stories, our adoption is finally FINAL! Ahhhhh! We are so so happy right now. And we are so thankful a lot of our family was able to come in for our special day.

The moment they introduced us for the first time, officially as the Weaver family. OMG, crying all over again. I kept thinking that after almost 2 years I maybe I wouldn’t cry on the day of the finalization. Boy was I wrong. My sister was like, “you were standing there fine and then the tears starting starting rolling down your cheeks so fast”. I am so thankful Yash was there to capture it all. I cannot wait to watch the video from that point of view and to share it with all of you!

I waited exactly 683 days to share our sweet Landon’s face with you but whose counting LOL . So basically I have a million and one pictures I need to catch up on for those 683 days πŸ™‚ Today I want to share 10 of our “firsts” with you!

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1. Our First Night Together

November 6, 2017

I remember opening the door for the first time when the CPS case worker brought our sweet Landon home. I thought he was the sweetest boy I had ever seen! My second thought was “did they get his age wrong?” LOL! He was a big 7 month old!

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When I put him to bed that night I just stared at him like “we are so meant to be”. It was like he was always there.

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2. Our First Target Trip

November 7, 2017

Naturally we were at Target on our second day together πŸ™‚ Of course to buy us matching outfits and also because we found ourselves at the store every day that week since we literally had NOTHING the day we got our placement phone call. You can read more about that whirlwind of a day in this blog post.

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And then of course I had to bring him home and do his first photoshoot LOL

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3. Our First Family Photo

Omg, this photo makes me so happy! So many of our friends came to see us that weekend and my best friend Rach was like “let me take a family photo of you guys”. I hadn’t even thought about it because I had just been snapping pics of him all week. Thanks Rach!!

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4. Our First Thanksgiving

We actually went to his aunts house that year to celebrate Thanksgiving but we decided to cook a full on Thanksgiving feast at our house as well. Even if it was just the 3 of us, we felt like we had to since it was our first Thanksgiving as a family of 3. πŸ™‚

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5. Our First Family Visit & Our First Time Ringing In The New Year Together

As soon as our baby boy was brought home to us my Mom, Dad and oldest brother and family booked their tickets to come in as soon as they possibly could and we all got to ring in the New Year together!

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6. Our First Airplane Ride

February 2018 – we took our first plane ride together to Atlanta, Georgia to celebrate Brandon and I’s 4 year wedding anniversary. You can see more about that trip here.

7. Our First Professional Family Photos

March 2018

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8. Landon’s 1st Birthday Party

March 2018 – Our party theme was Landon’s Candy Shop! You can see all the details about his party here. I’ll have to update that blog post with non-emoji pictures!

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9. Our First Trip To Disneyworld

March 2018 – This trip was a continuation of Landon’s birthday celebration and also a first time for Brandon and I to Disneyworld! As you can see Landon was thrilled about the teacups LOL

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10. Landon’s First Haircut

April 29, 2018 – his hair is so cute and curly. It was getting so long but we actually had to ask and then wait for approval to get his hair cut.

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11. Landon’s First Rodeo

Okay, okay I know I said I was only sharing 10 first moments but when I was rounding up these photos I ran across his cute photos from his 1st rodeo (also Papa & Lola’s first rodeo) so I couldn’t help but share!

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Oh man, so many special moments with our sweet boy. It was extremely hard to narrow these moments down to ten eleven! We feel so very blessed to have been chosen to be Landon’s mommy and daddy.

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5 Baby Items Under $25 That Make Traveling With a Toddler Easier

Did you September is Walmart’s baby month? It’s 30 days where Walmart offers savings on hundreds of items online at Walmart.com. Shop Best of Baby Month here.

Since The Weaver family has been traveling quite a bit recently I wanted to take this opportunity to share 5 Walmart items that we love traveling with because they just make the traveling life so much easier!

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  1. Traveling Changing Station – Who knows where you have to change your cutie? Whether it’s a public restroom, backseat of a rental car or the airplane restroom, have no fear for all the germs because this traveling changing mat will put your mama mind at ease!
  2. Diaper Sacks– Speaking of airplane bathrooms, don’t be that person that changes their baby’s number 2 diaper and just throws it in the trash for everyone to suffer, lol. These bags are so nice to throw in your purse or diaper bag. Everyone will thank you.
  3. Frida Baby Skin Soother – I used to pack our baby wash cloths and then discovered this! OMG, not only does Landon love it but you don’t have to dirty the hotel wash cloths or pack any! It dries super fast and you can even say goodbye to your wash cloth laundry at home too!
  4. Umbrella Stroller – This under $25 stroller was a life saver on our cruise! We have another stroller but it’s a little bulky and heavier so bringing this super lightweight stroller that is easy to stow away is so nice!
  5. Sound Machine – This one is nice because it’s super small and easy to pack! There are several different sounds but the white noise is Landon’s favorite because it sounds like the desk fan we use at home , lol!
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If you had to pick your top 2 baby must haves when traveling, what would they be?! Drop them in the comments below!

