Nine Months of Sweet Baby Judson!
Nine whole months of sweet baby Judson – and it’s so neat to think that I have now officially known my sweet baby boy “on the outside” just as long as I got to pray over him growing “on the inside”
during those 9 months of pregnancy!
What a miracle babies are!!
I know, I know, I know… I say this every month… but this month has been my favorite yet!!
Every single day and month gets better and better with you, sweet baby J, and you truly are a dream come true!
The most happy, joyful, chill, cuddly, giggly, and adorable little baby bear cub -
and it has been SO fun getting to see your personality shining through this month!
You are officially “on the move” and crawling all over the place - it is so fun getting to explore with you as you take in the big and exciting world around you!
You are best friends with your puppy dog, Red, and love getting to play and crawl after him these days and share all of your toys (and food from your highchair hehe) –
y’all are the best of friends...
and it is the sweetest thing ever!
You love to clap and wave, and are talking all the time and said both “mama” and “dada” this month, and this mama’s heart just about melted!
We have had such a special month – full of lots of family walks, a trip to the beach for Valentine’s Weekend, and getting to celebrate baby Judson’s very first Valentine’s Day (he actually said “mama” for the first time on our way to our Valentine’s Dinner tradition at Waffle House – and it was the best valentine’s gift ever)!
During my quiet times this past week, the Lord led me to Luke 2:40 - “And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.” and Luke 2:52 - “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”
– and I definitely don’t think this was a coincidence - and know that this is my prayer and desire for sweet baby Judson… that he grows up one day to be exactly who God has called and created him to be - for God’s great glory!!
(Also, peep my worn and torn Summit Church bookmark - from back at my freshman year of college at UNC Chapel Hill, when I first came to truly know the Lord! It's so wild to step back sometimes and see how God has moved and grown my faith since those days - thank you Lord!!)
I am so excited and expectant to see what the Lord has in store for this special baby boy’s life - and being his mama and biggest prayer advocate is the absolute greatest gift and calling!
9 whole months of getting to love on and cuddle this precious angel baby boy of mine – thank you Lord!!
Becoming a mommy is, hands down, the best thing that ever happened to me -
and watching my sweet hubby be the most supportive and hands-on daddy to baby Judson has just made me fall in love with him all the more… truly #thesearethedays !!
I feel like I find myself cuddling Judson a little extra and just soaking in every little moment,
all the while thinking to myself, “These really are the days… the very best days.”
I don’t take a single moment for granted with my sweet boys and am soaking it all in!
To start off this past month, we took baby Judson on a fun walking adventure to one of our favorite walking trails out in Tryon, NC (after eating at our favorite restaurant – The Hare & The Hound – of course)!
I am so thankful for this simple and sweet life with my boys – today and everyday – and always love getting to do some wintertime exploring with our tag-along baby bear!
We also had the sweetest time getting to celebrate our sweet friend, Baby Brewer, at his first birthday party!
And I am so thankful for the sweet mommy friend in Brewer's mama, Kristen!
And for this sweet group of people right here!
Baby Judson had so much fun playing in the ball pit with his friends Brewer and Tucker!
And then, SURPRISE! Valentine’s Day came a little early this year for this mama and baby bear, thanks to my sweet hubby – who surprised me with my dream car!
If you know the story… I had basically been driving around without air conditioning in my old car for 2+ years, so this was such a sweet surprise, and I was so overwhelmed with gratitude – to have a safer and newer car to drive baby Judson around in! What a gift!
Sweet baby Judson got lotssss of kisses from mommy this month hehe!
Mommy’s little valentine! I could kiss those little cheeks all day long!
The weekend before Valentine’s Day, we took baby Judson back to the restaurant in downtown Greenville where Wes took me on our very first date (Cantina 76!)
and then to see the church where we got married and it all began!
Just so thankful for my boys – especially this time of year during #lovemonth!
Wes watched Judson so I could go out for a fun little “Galentine’s Dinner” (aka our monthly “supper club”) with my girlfriends!
Such a fun girl’s night out!
And then our favorite tradition – Valentine’s Day Weekend down at North Myrtle Beach – got a whole lot sweeter this year as we got to bring baby Judson along!!
The absolute sweetest Valentine’s Weekend down at the beach with my boys…
and our sweet and strong baby started crawling while we were there! Such a sweet beach memory!!
And the funny part is… I had just told Wes (a few days prior) that I had a feeling Judson would start crawling while we were down at the beach… and we both laughed out loud when new got home from dinner to look down and see him moving and grooving across the floor!
Go little buddy go! We are SO proud of you!!
We took lots of walks
(& naps in the baby carrier) on the beach,
ate yummy seafood after seeing the prettiest sunset outside the restaurant,
went swimming in the indoor pool,
and just spent so much quality time together as a little family!
So thankful for so many sweet memories with both of my valentines down at the beach (aka, my happy place)!
And for actual Valentine’s Day, I woke up to the sweetest surprises from my forever valentine...
and had a special delivery of roses from my sweet valentines, too!
