eloise {6 month photos}

well, eloise is closing on 7 months (next week!) so I thought it would be a time to share our favorite photos from her 6 month photoshoot.

these were taken by Melissa Shaw who also shot our maternity photos & newborn photos. we love her & are really sad that she is closing up her studio! {on a side note, any local mamas have a family photographer that they love? we need a new one for one year photos & probably annual family photos.)

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{sunsuit romper: Misha & Puff // onesie: Old Navy // cords: babyGap // dress: Crewcuts // hat: Heavensentjs // bow: Lululuvs // moccasins: Freshly Picked}

love you eloise & happy 6 months!

M

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eloise {week 29}

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{shirt: Carter’s // jeggings: Carter’s // moccasins: Freshly Picked}

{week 29} this week just flew right by! eloise has been such a happy kiddo, despite her first tooth that is moving into her mouth. at this point you can see the top of it & feel it (razor sharp!). it doesn’t seem to be bothering her too much at this point which is great since it was doing a great job at disrupting naps last week.

sitting is going well & each day it seems like eloise is getting sturdier. she will still bail or just fall over pretty often, so she needs spotting, but I know that pretty soon she will be sitting on her own. she is still excellent at rolling & now rolls towards whatever catches her eye – baby-proofing commence!

earlier this week I took eloise to a local swimming pool with another mom friend & her daughter. it was the first time eloise had been in the water other than the bath, but since we are hoping to start swimming lessons next month, I figured I should introduce her sooner rather than later. she definitely wasn’t sure at first. I sat down with her in the very shallow end (it was just a few inches) and let her sit & splash. the pool had a lot of fountains & water features which I know she will love when she is older, but I think they were a little scary. we pretty quickly moved into the “hot tub” which eloise seemed to enjoy. the water was warmer, it was a smaller pool, & only a few other people. eloise enjoyed floating on her back & holding her feet (happy baby pose!). I also put her on her tummy & she actually kicked around a bit. she’s not a huge fan of water on her face, but there were some splashes & she did really well! this made me really excited for swimming lessons & also for this summer!

eloise is so vocal these days & is constantly blabbering or cooing. she loves to talk when we are driving & also when we are walking around which catches the attention of lots of strangers everywhere we go! we still think she is saying “yeah” as well as “da” & “ga.” she has put together “da” a couple of times, but hasn’t really gotten to “dada” yet. I am working on “ma” as her next sound! eloise also does this thing where she opens & closes her mouth like she is talking, but she doesn’t make any sounds. it is like she is practicing, but doesn’t want to be too loud. usually after she does that a few times she will start softly making sounds & then get louder & louder. our bets are that eloise is a very vocal child!

eloise is still loving her exersaucer & has really learned to stand up & bounce in it! I try not to put her in it for too long each day, but it is so nice if I am in the kitchen trying to cook or clean up. she is such an active roller that I have to have eyes on her all the time if she is on her play mat. plus, it is great for eloise to have the opportunity to be up off the back of her head, which is one big thing her PT had suggested for gaining neck strength & movement.

solids are still going really well (other than the on-going diaper rash… boo. I may need to take her into her pediatrician if it doesn’t clear up in the next few days?). eloise is really enjoying eating still & seems to like everything we have offered. we recently tried zucchini & carrots (cut up in big, long sticks & roasted with olive oil) & she loved both! I have been doing one serving of puree & one serving of hand-held solids. that seems to work pretty well & give eloise a good variety of taste & texture. she is pretty much feeding herself with a spoon & also drinking water out of a sippy cup with help.  I think next week I will start adding solids around lunchtime too (right now we only do dinner).

happy 29 weeks eloise!

M

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my weekend in pictures.

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{oh that little cowlick! eloise has the best hair these days.}

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{sipping water with Grammie.}

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{I made lactation cookies since I have been consuming large amounts of cookies lately & figured I should make it productive. these were really effective so if you make them, expect the results about 5 hours after consumption… & make sure that doesn’t fall in the middle of the night like I did!}

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{taking a stroll around the neighborhood. this was Eloise’s first time turned facing out & she seemed pretty excited about the view.}

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{this little one is sitting & looks so big!}

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{Eloise loves the bath these days. she rocks a shampoo mohawk!}

20150301_023125954_iOS {Eloise loves zucchini!}

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{my mom watched Eloise this evening so Aaron & I could have a date night. we did dinner (burgers) & a movie (Kingsmen – not recommended!). thanks mom!}

what a fun weekend – the sun was out & Grammie is in town! with not a lot of plans, it was nice to just hang out & enjoy each other’s company. a nice mellow weekend was exactly what we needed. how was your weekend?

M

friday I’m in love.

welcome back friday! be sure to pop over to see what kendra, mary beth, amanda, & laura are loving this week. we would love for you to join us! leave a comment and we’ll come check out what you’re loving each week!

one of my favorite things about dressing eloise is putting together separates – pants, sweaters, shirts/onesies. I am not big on “outfits” & dress her much like I dress myself. a mini {me} indeed! this special collection by banana republic was just released just for littles – BR Mini –  & I am loving the neutral separates! here are a few of my favorites.

{one} ribbed pull-on pants.