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Thank you Walmart for sponsoring this post! As always, thoughts are my own.

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The Day Baby Weaver Came Home Plus 3 Baby Items I Never Knew I Needed

The Day Baby Weaver Came Home Plus 3 Baby Items I Never Knew I Needed

Today I am partnering up with Walmart to share a little more about the first day that baby Weaver came home and also a few baby items that I instantly fell in love with and never even knew I needed!

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Earlier this week I shared some info about Walmart’s new baby registry. If you missed that post you can read it here. When you are a new mama there are so many things people tell you that you need to add to your registry. Like so many. Thankfully Walmart’s new baby registry helps you by populating the top things mom’s need for their new babies and then you can add and delete from there. And as you grow into your new role of being a mother, you will learn what works for you and what doesn’t. Today I am sharing 3 baby items that were must haves for me as a new mama!

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The First Day That Baby Weaver Came Home

If you have been following along for some time now, you know it was a few months until we got our first call from our adoption agency. You also may remember we got 2 phone calls, 2 Monday’s in a row telling us that we had a possible placement. Just minutes after both of those calls we received a second call letting us know that those children were actually placed with another family.

Heartbreaking? Yes. But looking back, it was all part of the preparation plan and I am not sure there would have been any baby more perfectly matched for us than baby Weaver.

It was Monday, November 6th. It was my first day back in the office after Hurricane Harvey. Our office building had flooded and it took months for them to rebuild the lower floors that got damaged. As I was getting ready that morning I joked to Brandon “today is the day”. I literally had no idea but I did know that both Monday’s before November 6th we had received a phone call from our adoption agency.

I went to work, caught up with everyone I hadn’t seen for months. Had my normal Monday morning meetings, went to the gym, ate lunch at my desk, all the normal Monday things.

At around 1:30pm my husband called and said “he’s 7 months old, half Asian, half African American”. “If we say yes they are going to bring him over around 6 tonight”. I am laughing thinking about this moment because my husband was so sweet acting like he was asking me what I thought but really had already told the agency yes. I mean duh, I was going to say yes LOL.

My emotions were all over the place!

I screamed with excitement and then frantically started asking my husband all the things. Of course, he didn’t have many of the answers. If you are familiar with the adoption process than you know they don’t give you a lot of information on the first call. Literally all we knew was just what my husband said when I first picked up the phone, “he’s 7 months old, half Asian, half African American”.

As soon as we hung up the phone, I ran to everyone’s desk at work that had been awaiting this moment as much as we were! There were tears of happiness and excitement. My boss came out of his office to see what all the noise was about and I told him the news. Right after he congratulated me he asked what I was still doing in the office. LOL.

I packed up and as I sped home I called my brothers, my sisters and my closest friends. As I pulled into our driveway I quickly realized we literally had NOTHING and I mean NOTHING for our new baby who was just hours away from arriving.

From the beginning of the adoption process, we told our agency we were open to the ages from newborn to 2 years old. Since we had no idea what age child we would be placed with, we didn’t buy anything. I immediately text my girlfriends “omg heading to the store tell me what I need for a 7 month old”. Let me tell you, there were a lot of things being text back that day.

We had not done a registry at that point, just prayers. When our prayers were answered we were definitely ready emotionally but our love wasn’t going to magically make diapers, a crib and a car seat appear LOL so we headed to the store. Still crying, still excited :).

We were talking to one of the employees about a bassinet and a swing. He asked “how much does your baby weight” and me and Brandon looked at each other and laughed…we literally had no idea. “Ummm, he’s a boy and he’s 7 months old”. LOL, that’s all I knew at that point.

Thankfully the employee was super helpful and got us in and out of the store quickly. We headed home and set up everything as quickly as we could.

Around 6pm that night, the door bell rang. Brandon and I just looked at each other. Literally no words but I know what we were both thinking…”he’s here”.

We opened the door and the CPS worker had her hands full with paperwork, a bag and our baby. OUR baby ya’ll.

Within seconds she handed him to me and introduced us. I think baby Weaver and I just stared at each other the whole time Brandon was talking to the CPS worker and signing paper work. The case worker was only there for about 10 minutes and left.

There we were with our baby boy after a whirlwind of a day. O…M.GGGeeee…it was real.

I face timed my Mom and Dad. I hadn’t called them earlier that day because I wanted the moment to be just like this….as soon as my Mom answered the face time call, the screen popped up and it was just on baby Weaver’s face. She asked “is that our baby?” and the rest was history!!

Ahhhh, what a day, what a story and most of all what a blessing!

Since that day, we have been so fortunate to be surrounded by such great friends and family that threw us multiple baby showers. All of my experienced mom friends gifted us things I never knew I needed.

