UA-114812973-16 Well Rounded: May 2018

Momma Bear

On Mother's Day, Blake and I were in a fender bender on our way to my parents for dinner. First things first, yes we are all okay. We were stuck in bumper to bumper traffic and only going about 5-7 mph (another blessing) and we hit a very large truck who didn't really receive any damage even though ours was totaled. The driver told us he had to slam on his breaks too, we just happened to be the ones in the long line up to cause the accident. But honestly, I'm glad it was us and not someone behind us, which I'll explain more on that later.

Before we even had time to really register what had happened I was unbuckling my seat belt and climbing into the back seat to check on Theodore. The little dude had slept through the whole thing and was completely fine. Immediately I was bawling and just felt this overwhelming feeling of something I can't really put into words except to say "Momma Bear". And this is exactly why I was grateful we weren't hit. If we had been hit Theodore would have taken the brunt of the accident. 

This Momma Bear feeling is something I've never felt before and I kind of hate that an accident is how I had to feel it for the first time, but also, I'm grateful I felt it. It helped me realize how much I loved our little guy and that I would do absolutely anything for him. I had been beating myself up that I didn't feel this overwhelming bond and love for him. I knew I loved him but it wasn't the way I had always imagined a mothers love to be. But at that moment I immediately knew I did feel that way about him. 

Love for your child - Marjorie P. Hinckley

This quote describes perfectly what I felt. I had read quotes like this my whole life and imagined that is what I'd experience when I had my baby and during this whole experience I did. And I was truly amazed and finally understood what my mom has always said she felt for me and my siblings. 

So I know this isn't in time for mothers day by any means but I just wanted to share my experience and also do a tribute to all mothers out there who are exhausted, frazzled, out of their minds raising children. They are doing it because they love their children in such a way that only a mother can understand. I for one am so grateful that I've been given the gift to love my little guy the way that I do and that my mom always loved me the way that she did, and still does. 

And honestly, I don't know if anyone will read this, or if it even makes sense. But I wanted to write it so when I'm having a rough day I can look back and be reminded of the deep love I have for my little boy.

One Month With Theodore

Theodore is one month old! Some say he is so tiny but to us, we can't believe how big he is getting. And he has had quite the adventurous first month!

Met his Grandma English!

 Lots of walks with Dad!

 Went to church for the first time on Mother's Day! He was such a champ, slept the whole time. 

 I'm learning to master doing things one-handed. 

 Looking fly in his sunnies on one of our many walks. 

 Met his cousin who is only 6 weeks older!

 Hung out with Grandma and Grandpa Burton!

 Cuddles with more cousins. 

This lucky dude has 3 cousins within one year of him!

 His Aunt Joy flew in to meet him!

 Went to his first movie, Avengers!

 Met his "God Mother" :)

And put up with Momma's photoshoots. 

- He loves laying on our chests, especially dads. We're convinced he will be the best cuddler!
- He sleeps so great at night! 
- Starting to smile.
- Makes the worlds greatest faces. 
- Eats like a champ.

We love this little cub more than anything. He sure has flipped our life upside down, but we wouldn't have it any other way!

Theodore Parker Roundy - April 16, 2018

Theodore Parker Roundy - Baby Pictures

Theodore Parker Roundy

Born: April 16, 2018 at 7:32 am

Weight: 7 lbs 14 oz

Length: 21 Inches

He is in every way perfect. I still can't believe it has been two weeks since this little boy has come into our lives and completely turned it upside down (in a good way of course). Someday soon, hopefully, I'll share the birth story but for now just some of my immediate thoughts on this adorable dude. 

In two weeks he has become our Little Cub, Little Bug, Little Dude, Sweet Boy, Theo, Teddy, and so many more nicknames. He has been loved on by his family (grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles) and his mom and dad. 

I love to hold him after I feed him and kiss him on his head as he just lays on my chest. I often have thoughts like this: "I'm exhausted", "Can I really do this?", "How did I get so lucky?", "How is it possible to love someone so much who just eats and sleeps all the time?!". Yes, very contradicting thoughts but I don't even know if I can put into words the way my heart feels about him. He has come into my life and completely flipped it upside down. 

His dad loves him in the best ways possible. He will hold him on his lap while he studies, change almost every diaper possible if it means he gets some extra time with him. He will stay up late just to get some extra cuddles with his "Little Cub". I didn't know it was possible to love someone more but as I see him with Theodore my heart bursts! I don't think I could have done this without Blake. He has gone above and beyond over the past two weeks to take care of the both of us as I recover from labor. He has done this all while being a full-time nursing student and taking care of an overwhelming amount of church responsibilities. 

Theodore makes the best faces all the time, I'm sure he doesn't appreciate it but I can't help but laugh. It gives me a little glimpse of him as a little boy and how he will look at us in different situations. All though we love this newborn phase we both look forward to him growing and gaining his personality. I look forward to having my own little sidekick on adventures and Blake looks forward to wrestling. 

We love you, Theodore Parker. I'd go through that 31 hours of labor over and over again if I needed to keep you in my life. More than you currently know, and more than you'll understand till you have a kid of your own. 

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