And then we went to Waffle House for a fun little Valentine’s dinner – just like last year –
and that may be one of my new favorite family traditions!
And baby Judson said "mama" for me (and reached out his hand for me) on our way to dinner - the sweetest valentine's gift of all time!
This sure was special and memorable Valentine’s Day – and by far my favorite one yet! Thank you, Lord, for blessing me with both of my cutie valentines – it sure is a gift to be loved by my sweet boys!
And also, such a gift to have these sweet "galentines" and fellow #boymama friends in my life as well!
We had the prettiest weather this weekend and last, so we took baby Judson out for a picnic at one of our favorite local spots – Glendale Shoals!
And baby Judson in his cute Carhartt baby overalls is a whole new level of cuteness, y’all!!
He truly is the most happy, chill, and go-with-the-flow little real life teddy bear and we love him to pieces!
And this past week, we had a fun little playdate with some of our friends!
I am so thankful for these mamas, their sweet babies, and community here in Spartanburg!
And just this past weekend, we took baby Judson to the park at Lake Bowen -
for a picnic by the lake, swinging overlooking the water, and soaking in the beautiful sunny weather!
Another super fun weekend with our sweet and strong cutie pie!
And with it being “love month” this February, I have loved remembering that we love because God first loved us!
It is such a sweet and precious gift that we get to know the love of friends and family in our lives all because Jesus made a way for us first through the compassion and grace of our loving God!
“We love because He first loved us.” // 1 John 4:19
Being a momma to my sweet baby Judson has shown me a whole new kind of love – and taught me so much about the Lord’s gentleness, care, and compassion for His children – and boy, I never knew it was possible to love someone so so deeply!
But it is so comforting to know that my angel baby boy is loved even MORE by Jesus – for all of his days!
Just like we read to our sweet angel baby boy every night out of his “Jesus Storybook Bible,” God’s love for him (and all of us) is a “never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever love” –
thanks be to God!
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” // Romans 8:38-39
9 months of you on the outside, my sweet baby Judson!
And you are even sweeter than I ever dreamed of all those months while you were growing in my belly!
And onto a little EMC sidenote, y’all… this sweet lettering art business over here at EMC has continued to be such a dream come true to our family – and I appreciate all of your love, orders, and support more than I can ever begin to express! I am so grateful for the opportunity to get to stay home with baby Judson while helping support our little family as Wes is now walking in his calling of full-time ministry at our church!
It is such a gift getting to have sweet baby Judson here as my little baby bear helper as we print, pack, and ship out lots and lots of EMC orders together!
And with spring and graduation season coming up before we know it, I am so grateful that so many of you are already placing your orders for EMC City/Town/School/Place and Bible Verse/Encouraging Art prints as perfect gifts and stationary to share with friends, family, and loved ones!
I hope and pray that lots and lots of love, light, and joy will be spread this upcoming spring season through EMC cards and designs!
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Now onto some more sweet photo memories over this past month with our sweet baby Judson… precious memories and moments that I hope and pray I will always remember!
Bath time is Judson’s favorite part of every day!
I sure do love post-bathtime snuggles with my squeaky clean baby bear!
Such a fun winter walk out at FENCE!
Baby Judson is such a fun little “tag-along” bear in the baby carrier – and it’s the best!
Judson had the best time at baby Brewer’s first birthday party!
And the mamas did too!
The baby boys especially loved the ball pit!
And baby Tucker and baby Judson had an absolute ball!
Judson got to experience his very first “car wash” on our way to Charlotte to get the new car, and he slept right through it haha!
Judson loves to “kick kick” his feet when you carry him up in the air – and it is the cutest little thing! He especially loves to do it right before bath time (when he's in just a diaper) - because he is just soooo excited for bathtime - SO CUTE!
The sweetest little snuggle bug – and he sure does love mommy’s Barefoot Dreams robe (that I got for Christmas) – truly the softest thing ever!! And the matching slippers are heavenly, too!
Having so much fun doing a little “kiss kiss” valentine’s themed photo shoot with mommy hehe!
Post-bathtime snuggles with our little baby bear!
Loves to say “dada” these days!
Those eyes melt me every time!
Good morning sunshine! So happy after waking up from a good, long nap!
Baby Judson loves to eat!
A little valentine’s baking with mommy (and the cutest tiny feet)!
Baby Judson has the sweetest little bedtime/naptime routine – where he “kisses Mr. Giraffe goodnight, says goodnight to his animals (on his crib mobile), and turns on his sound machine! It’s adorable!
A little rainy day picnic fun!
Took Judson back to the restaurant where Wes took me on our very first date – Cantina 76 – in downtown Greenville! He had a blast!
Baby Judson loves going to church with mommy and daddy!
And especially loves worship!
Having so much fun playing on his new mat with Red!
He LOVES to “clap clap” his hands and it is the cutest thing ever!
Honey bun! You know I love you!!
Loves going on lots of jogs with mommy!
My happy and giggly little buddy!
All dressed in his fishy pajamas for the beach trip!
Valentine’s Weekend beach trip… here we come!
Judson is such a good little traveler and we are so thankful for that!