my {long} weekend in pictures.

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{Eloise is getting lots of practice changing diapers these days! She is going to be the best big sister.}

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{I finally finished this painted globe for Baby’s nursery and I am so in LOVE! I will hopefully be sharing all of the details of the nursery soon!}

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{Taking it easy during the end of E’s nap on Friday. I have gotten almost everything done on my to-do-before-the-baby-comes list but boy was it exhausting!}

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{These two snugglers on Saturday morning!}

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{Eloise and Aaron headed downtown on the train (and in the Ergo which is Eloise’s favorite!) to the Tiny Tots Symphony on Saturday morning for an Eloise & Papa date. E was a little shy at first, but enjoyed the performance. Thanks for the tickets Amanda!}

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{Eloise running full speed towards the play ground at U Village after dinner on Saturday night.}

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{Mama had to make a Molly Moon’s stop before we headed home after the play ground.}

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{Eloise and I made banana bread, per her request, on Sunday morning. I liked the recipe since there was no refined sugar, but it ended up a little dry. I’ll have to tweak the recipe the next time!}

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{I made little gifts for the L&D nurses this afternoon to bring with us to the hospital. I know it seems like a lot since we will probably only have two or three nurses (one L&D and one post-partum) but Aaron eagerly handed them to anyone who walked into the hospital room last time and we quickly ran out!}

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{Grammie and Paga (my parents) got into town this afternoon and Eloise has been having a blast with them, including joining Grammie for some late afternoon yoga.}

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{And she liked reading thru Paga’s magazine and pointing out all of the pictures.}

Well, it was a nice long weekend, and even though it rained thru much of it, we still thoroughly enjoyed it! We didn’t have a lot of plans since I didn’t know whether I would be going into labor or not, so we sort of just laid low and hung out, getting a few last minute things done. It sort of felt like a final weekend for me: last Pure Barre class, last dinner out just the three of us, last bedtime with just Eloise… I have a sneaky feeling this baby is coming soon!

How was your long weekend?

M

project baby #2 {week 39}

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{letter board: Letter Folk // tunic: Old Navy (old)}

{week 39} With just T-minus 4 days until my due date, I figured I should get this 39 week update posted, especially since Eloise came 2 days early…

This week’s midwife check-up was sort of a bust. We all headed downtown to my appointment on Tuesday morning (yep, on my birthday!) and we were pretty excited since it has been a while since Aaron had been able to join me at an appointment. Such a difference from the first time around when he literally went to every appointment! Upon checking-in we were informed that there had been a scheduling error and no midwives were in the office that morning. Grrr! We were given the option to either wait for a later appointment with one of the office’s many OBs or schedule to come in later in the week. I opted to do neither and skip the 39 week appointment altogether! Honestly, I spend 20 or 30 minutes waiting for the nurse; she checks my weight and blood pressure; and then 10 or 15 minutes more of me waiting for the midwife so she can measure my belly and listen to the baby’s heartbeat with the Doppler. And as much as I love to hear that little heartbeat, I didn’t think it was worth all of that time extra time in the office (or the extra trip back)! If there as ANY indication that I was having complications or risks (past high BP, swelling, pain, bleeding, etc.) I absolutely would have stayed, but it is pretty much status quo at this point (which is fantastic!).

This week I have been feeling slow and like I have to pee every single second… but I have also been trying to savor all of the time I have had this week with Eloise because I know this is more than likely the last few days I will have with her just Mama and Eloise. Every one is so excited about Baby Foot’s pending arrival, but it is definitely bittersweet. So I have taken all of the cuddles, extra stories and songs, and back rubs that I can get in with Eloise lately! And this weekend will be a mix of getting last-minute things done (I have two in-progress projects for the nursery!), checking off Eloise’s list of things she wants to do (the playground and making banana bread), and possibly making some freezer meals.

Physically I am still feeling really good! I am tired and feel like I could sleep all day long, but once I am up and awake, I feel somewhat energized. My appetite is still low, so it has been lots of green smoothies around here this week. Getting up from the bed or the couch is probably the hardest thing as I feel like my arms and legs are just flailing about – it’s probably quite funny to see! And it feels like maybe the baby has dropped a bit since I am feeling less kicking in my ribs and more pressure on my bladder… No signs of early labor, but honestly I am not counting on that since I had pretty much no signs of labor with Eloise until I started having contractions which didn’t ever stop until she was born!

