my weekend in pictures.

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{it was so warm & sunny on friday afternoon that sunscreen was in order. eloise (surprisingly) didn’t mind it a bit!}

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{eloise & I went with my mom (Grammie) to the Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon. it was so gorgeous!}

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{I finally finished & ordered eloise’s second quarter photobook & we just got it in the mail. I love this addition to our coffee table. I have been using Chatbooks which now has a website & it’s wonderful!}

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{oh this little one!}

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{I got around to ordering pull handles for our closet doors. we have only been without any for eight months… why did I wait so long?}

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{eloise practicing standing with Papa.}

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{we had our friends jess & cale over for dinner on saturday & always end up playing Fibbage & Drawful. so fun! thanks for bringing dinner & hanging out!}

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{eloise was taking her cereal beard very seriously today at lunch & would not let me wipe it off.}

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{eloise & I attended a baby shower for two very dear friends who are expecting a baby girl next month. we can’t wait to meet you Baby Slade!}

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{papa & eloise hanging out at dinner this evening. I love them.}

we started the weekend in La Conner (north of Seattle) which was so beautiful! the warm weather stuck around & it ended up feeling like summer. I am so ready. this weekend just flew by & we will be gearing up for a new week. how was your weekend?

M

friday I’m in love.

welcome back friday! be sure to pop over to see what kendramary bethamanda, laura, & aileen to the fun! we would love for you to join us! leave a comment and we’ll come check out what you’re loving each week!

{one} DIY summer Pom Pom throw


{via Sugar & Cloth}

since making Eloise’s curtains, I have been loving Pom Pom trim! Isn’t this throw great?

{two} DIY gold alphabet letters

  

spray paint & magnetic letters? I love this already. 

{via Uncovet}

{three} DIY napkins 

 

we use cloth napkins every day to cut down on paper waste. plus it’s fun to have a print on the table rather than just a white paper napkin. I usually have just hemmed the edges of a Fat Quarter, but this seems a little fancier!

{via 100 Layer Cake}

I am on a bit of a DIY kick, can you tell?

what are you loving this week?

M

eloise {week 35}

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{hoodie: Childhoods // jeans: Carter’s // puppy: JellyCat}

{week 35} this week we are still battling a cold. (so much mucus!) between that & the (at least) two other teeth that are making an appearance, some naptime sleep & a lot of nighttime sleep has been disrupted… but during the day, eloise is still happy & joyful!

not much has changed this week. I think we’ve hit our new normal for at least a while. we are in a really good routine each day & it’s nice when eloise knows what is going on & I can meet her expectations. it makes it easy to know when we can go out & run errands or have play dates without being so disruptive to napping or eating, etc. the biggest things are still: solids three times a day (& figuring out how much that is!), army crawling, & teeth. two of her top teeth just came thru (left) and the other top two are going to break thru any day.

short post this week!

happy 35 weeks eloise!

M

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my weekend in pictures.

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{eloise enjoying some cheese at lunchtime.}

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{the nose frieda. eloise HATES the nose frieda. when we aaron can get it to work though, it’s wonderful!}

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{a typical eloise dinner these days: mango slices, yam puree, black beans, avocado slices, & water with a straw.}

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{we finally did some yardwork this weekend after our neighbor mowed most of our front yard – we have the BEST neighbors! it was sunny but a little cold, so eloise was in a sunhat along with her fleece jacket & booties.}

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{aaron working on the front lawn. it looks great!}

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{eloise’s hair these days is so awesome. it isn’t a mohawk like it was when she was a newborn, but still has so much volume.}

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{I finally found a way to organize my kitchen cabinets to give our spices some more space. they used to be all shoved into a teeny tiny space & it was no bueno. now we have little shelf risers & everything. it is lovely!}

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{eloise playing this morning before breakfast. yep, she’s still wearing her christmas jammies. but as you can see by her entire leg hanging out, they are on their last leg (har har, pun intended!). maybe I can catch a hanna andersson sale? those jammies are the best!}

we had a pretty low-key weekend since eloise & I both came down with some kind of cold. not horrid, but lots of nasal congestion (eloise worse than me I think). the sun was out a bit more than expected so we tried to get out into the yard since it has been seriously neglected for close to a year (with the house remodel & living in redmond last spring & summer). now we just need to find some more time to get the work we want done! 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. & let’s welcome aileen to the fun! we would love for you to join us! leave a comment and we’ll come check out what you’re loving each week!

{one} childhoods clothing.

