If only I had a picture of her mouth after this. Bad idea Addilyn.
September 30, 2014
September 29, 2014
You're still nursing about three times a day (and once during the night). I have mixed feelings about you being done nursing and am not sure when that will happen. I think part of me still loves it because you still feel like my baby! Although I'd love for you to sleep all night long.
(your first pigtails)
(baking with mama)
September 28, 2014
vest: tjmaxx jeans & boots: old navy tee: target
I found this vest at TJMaxx a few months ago for $12 and have yet to wear it until today. I love it. The other day I started going through my closet getting rid of lots of clothes I no longer wear. I have so many clothes (mostly dresses and nicer pants) that I am not wearing these days as I'm not working.
In the past I rarely wore jeans. And while I still kind of hate them, I am getting more and more used to them as they seem much more practical for my days. Part of me wants to just wear yoga pants and leggings every day, but I am determined to wear more "real" clothes this Fall. So finding new clothes that make jeans feel cuter and still be comfortable makes me happy.
September 25, 2014
Before having Addilyn I would have characterized myself as a homebody. I got overwhelmed when we were busy. I didn't like having something every night of the week and felt exhausted when we had busy weekends in a row with lots of people and many plans. I felt recharged when I spent time alone. I savored nights at home, sitting on the couch.
While I still am perfectly content spending evenings at home after Addilyn goes to bed, and actually often prefer that than having plans in the later evening, during the days I struggle when we don't have plans. I get antsy staying home all day with Addilyn. I get bored and feel like we've run out of things to do quickly. I dread the thought of cold, winter days where we're stuck at home.
I'm so lucky to have a lot of friends that stay home with their kids and we almost always have plans each day. Even if it is visiting one of my friends at school, or meeting a friend at a park for an hour. Days where I have no plans I almost count the day from the start as long.
A few weeks ago Addilyn had hand, foot, mouth disease and besides one brave friend who kept our playdate, we stayed away from friends for the week. And it was really hard for me.
I know Addilyn is still so little, but everyday I feel like she picks up more and more. I want her to be content staying at home. To not have to fill every minute with one thing after the next. Which I realize sounds kind of silly to a one year old. Clearly I'm not expecting her to sit still and do nothing, but to not fill our days with plans after plans. I want to be more content playing at home. Finding things to do around our house and being happy with a day just the two of us. To not be on the phone talking or texting so often, and to be more present.
I want to work on finding joy and contentment in the smaller moments. In chasing Addilyn around the house or playing with bubbles in the bathtub. In the excitement of her saying a new animal sound or eating a new food. I'm determined to be more content with simple days and quiet moments.
September 23, 2014
dress: target necklace: groopdealz sandals: loft
I wore this outfit maybe a week and a half ago and it already seems like sandals are out of the question. It's this weird in between stage where you want to wear Fall clothes because there's been cooler days, but still seems not quite cold enough for my boots and sweaters.
But my house is decorated and ready for Fall. I've even made a batch of pumpkin muffins already. They should be called cupcakes but muffins it is because hello breakfast.
And in unrelated news Addilyn is this completely different baby, I mean toddler. It is unbelievable how much she has changed the last two weeks. It's like she is this real person with words, opinions and everyday learns something new.
Like this picture. When I ask her where something is she'll walk around with her hands out, babbling away until she finds it.
She's silly and smart and stubborn and is becoming so much fun. Which is really good because the last few nights she's been fighting bedtime and up at least two times a night. Molars? All her new skills? I don't know but sleeping all night? I'm ready for you. Whenever you want to show up around here. 14 months and counting. Come any time.
September 22, 2014
I'm pretty positive this post where I shared about these pillows is my viewed post of all times. I have been busy redoing our living room and dining room. I have been loving updating things and realize how happy it makes me to love our space. Goodbye red and beige. Hello grey, yellow and blue! The last thing on my list was to update our pillow covers. I bought my fabric online at fabric.com. That is wear I've purchased fabric for Addilyn's nursery, our basement and our curtains. It's cheaper than any stores I've looked at, and there are so many more choices.
These pillows really are so easy, and honestly take me less than 15 minutes per pillow. You only have to sew three straight lines and you're done! And the nice thing is they can be taken off easily to be washed or to be changed out.
Lay your pillow on top of your fabric. Make sure there is space on both sides to fold it and overlap it and then an inch or so on top and bottom. No need to measure!
Iron down both short ends and sew.
Turn your fabric inside out and overlap the edges.
Cut off any extra fabric you have on the sides.
Slide the pillow out and then sew up both sides. Turn it right side and put it on your pillow!
For the blue pillows I did a printed fabric on the front and a solid color for the back. (Honestly it's because I didn't order enough of the printed one, but I actually like how it turned out). These were a tiny bit harder, but still pretty easy. Just make your back piece a few inches longer than your front square so that you can make it overlap and then cut it in half. Sew a piece to each side of your front. And follow with step two and three!
September 21, 2014
bag: lily jade top & boots: target jeans: gap
When I was pregnant I registered for a diaper bag and felt like it was fine for the first few months, although I soon got sick of it. I found another one that was more "purse" like on Zulily and again liked it for a few months. Neither one was big enough to hold all the random things I wanted, plus they both still looked very much like a diaper bag.
I had seen multiple posts and reviews of Lily Jade diaper bags for the last many months and wished I owned one. So when I got the chance to purchase one using a great discount code I decided it was time. I wish I would've bought this at the beginning and not wasted my money on my first two bags. It would've been nice to save myself the money and put it towards one that I really like, since I use is all the time. Diaper bags are expensive!
There are SO many pockets in this bag, and somehow I have no problem filling them. (This picture gives a much better view of everything you can fit in there!) The nice thing is that the insert comes out of the bag so that you can wash it or just leave it out and use it as a purse. I love that farther down the road I can do this as a purse, once I no longer need a diaper bag.
I used to hate spending money on my hair because it's pretty expensive to get it colored and cut every three or four months. Then I realized how much happier I felt daily when I liked my hair. I kind of feel the same way about this bag. I use it multiple times a day and it feels worth the money to me.
My other favorite thing about this bag is that you can wear it three different ways. Over the shoulder, like a regular purse, or on your back. Which is one I use often when we are shopping or running errands.
I think Addilyn is a fan too. And this new "cheese" face is my favorite.