As I have mentioned before, I am still holding out for the 21st (or later) since my parents will be here and I can get in one more Pure Barre class (tomorrow afternoon!!). It feels crazy to be like a ticking time bomb, but as they say “babies are born on their birthdays” and you just have to go with it!

And here is my 39 week update with Eloise (which was my final one before she was born as I had her just 4 days later)!

Happy 39 weeks! Any predictions on Baby Foot’s birthday??

M

friday I’m in love.

Welcome back Friday!

{one} Anthro Knotted Hair Ties.

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{via Anthropologie}

Even with much shorter hair than I have had for years, I always keep a hair-tie on my wrist because it will inevitably end up in a ponytail or bun at some point during the day. While I like the thicker fabric ones – that aren’t supposed to leave creases but they totally do! – like these Emi-Jay ones, they don’t really hold my hair well unless I have two or three of them… So I was excited to see these knotted hair-ties when I was perusing around Anthro the other day. They hold up my hair with a single tie, plus they are cuter around my wrist than a normal hair-tie – score!

{two} NPR’s How I Built This podcast: Kate and Andy Spade.

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I know podcasts are all the rage these days and I have enjoyed all of them that I have ever listened to, but I still haven’t gotten on board as a regular listener (sort of like reading novels… law school ruined me!). But Aaron is super into podcasts as he listens to them on his commute each day. He recently shared this podcast about Kate and Andy Spade, creators of kate spade new york, and I LOVED it! It was the perfect thing to listen to while I was working on a last-minute project for Baby Foot’s nursery and I am looking forward to listening to a few of the other podcasts in the series!

{three} Birthday Love.

{Birthday/Valentine’s Day date night with my love at Serafina // blowing out the candles with Eloise}

I just wanted to say THANK YOU for all of the birthday love this week. I got so many sweet text messages, phone calls, and Facebook posts that really made my day. My birthday has always been a really special part of the year for me and this year did not disappoint! And while, of course, I would have been more than happy to welcome Baby Foot on this day, I am very grateful that I don’t share a birthday with my child! I was spoiled by friends & family all weekend going into my birthday and into the 14th: a fresh bouquet of flowers, date night at my very favorite restaurant, a handmade watercolor heart from my favorite pre-schooler, a load of presents, and a much-needed mani/pedi!

Also, I wanted to add that this is going to be my last Friday I’m In Love post (or any blog post for that matter depending on baby’s timing!) for a while. We are hoping to be snuggling a brand-new Baby Foot by this time next week (which I promise we will share as soon as there is news either here, via email/text/phone, or via Instagram or Facebook) and then I am likely going to take a bit of a blog hiatus while we find our new normal! (Though I am planning on continuing to do weekly updates with Baby Foot – for the first 52 weeks! – just like we did with Eloise, though the first ones may not be posted in real time.)

And be sure to check out what Kendra is loving this week! What about you?

M

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project baby #2 {week 38}

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{letter board: Letter Folk // tunic: Old Navy (old)}

{week 38} Welp, 38 weeks! I am glad that I made it this far and hope to have (at least) one more weekly bump update before Baby Foot joins us in the world! Most people think I am completely nuts you guys, but I could go maybe another month or 6 weeks – I am going to miss being pregnant so much!

At my appointment this week, everything was good and normal with the bump measuring in around 36 (or a stretch to 37!) with absolutely no signs of early labor. My mid-wives are pretty relaxed about doing any kind of physical exam, even this late in the pregnancy, because if there aren’t any complications or any other signs, early dilation or effacing can just mess with your mind and can mean absolutely nothing in terms of actually going into labor. I know a few mamas who went weeks dilated to a 3 or 4, and then mamas who went from 0 to 10 in just a few hours!

Lots of people (including total strangers) have been asking how I have been sleeping, and the answer is wonderfully! I don’t want to jinx it, but there have only been two or maybe three nights (including Sunday night) where I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep. I am so, so thankful I haven’t had a lot of insomnia during the past nine months and feel so badly for any women that do. For me, it is my brain going a mile-a-minute and not being able to turn it off! But, whether you are working at an office or at home with your kids, a full night’s sleep is a necessity! Fingers crossed I will continue to sleep well at night since I know once this baby comes that will change!