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{via Childhoods Clothing}

surprisingly, I don’t buy a lot of clothes for eloise. thanks in part to her Grammie & Nana (thanks!) & also because it seems like such a waste. even now that eloise isn’t growing out of things at the speed of light (i.e., wearing something more than once) I still can’t justify buying clothes for her just for the sake of buying clothes (however cute!). this means that when I do buy something, it’s often a splurge. I like good quality clothes & really love supporting small businesses (if possible). much like my love for Freshly Picked moccasins (which are the ONLY footwear eloise sports these days, not even socks!) enter: Childhoods. I recently got eloise a black & white striped hoodie (see here) & I am obsessed. it’s soft & well made & I wish it came in my size. eloise doesn’t like that it has to go over her head, but is comfortable in it once its on. the only downside is that the hoodies seem to run small; I ordered a 9 to 12 months hoping to get a lot of life out of it, but it fits eloise perfectly right now. I know she is slightly large for her age, but she’s no where close to 12 months! maybe I can get another during a sale… also, I am obsessed with these sweat shorts!

{two} moments journal.

{via Anthropologie}

I adore paper planners & journals. up until last year I used a Moleskine day planner religiously. in my new life (as a mama) I find that my Gmail calendar works much better since it is on my phone & sends me reminders. however, I miss the paper & pen part of my days, so when I came across this “moments” planner at Anthro a few months ago, I had to get it. there are three parts: monthly calendar blocks (you can add in any months you want to); to do lists (with checkboxes!); & grid paper (for planning). for me, this is so perfect. I can see the entire year at a glance with all of the big stuff penciled in, have as many to do lists as I need, & places to store all of my thoughts & ideas for, well, everything (future projects, DIYs, etc.).

{three} fiddle fig tree.

Fiddle leaf fig in corner of the dining room in a rattan potted plant

{via}

I am not the very best at taking care of plants, but I am sort of obsessed with fiddle fig trees. I think I want one somewhere in my house. in the entryway, or our bedroom perhaps?

what are you loving this week?

M

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eloise {month eight}

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{lion: jellycat via nordstrom // onesie: babyGap // jeans: babyGap // moccasins: Freshly Picked}

{month eight} this month eloise seems suddenly so much older! (like light years older!) I think it’s just that she is more independent & is able to do so much more on her own. it is very bittersweet for this mama – I am so excited for this little one to be growing & learning, but am also sad to be losing my tiny little baby.

she has kicked off this month with some nasal congestion which doesn’t seem to bother her as much as it bothers me. I thought I had my normal spring allergies, but I am suspicious since eloise also is a snot machine (which is what aaron affectionately refers to me as when I have a cold). as long as eloise can sleep & breathe normally, I don’t worry about her nose being stuffy. getting mucus out of her nose is pretty much impossible these days. she HATES the nose frieda or any wiping of her nose or mouth. so I guess it’s a snotty nose for me & eloise until we beat this. super fun…

eloise is all about blowing raspberries the past few weeks. she often does it while her diaper is being changed or while she is in her exersaucer. it is so funny to hear her babbling to herself & then start blowing raspberries. I have been trying to get it on video, but she’s pretty camera (phone) shy. her tongue has definitely become a fascination (as well as other people’s) and she likes to stick it out. sometimes you can get her to play mirror & stick your tongue out & she will reciprocate.

related to eloise’s new tricks with her mouth, she is teething like crazy! her left front tooth has finally cut, & the next two are well on their way (the right front tooth & the one just next to that). the drool seems to be increasing & eloise seems to be sucking & chewing on her thumb more these days. neither of these are definite “teething” symptoms since she does them pretty much all the time, but I feel like they are probably related somehow.

meals & eating have been going really well. just yesterday eloise started eating breakfast, putting her solid intake to three times a day. I need to figure out how much food to give her for breakfast & lunch since her usual large lunch portion seems to be too much now that she is eating just a few hours earlier. though eloise has continued to be a great eater, she seems to be slightly pickier the past few days. sometimes it takes a few attempts to get food into her mouth since she always makes a face during the first few bites. up until now there hasn’t been anything eloise wouldn’t eat & she has always been excited about eating. just last night we made beef ragout from Bebe Gourmet since we could just add pasta & have an adult meal as well (love only cooking one meal!) but eloise was not a fan. I was super surprised. she was interested in eating & opened her mouth wide for the spoon, but as soon as the ragout hit her tongue, she was spitting it out. the ragout had beef, tomato, & celery in it (none of which she has had before) but I am still surprised since aaron & I both enjoyed it. I saved some in freezer trays to try again this weekend.

