Ella Five Months! ❤️

 That smile though... ❤️

Back in January Xan popped by and took some shots of me and Ella. It was super last minute, and we were in the process of redoing our bedroom so everything was all over the place, but despite the chaos she got some great shots and was so sweet. She is always so awesome! There are a ton more  pictures to share but I don't want to over load this post so I will be scattering them throughout a few posts I am sure. Seriously check her work out, you won't be disappointed. Xans Eye Photography 
Before February passes on by I figured I should get Ella's five month update up on the blog! She turned five months at the end of last month and let me just say, this is the best stage ever! Does it just get better and better with these littles? My goodness. Okay, so here are some updates on our little love.
+ Ella started rolling over this past month! She had done it a few times before this but nothing consistent, or what seemed intentional, haha. My mama heart swelled with pride as I watched her do it. Now she won't stop, but gets frustrated because she hasn't really mastered getting herself back on her back, haha. We have seen her do it a few times, but she doesn't have that down as well as she does rolling over to her stomach. I love when she is up on her stomach, head up, and it looks like she is swimming for her life! It is the cutest.

+ Ella has been really vocal and if you follow me on snap chat (alyciagrayce) you would have seen she has started saying mama, or mamamamama. Now I know that she doesn't actually know what she is saying, or that she is even identifying that gibberish with me. But hey, I will take it. It is the cutest, and she will even copy me after I say it.
+ Ella totally melted my heart one night when Trevor was holding her. She was looking at me, and started leaning over towards me and even reached out her arms. Trevor and I realized that she was signaling that she wanted me to hold her. My heart about burst right then and there when it was obvious that she was showing a preference to have me hold her. *all the heart eye emojis*
+ I meant to include this in last months update, but pretty much since Ella started doing a consistent nap schedule, so around three months, she has had no use for her pacifier. I will be honest it kind of made me sad to see her not want it anymore, kind of like she wasn't as much of baby anymore :( But I guess I don't have to fear the taking it away when they are super attached to it stage, so I will just count myself lucky! haha  
+ Ella is still our tiny little girl. She is still in size 1 diapers, and still wears three month clothing. She has officially grown out of her newborn attire though. She is starting to fill out a bit and I love the rolls forming on her thighs :) haha

Loving yourself and others

Remember the adorable Galentine's Day Brunch I went to? Well, we all sat down and shared our thoughts on how to love yourself and others too :) Happy month of LOVE. | video by: dotd films 

Twenty Seven

Heading out for my Birthday dinner! A grainy iPhone shot, but hey, the sun had already set so I think this is pretty good considering! Love this girl :)

Yesterday was my 27th birthday, and boy was it different! Being a mother has changed every aspect of my life, even in ways I wasn't expecting. For example, Tuesday night I was trying to do a million things at once to utilize the time I had while Ella was napping. I had some brushed that needed soaked and cleaned from finishing painting our bedroom, so I went down stairs to our laundry room that has a big industrial sink. It was taking forever to fill up, so I decided to quickly go run the trash out to the cans and come back. Well, I bet you can guess what happened next. I forgot to come back. If you follow me on Snap chat you saw the aftermath. Oh, sidenote while I am on that, I have Snap chat! I have avoided using it for forever, but my friend talked me into it and I must add, it is way more fun to use now that I have a baby. You can follow me @alyciagrayce but be warned it is all snaps of Ella pretty much. Oh and flooding disasters in my basement. So yeah, back to the story. I came down to a flooded laundry room while after finishing up the dishes and cleaning the kitchen that I had totally forgot about it. Yikes! 

I felt like a total idiot, and started lifting up the carpet. It wasn't really tacked down, which was nice because I could easily lift it up and start guiding the water with a mop to the drain in the floor. Thank goodness it is all concrete down there and that drain saved us because I was able to make sure there wasn't any standing water. Some water did spread to the basement room area, but I think I caught my mistake quick enough to cause any real damage. I spent the rest of my night using a Shop-Vac on the carpet and was able to pull up a TON of water. We also got some fans and heaters going and crossed our fingers this wasn't going to cost us. We were a little concerned about mold, so we called to have someone come in the next morning and check it all out. Thankfully our efforts had not been in vain. He said that everything looked great, there wasn't going to be any damage or concern for mold, and to just make sure we kept the fans and heat going on the spots on the carpet. Trevor was so happy he gave the guy a Cafe Rio gift card for coming out, even though it was a free consultation, ha! I think we were both just so happy everything worked out in our favor. 

I tell this story because that night I was so mad at myself, feeling like a total idiot. Before, I would have let something like that ruin not only my day but maybe even my week. But as I finished up cleaning I went up stairs to feed and play with my beautiful daughter. She brings me so much joy, and puts everything into perspective. I realized that she was the source of what makes me truly happy and that with her in my life, I don't think I can really have a horrible day. Man being a parents is the coolest. You really don't "get it" until you have your own. Trevor and I were talking about that the other day. You really don't get how much you can love your child, and how much joy they can bring you, until you have your own children. 

Ella has been all about her tongue for the last month or so. She cracks me up! This is a grainy picture but you get the idea. It was too good not to share :)

Ella waiting patiently like a big girl for her Daddy to get ready to go! haha

So with the good news that my laundry room mistake wasn't going to cost us anything, I started off my birthday in a great mood. That afternoon Ella and I met up with some friends for lunch down in Provo, and I made sure to visit all my favorite spots. Buffalo Chicken Tacos from 180 Tacos, obviously, and Lisa my old co-worker and good friend was able to meet me for some cookies at Sodalicious. Oh my goodness, I LOVE their cookies. My girl Jalynn told me I needed to try the Nutella Peanut Butter Cookie and I about died. It was one of the best cookies I have ever had, and I don't say that lightly. I decided that calories don't count on your birthday, and didn't even worry about how much I was going to be eating that day. Later that evening Trevor, Ella and I went to Tucanos for dinner, one of my favorite places because I love Pao de Queijo and steak, which is available in abundance at Tucanos. We were way too full for any kind of dessert, so I am planning that later this weekend I will have some of my all time favorite birthday cake (a tradition), angel food cake with whip cream and strawberries!   

Galentine's Day Brunch - Emoji Theme

I am excited to finally share some pictures from the adorable Galentine's Day Brunch my friend Michelle hosted. It was emoji themed, and every detail was thought out and brilliant. We enjoyed great food, crafts, and great company (Oakley, Michelle, Dani, Whitney, and Cecilia.)

We all wore a red dress from shabby apple and accessories from shop & apparel, and made a video with dotd films about loving yourself and those around you, which I will be sharing later. The yummy food was from mt. vista catering and provo bakery. All of the fun party decorations/paper goods were from zurchers. The beautiful floral centerpieces were done by foxglove floral and gifts.And the beautiful photography was taken by my girl, Roxana, from Roxana B Photography

And again, Michelle put this all together! She was such a generous host. She even let me pump in her bedroom, ha! That is is a true friend people. She really has a talent, and it was so nice to get out of the house and do something. Every girl there has a heart of gold and I loved getting to know them better as we discussed being mothers, women, blogging, and why it is so important for us to love ourselves. Such a great morning! Check out all the details after the jump!