After my appointment with the mid-wife last week I had a pre-natal massage. You guys, it was the best! I never had one with Eloise because I didn’t have a good recommendation for a pre-natal masseuse, but this time around a good friend referred me to a wonderful gal who was more than qualified. I am not huge into massage but it can be really relaxing for me, and with all that my body is doing at this point, it was nice to get some work done. Plus, it meant I got to lay down and take a little snooze during the middle of the day! If I were to do it again, I would schedule pre-natal massages for at least once per trimester!

Also, we finally figured out the car seat arrangement in our new car that works for everyone! I had mentioned either in a weekend post or a bump post previously that we couldn’t make the two car seats work in the back seat AND have Aaron (and his long legs) be able to fit in the driver’s seat comfortably. We really had two options: (1) turn Eloise to be forward-facing (since it makes her seat much less deep!) or (2) buy another car seat for Eloise that was less deep than her current one. We are currently borrowing one of Amanda’s Diono car seats (since we need an extra car seat for Eloise for when my parents get into town) which gave us a good insight into how another seat would fit in our car. We really like the Diono and are really considering it for when Baby Foot grows out of the infant seat, but it didn’t give us as much space as we had hoped. After re-arranging all of the seats in our car, Aaron realized he was able to change the angle of Eloise’s current seat so it was super up-right, and lo and behold it fits behind the driver’s seat while Aaron is driving! Hooray! Seriously. This is the BEST news. I didn’t really want to have to buy another car seat at this point (mostly because we really don’t have space to store Eloise’s current seat (it’s super bulky!) but I didn’t want to feel like my only choice was to turn Eloise forward-facing if she wasn’t ready. This is a really personal decision for a lot of parents, but one that I was willing to stand firm on. Technically Eloise can be forward in the car because she is over the age of 2 (which is state law) but she is well within the height and weight limits of the rear-facing for her current car seat as well as the fact that nearly everyone that knows anything about car safety will tell you that facing backwards in the car is the most safe (actually even for grown-ups!). Okay, so there’s the end of that long digression…

And here’s my 38 week update with Eloise!

And lastly, since I didn’t do professional maternity photos this time around (see Eloise’s here) and wasn’t really showing when our Christmas cards were taken (I was just 25 weeks along), I wanted to be sure to capture at least a few moments of this Baby Foot bump. So thanks to my super awesome hubby for getting some really sweet shots! (Sidenote: I promise that I am clothed the last few shots!)

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Happy 38 weeks! And Happy Valentine’s Day!

M

my weekend in pictures.

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{Eloise LOVES playing and reading in the nursery. And here’s a sneak peek!}

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{Valentine’s Day cards for Eloise’s school friends. This is the BEST! She loved picking out the stickers for her friends.}

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{After a PEPS play date on Saturday morning, we stopped by our local bookstore to sell some used books. Eloise was in heaven in the kids’ section! A girl after my own heart. If I could, I would buy her every single book in that store!}

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{Thanks to June & January for sending the sweetest baby hat! If you are looking for simple, but super cute clothes for babies and kids, go check it out!}

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{An obligatory belly shot in the nursery. Pants, especially jeans, are the worst this past week or so. Just super uncomfortable. But I am mostly pretty good in these chambray joggers from the Gap – elastic waist and they feel like jammies! I can’t get myself to wear leggings outside the house or working out – leggings aren’t pants, IMHO! – so I will definitely be picking up some more joggers for early post-partum outings!}

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{Aaron was so sweet and took Eloise to the grocery store this morning so I didn’t have to make the trip on Tuesday (our usual shopping day) since it’s my birthday this week! I added flowers to the list since I have been obsessed with these tulips recently, and he brought me home the sweetest bouquet!}

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{Headed to a quick barre class and it was SO sunny that I had to dig out my sunnies! Look at that blue sky.}

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{It has been so amazing being able to continue to do Pure Barre thru-out both of my pregnancies. I know that it has kept me strong both during and after baby. Plus, Sami is the BEST! If you are in Seattle, go let her kick your butt!}

