Sweet Sleeping Baby

Posted in Laney Kate at 9:28 pm by winz

Tonight my sweet girl had a hard time falling asleep. I knew she was tired. In fact, she was overtired. I put her in bed and she got up. I put her back in bed and she got up. The third time I put her in bed I threatened to shut her door (a fate worse than death). I went on to get her brother tucked in and just as I made it back to the kitchen, for the glass of wine that was calling my name, I heard a crash. Sweet baby girl had fallen out of her bed in an attempt to save her baby doll. Well, needless to say, she wasn’t going back to sleep on her own. Frustrated I picked her up and began to calm her sobs and stroke her curls. I laid down on the bed with her and tried to lull my wiggly baby to sleep. After she tossed and turned and touched every inch of my face she finally cuddled into my shoulder and fell asleep. Sweet, sound, almost snoring asleep.

As much as I wanted to have that glass of wine or enjoy a few moments of “me” time I am so thankful for the sweet cuddles of my sleeping angel. I am thankful for the moment where God slowed me down to soak in the beautiful sweetness of baby cuddles. Thanks you Jesus for pressing the pause button.

Sweet snuggle bunny


3 Years?

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:33 pm by winz

I joke that my blog stopped about the time I found out I was pregnant with baby 2… and it’s pretty much true! I love blogging, I love writing about my babies and our experiences, I love coming back and reading about what we did during this time last year. I know that Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are taking over blogging but I still want the record. I want to remember these moments so I can come back to them one day. So, I’m gonna try again. To find the time to write the stores, catalog the pictures and post the events of our lives. So one day we can all come back and remember when! Until Then!


Laney Kate Hopkins

Posted in Laney Kate at 8:25 pm by winz

Laney Kate Hopkins

On September 11th at 8:22 AM Laney Kate Hopkins completed our family. Laney weighed 7 lb 8 oz and was 20 1/4 inches long. Matt and I were both overjoyed when we learned our baby was a little girl! We are blessed with a perfectly healthy baby and can’t wait to watch her grow. A huge thank you to our family and friends who have prayed for us, visited us and helped us along this first week as a family of 4! We could not have made it with out each of you! I know there will be many more pics to share in the coming weeks. Until then!

Black and White images – a few of our favorites


34 Weeks complete

Posted in Baby Hopkins 2 at 6:43 am by winz

How far along: 34 weeks complete!

Size of the baby: Baby Hop is about 5 and a half pounds and 18 inches right now. About the size of a honeydew melon! Dr. White assures me that Baby Hop will be about as big as Dean. Thankfully he hasn’t mentioned that BH might be bigger.

Maternity clothes: I’m on the home stretch. I have narrowed my clothing selection down and am hoping to make it last through this next month. I believe I have enough professional clothing to make it work but I might be wearing the same outfits every week.

Gender: As we inch closer to the due date everyone is beginning to give their opinion on what gender BH might be. It is always fun to hear the reasoning behind their choice.

Movement: Sure. Although we have moved from those sweet little kicks and flutters to a full on assault. My stomach is often a roller coaster of movement – very fun to watch. I know I am carrying BH a little differently than Dean. Dean’s foot always found it’s way up into my rib cage. BH tends to put his/her foot across my mid section almost to my back. It’s such a crazy feeling to have a foot on your side.

Sleep: I am still sleeping great! I am so thankful that I am still comfortable and able to get a good nights rest. The heat is taking it’s toll and there are plenty of nights I wake up soaking with sweat.

What I miss: Cooler weather! But then again isn’t everyone? I told Matt the other day I was tired of being hot.

Cravings: I do enjoy the chicken salad wraps from Pei Wei though. Matt started bringing those home for me and I have fallen in love with this light and tasty dish. It’s my low sodium way of doing Asian food!

Symptoms: I’ve been back and work for 2 days and have started experiencing swelling in my feet. I know it’s from sitting at a desk all day. I’m working on my sodium intake and making sure I move through out the day. Hopefully I can keep the swelling to a minimum! My blood pressure also jumped from 110/70 to 138/82 this week. I was a bit upset about the change but Dr. White assured me I was still doing well. Hopefully I can keep it under control and avoid bed rest this time!

Best Moment this week: Dean has been so excited about the baby that he asks, “Is the baby going to come today?” everyday! We made a paper link chain for him to have a visual countdown of BH’s due date. I think this has helped him have a better idea of when we will expect this life changing event. It warms my heart when he talks about the baby and to hear his excitement.

We have also started working on the nursery. Baby Hop now has a crib, diapers and other baby essentials. It’s a little crazy for me to walk by the former guest room and see that it is now a nursery. I can’t wait to have BH here and sleeping in his/her bed. 4 more weeks!


Hearing All About Dean’s Day

Posted in Dean Thomas, Ft. Worth Life, Videos at 9:12 pm by mathagat

I had the pleasure of listening to Dean tell me all about the excitement going on at our neighbor’s house across the street this past Thursday. Lindsey had the good idea of recording the conversation. It’s these sorts of moments it’s so fun to look back on one day in the future.

I know…I can’t remember the last time I wrote a blog post either. :)

Dean’s Day from Matt Hopkins on Vimeo.

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