We hit 2!

Our sweet baby boy turned 2 this morning! So many emotions running through me today. Id love to tell you why this day is such a significant day in our lives, especially mine.

Let’s back track to about 6 years ago. January of 2011, we received the news that my great-grandmother had passed away. We knew it was coming but at the same time we were all extremely heartbroken, especially my great-grandfather. This year my grandmother would have turned 99 over Thanksgiving. Fast forward the rest of the year, graduated college. My paternal grandfather came down for my graduation and my great-grandfather sent me a gift because he couldn’t make the trip. 2012- January, 11 days before the 1 year anniversary of my great-grandmothers passing, my great-grandfather passed away. I remember how much it broke my heart. He was such a strong man but he had a broken heart. I won’t get into details about it because today is not about being sad. My grandfathers were very close and I remember how much it broke all of us.

Fast forward to August, 2012. I went overseas with my aunt and cousins and remember having such a great time. I spent time with my grandfather and all of my dad’s family. I had never been overseas “by myself” so it was definitely a different experience but a good one. Growing up my dad’s parents would come and stay with us for 6-8 months at a time so we were extremely close to them growing up. Ill never forget sitting on the couch with him watching “Cake Boss” and him telling me, when you get married we’re going to go to New Jersey and he’s going make you a cake. Actually we were really close to all of our grandparents growing up. We’ve always been a house full of generations and I think that says a lot about a family and how close they are. Currently my grandmother, my moms mom is staying with us and I don’t want her to leave!

Back to overseas- I spent as much time as I possible could with my grandfather because I didnt know if he was going to come back to the states anytime soon. All I remember is him tell me he’s tired and that he doesn’t sleep much. My grandfather was one of the strongest men that Ive ever known and it truly hurts every time I think about him. If I had a genie I would wish to spend one more day with my grandfather. Came home, skip to December of that year. I was at a dinner for my friends birthday and Ill never forget getting the phone call from my mom that my grandfather had passed away. I broke. All I could think about was getting home to my dad to hug him because I knew how hard it was going to be. My grandfather passed away December 7th, 2012.

Fast foward to 2014, December 28th got married. Fast forward to April of 2015, found out we were pregnant. Due date was December 8th. Monday, December 7th went to the doctor for a check up to see when our baby would make his grand entrance. The doctor told us it could be any day now. She said it could happen in the next couple of hours or it could be up to a week. I remember going home and finishing up some work and I started to get really uncomfortable. Went and laid down, about 2 hours later I told my mom it was time to go. Of course everyone was in a frenzy and Im like I can drive if you want. Walked into the hospital, get situated about 4pm and of course had to answer a million and one questions from the nurse while having contractions. about 730pm little Qais made his grand entrance into the world. Let me tell you that kid had to be pulled out because he was so stubborn and didnt want to come. Qais was born on December 7th, 2015.

This day is bittersweet. Bittersweet in the sense that I miss my grandfather but amazing because we brought our son into the world on this day. I see mannerism that my grandfather had, his strength, his stubbornness, his loudness in my son. I hope he grows up to be just like his great-grandfather and loves unconditionally.

To my son on your second birthday. I love you with all my heart and know that your babe (dad) & I are going to give you the moon, sun all the stars in the galaxy. We hope you have the most amazing day and you know how much you are loved. You changed our world forever and I hope you continue to change the world.

Astros Opening Day

I have to admit that I am not much of an Astros fan- I know, I know. BUT that doesn’t mean that I didnt have a great time at opening day with my little family! It was Qais’s first professional sports team game and it was our first time experiencing opening day. So much fun! Wish we would have gotten there sooner so we could have walk around more but nevertheless, we had a blast!

If you’ve never been to an Astros game, they are pretty fun and trust me there’s not a bad seat in the house. The food is delicious-there’s a Shack Shack- enough said. Qais was obsessed with the french fries, its safe to say that he ate more than Moe & I put together. That kid can down some fries.

Im pretty sure we’ll be going back when our wiggle worm actually can sit for more than a few minutes but he had a blast. The stadium is beautiful, the people are so friendly and its something that Im so happy we all got to experience together as a family.

xo

Qais's 1st Birthday

First off I still can’t believe our little one turned 1 in December and I can’t believe its been almost a whole month and we now have a 13th month old! Can we please ask Father Time to slow time down just a bit?? We are growing at rapid speeds here and Im not ready for it! We have a babbler, runner, hyperactive, biggest personality son! I couldn’t be more grateful or thankful that our little boy is just full of love and light.

In December we celebrated his first birthday with our family and friends and I refused to not have someone document our big day. Even though Im a photographer and yes I could have done it myself, I didn’t want to. I wanted to enjoy every bit of it with everyone. Sometimes it’s nice to step away from the camera and let someone else handle it for a change.

First off,I need to give a HUGE thank you to my dear friend Rachel Stubbe for documenting Qais’s big day. It was such a relief to have someone as talented as you there with us.

Secondly, we are all about monsters. Yep, MONSTERS. Let’s just say I wanted to do the traditional Circus, Wild One, Gentleman’s birthday theme BUT it goes without saying that our little guy is a monster. From the nosies he walks around making to destroying pretty much everything in his path that it was most fitting for him to have a monster bash! This was probably the easiest party to put together. (DIY’s coming soon!)

Thirdly, enjoy our day with us!

NYC Part 2

Day 3 & 4, so amazing. Spent the days just getting lost and finding new parts of the city that we just love! Macy’s, Shake Shack (A MUST!), any flea market-you’ll basically find gold, Central Park, you never know who you’ll run into! Washington Square Park & then we said our goodbyes. Bittersweet bye but we are so ready to go back!

Until our next trip!

xo

Qais turns 1

First of all, I can’t believe this time last year I was headed to the doctors office to do one of my last checkups before our little man made it into this world. Some days Im still in shock that I have another human to look after and tend to. The year has flown by and I can’t believe how big our little man has gotten. A lot happens in a year, us as adults tend to grow a lot and learn a lot about ourselves but our children, those moments pass quicker than we realize and poof there went another year.

Babies are tough. There’s no doubt about that. They know how to push buttons on a bad day, know how to tug on your heart strings but they also know how to keep you warm & fuzzy as well as smoother you with all the love in the world. We have definitely had our ups and downs- pretty much every day between 4-7 months was a battle. I honestly couldn’t tell you why but I remember those being my least favorite months, too many changes and not enough consistency. All of the other months, spectacular! Loved every minute of it. But I wouldn’t change a single day that went by as we watched our little one grow.

This year has been nothing short of amazing and truly the best year of our lives. We have an overachiever and the busiest little boy there is. He is into every little thing and I anticipate him working with his hands because this kid loves to take apart and rebuild everything that he finds. He has the kindest heart and the biggest personality and if you’ve ever met him personally he will just want to make you laugh with his silliness. I pray he remains this way his entire life and only grows to love the people that cross his path even more. I say he got the best of Moe & I and I pray that it stays that way.

Happy birthday bug! Mama & Baba love to you to pieces! We can’t believe how big of a boy you are and how much more we have to share with you. We want this day to be the best day ever!

Pumpkin Patch

This is my favorite time of year, the colors, the weather, the pumpkins! I seriously count down the days until the fall comes-if I could live in a place that was fall all year around I would. Any one know of a place that exists??

Here are some photos from a few days ago at the pumpkin patch.

xo, layla