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{We were so excited to attend a celebration for Baby Steiner this evening! Hailey (middle) is due just one day before me, and Jess is due in April, so not too much longer! There are going to be so many babies! It was so fun to catch up with everyone and wear stripes  – haha! And thanks for the photo Jess!}

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{Amanda was so sweet and made Eloise this cape for Christmas and a special “big sister” bag for Valentine’s Day! I think I caught Eloise mid-sass!}

This weekend felt like it flew by, but it was so, so pretty this afternoon that I am mostly okay with it. 50 degrees and the sun was out – magical I tell you! Seattle, could you make every day between now and summer like this, with any and all rain showers or clouds limited to overnight?

We got a few last-minute things done that were sort of lingering, and I am feeling really good going into this week. It’s a super special week with a deep cleaning of our house, a mani/pedi for Mama, birthday and Valentine’s Day celebrations – hooray! So much to look forward to!

How was your weekend?

M

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eloise {thirty months // two & a half years}

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{lion: jellycat via Nordstrom // tee: Old Navy // leggings: Cat & Jack for Target (similar here and here) // bow: Hadley Girl (similar)}

{month thirty} Holy two-and-a-half years! I cannot believe we are even here. Seriously. I know Eloise hasn’t been a baby for a long time, but my mind cannot comprehend that she was born two-and-a-half years ago! I digress… here’s a recap of the last three months:

Eloise still loves Hide and Seek (see the hilarious video of her here if you missed it!) even though she can’t contain her excitement to stay hidden long enough to be found. She also really loves playing Peek-a-Boo these days, either with her hands or a blanket.

There is lots of singing during the day and Eloise almost always insists on music being played while we are in the car or in the house if we are hanging out in the kitchen. She sings a lot at school too, but is always singing to herself during her play time or even before she falls asleep. She is really into changing the lyrics of songs too, or mashing them together (two or three songs become one!) which really surprises me. She is really understanding the words of songs which is super cool. Her favorite personal renditions are: “We all live in a PURPLE submarine!” and “Grammie Had A Little Lamb.”

Eloise is also really grasping shapes these days and comments frequently about seeing different shapes in her food. She also is amazing at recognizing letters in books, letters, or out-and-about; she can tell you if something is a letter (versus a number or a symbol) but really can identify: E M P R G S and L. (Not a coincidence that most of those letters are in her name, or other people’s names – like Mama, Papa, Grammie.)

Something else I have noticed recently – which I think is also from school – is that Eloise will tell us that things are “similar” or “different.” And this can be anything – colors, dogs on the street, fruits or vegetables, a character in a book.

Eloise, much like her mama, is pretty Type-A already and is already has a fondness for lists! She likes to count things on her fingers, but also list things (or events) on her fingers; like “one – Eloise go to school, two – stories with Mama, then – naptime, then – Papa comes home.” And she makes this great face while she is thinking of things that I have been trying to capture in either photo or video! She sort of wrinkles up half of her face, it’s the cutest!

The past few months Eloise and I were enrolled in a Mama and Me dance class at a local dance studio. One of our PEPS friends told us about it since it was a free 9 week class session (normally classes are about $20 per class – yikes!) and so we joined on Friday mornings with our PEPS friends. The class was pretty structured in that we did the same basic things and songs every single time; a little repetitive for the mamas but great for the toddlers. Eloise mostly participated, though sometimes wanted to just be on my lap or have me hold her, but still sings all of the songs when we are at home. She is too young still for any real dance or gymnastics class (especially without me being involved too) but seems to really enjoy the classes that we have been able to take here and there. I am hoping once Baby Foot is a little older, I can figure out a good dance or gymnastics program for Eloise to enroll in.

Eloise’s bi-annual visit to the dentist was in December and she was awesome! Aaron was able to come with us and I think that helped. The office is super kid-friendly (it is only a peds dentist) with toys and prizes and TVs on the ceiling. She really hasn’t been into the TVs at all, but still did really well. She got a clean bill of health, and the dental hygienist was so sweet and gave her a big prize for giving up her pacifiers! I picked out the Daniel Tiger figures for her as the big prize since she has been really into the show recently (she watches an episode about three or four times a week). And then twice a day we brush our teeth and Eloise is really good about it. She still chews on the toothbrush more than we like, but does let us help her at the end (thanks to the Dentist who told her she needed to let Mama and Papa help).