since we are doing BLW solids, eloise has learned so much about how to feed herself. the tricky part is that many of the foods that are easy for her to eat are also super slippery (avocado, mango, kiwi, etc.) but she is managing really well. sometimes I have to help her get the piece of food from the tray into her hand, but she can take it from there. she has now learned that she can move her hand around & bring it to her mouth at different angles which helps once she has bitten off the top part of the food & there is nothing left sticking up out of the top of her hand. she will also use her left hand to help her move food around in her right hand to eat it, though her right hand does nearly 100% of the self-feeding. eloise isn’t as interested in grabbing the spoon to feed herself purees these days, & normally just opens her mouth up like a baby bird to take a bite. on occasion, & usually towards the end of the meal, she will grab the spoon handle & try to flip the food out. she really just wants to bang the spoon on the tray.

eloise’s favorite part of meals these days though is water, specifically drinking water from a straw. we are back to using just a small glass & plastic straw since it seems easier to use than the straw on her sippy cup. I think the sucking motion to use for drinking is similar to blowing raspberries (just the opposite, right?) & sometimes eloise will end up blowing bubbles in her water instead of drinking. she smiles when she sees the bubbles, but hasn’t figured out that she is doing it yet, so I think we are in the clear for now. (pretty soon she will probably be blowing bubbles all the time!)

eloise is still on-the-go & I don’t seem that stopping, well, ever. she still prefers to roll if she can since it is much easier for her to do. she seems to be able to maneuver really well & can change directions surprisingly well. eloise is, though, officially army crawling in addition. she has one arm down on the ground & the other hand down, so I think once she gets that other hand down (instead of the entire arm) she will be able to crawl on her hands & knees. often when I put her down on her playmat, I will set her down in a crawling position to see what she will do. most of the time she will instantly drop down to her tummy, but sometimes she fusses like she doesn’t know what to do. also, she has started the wiggliness during diaper changes & instantly flips when you lie her down on the changing pad. super fun! if aaron is home & I am changing her diaper, I recruit him to help me keep her on her back. during the day when it is just me & eloise, I give her a toy (usually one that rattles or squeaks) to keep her attention & then attempt to do the quickest diaper change ever.

we’ve noticed over the months that not only does eloise like to tap her foot (usually her right one) when she is laying down or sitting, but she likes to tap with her hand as well. books, toys, & most recently the table top. just this past week aaron has started playing a tapping game with her where she will tap her hand or hands on the table & aaron will mimic. she loves it & laughs & laughs. it is super cute!

{weight} last we checked, 19 lbs.

{hair} dark reddish brown.

{teeth} bottom two teeth, two top teeth (left front & incisor), & two more on the way (top right).

{eyes} dark brown/grey.

{clothes} 9 (or 6 to 12) month.

{diapers} full-time cloth* {bum genius freetime, pocket, & elemental} & honest company size 3 diapers at night with a bum genius diaper cover.

{feeding} during the day, 3 hour cycles. when e gets a bottle, she will take 4 oz. at bedtime when she takes a full 5 oz bottle of pumped milk*. we are still nursing 5 times per day, and eloise is eating two solids meals per day (lunch & dinner) which is a mixture of purees & BLW solids. introduced egg yolk, cheese, yogurt, ground chicken, & salmon this month to add to the variety of veggies & fruits.

*just these past few days I have dropped my extra morning pump session (for a variety of reasons) which means that if I don’t pump at least 5 oz. during my evening pump, we have to make up the difference with formula. it is something that is still really new for us & while there is nothing wrong with formula, it has been weighing heavily on my mind (for the past few months). this is the first time I haven’t been able to completely fulfill eloise’s needs & it’s difficult for me to comprehend & accept. I am almost sure that if I nursed eloise at bedtime instead of giving her a bottle & pumping my supply would be enough (pumping isn’t as effective for me) but we are happy knowing exactly how much eloise is consuming at night & that aaron can do bedtime too. on a happier note, we are trying the new Honest Company formula which seems really great & also have some from Europe en route (European standards for food, including infant formula, is much, much higher than those in the US).

{likes} books, her Papa, anyone’s cell phone, FaceTiming, Sadie, music & songs, bath time, wiggling!

{dislikes} the Nose Frieda, being on her back during diaper changes, being hungry.

{nicknames} Bug{s}, Love Bug, E, Wheezy, Kiddo, Little Love, Bugaboo.

happy EIGHT months eloise!

M

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apartment therapy feature {upholstered wingback chair}

{via Apartment Therapy}

I have been so flattered by everyone’s sweet comments about my upholstered chair project! it was such a long-spanning project & I was thrilled to be able to finally share it with you (especially to those of you who had seen it before or in progress).

I am also really excited to share that Apartment Therapy picked up the project for its Before & After series. if you haven’t been reading Apartment Therapy before, you should head over there & take a look! it is an amazing collection of house tours, projects, & beautiful things. it is a huge honor to have the project shared in that space. go check out the chair if you haven’t already!

thanks Apartment Therapy!

M