{BR Mini Collection Ribbed Pull-On Pants}

{two} sweatshirt.

{BR Mini Collection Layered Sweatshirt}

{three} hat.

{BR Collection Cashmere Hat}

what are you loving this week?

M

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eloise {week 28}

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{sweater: babyGap // leggings: babyGap}

{week 28} busy, busy is how I would describe this week! eloise is constantly in motion & always wanting to go, go, go! rolling, sitting, & standing with support – where did my teeny, tiny baby go?

even though I have claimed eloise has been “teething” since the new year, I am only now sure that she is getting teeth. it is tricky to see since she sticks out her tongue every time you pull down her bottom lip (it’s cute, really!), but there are in fact two little teeth trying to make an appearance. I have been able to get eloise to open wide by opening my own mouth & she mimics me – also so cute!

another thing this week has brought is eloise’s first diaper rash. maybe it’s the teeth or solids? not sure. it isn’t too bad & doesn’t seem to bother her too much, so that’s good. I have had her in disposables only so I can lather on diaper cream {I have been using this one from the Honest Company & really like it so far!} but am super open to suggestions!

eating is going really well still & we have introduced a few new foods: avocado & prunes. broccoli is also on the menu for this week – whole, not pureed – just as an introduction. eloise will feed herself purees with a spoon (we load the puree on first) & is really loving BLW solids (so far just apple slices & banana segments).

eloise’s dexterity & coordination continues to amaze us as we watch her develop at lightning speed! she can transfer things from one hand to the other, & rakes her fingers over different fabrics & objects. she also does this insanely cute thing where she will look at something & study it in her hands, & then raise her eyebrows – it’s adorable & I wish I could get it on video!

crawling doesn’t seem imminent based on eloise’s lack of knee use while on her tummy (watch me eat my words!) but she is a roly-poly little bug. if she is down on her playmat or a blanket, or in her crib, she is all over the place! she sometimes still gets stuck on her tummy at night & fusses, but will go right back to sleep once she is rolled (or more recently she will just sleep on her tummy too). we definitely need to baby-proof at least our living room since eloise is definitely mobile!

eloise is also still such a chatty little one! she is most vocal in the evening times (when papa gets home!) & during diaper changes. she often talks to herself while playing with toys & it is endlessly cute! there aren’t any definite consonants, but so many types of sounds. aaron & i do both think she says “yeah” though.

happy 28 weeks eloise!

M

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my weekend in pictures.

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{eloise is always so excited to see her papa when he gets home from work. fridays are fun because then we get to see him for the entire weekend!}

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{eloise tried gnawing on apple slice & loved it! we love that it looks like she is wearing suspenders when she is in her highchair – makes me want to find her a pair!}

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{ahh! SO excited about how this project is coming along. I cannot wait to share once it’s done!}

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{eloise has been fussy about an hour into her afternoon naps. guess who is right at her door?}

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{making funny faces with papa while waiting for some grub.}

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{eloise also tried banana. did you know bananas segment into three pieces? perfect for little hands!}

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{no matter how many beds or crates we have, sadie ends up on the couch at night. sunday morning I woke up to find her like this. I think she was enjoying herself!}

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{since starting solids, eloise seems to have a little constipation. we are attempting to remedy with some pear & prune puree!}

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{feedings are getting a little less messy. while a sponge bath is still required after eating, I am hopeful we will someday soon get to the point where eloise can eat in more than just a bib & diaper.}

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{eloise is more & more interested in sadie these days, & loved the chance to have some cuddles.}

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{despite looking really nervous in this picture, eloise had a great time at dinner on sunday evening. we were out celebrating a friend’s birthday & there were lots of friends to catch up with, including her BFF Lily who is just a month older!}

what a beautiful & sunny weekend we had here in the PNW! we have been so spoiled with teasers about what spring is going to be like that I am dreading when the grey & rain will return… we had a pretty low-key weekend just hanging out at home for the most part which is always pleasant & much-needed. how was your weekend?

M

friday I’m in love.

welcome back friday! be sure to pop over to see what kendra, mary beth, amanda, & laura are loving this week. we would love for you to join us! leave a comment and we’ll come check out what you’re loving each week!

{one} hurraw! balm.

this weekend my friend Karly gifted me a few new lip balms & I am already obsessed! Hurraw uses organic, raw, & vegan ingredients, & the flavors are delightful. the Earl Grey – oh, my downfall is bergamot! thanks Karly!

{two} chuck taylor slip-ons.

Chuck Taylor® 'Shoreline' Sneaker (Women)

{via nordstrom}

I love sneakers for every day wear & have been eyeing a white pair of chuck taylors for a while now. then I discovered these slip-on ones & I knew I had to have them. the magical birthday fairy brought them to my house {thanks husband!} & I love them! plus, when you have kids, tying your shoes is a luxury.

{three} girl scout cookie season.

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the other night we were sitting down to dinner & the doorbell rang. unusual for that time of night since we have been eating around 8 these days {after eloise goes to bed}. & much to our surprise it was a girl scout! we thought she was taking orders, but she actually had a wagon full of cookies! two of each please & thank you!

what are you loving this week?

M

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