And as if she wasn’t cute enough, Eloise started saying “I need you” if she wants you to stay, like at naptime or bedtime. We do our best to let her fall asleep on her own, but she always wants one more story, or song, or cuddle, and when you get up to leave, she will say “I need you!” and it breaks your heart a little. Or if we are busy doing something and she needs your attention, you will tell her “Okay, give me 2 minutes,” and she will say “Mama, I need you!”

Because a lot of things are changing, mostly that Baby Foot is going to be here before we know it!, Eloise has been very in-tune with being a “big kid.” Before I was a parent, I thought the whole “big kid” thing was sort of weird, almost belittling to toddlers and young kids. But I totally get it now. Eloise is all about being a big kid and we can see the way it changes her behavior or makes something more interesting. And she almost always wants to be a big kid! On the flip-side though, she has also learned that she is “too little” for some things too. Mostly it is a height thing where she wants to do something and she is “too little” to reach it. Or she also has been pretending that she is a baby, and then she is “too little” to do anything!

Along with using a real plate and utensils at mealtime (no plastic stuff around here!), Eloise has been using a real glass for milk at mealtime. We still use a sippy cup and of course her water bottles with the straw, but especially at lunch or dinner time when we are at the table eating all together, she drinks out of a real cup. I picked up these tempered glass ones which are a great size for her. Plus I can stick them in the dishwasher, which I won’t do with any of her plastic sippy cups or water bottles!

As you know from my weekend posts and other updates, we were in the process of getting Eloise’s big kid room ready to go. I wanted to move her with ample time before the baby came, just in case we had any big issues with her not wanting to move, so we moved her just after the holidays. She was already in a toddler bed (her converted crib) and was doing really well in it, so transitioning to the big kid bed (a twin) was a little easier. We tried the transition at a naptime which may not have been the best, and she ended up taking two hours to go to sleep AND ended up back in her crib (!) but after that, we haven’t had any issues with her. She sleeps well in her new bed and even though it is low to the ground, we keep a pillow on the edge and she has yet to roll out! At first she didn’t get out of bed without Aaron or I in the room (which is how she was in her converted crib), but now we will see her on the monitor get out of bed to look at her books or try to find her monitor on the top of the dresser or other toddler shenanigans. It is mostly harmless and the funniest thing is that she knows she isn’t supposed to get out of bed because if she hears you coming down the stairs, she will scamper back to bed and lie down! But, it is a balance because if you get downstairs and she thinks she is in trouble (for being out of bed) she will cry and cry (this kid is like her Mama and does not like to be in trouble!). But the entire transition from the nursery to her new room went really smoothly. She still likes to play in the nursery and we still use the changing table twice a day, but she is really happy in her new space!

And unlike most toddlers we know, Eloise loves the Ergo! Since I can’t wear it right now, it is a special treat for Eloise and Papa to get a chance to snuggle together. She asks for it all the time and is always really excited when Papa goes on an adventure with her and they get to use it, like when he took her to school the other day and they took the bus! She talked about it all day long. It is the sweetest.

And finally, Eloise loves (LOVES) temporary tattoos – as you can see on her hand in this month’s photo) and hand stamps. Her tattoo obsession started in the early fall and she pretty much likes to have a tattoo on one of her hands all the time. I try not to let her have one all the time and make it a special treat for her. But she also loves stamps on her hands and really does have them on all the time between getting one at school twice per week (including on her belly!) and then one at library story time (and also at dance class when we were going).

Here are some photos to share from the past quarter that you may or may not have seen already!

