This off the shoulder/cold shoulder trend has been so popular this year and I love it. Even though it’s getting chiller outside, I don’t think it’s quite time to give it up yet. I am all about that transitioning stage of mixing pieces to fit the changing season. Pairing it with these skinny corduroys and booties gives it that fall feel. These skinny corduroy leggings are so comfortable too. It gives this mama a polished look while still making me feel like I am in my lounge clothes. Continue Reading…
If I am being real with you guys, before having children, I told myself we would never have technology around our little ones. After having Cove, Ian and I talked a lot about it and we really feel that technology SHOULD have a place in our kids lives. For us, that does not mean putting it down in front of their faces to distract them or let them play mindlessly for hours, but we both have careers that are very technology driven, and there is something to be said for that. I think there is also an important point in teaching your children balance and understanding of how to use technology. Ian and I both shut off technology and step away from it frequently, and we want our kids to learn to balance and step away too. I am all for sending my kids to play outside and explore, but I want resources on rainy days/sick days too. Continue Reading…
Most of my closest friends know that I am a total softie. I am the queen of crying over just about anything – Publix commercials, surprises, when Ian or Cove do something sweet, when I see some random acts of kindness, or literally laughing until I cry. A dear friend of mine sent me this the other day, and I couldn’t help but think about how accurate it was for me, and how beautiful it can be to have a strong feelings. –
“I understand now that I’m not a mess but a deeply feeling person in a messy world. I explain now, when someone asks me why I cry so often, I say, ‘For the same reason I laugh so often – because I’m paying attention'” – Glennon Doyle Melton
I used to be embarrassed over how strong my emotions were for things, but Ian has gently reminded me that emotions are not always bad things. It just shows that were passionate.
We had an amazing time shooting Rachel’s portraits. She is a gorgeous girl with amazing style. I love when a personality really shines through the images we capture, and Rachel’s did just that.
The weather here has been so nice with it being cool in the mornings and afternoons. Although we love to go to the park and walk, we’ve been spending a good amount of time in our backyard. We throw out a blanket and Cove is so content just taking in the great outdoors. He is pulling up on everything and scooting around, so we’re trying to build up those muscles so he can start moving forward on his own. Whenever we are outside, you can see that he’s just itching to run and is constantly standing up and having me help him move forward.
It’s a little bittersweet for me to see him taking little steps, but I really am excited for him to walk. See Kai Run has the most adorable shoes that are designed perfectly for each stage of crawling, standing and walking for babes. Not only are they designed with health in mind, but the quality of the shoes is really impressive. We picked out the Desmond and the Ian (I’m going to let you take one guess on who picked the IAN). They are both so perfect on Cove and flexible enough for him to move and learn to walk in.
For now, I’ll keep enjoying him pulling up, balancing on me and wrapping his arms around my neck. Cue the happy tears. Continue Reading…
We like to take mornings as slow as possible. We enjoy our breakfast and coffee, have our quiet time and reflect on what we’re doing for the day. When it comes to play time, it’s so nice to have some toys we can pull off the shelf for Cove to play with that are quiet and help with motor skills. He may not know what tic-tac-toe is yet, but learning colors, how to pick up pieces and put them in the spots is all part of learning. Continue Reading…
It’s the best time of year again, and we celebrated the first weekend in October by doing a little pumpkin picking with our friends. If you remember last year, Cove was still in my belly when we went pumpkin picking. I have to say, it was so much more fun this year with him on the outside. If you look back at the picture of the three of us, you can see how big Styles and Sawyer have grown in just a year. It was so sweet to see the boys hitting pumpkins and picking up little mini pumpkins together, and having them be wheeled around in the little red wagon.
As fall and winter are quickly approaching I have been thinking so much about family traditions and which ones we want to start together with Cove. Here is a list of activities that you can do together as a family to celebrate the season:
- Go to a corn maze and go on a hayride.
- Apple Picking.
- Plant your spring bulbs as a family.
- Carve a pumpkin.
- Make homemade apple cider, applesauce or apple pie with all the apples you picked.
- Pick your pumpkin at a pumpkin patch.
- Carve your pumpkins together as a family.
- Rake the leaves and then have a jump party.
- Watch a Halloween movie or have a marathon. My favorite is Hocus Pocus.
- Have a craft day using fall items like leaves and pumpkins.
- Boo your neighbors. Read more about this game here. It is so much fun! We do it every year.
- Have a bonfire with caramel apples and smores. (This one is Ian’s favorite.)
What are your favorite fall traditions?
When it came to eating solids, we didn’t really have a problem. Cove loved food and was reaching for ours early on. One of the things we were concerned about was how much iron he was getting. I have always suffered with iron deficiency, so I never wanted that to be an issue for him. When we first started introducing food, I started mixing in rice cereal and oatmeal cereal. Since Gerber Cereals have 90% of your baby’s daily value of iron in two servings, I can ensure that Cove gets everything he needs. (Especially so when they have to take his blood at the doctors appointment, everything checks out normal) We prefer the Organic Oatmeal one, but they have quite a few options. As we transition into the toddler stage, it’s a perfect option to mix in with his breakfast, or if your baby is trying foods, it’s a perfect start. You can pick up yours at your local Wal-Mart.
You can see all of the varieties of Gerber Cereals as well as other nutrition and vitamin information here. And as you can see below, Cove gets pretty excited about it.