3 Baby Items I Never Knew I Needed

  1. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste – this stuff is literally magic! Any sign of a diaper rash and I put a tiny bit on baby Weaver and it has disappeared the same day!
  2. Nose Friday Snot Sucker – Sounds gross and looks gross too, lol, but really this thing works so great! Way better than the old school thingy that our parents had to use on us!
  3. Cool Mist Humidier – Baby Weaver had major congestion the first few weeks. His pediatrician gave us some cough syrup to help but after a week or so I felt bad just giving him medicine everyday when it didn’t seem like it was helping all that much. I kept reading about how a cool mist humidifier like this one could help ease coughing and congestion. After about a day or two we could already tell it was helping! The cool mist option is a great one because unlike the steam humidifier, there is no chance of a slight burn or anything if your child gets too close to it.

Obviously things like diapers, lavender bath soap, a good stroller were definitely must haves in my book as a new mom but the 3 items above are just random items that I had no idea I needed but now don’t know how I can live without!

In case any of you mama’s are still wondering what items to add to your baby registry, I am linking some other favorites of mine below!

I hope this list is helpful and I hope you enjoyed hearing a little more about our first day with baby Weaver!

Thank you Walmart for sponsoring this post.

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Entertaining Made Easy With Cracker Barrel

This post was sponsored by Kroger. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of Kroger.

Do you ever receive a last minute call from your husband and he tells you that he forgot guests were coming over tonight? Or maybe you committed to hosting wine night at your house a few weeks ago and it totally slipped your mind until you are on your way home from work and your girlfriend texts you “see you soon!” You have about 20 minutes to get home and have little to no time to throw something together to welcome your guests! What do you do?

I’ll tell you what I do!

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If you have been to my house for a birthday party, small dinner party or are in my husbands fantasy football league πŸ™‚ than you already know there will be a cheese platter waiting for you! I love cheese, my husband loves cheese, I mean who doesn’t love cheese?!

A cheese platter is always my go to when we have people coming over. Now as a mama, I really try to find ways to shorten all of my tasks. That is why I am loving that Cracker Barrel recently came out with these new cheese cubes for entertaining!

These Cracker Barrel cheese cubes save me so much time since they are already cut up into cubes for me. I literally just open the bag and toss them onto a pretty tray with crackers and fruit. Voila, just like that it looks like I spent so much time on this cheese tray and we are ready for guests. Our favorite flavors are the vermont sharp white with gouda mix and the extra sharp yellow cheese. Yum!

The resealable bags are great in case you don’t need to use the whole bag and we always have the 2 oz bag on hand for easy snacking. Baby Weaver gets so happy when I let him hold this bag himself. But, like the label warning says to do, we always keep an eye on him and cut each cube in half to make it easier and safer for him to eat!

If baby Weaver and our guests approve this cheese, that’s a win in my book!

If you haven’t tried them yet, make sure to pick them up at Kroger to try out at your next dinner party and let me know what you all think!

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Fun Graduation Gift Ideas Under $100

Fun Graduation Gift Ideas Under $100

I’m going to be honest. When I graduated high school and college all I really wanted was cash. Well, let me rephrase that. All I needed was cash LOL. Cash to eat, cash to buy some books, cash to put gas in my car to get to class and work.

Thankfully my parents, aunties, uncles and older brothers were able to provide your girl with some moola to put in the bank but of course if you are just graduating yourself you don’t have all the monies to gift your friends so today I am rounding up some great grad gift ideas that are fun, meaningful and all under $100!

Single Serve Coffee Maker | For all the late nights studying | There are $70 name brand ones but this $15 single serve coffee maker had over 1,100 5 star reviews and it’s cute too πŸ™‚

Funny and Inspirational Coffee Mugs | One Degree Hotter | I Can & I Will | The Best Is Yet To Come | College Survival Mug | We Can Do This

Piggy Bank | Maybe throw some change in there while you are at it | We all know every penny counts. Especially if you are living that laundry mat life.

Books | Such an inexpensive but helpful gifts in any person’s life | The 5 Ingredient College Cookbook is actually something I would still want in this phase of my life, haha | Oh, The Shit You Don’t Know sounds like such a great book | Adulting 101 #wisdom4life

Portable Charging Bank | Because thinking back on that college life, my phone and laptop were always on low battery. Help your new college student out by giving them a powerful portable charging bank. Even now I love my portable charger. Especially when traveling for work.

A Nice Duffel Bag | If they have landed a job where they will be traveling a nice luggage set would be a good idea but if your high school graduate is headed off to college a few hours away the duffel bag is a great option for them to throw in their trunk for their weekend trips home

Fujifilm Instax | Such a cute gift idea to help the capture those memories!

Echo Dot | “Alexa, Do I have to finish college” or “Alexa, how do I cook Top Ramen noodles” | This $40 gift can help answer all of your grad’s questions when you are not there

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