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{Helping the teacher make play-dough at daycare one day. She occasionally still goes to a full day at daycare, but since we are in the midst of cold and flu season we have mainly stayed away!}

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{Look at that Mohawk! Eloise and Papa shenanigans at bathtime.}

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{Eloise saw the dentist in December – she goes twice a year! – and did so well.}

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{After dance class one day. She is obsessed with her tutu (or her “ballerina skirt”), those are shoes from when I was three, and she gets three different magazines in the mail each month (or so) and it is her very favorite day!}

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{From her half-birthday celebration at school this week since school won’t be in session for her August birthday. Her school loosely does the Montessori birthday ritual which involves walking around the globe and a candle.}

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{More birthday celebration at school. It was also spirit week at school and Pajama Day was the same day. Her teachers and friends made her a big birthday banner which she insisted on hanging in her room (I promise to share photos of her new room soon!) and she is obsessed!}

{weight} 31 or 32 pounds.

{hair} dark (reddish) brown.

{teeth} 20 teeth and molars.

{eyes} dark brown.

{clothes}  2T, 3T and some 4T.

{diapers} POTTY TRAINED! size 2T/3T underwear during the day and honest company size 6 diapers for naptime and at night.

{feeding} during the day, three meals, morning snack, & afternoon snack. cup of milk with every meal.

{likes} school (her friends and teachers), talking walks around the neighborhood, coloring, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, football, yelling, Duplos, digging in the dirt, splashing, counting, chewing on her toothbrush, the mailman, any person outside on the sidewalk, bubbles, sidewalk chalk,  buckles, jumping, watching out the front window (dogs, kids, trucks), books, mama & papa’s cell phone (photos or FaceTime), singing & music, dancing, Sadie, bath time, shoes, mama’s bag, clapping, putting things inside a bag or box, taking lids off of things, talking, helping with anything & everything, when Papa comes home from work.

{dislikes} not being included, having something taken away from her, being hungry, getting into the carseat, getting out of the carseat, not being able to do something herself.

{nicknames} Bug{s}, Love Bug, Baby Bug, E, Wheezy, Kiddo, Love, Bugaboo, Ellie or Elle.

Happy 30 months Eloise!

M

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friday I’m in love.

Welcome back Friday! And Happy Half-Birthday to our sweet Eloise! I am hoping to have her quarterly update up soon.

{one} Playroom by Emily Henderson.

A Playful and Bright Playroom Introduction:

{via Style by Emily Henderson blog}

Oh Emily Henderson, how I love thee! She just revealed a sneak peek of the most adorable playroom this week and I am most definitely in love. I appreciate the mix of high and low-end décor (a lot of it is from Target’s Pillowfort Collection!) and effort to make it a nicely designed space that doesn’t scream pre-school. (That is pretty much my gripe with “playrooms” generally – way too many primary colors and plastic-y stuff!) Some day in the coming years (really, maybe just a few) we plan on bunking the kids together in one room and freeing up one of the bedrooms to turn into a playroom, and I pretty much want it to look like this one!

{two} Mexican Corn Dip.

Mexican Corn Dip - The traditional Mexican street corn is turned into the best dip ever. It's so good, you won't even need the chips here!

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Every week, pretty much without fail, we have Taco Tuesday. It is nice to have one easy, predictable meal every week and every member of our family loves Mexican food! We roast yams, heat up refried beans (I love Amy’s refried black beans!), warm up tortillas, slice avocado, and shred cheese. And in the past month or so, we have also added this Mexican Corn dip to the mix and I think it’s safe to say it is a keeper. You can add it to tacos or eat it with chips as a dip (or even on its own, its that good!). I have been using frozen corn since we are definitely not in corn season, but I can imagine it would be SO much better with  corn on the cob fresh off the grill. We also have been mixing up the type of cheese that we use (both feta and goat milk gouda) and it has been super yummy!

{three} Sonnet James Valentine’s Day Sale!

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If you have been following along for a while, you know I have a professed love for all things Sonnet James. These are the BEST dresses, especially for mamas with littles. I definitely don’t need anymore especially since I got a few for Christmas this year, though that doesn’t keep me from shopping! I love, love these dresses during pregnancy, and hope to wear a few of the styles post-partum (nursing friendly neckline is the key), and they are wonderful for late spring and summer in Seattle. Just throw it on with a pair of sandals or sneakers and you are out the door! Plus, a few of the styles are on sale, so go check it out!

Have a happy Valentine’s Day weekend and I hope you celebrate all weekend (and week) long!

And be sure to check out what Kendra is loving this week! What about you?

M

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