3 Months

This is a couple weeks overdue, and Landon is already 3 and a half months old!  He is growing up way too fast for my liking.  But I suppose, I would rather him grow up to be big, strong, and healthy.

He is such a sweet little thing.  He sleeps all through the night.  We usually put him to bed between 8 pm and 10 pm and he usually sleeps until 8 am, so we can't complain!  It's the getting him to bed that is the real challenge.  He fights sleep terribly.  And he fusses, and won't self-soothe.  But once he is asleep, he usually does great!  We are working on figuring out a more solid naptime/bedtime schedule, so hopefully we'll have something a little more nailed down in the next few weeks.  Occasionally I hear him stir later in the night, and then a minute later I hear some lip-smacking, which means he found his thumb and he puts himself back to sleep, which is wonderful.  We love that part about thumb-sucking (and the fact that he looks darn cute when he does it too!). 

I am excited to get his stats at his 4 month appointment, just take a look at those chubby thighs and that sweet little smirk!  He gets the smirking from his dad, it's something I noticed right away when I first met Brett.  It was that quiet, confident smirk that made him such a mystery to me, I had to find out more about him!

And then he started to tear off the sticker, so picture time ended! 

Love this boy to pieces, he makes me happy beyond belief!

Some Holiday Happenings...

We've been up to a lot of fun things lately! 

We went to go visit my Great Grandpa Breinholt, and let him meet Landon for the first time.  We took Grandpa a chocolate milkshake--his favorite treat. 
It was fun watching him enjoy it.  Doesn't he look sharp!

This is how it looks when I am knitting, more often than not...

And we just love our Moby wrap, we do all sorts of stuff in it!  Here we are about to take an afternoon walk, and then doing Saturday chores vacuuming the house.

Look at those cute little ears sticking out, ha! 
He doesn't always face outward, sometimes he'll take a little nap all snuggled up facing me, while we are out grocery shopping or running other errands. 

Landon and our good friend, Thomas, were twins at church, sporting bow ties! 
Such fashionable fellows.

We attended the wedding reception of Brett's good friend, Collin.  Katie made a beautiful bride, and we were so excited to get to celebrate with them!

And of course, Landon has gotten some good snoozing in as well...often times with his thumb in his mouth.

Gotta love the cuddling with the sock monkey, one of his Christmas presents. 

We've been keeping busy and having lots of fun! 
We love the holiday season--great weather, family togetherness, and good food,
along with celebrating the birth of our Savior.

Thumb Sucker

Well, it's official...
Baby Landon found his thumb!
I am kicking myself for not giving him the binkie when he was brand new, I was worried it would mess up his ability to nurse well.  But I don't think that would have been the case, and now he refuses the binkie and found his thumb to be the better option. 

I have to say though, it is quite adorable.  I just think of the potential orthodontic bills I might now have as a result of a baby who sucks his thumb.  However, I am his mother, so the orthodontic bills might be high regardless...

Case and point (How embarassing!  Can't believe I posted that!).  This is me with my first set of braces [February 1999].

I think I would have preferred the binkie, so then when I wanted to wean him from it, I had control.  Like I could gradually trim it down.  You can't really do that with thumbs. 

But alas, he has found it, and he looks so sweet sucking his thumb. 
It does melt my heart a little bit.

I sure just love being a momma.  I have found my life's calling for sure!  I have never found such joy doing laundry that has leaky diaper stains, singing lullabies with my terrible voice, cooking simple dinners each night, and having less space in bed (Landon sometimes joins us!) because it means I am a mom and a wife to the best guys around!

Etsy Shop Giveaway!

Our good friends, Jacob and Camille, have a fun dating blog

A couple weeks ago, Camille wore one of my etsy shop earwarmers on a date to the zoo

She is being awesome and hosting a giveaway on her blog, any accessory from my etsy shop for free! 

To get the details on how to enter the giveaway (and info on bonus entries!), check her blog. 

The giveaway will be going for one week!

I have faux boot socks, all sorts of hair accessories (some of the headbands turn into necklaces too!), and even a couple baby bow ties! 

Check it out!


Just a little catch up on what we've been up to!
This is a little past due, but the end of October we celebrated Brett's 26th birthday.  Oh how I love that man!  He is a wonderful husband and the best dad!  Landon and I met him for lunch at his favorite pizza place, Grimaldi's.  That evening we left Landon with his Grandma and Grandpa Brown to go grab a bite to eat at Joe's BBQ and a free dessert at Liberty Marketplace.  The Sunday before, we celebrated with my family, and he requested a Texas Sheet Cake, his usual treat of choice. 

I have also been knitting quite a bit, trying to bulk up my etsy shop inventory, which can be challenging with a baby!  And I promised myself when I opened the shop, that I would still do some crafting and creating for fun, or else it wouldn't be worth it.  So, I knitted Landon a little hat to wear.

Here he is sporting it at dad's softball games!

Thanksgiving week was jam-packed with lots of family time.  Brett and I were hardly even home the last half of the week!  I will have to do a separate post on that.  But it was indeed a great time (with lots of good food, too!).  Saturday night, the adults went out to dinner and bowling.  Bowling was older siblings vs. younger siblings, and it was a blast!  We each won a game! 

Melanie gave her team a pep talk the second game, and it turned out that it helped--they won!

At the tail end of that weekend, we were able to bless our sweet boy. 
It was a beautiful and simple blessing,
and he slept through the whole thing! 

A yearly tradition on the Allred side of the family is for the cousins to draw names for a gift exchange.  This year, Landon has his cute little 6 year old cousin Morgan.  We (mostly me, but Brett agreed to help!) have an idea up our sleeve for her gift, and we have to stay in the $10-$15 range.  Here are a couple things we are using to pull it off.  It is in the works now, and I think it will turn out pretty awesome!  Stay tuned!